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PCC honors outstanding staff, faculty

Awardees From left, Juan “Tony” Vinton, Dianna Repp, Joshua Cochran, Don Harp, Shawn Graham and Gayle Bell. (Source: Pima Community College) Awardees From left, Juan “Tony” Vinton, Dianna Repp, Joshua Cochran, Don Harp, Shawn Graham and Gayle Bell. (Source: Pima Community College)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima Community College recently honored outstanding staff and faculty for contributions during the 2013-14 academic year, at the All College Day event. All College Day is PCC's annual start of the academic year meeting for employees.  It was held at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, on Friday, August 22. 

The annual awards recognize regular non-exempt and exempt staff and faculty for their commitment and major contributions benefiting PCC students and the College community.

This year's outstanding staff and faculty, including some of their accomplishments and comments from their nominators, follow:

Outstanding Staff      

Gayle Bell, Support Coordinator, Community Campus

Bell was nominated for this award for her excellent service through seven campus leadership changes in the past 2 and a half years, as well as for regularly volunteering to do tasks outside her job responsibilities, including being part of one of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study committees. In addition, Bell has helped develop strong partnerships in the community, especially with the YWCA, and initiated a blanket collection drive for Tucson's homeless.

“Gayle truly loves our community and cares for those most in need of our support and services. We are privileged to have Gayle on their team – with her caliber, passion, and incredible work ethic. She is a true servant leader.”

Shawn Graham, Support Technician, West Campus

Graham was nominated by colleagues and West Campus student leaders for “extraordinary contributions and achievements,” including his work on the PCC police department selection committee, an Adelante Platica on Value Systems, the annual League of United Latin American Citizens' Youth Leadership Conference, and the Arizona DREAM conference.

Also this year, Graham graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. As a UA student, he was president of Eller Business Administration Board and was named an Outstanding Senior for Business Administration, Centurion. 

“Shawn helps create an environment where students, vendors, club leaders and advisors, and random visitors feel welcome and respected.”

Don Harp, Lab Supervisor, West Campus 

Harp was honored especially for his work as Co-Chair of the HLC Monitoring Report Follow-up Team, and as a member of the HLC Self-Study steering committee and a Fast Action team.

In addition, Harp was Staff Council Representative to the PCC Board of Governors and a member of the new PCC Governance Council. He worked on the Futures 2014 Conference, PCC Strategic Plan, Temporary Staff Task Force, and two selection committees. 

“Don has served as a supportive and diligent leader throughout the HLC response process, providing the energy and enthusiasm required to move our Higher Learning Commission Monitoring Report Follow-up Team through a very challenging and time-consuming process.”

Outstanding Faculty:

Joshua Cochran, Writing - Instructional Faculty, West Campus 

Cochran was honored for spearheading a student success initiative that increased retention and success for all writing students in every class at PCC. 

“He led the drive to utilize data-based decision making and successfully reduced class size to align our discipline with national best practices.”

Cochran has been co-chair of PCC's Writing College Discipline Area Committee and adviser to award-winning student art and literary magazine SandScript. He is a Tucson native and graduate of UA and City College of New York. Cochran is an award-winning writer and has his second novel, “The Most Important Memoir Ever Written Ever,” released in January.

Dianna Repp, Anthropology – Instructional Faculty, West Campus

Repp was honored for creating and leading the Southern Arizona Social Science Symposium, where undergraduate students present their original social science research in the format of an academic symposium. This year's fifth annual symposium was the largest yet, with more than 130 total students, administrators, faculty and staff from PCC and UA attending, and six oral presentations involving 11 students, and 21 posters involving 42 students. This was the first year that UA undergraduates participated.

“In addition to the symposium, Dianna gives generously of her time in many ways, including serving as faculty advisor the West Campus Interdisciplinary Studies Club, and organizing extra-credit video nights for students in her classes.”

Juan “Tony” Vinton, Mathematics – Instructional Faculty, Northwest Campus

Vinton was recognized for his passion, enthusiasm and collaborative approach in math education.

He helps colleagues integrate technology into their curricula and is an Emporium campus coordinator. Vinton is a Student Learning Outcomes Discipline Leader, providing data-driven statistical analysis and also implementing an accountability measure leading to nearly 100 percent faculty participation. He teaches a variety of mathematics courses, from developmental math and occupational math to differential equations and linear algebra courses, both for transfer. He also leads the PCC Mathematics Program Review.

“The knowledge and skills that Tony develops enhances the way that math faculty communicate to their students in a way that further engages each student.”

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