AS&F honors ASC faculty and staff

(05-05-2010)

Erica Holmes, vice president of internal affairs for Adams State College Associated Students and Faculty Senate, said, "sometimes thank yous do not come often enough," at the Sixth Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards Banquet April 20 at the Inn of the Rio Grande. "We all work together as one big happy family; it is what I love about Adams State College."

The Associated Students and Faculty Senate (AS&F) gathers student nominations for exceptional faculty and staff. Awards were presented to: Dr. David MacWilliams, professor of English, Excellence in Student Centered Instruction; Dr. Benita Brink, professor of biology, Excellence in Academic Advisement; Dr. Leslie Alvarez, associate professor of psychology, Excellence in Student Engagement; Evan Slagsvold, coordinator of club sports and intramurals, Excellence in Extra-Curricular Advisement; Marcy Romero, facilities services custodian, Outstanding Classified Staff Member; and Adams State Phi Beta Lambda for Outstanding Club.

Students who had nominated the award recipients spoke about faculty and staff dedication to students. Katie Beske said MacWilliams makes difference in many students' lives and "truly" listens to his students. Jen Ribar said Brink is approachable and helps students achieve their goals. Lisa Chirieleison described Alvarez as being "committed to students in and out of the classroom."

When Slagsvold was first hired, Brenda Chavez said she was always in his office asking for advice. "He is helping unite club sports. He was there for us." Jacque Archuleta appreciates Romero, custodian in the Student Union Building, for always being polite and his "glowing smile and personality."

Erica Holmes said she was pleased to honor the Phi Beta Lambda Club President Christina Chavez with the Outstanding Club Award. "Christina is always the first to respond when I send a request for help."