Gems of NCTC event honors outstanding employees

by Darin Allred | Mar 31, 2014 <p> </p>

Employees of North Central Texas College were honored at the annual "Gems of NCTC" banquet March 28 at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The event included special awards for faculty and staff, as well as recognition and awarding of service pins to employees.

The Employee of the Year award was presented to Melinda Carroll.

The Excellence in Teaching award was presented to Jill Swarner.

The Dr. Gordon Yeargan Adjunct Faculty of the Year award was presented to Anita McDonald. This award recognizes part-time faculty members who have made significant contributions to student learning, participation and skill acquisition through active-learning strategies and the creation of a dynamic learning environment.

The Lifelong Learning Instructor of the Year was presented to Tom Tweeddale.

Several staff members were honored for completing degrees in the past year. Cheryl Capuchina received a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of North Texas, Yvonne Sandmann received a Master of Science in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement from the University of North Texas, Nycole Comeaux received an Associate of Arts from NCTC, Blanca Hull received an Associate of Arts from NCTC, Preciosa Johnson received an Associate of Arts from NCTC, Roxanne Del Rio received a PhD in Higher Education from the University of North Texas, Cherly Furdge received a PhD in Sociology from Texas Woman's University, Judith Keller received an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas, and David Smith received a Master of Science in Nurse Education from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Several NCTC faculty members were honored with Innovations in Teaching awards including Gabrielle Fletcher for Mind the Gap; Cathy Carney, Kim Monday, Linda Flake, John Bryant and Dave Smith for Advancing Healthcare through Video, Documentation and Evaluation; and Julie Martin and Eryn Boyet for Smart Tablet SimPad Technology.

Sara Alford and Rochelle Gregory also received recognition from the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy.

Several NCTC employees were recognized for their years of service with the college and were presented with special service pins.

Ruby pins were presented to 5-year honorees including Judi Archer, Holly Bell, Marla Owens, Bridget Eddowes, Kathryn Fritz, John Bryant, Bill Kaven, Alyson Livingston, Jerry Jones, Debi Woolf, Dee Ann Brown, Kenny Smith and Richard Huckaby.

Emerald pins were presented to 10-year honorees including Melinda Carroll, Gabrielle Fletcher, Karla Lynch, Shirley Meek, Judith Rodgers, Jimmy Staples, Shane Studdard, Thom Talbott and Crystal Wright.

Sapphire pins were presented to 15-year honorees including Eva Beck, Theresa Benton, Bill Bernard, Djuana Forrester, Debbie Frost, Pamela Livingston, Mary Martinson, Arvona Mills and Janie Neighbors.

Single Diamond pins were presented to 20-year honorees including Robert Adams, Van Hedrick and Debbie Huffman

A Double Large Diamond pin was presented to 40-year honoree Eddie Hadlock.

Several retirees were also honored including Steve Broyles (13 years of service), Ken Reed (13 years of service), Maria Cecilia Salisbury (16 years of service) and Homer Holliday (34 years of service).

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE - Melinda Carroll (top row, third from left) was presented with the Employee of the Year award by North Central Texas College President Dr. Eddie Hadlock (right) and last year's recipient Misty Clark (left) at the Gems of NCTC event March 28. Joining Carroll was her family.

TOP TEACHER - Jill Swarner (center) was presented with the Excellence in Teaching award by NCTC Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Brent Wallace (left) and last year's recipient Kevin Eubanks at the Gems of NCTC banquet on March 28 in Gainesville.