QUICK TAKES - SE[PTEMBER 2019
During the regular Board of Regents meeting held on Sept. 10, several individuals were recognized for their accomplishments, including:
• Dr. Bryan Stone, Professor of History with the College’s Social Sciences Department, received the 2019 Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence, making him the 18th recipient among Del Mar College’s faculty to receive the honor. The award, established by the College in 2002 in recognition of Dean Emeritus of Arts and Sciences Dr. Aileen Creighton, represents the late educator’s legacy as a “master teacher” during her 41-year career at the College and serves as the benchmark faculty must emulate to receive the Creighton Award. Dr. Stone received the award in front of his peers during Fall Convocation on Aug. 19. Former students describe Dr. Stone as experienced, patient, compassionate, fair, respectful and an inspirational educator. They also note his teaching style reflects demonstrated passion, enthusiasm and an understanding of history that makes learning enjoyable and interesting. Read the full news release about Dr. Stone’s latest accomplishment by “clicking here.”
• Under the direction of Gail Dorn, Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies with the Business Administration Department, the Paralegal Program became the 12th college program in Texas and the only such program south of San Marcos to receive the American Bar Association’s (ABA) approval. The ABA House of Delegates granted the approval in August for a seven-year period on the recommendation by their Standing Committee on Paralegals. The other 11 programs include four in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, five around Houston and one each in the Panhandle and Hill Country. To receive the ABA’s approval, the Paralegal Program produced an extensive compliance document, hosted an on-site visit by ABA representatives and then gained a positive recommendation from the Standing Committee to the House of Delegates. Del Mar College’s program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree as well as an Advanced Technical Certificate. Students graduate with the necessary skills that enable them to obtain and retain employment as paralegals or in a related field or to continue their education toward an advanced degree. To learn more about the College’s Paralegal Program, “click here.”
• The College’s Court Reporting Program in the Business Administration Department received U.S. Legal Support’s first incentive-based scholarship award to Del Mar College thanks to the efforts of Court Reporting Instructor Suzette Weis. The national litigation support company has over 1,000 employees and a network of nearly 5,000 independent court reporting professionals, along with 85 locations around the country. The award is a $1,000 scholarship for each fall and spring semester for one DMC Court Reporting student who demonstrates their dedication to their studies by passing all classes with good attendance and producing a minimum of 160 words per minute on a stenograph machine. The Court Reporting faculty team––including Weis, Associate Professor Dolores Gonzalez and Instructor Robert Sadler––have also scored more resources for program students during the past few months with an annual $500 scholarship provided by Veritex. Additionally, Project Steno has committed to providing eligible students with tuition assistance of $150 per month per student, along with covering their monthly $66 Realtime Coach subscription fee. Acquiring these resources for DMC Court Reporting students demonstrates program faculty commitment to student success. Learn more about the program by “clicking here.”
• Under the leadership of Beverly Cage, Director of Student Leadership and Campus Life with Student Engagement and Retention Services, the College’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success was recognized on their nationally advertised 2019 Founder’s List for “best practices” by completing 10 additional Pillars of Success. The society is the nation’s largest leadership honor society with students selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. The society currently has over one million members nationwide and more than 600 chapters. Since 2011, the Del Mar College Chapter has had 1,934 students inducted into the society and currently has 896 active members. The society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. In addition to the chapter’s award, Cage, who serves as their advisor, received the society’s 2019 Leadership Development Award for providing valuable insights and inspiration to The National Society of Leadership and Success National Advisory Board.
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