AS&F honors ASC faculty and staff

(05-19-2008)

The Adams State College Associated Students and Faculty Senate (AS&F) held its annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards Banquet May 1. The students of Adams State are given the opportunity to nominate and vote for exceptional faculty and staff.

Awards were presented to: Eva Brown, instructor and coordinator of distance degree program in sociology, Excellence in Student Engagement; Armando Valdez, assistant professor of business, Excellence in Student Center Instruction; Dr. Margery Herrington, professor of biology, Excellence in Research and Publications; Dr. Neil Rudolph, professor of chemistry, Excellence in Student Academic Advisement; Barbara Griego-Jones, '92 '02 administrative assistant for human performance and physical education department, Outstanding Classified Staff Member; Bruce DelTondo, director of auxiliary services, Outstanding Professional Staff Member; Ken Marquez '87 '94, dean of student affairs, Excellence in Student Extra-Curricular Advisement.

Erica Holmes, a freshman from Nashville, nominated Brown for the award. "Eva is exemplary. She makes her students want to learn. She interacts with her students and relates lessons to everyday life."

Presenting Valdez with his award, Tanya Martin '08, said Valdez "changed the way I want to be taught." Andrea Maes '08, said she believes Valdez is a college professor "for the students."

Accepting his award, Valdez said he believes teaching is an honorable profession.

This is the second time Herrington received the award for Excellence in Research and Published Works, she was the recipient in 2004. Since 1997, Herrington teaches biology during the academic year and in the summer is a member of a research team at Sweden's Huddinge University Hospital. Spencer Shirk '08, said Herrington makes her classes interesting. "She is a wonderful professor, inside and outside the classroom," Shirk said. “

Kamal Ararso '09, and Ericka McNulty '08, presented Rudolph with his award. Ararso said Rudolph convinced him to stay in college when he was ready to quit. "I have traveled three continents. Dr. Rudolph is one of the best I have met in my entire life."

McNulty said Rudolph "stood out in the classroom." She said he made difficult classes entertaining.

Dr. Anthony Laker, chair of the HPPE department, Griego-Jones is an "enormous help." He said she is kind, patient and caring and the "face of HPPE."

"I work with a great bunch of people," Griego-Jones said.

During the salmonella water crisis, Dr. Joel Shults, director of Public Safety, said DelTondo went above and beyond to provide the students with safe drinking water. "Bruce was there at all hours," Shults said. "I never saw him look for credit or limelight."

DelTondo said he accepted the award on behalf of his entire division.

President of AS&F Jamie Tedesko '08, said she made it through the year as president because of Marquez. "He was always there." This is the second AS&F recognition award for Marquez, he was honored in 2006.

"Thank-you for the opportunity to serve the students," Marquez said.