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Awards & Recognition - 2011-2012 Academic Year


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 Dr. Linda Lujan Honored as Educator of the Year by Si Se Puede

Congratulations to CGCC President Dr. Linda Lujan, who, along with Chandler Unified Superintendent, Camille Casteel and seven other K-12 colleagues, was recognized as a Cesar E. Chavez Educator of the Year by the Si Se Puede Foundation at the 12th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Educators of the Year Awards dinner on March 31, 2012. The event, attended by more than 450 elected officials, industry leaders, community members, foundation board, and students included keynote addresses from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Mitchell and State Representative Catherine Miranda.   


An excerpt from her nomination is as follows - "Dr. Lujan is a mentor and role model to young women.  She can relate to having a busy, demanding family and balancing the time required for classroom, study time, and family time. She serves as a full-time administrator with dignity, grace, and leadership.  Dr. Lujan freely shares her personal story as an adult re-entry student who juggled home, school, and work in order to inspire and motive other women to continue their educational journey."  

 Vanessa Sandoval Named CGCC's WLG "Woman of Distinction"

Congratulations to CGCC communications faculty, Vanessa Sandoval, who was honored with the Women's Leadership Group 2012 "Woman of Distinction" Distinguished Achievement Award, which was presented to her at the annual Women's Leadership Luncheon on April 25 at SMCC.

Vanessa's nomination read as follows:"Vanessa Sandoval's leadership influence has been far reaching, from individual students to the community at large.  Her first calling is as a faculty member to advance the learning and lives of individual students.  As Communication faculty at CGCC for over a decade, Vanessa has influenced hundreds of women in her classroom to gain confidence in their public speaking and small group, interpersonal, and other communication skills.... She is an example of continual learning herself, as she recently completed her second Master's degree.  She is a strong advocate for others and her positive and uplifting attitude permeates all areas of her life."  

 CGCC Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

CGCC has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the 6th year in a row CGCC has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Of the 513 colleges and universities from across the U.S. named to the Honor Roll, CGCC was one of just 110 that received the recognition of Honor Roll with Distinction, and the only Arizona community college to receive this honor.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

CGCC engaged students and staff in more than 85,000 hours of service during the 2010-11 academic year. In addition to students participating in academic service learning related to their curricula, including English, biology, communications, business, education, nutrition, sociology, psychology, and mathematics, many clubs and organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa, the HEAT Club (the Hands-On Environmental Action Team), and the HELP Club (Hands Enriching Life Program) also devoted hundreds of hours to their community engaged in various fund-raising and service projects.

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 U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S.
Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


 The Personal Librarian (PL) Named CGCC 2011-12 Innovation of the Year


Congratulations to 2011-12 Innovation of the Year Award winners: Carol Dichtenberg, Library faculty; Dr. Larry Miller, Library faculty; Barbara Stott, Library faculty; Miguel Fernandez, Composition faculty; Mary Beth Burgoyne, Library faculty; Nina Rhorer, Adjunct Composition faculty; Deborah Stewart, Adjunct Composition faculty; Casey Kadavy, Adjunct Composition faculty; Dr. Carol Smith, MCC Composition faculty, Dr. Kim Chuppa-Cornell, Library faculty; Vanessa Sandoval, Communications faculty; Rosa Ellingson, Adjunct Composition faculty.

“PL” is a partnership between online composition, communication, and library faculty to design effective information literacy instruction in the virtual classroom. The partnership creates a type of new learning community in that aspects of the online courses are co-taught and co-designed by cross-disciplinary faculty members to ensure greater student success.

Recently, library faculty realized they were not adequately reaching online ENG 102 students, so they approached composition faculty to propose the idea of an “embedded librarian.” Library faculty first learned of this concept from a Teaching and Learning with Technology presentation in May 2009. They researched further and found that the literature on students’ use of online sources confirmed that, despite familiarity with social networking technologies, today’s students need more direct information and literacy instruction in the digital environment (for example, Head 2007, 2008, Head and Eisenberg 2009). Composition and library faculty met in summer 2009 to develop the first phase of the model (which they called the Personal Librarian or “PL”) and to form partners. Online COM 263 faculty joined the project spring of 2010.


 Diane Travers Receives Diversity Advisory Council Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Diane Travers, Communications Faculty, for receiving the Diversity Advisory Council Award of Excellence. Diane is being recognized for her Service-Learning class project at the Chandler-Gilbert ARC Day Treatment Center. ARC serves adults with developmental disabilities ranging from severe autism to brain injuries to downs syndrome. Diane's students use their communications skills and theory from class as they engage in socializing, assisting in arts & crafts, assisting with lunch, and dancing. Students perceptions about people with disabilities change through this experience and they put into practice what they are learning in the classroom.

Diane was be honored at the Diversity Advisory Council award reception on March 29, 2012.

 Marketing & PR Wins Two Medallions from the National Council of Marketing & Public Relations

Congratulations to Marketing & Public Relations Department, who received two Medallion Awards from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations for 2010-2011.  Marketing & PR received a gold Medallion for its series of 60 second video spots, and a bronze Medallion for the Coyote logo redesign.  Judges included representatives from business and industry as well as students. 

Marketing & PR has received a total of 44 Medallion Awards in the past 12 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.


 Adjunct Faculty Mike Mazzatenta Wins Music Competition

Congratulations to CGCC adjunct music faculty Mike Mazzatenta, who recently took 1st place in the Bells of the Sound handbell composition competition, “All That Jazz,” for his original blues piece entitled, "The Glad Sound Blues."

 Dr. Darien Ripple, Marybeth Mason Receive Gilbert Community Excellence Award


Philosophy faculty Dr. Darien Ripple and former Dean of Community Affairs Marybeth Mason were honored in November at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards.


Darien Ripple was recognized as “CGCC Educator of the Year.” An excerpt from his nomination is as follows: "CGCC Philosophy faculty Dr. Darien Ripple is an expert in both Philosophy and Sustainability, and his passion in these areas is evident both in and out of the classroom.  In 2009, Darien developed the college’s Certificate in Sustainability and Ecological Literacy, which serves to enhance students’ understanding of sustainable living practices associated with economics, equity and the environment.  An advocate of experiential learning, Darien challenges his students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to their everyday lives.   Each summer for the past 6 years, Darien has hosted a study abroad program to Belize in which students have the opportunity to gain a better understanding and awareness of international politics, environmental sustainability, and cultural diversity.”


Marybeth Mason was recognized as "CGCC Staff Member of the Year." An excerpt from her nomination is as follows: “
Marybeth Mason began her career at CGCC more than 20 years ago.  In every role, whether as a faculty member, Faculty Development Coordinator, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, or in her role as CGCC’s Dean of Community Affairs, she has always gone above and beyond in her commitment to students and the college.  Her passion has always been student success and her goals are focused on improving the learning experiences of students in and out of the classroom. When other colleges were struggling with enrollment management, Marybeth took the lead on CGCC’s “Every Student Counts” initiative. Through this project, Marybeth brought a cross section of the college together and created a new awareness that it is every employee’s role to be committed to student enrollment and student success."


 Dr. J. Edmund Hughes Receives the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery Award

Congratulations to CGCC music faculty Dr. J. Edmund Hughes, who was honored on October 4, 2011, at the Mayor's Breakfast with the Arts, an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Town of Gilbert, the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, and Gilbert Public Schools. 

Dr. Hughes was the recipient of the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery Award, which recognizes those in the Arts field who have provided the community with services enabling an expansion in the scope and quality of the Arts.

The Mayor's Breakfast with the Arts was created to honor those who have supported arts and arts education in Gilbert. 

 Cindy Barnes Pharr Honored by the Town of Gilbert

The town of Gilbert honored 13 history makers connected to the town in November, including CGCC's Dean of Community Affairs & Resource Development, Cindy Barnes Pharr. The 13 awards were given in 12 categories, including commerce, agriculture, military, and sports. 

Cindy was honored for being instrumental in the success of the Gilbert Youth Soccer Association (GYSA). Over the past 20 years she helped grow GYSA from 600 participants to 2,600.  In 1987 as a freshman attending CGCC , Cindy began volunteering for GYSA as part of community service project for a reading class.  She was a constant advocate and fundraiser for soccer fields and worked with the town to build Hetchler Park, which serves 5,000 youth annually. Cindy has also served on the town's parks and recreation board for 14 years. 


 Jesus Chaidez Hernandez Named Diversity Award Recipient


Congratulations to Jesus Chaidez Hernandez, Coordinator of Student Recruitment, who was named as the CGCC recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in January, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic.  Each year, the CGCC Athletic Department honors an employee who consistently promotes inclusiveness and diversity at the college.

Jesus' nomination is as follows:
Jesus Chaidez Hernandez, Manager of Student Recruitment & Orientation at Chandler-Gilbert Community College plays a significant role in creating and supporting environments that allow for students of all backgrounds to come together for one purpose - focus on life and success.

Over the past 12 years, Jesus has worked with community leaders, college faculty & staff, as well as students of all ages to integrate activities on college campuses that stimulate social diversity, and intellectual and moral growth among all students.

Jesus’ appreciation of diversity issues and perspectives provide him with the opportunities to always meet new people. His willingness to be open minded to new ideas, coupled with his understanding of cultural differences, allow him to develop tremendous interpersonal relationships with students and peers. He represents CGCC around the Maricopa Community College District and in the community as a role model for not only Latino students but all students, faculty, and staff at CGCC.