PCC Foundation names Excellence Awards winners
Piedmont Community College instructors and one PCC staff member were named
recipients of the PCC Foundation’s Excellence Awards during the PCC’s annual
convocation activities on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Covington, Instructor, Psychology and Sociology; Amy Levine, Instructor, Art;
and Allen Keith Hines, Instructor, Human Resources Services, received the
Foundation’s teaching awards for their commitment and demonstration of
increased student learning through various methods, including involvement in
real-world tasks. Covington
and Levine each received $1,500 cash awards and $1,500 to be used for program
expenses while the project by Hines received a $500 cash award and $500 toward
Staff Excellence Award was also presented to Frances Lunsford, Director,
Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs. This award was presented to recognize a
commitment to the College, excellent performance on the job and willingness to
share time and expertise through service to the institution, its students, and
the wider community. Lunsford was awarded a $750 cash award and $750 for
About the Faculty
a virtual child-rearing project, Covington challenged her developmental psychology
classes to increase the students’ abilities to analyze, apply, synthesize and
evaluate life span development concepts while also encouraging them to practice
decision-making using developmental theories.
Covington is currently developing a professional development workshop
related to the implementation of various pedagogical strategies to support
higher order learning.
project, “Developing Critical Thinking and Technical Skills Through Drawing”,
encouraged students to increase critical thinking through problem solving and
improve technical skills with practice time in all major assignments. In addition, the project provided the
opportunity to become a more proficient critique of student work, enhance
presentation skills and increase retention rates in the Drawing 1 class. The students in this course exhibited their
work at the Kirby Art Gallery where pieces were presented professionally and
were available for sale.
with inmates through the Human Resources Development Passages program, Hines
created “Think Outside the Box: a lesson for money management… a lesson for
life!” Through discussion and taste
tests of generic products, students gained a greater understanding of how
people can also be “judged by their cover” and how false perceptions often
limit individual thinking and, ultimately, success. Students were also assigned
team presentations where effective communication skills were utilized.
Foundation President Will Carver presented the awards on behalf of the
Foundation during the College’s Fall Convocation in the Barnette Auditorium on
the Person County Campus. This is the thirteenth year the PCC Foundation has
presented the Excellence Awards.
Pictured from left are: front--Amy Levine, Frances Lunsford, and Lisa Covington; back---Keith Hines and Will Carver, PCC Foundation President.