BPCC faculty members receive NISOD awards

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BPCC’s 2014 NISOD Excellence Award winners pictured left to right: Laura Bryant, John Wagoner, Katie Jones, Jonathan Elmore, Peggy Fuller, Richard Pool and Linda Sonnier.

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. The College’s 2014 honorees include:

  • Laura  Bryant — Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
  • Jonathan Elmore — Communications and Performing Arts
  • Peggy Fuller — Business
  • Katie Jones — Library/Learning Resources
  • Richard Pool — Behavioral-Social Sciences & College Transition Programs
  • Linda Sonnier — Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • John Wagoner — Liberal Arts

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

“Each of these award recipients are leaders not only in the classroom but also on the BPCC campus and in the community,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “We applaud them for their tireless dedication and service to the College.”

Excellence Award recipients were celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient received a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon. All Excellence Award recipients and their colleges are also listed in a special multi-page display in a special edition of Community College Week.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), created in 1978, is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit www.nisod.org.