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PCC Foundation names Excellence Awards winners

Published Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Photo information 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, Aug. 14.  

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
Randy 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.   Continued