At Fall Convocation, NOVA presented eight faculty and staff with the 2016 Outstanding Service Award for consistently performing their jobs at the highest levels. Recipients received a check for $1,500.
Awards were presented by Donald Strehle, president of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors. Selection is based on recommendations from NOVA’s College Awards Committee, peers, supervisors and a personal statement from the nominees.
Dr. David Fernandez (AL), biology instructor, initiated a research program giving students an opportunity to participate in primary resources. He established Public Speaking in the Sciences to help students overcome fears of public speaking, and he was active in implementing anatomy and physiology honors research courses.
Dr. Cheri Lemieux Spiegel (AN), English professor, created a composition resource group offering workshops in assignment design, using social media in the classroom and grammar for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. She has published papers, presented at conferences and was elected to the executive board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.
Elizabeth Vick (MA), assistant professor of communication studies, engages innovative teaching techniques, ensuring the needs of the student body are met. She also introduced “Ignite” videos in her classroom. Vick has served as faculty advisor to the Muslim Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa, the Communications Honors Society and Student Government.
Rebeccah Carrier (AL), student services counselor, listens and takes time with students to ensure their success. When a student fails a course, she runs an assessment to determine how the College can better meet student needs. When a new advising system was implemented, Carrier learned it and created a cheat sheet to share with colleagues.
Dr. Krisztina Domjan, ESL instructor, is determined and uses her fluency in multiple languages, expertise and cross-cultural and teacher-training experience to help students meet their educational and life goals. She is currently stationed in Germany and was unable to attend convocation.
Cathy Hall (LO), high school outreach coordinator, has been instrumental in bringing students from Loudoun County to NOVA. Her Financial Aid Night presentations and FAFSA completion workshops are successful. She created a high school spring visit program, giving students the college campus experience. She is responsible for the Loudoun Campus Summer Bridge Program, which engages students throughout summer break as they transition into college.
Audra Morris (AN), veteran advisor, takes time to work with NOVA veterans. She advertises scholarships, reaches out to NOVA veterans and works with the Commonwealth’s Attorney General’s Office to sponsor a free veterans legal clinic. Morris organizes veteran networking lunches, inviting guests from veteran-friendly organizations and works with the POSSE Foundation to help veterans with scholarships.
Diane Schrenzel (LO), licensed veterinary technician, goes above and beyond by setting up labs, ordering medication and coordinating student rotations for kennel duty. She also volunteers at the Vet Tech Club’s annual rabies clinic and dog wash.
Congratulations to NOVA’s awardees who will also be recognized at the Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner on September 14 at the Hilton McLean Tyson’s Corner.