QUICK TAKES - October 2021
During the October Board of Regents regular meeting, four individuals were recognized for their appointments and accomplishments, including Regent Dr. Laurie Turner, John Hornsby, Lisa Leal-Garcia and Leticia Wilson.
Board of Regent member Dr. Laurie Turner, who represents District 4, was selected as Texas History Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Corpus Christi Chapter. Dr. Turner teaches U.S. History with the Gregory-Portland Independent School District. The Texas Society of DAR has over 200 chapters across the state, and as a national organization, DAR is the oldest women’s service organization that was founded in 1890. Membership in DAR is open to any woman age 18 or older who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who served the cause of American Independence. Education is an important aspect of the organization at all levels, and the Corpus Christi Chapter supports all area schools through their ROTC awards, American History and Christopher Columbus Essay Contests and the DAR Good Citizens Program, among other community efforts. Congratulations on your recognition, Dr. Turner!
John Hornsby, Director of the DMC Regional Police Academy and Instructor of Law Enforcement with the Public Service Department, was recognized for writing the synopses used to clarify and explain several changes brought about by the 87th Legislative Session as presented by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) during their legislative update. Dedicated professionals and members of the TCOLE Legislative Update Curriculum Committee include Hornsby, active state and local peace officers, a regional law enforcement trainer, a retired police chief, an attorney from the Texas District and County Attorneys’ Association and TCOLE officials. Hornsby contributed his knowledge and expertise to collaborate with the committee and write a summary of selected court cases and changes to Texas’ criminal laws that were enacted by the 87th legislative session. The 45-page summary is the curriculum course guide for law enforcement instructors to use statewide in developing their lesson plans to teach the legislative update course. This legislative update course is required for all Texas Peace Officers and necessary for them to stay versed on current laws. Thank You, John, for representing Del Mar College and contributing to this very important committee!
Lisa Leal-Garcia, Student Engagement and Retention Services Coordinator, received the 2020-2021 Circle of Pride Award from the College’s Exempt Employee Council. The award recognizes Leal-Garcia for going above and beyond the scope of responsibilities and duties of her job. She was nominated for the award based on her commitment to students as part of her regular duties, along with taking on additional tasks while stepping up during the campus closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council also recognized her volunteer work covering cross-training with Retention Services during the fall and spring registration periods as well as managing the Viking Food Pantry. Those duties were in addition to Leal-Garcia’s regular roles of managing student conduct issues, faculty consultations and other daily duties. Congratulations and "Thank You" for going far beyond your duties for DMC’s students and the campus community!
Leticia Wilson, Director of Advising Initiatives with the Student Affairs Division, was appointed to the NACADA, (National Academic Advising Association) Administrators’ Institute Advisory Board, a two-year commitment to advise NACADA’s executives on strategies and activities for providing services to the Association’s membership and for organizational operations related to the Administrator’s Institute and Advising Seminar. As a member of the NACADA board, Wilson will represent the students’ voice, the two-year community college voice and the DMC Vikings at the global level. Congratulatons, Leticia! We know you'll make us VIKING PROUD!
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