2007 Innovation of the Year Award Winners

League for Innovation
Innovation Showcase

Established 25 years ago, the League's Innovation of the Year Award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations reflecting capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The award is designed to recognize staff at member colleges who have designed and implemented a significant innovation. Granting this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated community college educators who are working to create new programs, improve processes, and enhance the opportunities available in their communities.


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.


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 instructors, 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.


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, 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.

2007 Innovation of the Year Award Winners

In 2007, 39 awards were granted in seven 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, visit the Innovation of the Year Award Web page.

Anne Arundel Community College
Information Systems Security Program
Fred Klappenberger

Lane Community College
Learning Community: Excavating Creativity
Margaret Bayless, Jeffery Scott Bird, and Bonnie Simoa

Bristol Community College
Project Based Learning
Ted Boudria, Anthony Ucci, and Priscilla Grocer

Metropolitan Community College
Ron Sailors Culinary High School Invitational
JoEllyn Zuk and Beth Augustyn

Bucks County Community College
Focusing Professional Development While Developing Cross-Institutional Faculty/Staff Relationship
Annette L. Conn and Maureen McCreadie

Miami Dade College
Biotechnology Program
Kerrie Koslowe, Carlos Needham, Bryan Anderson, Heather Belmont, Valentine Negrouk, David Paul, and Merrill Irving

Butler Community College
A Rubbermaid "Real Life" Marketing Plan
Jared McGinley

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Electronic Early Alert System to Maximize Student Potential
Carrie Brimhall, Dave Dumbeck, Jennifer Arno, Carol Shipley, Marcus Harrell, Mary Buell, Nancy Rach, Paul Drange, and Robert Anderson

Cedar Valley College
Theatre Helping Education Move
Dan Rogers, C.A. Engleton, and the T.H.E.M. cast members

Monroe Community College
Distance Dental Hygiene Project
David Lawrence, Susan Forsyth, Charlene Blanchard, Marsha Bower, Nancy Rivaldo, and Saroj Viswanathan

Central Arizona College
Strategies for Data-Driven Labor Market Responsiveness
Linda Heiland and Bill Brown

Montgomery County Community College
E-Learning Faculty Training Program
Richard Greenwood, Susan Hauck, and John Mastroni (deceased)

Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC Television
David Rhew

Moraine Valley Community College
The Moraine Valley Learning Academy
Joe Chaloka, Leslie Warren, Ann Anderson, Kristine Christensen, Norma Grassini-Komara, Nicholas Hackett, Gina Miceli-Hoffman, Barbara Martin, and Misha Turner

Century College
Student Success Day
Susan Ehlers and Janet Wacker

Polk Community College
Distance Learning Certification for Faculty
Charles Fox and Jim Rhodes

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
myCGCC Portal
Audree Thurman, Ryan Cain, Ron Slamka, Brien Dieterle, Michael Berry, and Dawn Vucetich

SAIT Polytechnic
World Wide Instructional Design System: Pilot Project
Nicole McAlister, Jeanette McKee, and Neera Arora

Community College of Denver
Fast Start @ CCD
Ruth Brancard, Elaine DeLott Baker, Levi Crespin, Rosalinda Martinez, and Ranee Cervania

Salt Lake Community College
Podcasting to Support Teaching and Learning
David Hubert

Cuyahoga Community College
Math Cohort Project
Heather Snell Masterson and Linda Franko

San Diego Continuing Education
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Survivors' Book Club
Heike Kessler-Heiberg

Dakota County Technical College
Automotive Fundamentals and Success Strategies Learning Community
Margaret Milne and Mark Hickman

San Juan College
FAAB Express (Financial Aid, Admissions, and Business Express)
Cheryl Drangmeister, Marianne Harris, Lori Boognl, Edwinna Margheim, Adela Bob, Blanca Frias, and Dana Husted

El Paso Community College
El Paso Area College Readiness Consortium
Dennis Brown

Santa Fe Community College--FL
School of Construction
Jim McMullen, Linda Lanza-Kaduce, Kelly Tate, and Tony Pavai

Florida Community College at Jacksonville
SIRIUS Project
Donald Green

Seattle Community College
Mano a Mano
Seattle Central Community College

Foothill College
Math My Way
Nicole Gray, Phuong Lam, Faun Maddux, Rachel Mudge, Kathy Perino, and Peter Murray

Sinclair Community College
Attaching Outcomes to Courses Using a Curriculum Management Tool
Sue Merrell, Russ Little, Cheryl Stewart-Palafox, and Brian Cooney

Fox Valley Technical College
Wisc-Online Resource Center
Kay Chitwood, David Bunnow, Chad Blohowiak, Amy Bodoh, Ann DelPonte, Josh Janikowski, Pam Kuepper, Dean Lodes, and Gayla Ross

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Enhanced Learning with Camtasia
Cindy Bruner

Harford Community College
The Archaeology of Maryland Project
Sharon Stowers and Rhonda Deeg

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Artistic Readers
Mary McCormick

Henry Ford Community College
Virtual Theatricality Lab
George Popovich

St. Clair County Community College
Introduction to Online Instruction
Linda Davis

Hillsborough Community College
Accuplacer--College Placement Test Tutorial
Celeste Fenton

St. Louis Community College--Meramec Campus
VITA: A Workplace Experience
Markus Ahrens and Sue Counte

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Teaching Mathematics with the PC-Tablet
Richard Mitchell

Tompkins Cortland Community College
TC3 Goes Mobile
Marty Christofferson, Tim Densmore, and Brandon Wood

Indian River Community College
Power Plant Technology Institute
Chrys Panayiotou

Waubonsee Community College
2020 College Master Plan
Paula Amenta, Jeff Noblitt, Mary Pellico, Sue Long, Lesa Norris, Kris Stout, Scott Hollenback, Faith Marston, Leatha Ware, Cindy Hassing, Jane Regnier, John Fu, Todd Laufenberg, and Doug Jeppesen

Kapi'olani Community College
Podcasting in Language Teaching
Satoru Shinagawa