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2011 Innovation of the Year Award Winners

May 2011, Volume 6, Number 5

2011 Innovation of the Year Award Winners
From the League

Established in 1982, the League’s Innovation of the Year Award was initiated to recognize innovations that reflect extraordinary achievement and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The award provides an opportunity to showcase the innovations and the dedicated community college educators who are working to create new programs, improve processes, and enhance the opportunities available in their communities.

Criteria. Selection of award recipients is based on the following criteria established by the League:

  • Quality. Students and/or staff agree that the innovation increases quality in the course, program, office, or institution.
  • Efficiency. The innovation contributes to more efficient processes.
  • Cost Effectiveness. The innovation adds value to the institution while containing or reducing costs.
  • Replication. The innovation is easy to replicate at other institutions.
  • Creativity. The innovation is original and creative.
  • Timeliness. The innovation is not more than five years old in the institution, allowing plenty of time for it to be tested.

Nomination. To begin the nomination process, each college announces the Innovation of the Year award competition at its institution. The individual college forms a local committee to establish college-specific criteria and select the college’s award winner. The League encourages participating colleges to seek nominations from all areas of the college, including full- and part-time faculty, student services staff, administrators, and support personnel. The award celebrates the innovation as well as those who designed and implemented it; therefore, a single nomination will include both the innovation and the people who developed it.

Selection. Each participating college determines the selection process it will use and follows that process to select its Innovation of the Year award recipient. The college shares information about the winning innovation with the League office, including a brief description of the innovation and the names, job titles, and a photograph of the personnel who developed the innovation. The League presents an Innovation of the Year award to each participating college’s winning innovation.

Honoring Local Award Recipients. Participating colleges have a variety of ways to celebrate their local winners and further emphasize the value of innovation in community college education. Some colleges plan special award ceremonies, recognition programs, receptions, or dinners to honor and celebrate their award recipients. A number of colleges provide each member of the winning team with funding to attend a League conference. Participating colleges often issue news releases announcing the selection, and some publish pamphlets or booklets featuring the winning innovation.

2011 Innovation of the Year Award Winners. In 2011, 54 awards were granted in eight categories: (1) workforce preparation and development; (2) learning and teaching; (3) student services and activities; (4) research, assessment, and accountability; (5) resource development; (6) basic skills and developmental education; and (7) leadership and organization. To learn more about the competition and how your college can participate, contact LaRita Phillips at phillips@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

Anne Arundel Community College
Student Success Summit
Martha A. Smith
Baton Rouge Community College
BRCC Data Summit: Using Data to Illustrate the Interconnectivity of Faculty and Staff
Ann Zanders and Shana Corvers
Bridgemont Community and Technical College
Blasting Technology AAS Program
Matt Earnest, Earl Waytowich, and Brian Wingfield
Calhoun Community College
Dual Enrollment Emergency Medical Technician Training Program
Mark Branon
Central Community College
Dawson County Nursing Opportunities Project
Deb Brennan, Marcie Kemnitz, Charlotte Pasco, Susan Oliver, Linda Wiltrout, Michelle Setlik, Marni Nelson-Snyder, and Jeanette Vincent-Osman
Central Lakes College
Renewable Energy Crop Production
DelRay Lecy, Robert Schafer, Rebecca Best, Ron Nelson, and Shelly Johnson (not pictured)
Central Wyoming College
Rural Justice Training Center at Central Wyoming College
Jeff Hosking, Mark Stone, and Eric Heiser
Century College
Bridge to Success Program
Century College Faculty and Staff
Clark State Community College
Innovative Internships in Cyber-Security
Dan J. Heighton
Community College of Allegheny County
Computerized Testing Incorporating Blackboard Instructional Technology
Stephen W. Bannister, Norman L. Johnson, and Carol Stokes
Community College of Baltimore County
Towson University Freshman Transition Program
Ann Gamble
Community College of Philadelphia
Center for Male Engagement
Michael Robinson, Daryl Bright, Jack Drummond, Kevin Covington, and William Dunbar
Cuyahoga Community College
5/5/5 Combination Course
Heather Snell-Masterson
Delta College
Academic Service Learning at Delta College
Karen Wilson, Teresa Stitt, Michelle White, and Nancy Vader-McCormick
El Paso Community College
Math Emporiums for Developmental Education Students
Lucy Michal, Edith Aguirre, Ivette Chuca, Lisa Juliano, and Dianna Orrantia
Fanshawe College
Community Consultancy Program
Rhonda Payne
Foothill College
Innovative Strategies for Community College Mental Health in California
Melanie Hale
Gateway Community and Technical College
The Development of an International Training and Certification Program
Thomas Collins, Anthony Clarke, and Yvonne Meichtry
Grand Rapids Community College
Composite Technician Training
Julie Parks, Mary Hofstra, Paul Dickensheets, and Steve Busch
Greenville Technical College
Outdoor Living and Learning Lab
Lee Edwards and Kathy Ferrell
Henry Ford Community College
Student Political Issues Convention
Henry Bowers, Anthony Perry, Eric Rader, and Cynthia Stiller
Hillsborough Community College
Online Library Orientations
Kristin Heathcock and Jeremy Bullian
Hocking College
George Petrovay, Rick McChristian, Rebecca Johnson, and Guy Taylor
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Growing Opportunities
Leonhard Lechner and Melanie Sifton
Indian River State College
Innovation of the Year: Indian River State College Tutoring Lab
Henri Sue Bynum, Marta Cronin, Kelly Amatucci, Mindy Pollock, and Adam Carroll
Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
Alternative Energy & Fuel-Efficient Eco-Friendly Cars
Cheong Kam Weng, Lim Chin Khiong, Chew Yong Hui, Chua Sing Ming, Enoch Choon Zeh Kwong, Cheong Fook Loy, Tay Kwee Huat, Yuen Soon Seng, Syed Mustaffa Kamal Din, Lim Yam Meng, Tay Teng Koon, Alfred Tan Wee Hion, and Gregory Lim Sin Chye
Johnson County Community College
Kansas Studies Institute
James Leiker
Lake-Sumter Community College
General Education Assessment
Gary Sligh and Jane Scott
Lane Community College
Sustainability Coordinator AAS Degree
Margaret Robertson, Jennifer Hayward, Susie Cousar, and Claudia Owen
Leeward Community College
Language Conversation Groups
Beth Kupper-Herr
Miami Dade College, Hialeah Campus
The Virtual-Coach System Advances Student Success
Maria I. Garcia, Rene Garcia, Aneisah Castro, Jean Alcime, Corrinne Lockamy, and Ivonne Cruz
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Multi Campus Telephony
Dave Overby
Monroe Community College
Safe Zone Project
Don Beech, Marlene Fine, Bess Watts, and Julie White
Montgomery County Community College
Minority Male Mentoring Program
Steady Moono, Leonard Bass, and Michael Jackson
Moraine Valley Community College
Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance Program
Laurie Anema, Sue Linn, and Joann Wright
North Arkansas College
Career Pathways Initiative, North Arkansas College
Career Pathways Initiative Employment Skills Conference
North Hennepin Community College
College Prep Program
Terry Jaakkola and Mary Klis
Onondaga Community College
Campus Emergency Broadcast System
Fred Carpenter and Douglas Kinney
Ozarks Technical Community College
Why all the Information? Orienting Students to Campus
Hal Higdon, Cliff Davis, Joan Barrett, Joel Doepker, and Jeff Johnson
Paradise Valley Community College
Puma Athletic Web System (PAWS)
Sam Fraulino, Paul Golisch, Todd Lehman, George Mathew, Carol Myers, Brad Olsen, Jason Pociask, David Preston, Greg Silcox, Marc Varner, and Corey Weidner
Highlands Community College
Connecting Education with Economic Development through Career Pathways
Chris Mahla
Pitt Community College
Financial Aid Probation Intervention
Happy Gingras and Jasmin Spain
Queensborough Community College
The Student Wiki Interdisciplinary Group
Jean Darcy
Red River College
Red River College Reporting Website
Chris Kwasniowski and Clayton Rumley
Salt Lake Community College
SLCC One-Stop Veterans Center
Darlene Goldman Head, Eric Weber, and Jim Kopeky
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College African American/Latino Male Leadership Summit
Joi Blake, Genevieve Esguerra, Star Rivera-Lacey, and Pedro Noguera
Seattle Community Colleges
Helping displaced workers to ‘Start Next Quarter’
John Bowers, Janice Brooks, Mary Lockman, Keith Marler, Wendy Price, and Nancy Verheyden
Sinclair Community College
Adjunct Faculty Certification Course
Katherine Rowell, Kent Zimmerman, Sally Struthers, Lalitha Locker, Heidi Arnold, and Phyllis Williams
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
The Weekly Albertan: Producing a newspaper through student collaboration
Brenda Klassen, Willem Sijpheer, Tyler Nagel, Kevin Udahl, Peter Masch, Jim Cunningham, and Jim Drever
Southwest WI Technical College
Southwest Academy for 21st Century Excellence
Julie Pluemer
St. Louis Community College at Meramec
Adjunct Faculty Support Reading Program
Christine Padberg
Wallace State Community College
Common Read Experience
Mary Barnes, Beth Johnson, Lauren Cantrell, Clay Cobb, Leigh Ann Courington, Mona Hopper, Gayle Ledbetter, Susan O'Rear, Whit Rice, Mike Salerno, Courtney Walker, and  Sally Warren
York Technical College
Advising Course
Laura Sturgis


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