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Academic Achievements

2018 Accomplishments

Faculty/Staff Awards and Recognition

  • Jefferson College Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award recipients for 2018 were Daniel Boyer – Computer Technician, Amy Call – English Assistant Professor, Bill Hutchings – Adjunct Economics Instructor, Shanie Latham - Associate English Professor, and Lisa Pritchard – Director of Library Services.
  • Psychology Professor Dr. Amy Kausler was selected as the Jefferson College Student Athlete Leadership Team Faculty Member of the Year.
  • Retired Math and Science Professor Beverly Myers was the recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Political Science Professor Dedric Lee received the Emerson Electric Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • English Professor John Pleimann was the Jefferson College recipient of the 2018 Senior Service Award from the Missouri Community College Association.
  • Associate Art Professor Nick Nihira was selected by students for the Phi Theta Kappa Faculty of the Year award.
  • Associate English Professor Shanie Latham and ATS Applied Communications Instructor Holly Ross received the Linda K. Johnston Excellence in Assessment Award.
  • Library Specialist Kim Garzia was awarded “Library Employee of the Year” from the Missouri Library Association for her work during the renovation of the Library.
  • Mathematics Associate Professor Skyler Ross received recognition from the Missouri Department of Higher Education for his service on the Missouri Math Pathways Committee.
  • Jefferson College Instructional Support Specialist Karen Hester was honored for five years of service as a co-advisor of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Xi Zeta chapter at the College. She also completed all five levels of the Five Star Advisor Plan, a program designed to increase advisor effectiveness to build a stronger chapter that supports PTK students.
  • Psychology Professor Leslie Buck received recognition from the Missouri Department of Higher Education for her service on the Core Curriculum Advisory Committee for MOTR Core42, a new statewide initiative that establishes a group of recognized courses guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Missouri to meet general education requirements.
  • Radiologic Technology Program Director/Assistant Professor Janet Akers-Montgomery was named a Fellow in the Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists, an honor that has only been awarded to nine Missouri radiologic technologists. She was also nominated to present the Annual Memorial Lecture titled “The Jaded Truth of our Radioactive Past.” In addition, she received first place in the Technologist category for her scientific exhibit titled “Contrast Enhanced Mammography.”
  • Dr. Joel Vanderheyden was chosen to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. It is an event that occurs once every three years and features performances by the top saxophonists from around the globe.

Student Accomplishments

  • Art student Christina Miller won first place in the Photographer’s Forum 38th Annual College and High School Photography Contest. Her work was featured in the May 2018 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and was published in the hardcover book Best of College and High School Photography 2018.
  • Aaron DeMent, a student in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, won the Breaking Traditions State Award. Additionally, Holly Caskanett (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) and Sadie Hefflinger (Automotive Technology) both won Breaking Traditions Regional Awards. The annual awards are sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to recognize outstanding non-traditional career and technical students.
  • Three CTE students competed in SkillsUSA Nationals and each placed in the top ten for their respective competitions: Jacob Maples - 3rd in Sheet Metal, Lois Harrison - 7th in Culinary Arts, and Jacob Standridge - 9th in Welding.

Additional Departmental Accomplishments

  • Faculty members in the Physics department joined with the St. Louis Astronomical Society to host several successful community observation nights for enthusiasts and those who want to learn more about astronomy. The AEL (Adult Education and Literacy) program earned high praise during a review by state evaluators who said, “We are excited for the future of this program, as it serves in its operations and processes as an exemplary program.” The reviewers praised the leadership of the AEL program for its level of organization and exemplar processes, professional development certification and resources, good relationships with teachers, and connections with workforce development.
  • The Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department was successful in securing significant state funding to support regional job training and workforce development training efforts through a variety of longstanding programs and new offerings such as the Construction and Mechanical Occupations (CAMO) Training Academy.
  • In the first semester of embedding National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials as part of its coursework, all eight Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) students taking the NIMS Measurement Materials and Safety examination passed on their first attempt.
  • In an effort to provide job-related resources and highlight the importance of manufacturing careers as an economic development and educational pathway in our region, Jefferson College hosted the third annual Manufacturing Day to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
  • In light of the ongoing emphasis and success of institution-wide planning efforts, the College implemented Strategic Planning Online (SPOL) software to sustain and support strategic planning across the College.
  • To mark Jefferson College’s first-ever international student educational exchange program, organized by the Global Education Subcommittee, a group of 12 students and three instructors from Darmstadt, Germany, visited the College as part of a remarkable learning experience. The visitors observed and participated in several academic programs, viewed demonstrations and instructional technology, toured local factories/employers, job-shadowed department managers and directors at the College, and gave a symposium about aspects of their home country, all while forming friendships and learning about life in the United States. Jefferson College will send a delegation of students to Germany this summer.