Six From SCF Receive National Excellence Awards

(Bradenton, Fla., May 17, 2012) - Six National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award recipients from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will be recognized at the 2012 International Institute Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held in Austin, Texas, from May 27- 30.

The award recognizes exemplary faculty, staff and administrators at community colleges nationwide. SCF recipients are Peg Beck, executive director of human resources; Gladys Green, assistant professor, social and behavioral sciences; Dr. Cheri Kittrell, associate professor, social and behavioral sciences; Patricia Ramirez, customer service coordinator, financial aid; and Maria Spelleri, assistant professor, language and literature. Dr. Felix Rizk also will be honored posthumously with a 2012 NISOD Excellence Award medallion.

Spelleri and Rizk also received the 2012 Vice President’s Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes recipients that exemplify qualities of teaching excellence, engage in collegewide activities and have an extensive history of service to the institution.

As a dedicated professor, Rizk, who died in December 2011, made tremendous contributions to SCF and the local community and was a highly regarded and respected colleague for his leadership, friendship and community service.

Spelleri has been exemplary in her role as a faculty member through her teaching and service to SCF. She developed the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program in Venice and was the first instructor in the EAP program to achieve eLearning certification, allowing SCF to offer advanced EAP courses online.  She also has been active in the Faculty Professional Development Program and remains current in her field by reviewing textbooks and publishing articles. Dedicated to the development of student-oriented learning environments, she has participated as a member of the Student Engagement Committee since its inception six years ago, serving as chair the past two years. 

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