Lincoln Land Community College honored recipients of the 2017 Pearson Master Teacher, Distinguished Service and NISOD Excellence Awards at the 23rd annual Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony May 11. Faculty emeriti, special service anniversaries and retirees were also recognized.
Beth Hoffmann of Springfield, professor of communication, was named the 2017 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher. The award is presented annually to an outstanding full-time LLCC faculty member who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner.
Professor Hoffmann joined LLCC in 1994 in the student services department and has been a member of the full-time teaching faculty for the past 18 years. Several individuals who nominated Professor Hoffmann for the award noted that her classroom is one that fosters mutual respect, along with her innovative teaching methods in class and online. She holds an associate degree from Richland Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois Springfield) and a master’s degree from UIS.
Finalists for the award were Diana M. Coffman, Ph.D. of Auburn, professor of biology; Mark Hardiman of Springfield, professor of theatre; Natasha R. Trame of Rochester, professor of psychology; and Roberta V. Wiediger, Ph.D. of Chatham, professor of psychology.
The college also awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Awards to individuals who demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the college community over the past year. Distinguished Service Award recipients were Peggy Goetsch of Williamsville, professor of biology; Tricia Kujawa, Ph.D. of Loami, director of institutional effectiveness; Joanie Rogers of Springfield, alumni services/Foundation coordinator; and Shelby Bedford of Springfield, program assistant, student success.
Two employees were honored with National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) awards: Mary Goldstein of Mechanicsburg, professor of nursing; and Bob Howard of Bolivia, director, truck driver training program.
Recognized with the honorary title of “emeritus” were retired faculty members Arthur Meyer of Springfield; Mary Fortner of Hannibal, Mo.; Lyndell Robinson of Rochester; Mary Wheeler of Springfield; Leslie Dickson of Springfield; and Maria Teresa Holcomb, Ph.D. of Godfrey.
Employees honored for 35 years of service were Carl D. Jones, Jr. of Auburn, instructional media specialist; and Pam Kaiser of Springfield, executive assistant to the president.
Honored for 30 years of service were Tamara Chrisler of Auburn, data centralization specialist; Dick Rogers of Springfield, professor, automotive technology; David Sack of Illiopolis, professor of mathematics; and Jill Whitney of Springfield, accounts payable technician.
Honored for 25 years of service were Gloria Buhr of Springfield, professor of nursing; John Mark Henry of Springfield, professor of mathematics; and Theresa Till of Springfield, professor of nursing.
Twenty year service honorees were Robin Ackman of Virden, student accounts manager; Gerry Dalano of Chatham, professor of mathematics; Marlene Emmons of Springfield, professor of English; Bill Harmon of Morrisonville, professor of agronomy; Christie Jahn Hovey of Springfield, professor of computer applications; Rick D. Lashbrook of Beardstown, utility worker, LLCC-Jacksonville; Julie Rourke of Chatham, director, workforce development; Gary Wendt of Carlinville, utility worker, LLCC-Litchfield; and Kirk Yenerall of Springfield, professor of mathematics.
Employees celebrating service anniversaries of 15, 10 and 5 years were also recognized along with those who retired during the past year.