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PCC Foundation names Excellence Awards winners

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Award WinnersThree 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.

Lisa 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 program expenses.  

A 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 job-related expenditures.  

About the Faculty Projects

Through 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.  

Levine’s 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.  

Working 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.  

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 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.