Four From MCC Win National Awards
(Bradenton, Fla., June 21, 2006) - Three staff and faculty members from Manatee Community College (MCC) and the executive director of its fundraising foundation recently received National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) awards for excellence at the 2006 NISOD Excellence Awards Celebration in Austin, Texas. They are Meg Hawkins, information literacy librarian; Paulene Metzger, academic department secretary, business and technology; Peg Lowery, executive director of The Foundation for MCC; and Dr. Charles Turon, chair of the fine and performing arts department.
Selected to participate in a highly competitive American Library Association (ALA) Immersion program on information literacy a few years ago, Hawkins served for two years on a national ALA committee on teaching and learning at community colleges.
Metzger works with 11 full-time faculty and 18 adjuncts as well as students. A former Career Employee of the Year, she has served as president of the college's Career Employee Council.
Lowery also was chosen by Dr. John Rosen, vice president of academic affairs, as the winner of the Vice President's Excellence Award in recognition of her leadership in growing the Foundation's endowment portfolio to more than $33 million.
Turon, president of the Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA), has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and guest artist throughout Southwest Florida.