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HONORS & AWARDS:

Compiled by CCW staff
A summary listing of colleges receiving institution and individual honors and awards

  • Jill Spelina, associate professor of Mathematics at Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania has been awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. Spelina has taught mathematics at the college since 2002, from basic mathematics to precalculus. She holds a master’s of engineering degree in systems engineering from Penn State. In addition, she earned two master’s degrees from Clemson University, in industrial engineering and mathematical sciences. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from State University of New York College at Oswego. Currently, she is working on a Ph.D. in engineering at Villanova University. Spelina is co-author of three mathematics student resources guides and is author of numerous articles in professional journals. The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award is presented annually to full-time faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching students at colleges and universities, primarily in the Greater Delaware Valley region.

  • Lenton Slack, a renowned local artist and retired as an interior design instructor from North Carolina’s Randolph Community College, is the recipient of the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees 2010 Distinguished Service Award. The interior design program was Randolph Community College’s first “specialty” program. It was established in 1967 when the college was known as Randolph Technical Institute. The associate in applied science degree was the only one of its kind in North Carolina and was part of a five-year plan to establish an art & design division at RTI. Over the past 43 years, other community colleges in North Carolina and in other states have looked to RCC’s interior design program as a model for their own programs. Slack was instrumental in developing the annual Interior Design Showcase, a staple of the program from the first model room designed at the Southern Living Show in 1972 until Slack retired on December 31, 1999. For the annual showcase, which served as a hands-on learning project for in lieu of an internship, students were broken into teams and often designed an entire house on a tight budget. Slack also involved students from other RCC programs in the project, such as electrical students to rewire outlets and lighting in the house and floriculture students to provide plants and floral arrangements.

  • Washington’s Clark College Foundation has been named a winner of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2010 WealthEngine Awards for Educational Fundraising, which honors superior fundraising programs across the country. The foundation was selected to receive an award based on the judges’ analysis of three years of fundraising data. The award is a component of CASE’s Circle of Excellence program which honors exemplary advancement initiatives and activities by member educational entities throughout the world. For the 2010 award, 1,005 higher education institutions were eligible for consideration. The field was narrowed down to 253 college and universities. Ultimately, 34 organizations won awards – 20 in “Overall Performance” and 12, including the Clark College Foundation, for “Overall Improvement.”

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