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2007-2008 Awards & Recognition

Scott Adamson and Frank Wilson Co-Author Calculus Text

Scott Adamson and Frank Wilson co-authored an Applied Calculus text book, which was published by Cengage Learning in June 2008.

Geared toward business and social science majors, this text equips students with the analytical tools and technological skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Uncomplicated language and a straightforward writing style promote conceptual understanding. The incorporation of real-life applications, examples, and data analysis and interpretation helps to engage students.

President Hesse Receives Gilbert Leadership Award

Congratulations to President Maria Hesse, who was recently awarded the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award.

The Gilbert Leadership Award recognize a current class member or alumni of the Gilbert Leadership Program who has contributed extraordinarily to promoting and enhancing the Chamber’s Gilbert Leadership program.


Jeff Mason Inducted into Arizona High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Jeff Mason, CGCC athletics director, was inducted into the Arizona High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on May 30, 2008.

Jeff coached high school baseball for 18 years at Apache Junction High School and Chandler High School, winning back-to-back State championships and Arizona High School Baseball Coach of the Year honors in 1976 and 1977.


Pushpa Ramakrishna Receives Service-Learning Faculty Award

Kudos to Pushpa Ramakrishna, Biology faculty, the recipient of the 2007-08 Service-Learning Faculty Award. Since the CGCC service-learning program began more than 15 years ago, Pushpa has served in the community with her students, designing a variety of environmentally sustainable projects, including activities in partnership with the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Gardening for Humanity, and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Working together with her students and the director of Planning for Gilbert, they hold the Feathered Friends Festival each year, which has been attended by thousands. In addition, her students studying genetic and developmental disabilities serve at agencies such as Hacienda de los Angeles and Citadel Care Center.


Chris Schnick Receives MCCCD Foundation Award

Congratulations to English faculty Chris Schnick, recipient of the Maricopa Foundation's Outstanding Employee award for 2007-2008.

An excerpt from his nomination is as follows -

"Since 1997, Chris Schnick has distinguished himself as an extraordinary and innovative residential English faculty member and leader on campus, throughout the district, in the community, and around the nation. He has been an active leader in service-learning, learning communities, civic engagement, and global education, using them as a part of his curriculum and serving tirelessly on college and district committees to advance these initiatives with others."

The Maricopa Colleges Foundation sponsors an annual program to recognize employees within the Maricopa County Community College District who have made outstanding contributions to advance the mission of the District. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded in the recipient's name to a Maricopa County Community College student.

Persons are nominated by members of the Maricopa family and selected by a committee of Foundation board members.


Caryl Terrell-Bamiro Receives MCCCD Award for Excellence

Caryl Terrell-Bamiro, English faculty, was selected as CGCC's recipient of the MCCCD Diversity Advisory Council Award for Excellence, a program designed to recognize and promote excellence in diversity and inclusion efforts at each college in support of Maricopa’s commitment to student success.

Caryl has sounded a clear and unwavering call for diversity and inclusion at CGCC for more than two decades. In 2001, Caryl’s personal efforts to support diversity were formalized when she was asked by former CGCC President Arnette Ward to be one of the chairs of CGCC's new Diversity Committee. Their goal was to develop a plan that demonstrated CGCC's commitment to creating and enhancing a civil, safe, and comfortable learning and work environment.

Caryl currently chairs CGCC's Diversity Committee, represents CGCC as Diversity Coordinator, functions as a member of the International Intercultural Committee, and contributes regularly to EXPRESSIONS, Maricopa’s Diversity Newsletter.


Elizabeth Chain Receives Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award

Congratulations to adjunct faculty Elizabeth Chain, recipient of the CGCC Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award.

Elizabeth Chain has taught Mathematics and Engineering for CGCC for the last six years. She has taught all levels of mathematics offered at CGCC, from basic math to differential equations, and online sections.

She attends ArizMATYC and Educo training sessions and has participated in active learning workshops and in the Mathematics Adjunct Professional Development Awards Program. Her observations and evaluations are consistently excellent.

Elizabeth has an exceptional rapport with her students, creating a safe classroom environment so they are comfortable not only answering questions, but asking them as well.


Dr. Lori Girschick Publishes "Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men"

Sociology faculty Dr. Lori Girshick’s newest book, Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men, was published by University Press of New England this spring. Her book, based on 150 in-depth interviews, brings together the voices of sex- and gender-diverse people who speak with absolute candor about their lives.


Dr. Regi Munro Receives UW-Eau Claire President's Award

Dr. Regi Munro was recently selected as a recipient of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire President's Award. This is one of the highest awards a graduate of UW-Eau Claire can receive.

The President's Award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.


WLG Honors Lois Bartholomew as "Woman of Distinction"

Congratulations to Vice President of Student Affairs, Lois Bartholomew, who was honored with the Women's Leadership Group 2008 "Woman of Distinction" Distinguished Achievement Award, which will be presented to her at the group's 10th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon in April.

Some excerpts from her nomination included:

  • "When students find themselves in financial and personal difficulties, I have known Lois to give them money (her personal money, not college money), invite them to stay at her home, lend them her car, or provide them a meal. She is masterful at connecting students to professional resources and services, but she often generously contributes her own personal resources as well. This speaks volumes to students about the degree to which she is committed to them as individuals."
  • "Lois has an uncanny ability to help people consider their futures and plan the lives they want to lead. They say one of the marks of a good leader is their ability to develop their employees. Lois has supported and developed her own employees as well as many other employees around CGCC and the district."
  • Lois is "energetic, creative, cooperative and always focused on results."
  • "Lois always encourages her students and staff to never give up on their dreams and always believe in themselves."

Lois has been a dynamic leader within MCCCD for over two decades. She is a passionate student advocate who goes out of her way to help students be successful in college and is a mentor to employees, always encouraging them to achieve their goals. Her leadership promotes a caring culture for both students and employees. Lois is a wonderful combination of talent, passion, and heart, which continues to advance both CGCC and its students.

SEE Your World Named CGCC's 2007-08 Innovation of the Year

Congratulations to 2007-2008 CGCC Innovation of the Year award winners - Chris Schnick and the entire SEE Your World Team, including the Faculty Development Team, the Office of Student Life and Leadership, the Service Learning Team, the Facilities Staff, the Marketing Department, Media Services, the Offices of Academic and Administrative Services, the Office of Student Affairs, the Library Staff, the HEAT Club, the Black Student Union, and Phi Theta Kappa, for winning this year's CGCC Innovation of the Year!

CGCC's college-wide co-curricular theme, SEE Your World, asks students to critically examine social, environmental and economic issues both in and outside the classroom. CGCC faculty, staff and students work collaboratively to create a calendar of events, speakers, and panel discussions, designed to support and enhance classroom learning by actively engaging students on campus and in the local and global community.

Pictured: First row (l to r): Trish Niemann (Marketing), Teri Moser (Service Learning), Kim Chuppa-Cornell (Faculty Development), Damien Hernandez (Marketing)

Second row (l to r): Caryl Terrell-Bamiro (Faculty Development), Barbara Stott (Library), Larry Miller (Library), Pam Davenport (Faculty Development)

Third row (l to r): Tom Foster (Faculty Development), Corey Bartlett (Media), Elijah Swift (Faculty Development), Heather Horn (Faculty Development)

Fourth row (l to r): Bill Mullaney (Faculty Development), Madelson Raymond (Black Student Union), Mike O’Brien (Phi Theta Kappa), Chris Schnick (Faculty Development)


Pushpa Ramakrishna Published in "Proceedings of the Natl Academy of Sciences"

CGCC Biology faculty Pushpa Ramakrishna recently had her article entitled, "Niche adaptation and genome expansion in the chlorophyll d-producing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina" published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

Co-authors included: Wesley D. Swingley, Min Chen, Patricia C. Cheung, Amber L. Conrad, Liza C. Dejesa, Jicheng Hao, Barbara M. Honchak, Lauren E. Karbach, Ahmet Kurdoglu, Surobhi Lahiri, Stephen D. Mastrian, Hideaki Miyashita, Lawrence Page, Soichiro Satoh, W. Matthew Sattley, Yuichiro Shimada, Heather L. Taylor, Tatsuya Tomo, Tohru Tsuchiya, Zi T. Wang, Jason Raymond, Mamoru Mimuro, Robert E. Blankenship, and Jeffrey W. Touchman.


CGCC named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been named for the second year in a row to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Of the nation's 1100 community colleges, 68 community colleges were among the recipients.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Education.


Patrick Michael Finn Publishes First Novella

English faculty member Patrick Michael Finn published his first novella, A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich (Cleveland State University Press, 2008) in February.

Finn’s previous publications include, “Where the Beautiful Ladies Dance for You,” which was published by Houghton Mifflin, and was included in the Best American Mystery Stories, 2004; as well as various pieces in TriQuarterly, The Richmond Review, Ploughshares, and Punk Planet.


Paquita Garatea Published in Journal of the Society of Basque Studies in America

History faculty Paquita Garatea authored an essay entitled, “Etxekoandreak: Basque Women and their Boarding Houses,” which was published in the annual Journal of the Society of Basque Studies in America (New York).


CGCC Cable Commercial Receives a 'Telly Award'

CGCC's television commercial, which airs on Cox Cable Television at various times throughout the year, recently received a 2007 Telly Award. Marketing & Public Relations worked with Cox Media to produce the commercial.

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercial and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. The 28th Annual Telly Awards received over 14,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

For more information about the Telly Awards or to see 2007 award recipients, access


Dr. Barbara Magenheim Recognized as Contributing Writer in Nursing Text

Nursing Faculty Dr. Barbara Magenheim was recently recognized for her work as a contributing writer for a new book entitled "Mosby's Comprehensive Review of Practical Nursing for the NCLEX-PN Examination" authored by Mary O. Eyles.

Her contribution was primarily in the writing and reviewing of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) style questions used in the book. Barbara has reviewed and served as a content expert on other Mosby & Lippincott nursing textbooks in the past

Congratulations Barbara!


Bill Mullaney Published in "Steinbeck Review"

This fall, Language and Humanities Division Chair and faculty member Bill Mullaney had his article, "Uncle Tom's Flophouse: John Steinbeck's Cannery Row as a (Post-Feminist) Sentimental Novel" published in the Fall 2007 Steinbeck Review. The piece examines the appeal of Cannery Row to contemporary students, focusing on Steinbeck's deep-rooted humanity and interesting subversion of gender stereotypes.


Scott Adamson Receives AMATYC Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to math faculty Dr. Scott Adamson, recipient of the 2007 American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Teaching Excellence Award.

The Teaching Excellence Award is intended for educators who have made outstanding contributions to mathematics or mathematics education at a two-year college. Teaching excellence is the main focus of the award.

Scott was among eight awardess from across the U.S. who were honored at annual AMATYC conference in Minneapolis in October. AMATYC President Kathy Mowers presented each awardee with a medallion from AMATYC, and Jennifer Jones of Houghton Mifflin presented each with a $500 check for professional development.


Joshua Gottry Receives ASCAPLUS Award

Joshua Daniel Gottry, adjunct music faculty, was chosen as an ASCAPLUS award winner in the Concert Music Division. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based on the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original composition as well as recent performances.


Marketing & Public Relations Receives Six Medallion Awards

The Marketing & Public Relations Department recently received six Medallion Awards from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations for 2006-2007. Marketing & PR received three gold Medallions for the college's class schedule, catalog/handbook, and an event poster; two silver Medallions for an event poster and a brochure/flyer; and a bronze Medallion for a print ad series.

Marketing & PR has received a total of 31 Medallion Awards in the past 8 years.

The National Council of Marketing and Public Relations Medallion Awards are designed to recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community, junior, and technical colleges.


Shared Futures Grant: Global Learning and Social Responsibility Extension

Under the leadership of faculty Dr. Paul Petrequin and Chris Schnick, the CGCC Shared Futures team once again participated in the AAC&U Shared Futures Project.

The 2007-08 team included Mark Mason, Dr. Roy Schiesser, Dr. Heather Horn, Dr. Sujatha Krishnaswamy, Dr. Ade Banjoko, and Dr. Paul Petrequin.

The grant was funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Fund for Improving Post Secondary Education (FiPSe) as part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility Initiative.

This grant supported a network of colleges and universities who worked together to incorporate global learning goals into general education science programs and to prepare students for citizenship in a world of global change and interdependence.


Paul Petrequin, Chris Schnick Published in "Diversity & Democracy"

CGCC history faculty Paul Petrequin and English faculty Chris Schnick were recently published in American Association of College's and Universities (AAC&U) publication, "Diversity & Democracy." Their article, entitled, "Deconstructing the American Dream through Global Learning," discusses how "civic engagement work in the context of global learning [is] a step towards deliberative dialogue about U.S. diversity issues."

AAC&U is the leading national association committed to advancing and improving liberal education for all students. "Diversity & Democracy" is a publication which supports academic leaders and educators as they design and reshape their diversity programs, civic engagement initiatives, and global learning opportunities to better prepare students for principled action in today's complex world.

This article can be accessed at


Kim Chuppa-Cornell Published in "The Community College Humanist"

English & Humanities faculty Kim Chuppa-Cornell was recently published in "The Community College Humanist," a tri-annual publication of the Community College Humanities Association.

Kim's article, "Beyond Sights and Sounds: Documentary Analysis in the Classroom," discusses the educational benefits students in her Contemporary Humanities class receive through the completion of a documentary film analysis project. This project enables students to take the analytical skills and content knowledge they have gained throughout the semester while they've been working in various historical contexts, and apply them to contemporary arts -- documentary films from their own lifetimes.


CGCC Receives AASHE Sustainability Award

Chandler-Gilbert Community College was one of four colleges nationwide to receive the 2007 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award in the category of two year institutions, at the 7th biennial "Greening of the Campus" conference on September 6 at Ball State University.

Presented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the award recognizes institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding overall commitment to sustainability in their governance and administration, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach.