PCC Foundation names Excellence Awards winners
Pictured from left are, front: Carolyn
Steele, Angel Solomon, Eva Richmond; standing: Will Carver, PCC Foundation
Chairman; Randy Reynolds, Fayecha Smith, and Kevin Tyburski.
Three Piedmont Community College
instructors and three PCC staff members were named recipients of the PCC
Foundation’s Excellence Awards during PCC’s annual convocation activities on Tuesday,
Fayecha Smith, Instructor, Cosmetology;
Angel Solomon, Instructor, English and Developmental Studies; and Carolyn
Steele, Instructor, Early Childhood, received the Foundation’s teaching award
for their commitment and demonstration of increased student learning through
various methods, including involvement in real-world tasks. Each received $500
cash award and $500 to be used for program expenses.
Staff Excellence Awards were also
presented to Randy Reynolds, Director Business Development and Entrepreneurship
Center; Eva Richmond, Secretary, Dean of Technical and Occupational Programs;
and Kevin Tyburski, Webmaster/Graphic Designer. These awards were 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. Recipients were awarded a $750 cash award
and $750 for job-related expenditures.
About the Faculty Projects
Cosmetology Instructor Fayecha Smith is
teaching PCC students to return to the classroom in a new capacity – as
instructors. Students in this instructional program not only learn how to
prepare lesson plans, grading systems, and student assignments, they also must
train for and visually demonstrate using a “hands-on” approach to increase
student learning. Ms. Smith encourages the junior Instructors to learn by their
own curiosity as they conduct research, problem solve, and creatively handle
unforeseen challenges that may occur in a cosmetology classroom setting.
Angel Solomon encourages her Expository
Writing class to research their intended program of study and answer the age
old question, “Why do I have to take this class if I am never going to use it
in the real world?” Students are expected to research their major to determine
if it is an appropriate field of study for them, examine job prospects, and
determine what type of writing skills are needed for such positions. The
assignment includes conducting interviews, in-depth research and properly
documenting material while also learning more about the educational
opportunities at PCC.
In the Early Childhood classroom, Dr.
Carolyn Steele focuses on the use and impact of technology in an effort to
improve student learning in an innovative and authentic manner. Students are
asked to create games for pre-k children using various computer programs. As
the Early Childhood students work through their class projects, they discuss
the benefits of this hands-on experience and the preparation it affords them as
they begin looking for future employment.
About the Staff Award Winners
Reynolds is very innovative in seeking new venues for providing citizens within
the College’s service areas with learning and skill building opportunities.
Reynolds has led PCC’s Continuing Education’s Ed2Go program to be ranked second
in the nation for enrollment. Another primary focus of success for Reynolds is
providing services to small business owners and others seeking ways to start or
improve business operations.
The PCC website was named the “Site of
the Month” for August 2011 by DotNetNuke due to the tireless effort of Kevin
Tyburski. While working on the site, Tyburski focused on cost savings and
in-house training to assist the College during difficult budgetary times. For
these efforts and the many other assignments he has assisted with over the last
year, Tyburski was also recognized as one of five finalists statewide for the
2012 NC Community College Staff Award in 2012.
A dedicated employee of 35 years, Eva
Richmond has continued to demonstrate her commitment to PCC. Her extensive tie
to the institution allows her to inform students of the importance of lifelong
learning and how valuable education is to their future success as leaders in
this global workforce. Richmond is also a graduate of PCC and a member of the
PCC Alumni Partnership Cabinet.
PCC 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
14th year the PCC Foundation has presented the Excellence Awards.