Faculty and Staff Brags

Faculty & Staff Brags

This is not an exhaustive list of the many distinguished awards received recently by TCC faculty & staff. Please submit your awards to TCC.Brags@tccd.edu.

  • Alaina Webb

    Adjunct Instructor of Sign Language Interpreting Program, Trinity River Campus

    Chosen to serve a three-year term on the Board of Evaluators of Interpreters Advisory Board beginning in June 2015.

  • Barbara Koerble

    Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Had one of her photographs, Infraform #4, accepted into the 2nd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition at Artspace 111.

  • Barbara Prellwitz

    Web Communications Assistant,

    Brandon Tucker

    Web Design Coordinator,

    Sara Tucker

    District Manager of Marketing,

    Aaron Estep

    Web Programmer

    Samantha Windschitl

    Web Content Editor

    Received an Award of Excellence in Online/Digital Tactics for the #TCCGrads social media campaign at the 2015 PRSA Worthy Awards.

  • Bill Coppola

    President, Southeast Campus

    Awarded the North Texas Community College Consortium 2nd Annual Jesse Jones Leadership Award at the fall leadership meeting.

  • Brandon Tucker

    Web Design Coordinator

    Stephen Fornal

    Manager of Web Development

    Received an Award of Excellence for the TCC 50th anniversary website at the 2015 PRSA Worthy Awards.

  • Brenna Sanders

    CIE Coordinator, Northeast Campus

    Graduated from the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy (CLARA) in 2015, completing the year-long regional leadership program created by the North Texas Community College Consortium.

  • Carrie Tunson

    Vice President of Community & Industry Education Services, Southeast Campus

    Received the Educator’s Award in Appreciation of her Outstanding Leadership and Support for the Grand Prairie NAACP.

  • Charles DeSassure

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Southeast Campus

    Selected to join the EDUCAUSE Reviewers committee in evaluating submissions for publication in the online EDUCAUSE Review.

  • Daniel Lim

    Library Specialist, Northeast Campus

    Kathryn Hill

    Administrative Assistant, Northeast Campus

    Both awarded Employee of the Year by the Northeast Campus Library for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Daniela Kojouharov

    Professor of Mathematics, Southeast Campus

    Featured in the September 2015 issue of Mansfield NOW Magazine. The article, "In the Kitchen with Daniela Kojouharov," featured several recipes from Kojouharov's homeland of Bulgaria.

  • District Communications, Public Relations & Marketing Team

    Suzanne Cottraux

    Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing

    Sara Tucker

    District Manager of Marketing Communications

    Rita Parson

    District Manager of Public Relations

    Kendra Prince

    District Editorial Coordinator

    DeeDra Parrish

    District Photographer

    Brandon Tucker

    District Web Design Coordinator

    Connie Wiebe

    Administrative Office Assistant

    Received an Award of Achievement in External Publications for REACH Magazine at the 2015 PRSA Worthy Awards.

  • Echo Wilson

    Instructor, Northwest Campus as the sole judge for the Mid-Cities Sonata/Sonatina Festival in April 2015. She will be involved in the First Van Cliburn Junior Competition.
  • Erich Tucker

    Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Campus

    at the Texas Flute Symposium at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Tucker performed military piccolo solos and ensembles at the Botanic Gardens for the Daughters of the American Revolution's Flag Day memorial celebration honoring Charlie Company's heroic efforts during the Vietnam War.
  • James Black

    Instructor of Geology, South Campus

    Named as TCCD’s co-principal investigator for an ongoing National Science Foundation-funded partnership with UT Arlington.

  • Janice Smith

    Dean of Math and Science, Northwest Campus

    Invited to participate on the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy Advisory Council hosted by the North Texas Community College Consortium.

  • Jessica Martinez

    Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Selected as Art Conspiracy's artist select, which debuted in May 2015. Also participated in an art charity auction called Skewed, hosted at Mokah gallery in Deep Ellum.

  • Jo Klemm

    Director of Library Services, Southeast Campus

    Chosen by the Texas State Library to rank and grade grant requests.

  • John Hartley

    Associate Professor of Art, Northwest Campus

    Participated in an exhibition titled "Realism" at M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK. Exhibiting artwork in "The Real Show" at the Old Jail Art Center and "The Second Annual Regional Exhibition" at Artspace 111.

  • John Lundberg

    Associate Professor of History, South Campus

    Appointed to the Board of Directors of the East Texas Historical Association. His three-year term commences in spring 2016.

  • Joseph Maestas

    Instructor of Health and Physical Sciences, Northwest Campus

    Identified as one of the top 10 community college instructors by Rate My Professors.

  • Joshua Tarbay

    Associate Professor, Department Chair of Kinesiology, Northwest Campus

    Appointed vice president of the Weatherford Independent School District Board of Trustees in this his third year on the board.

  • Judith Gallagher

    Associate Professor of English, Northwest Campus

    Selected as a program coordinator for the TexPREP program, which is a pre-engineering program for students who are entering their freshman year in high school and have ambitions to become engineers.

  • Kaleb Cameron

    DSS Coordinator, Southeast Campus

    Pamela (Baker) Buenau

    Academic Advisor, Southeast Campus

    Graduated from the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy, completing the year-long regional leadership program created by the North Texas Community College Consortium.

  • Karen Raulerson

    Student Development Associate, Northeast Campus

    Received the Northeast Campus Branding Iron Award for dedication in developing, organizing and supporting educational initiatives that improve teaching and learning.

  • Karmien Bowman

    Associate Professor of Art, Northeast Campus

    Her public art installation, "Leap Frogs," was installed at North Lakes Park in Denton, Texas. Park officials dedicated the four-part bronze sculpture in September 2015. The entire work stretches about 30 feet and is the first piece of public art in North Lakes Park.

  • LeeAnn Olivier

    English Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Selected to serve on the board of a Fort Worth Complementary and Integrative Health initiative.

  • Lindsey Dunnagan

    Adjunct instructor, Northwest Campus

    Selected for the New American Paintings publication (West Issue No. 120). Also a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize. Received an artist grant from the Puffin Foundation Ltd and has a solo show at Monterey Peninsula College in California.

  • Lisa Benedetti

    Dean of Humanities, Northwest Campus

    Selected to serve on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement.

  • Mark Loud

    Instructor Aviation, Northwest Campus

    Chaired the Alliance Fort Worth Airshow Committee and arranged for TCC instructors and students to volunteer.

  • Mary Waring

    Adjunct Communications Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Invited to be an advanced placement reader for the College Board’s Educational Testing Program. AP readers will meet in June to evaluate and score about 20 million free-response answers.

  • Mayra Olivares-Urueta

    Director of Student Development Services, Trinity River Campus

    Selected for the Leadership Fellows Program hosted at the National Community College Hispanic Council in September 2015. Was one of 18 participants from 12 states around the country.

  • Mike Jones

    Fire Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Named as board member for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, a state agency that regulates firefighting curriculum and standards for the State of Texas.

  • Monica Escobar-Leblanc

    Instructor of Dietetics, Southeast Campus

    Obtained designation of FAND (Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). This designation recognizes her professional accomplishments, valuable service to the public and pursuit of life-long learning.

  • Nelda Shelton

    Associate Professor, South Campus

    Selected to serve on the Better Business Bureau’s Board of Directors for the Consumer Education Foundation (CEF), a 501(c)(3) organization established to further the charitable and educational purposes of the BBB.

  • Nicole Foster

    Adjunct Humanities Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Selected as one of only 25 individuals from around the world to participate in the University of Manchester (UK) Summer Institute in Urban Studies.

  • Patricia Richards

    Associate Professor of Photography, Northeast Campus

    Exhibited her photography in "FUTURE IDENTITIES: Bodies, Places, Space" at the Laura Haber Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina; "Wet Weather" at the Don’t Take Pictures Gallery; "Women in Photography International" at I Am Digital; "International Exhibition 158" at Royal Photographic Society; "URBAN 2015" International Photo Exhibition at Klub Alchemia in Krakow, Poland; and Peter Palmquist "Women in Photography" international archive at Yale University.

  • Peter Jordan

    President, South Campus

    Recognized by the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association for his exemplary service within the Tarrant County community. Also elected president of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth East.

  • Rita Parson

    Manager of Public Relations, District

    Received an Award of Excellence in Writing: Column for the 50th anniversary article in REACH Magazine at the 2015 PRSA Worthy Awards.

  • Ramon Mireles

    Success Coach, Northwest Campus

    Elected to the Executive Board of Directors for Proyecto Inmigrante ICS, Inc. Elected as vice president of sector region for the Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity service organization.

  • Ree Hummond

    Instructional Associate Math Testing and Tutoring, Northwest Campus

    Produced the most viewed "Texas Success Initiative" videos on YouTube, with more than 75,000 views on his TSI review videos.

  • Rodney Smith

    Coordinator of Fire Services, Northwest Campus

    Named chair of North Texas Urban Search and Rescue working group. Will lead North Texas teams in preparing for large scale homeland security exercise in November 2016.

  • Sammie Sheppard

    Program Coordinator, Sign Language Interpreting Program, Trinity River Campus

    Chosen as one of six faculty members for the Summer Interpreting Institute, sponsored by Region 11, Region 20 and DARS (Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services) to provide a week of intensive instruction and mentoring for testing candidates for the state interpreting test.

  • Scott Robinson

    Dean of Humanities, Trinity River Campus

    Chosen for the selection committee for the inaugural ArtSouth Artist in Residence Program sponsored by Fort Worth South, Inc. The committee reviewed applications during June 2015. Published a scholarly essay entitled, "La Cerca/The Fence," in the international traveling exhibition catalogue Piero Fenci: La Cerca (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2015).

  • Shawna Gaccetta

    Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts, Southeast Campus

    Chosen for a $2,500 scholarship to Texas Women’s University and is a finalist for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Award.

  • Tina Ingram

    Health Services Coordinator, South Campus

    Won the Mentor of the Year Award at the annual Empowering Links Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 24 in the SSTU Dining Hall.

  • Tony Giardino

    Assistant Professor of Government, South Campus

    Received the Fowler Award for Outstanding Police Instructor, presented by the cadets of the 171st Police Academy class during their graduation ceremony in September 2015.

  • Tracy Williams

    Coordinator of Career Services, Northwest Campus

    Elected president of the Texas Cooperative Education and Internship Association (TxCEIA) during the 2015 Southwest Regional Conference in Fort Worth..

  • Trish Igo

    Art Professor, Northwest Campus

    Received a Juror's Pick Award for collaborative artwork and was selected for an online-showcase for Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah, GA.

  • Will Douglas

    Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Performed a concert at the 2015 Guitar Hamilton International Festival in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

  • Winter Rusiloski

    Associate Professor of Art, Northwest Campus

    Won the Tracy Family Award (2015 Moncrief Cancer Institute Award) at the Historic Fort Worth "Preservation is the Art of the City" awards ceremony.

  • Yolanda Sifuentes

    Coordinator of Special Projects, South Campus

    Honored by United Way Tarrant County for her outstanding dedication and contribution to Financial Fitness Dallas Fort Worth (FFDFW). Recognized as the Mentor of the Year at the 2015 Men of Color Banquet.

  • Zachary Frohlich

    Speech Instructor, Northwest Campus

    Alejandro Garza

    Assistant Professor of Spanish, Northwest Campus

    Each received a Golden Apple Award for outstanding and exemplary dedication to students.

2015 Chancellor's Excellence Awards

At the annual recognition event, faculty and staff were honored for their dedication and commitment to their students and to TCC’s institutional excellence.

Exemplary Teacher Awards

Receiving recognition for the Chancellor’s Awards for Exemplary Teacher were:

  • Meena Balakrishnan

    Northeast Campus Geography Professor

  • Kim Jackson

    Northwest Campus Dance Professor

  • Jeremy Byrd

    South Philosophy Professor

  • Tonya Blivens

    Southeast Campus Speech Instructor

  • Tyson McMillan

    Trinity River Campus Computer Science Professor

Employee Excellence Awards

Receiving recognition for the Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards were:

  • Demesia Razo

    Trinity River Campus student support coordinator

    for Access and Diversity

  • The Title IX Team

    for Forward Thinking

  • Northwest Campus Center for Excellence for Innovation and Creativity

    Northwest Campus Computer Science Day Team

    for Service to Community

  • Orlando Bagcal

    South Campus associate professor and construction management coordinator

    for Student Success

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