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Hall of Fame Inductees and Teachers of the Year Honored During 66th Annual Recognition Ceremony

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

The event is one that the Del Mar College (DMC) campus community anticipates each spring––the Recognition Ceremony, where students and educators are recognized for their academic achievements, community service and mentorship. On April 27, the College held its 66th Annual Recognition Ceremony in the West Campus Emergency Training Building.

The event included a special guest––DMC’s official mascot, The Viking.

The College honored 35 individuals listed in Who’s Who Among Community College Students, the College’s Outstanding Academic students in each department, East and West Campus Teachers of the Year, Faculty Advisors of the Year and the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.

This year’s six newest Hall of Fame inductees include speech major Marjorie Bryant-Sparrow, radio/television major Brittany Claramunt, journalism (digital media) major Meagan Falcon, biology major Kenneth McGraw, mechanical engineering major Susana Diana Samayoa and biology major Karl Mathew Valerdi. Students are selected for their scholarship, leadership and participation in student organizations.

The College recognizes Teachers of the Year for both the East and West Campuses. Faculty are nominated and selected through an online ballot process by the DMC student body. The 2017 Teachers of the Year are East Campus faculty member Billy Bob Long, professor of biology, and West Campus faculty members Glen Ellis, associate professor of occupational safety and health technology, and Janice Spigner, program director and professor of physical therapist assistant.

Also recognized as Faculty Advisors of the Year are Business Administration Department interim chair Jennifer Sramek on the East Campus and Epitacio Carpentier, Jr., associate professor of diesel applied technology.

About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.