Selkirk College’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009/2010 awards for its faculty.
The purpose of the SCOPE awards is to recognize and promote both long-term and innovative professional excellence. Faculty and staff are nominated for the awards by students and peers.
“These awards recognize the contributions of our faculty members to the superior learning experience at Selkirk College,” says SCOPE member and Chair of University Arts and Sciences Linda Harwood. “They also give students an opportunity to voice their opinions and acknowledge their educators -- whether a librarian, faculty assistant, or college professor -- in terms of the positive impact they have made on the student experience.”
Winners of the “Exceptional Performance in Innovation” awards this year are Mary Ann Morris (Nursing) and Fiona Matthews (Business Administration). Winners of the “Exceptional Performance” awards are college professors Allison Lutz (Geography), Doug Henderson (Math), Delia Roberts (Biology) and Faculty Assistant Stephen Seaborn (Biology).
Mary Ann Morris has been recognized for her innovative work in establishing and delivering the international nursing practice experience in Guatemala. Community members and her students state she has brought “intelligence, compassion, courage … and a vision of what nurses are able to offer to help facilitate healing, health and well-being in their communities and this world.”
Fiona Matthews has been acknowledged for the innovative Business Competition she initiated and has been running successfully for the past five years. This competition has now become the flagship event of the Business Administration program at the college and provides an exceptional learning opportunity for all involved.
Allison Lutz has been awarded a SCOPE award for her exemplary work as a college professor of geography in the Schools of University Arts and Sciences and Renewable Resources. Colleagues, supervisors, students and community members alike speak of Allison’s inspirational passion for her subject, her deep sense of vocation as a teacher/mentor, and her humanity and humility in the classroom, field and community settings.
Doug Henderson, also a recipient of a SCOPE award for long-term exceptional performance, is appreciated for his remarkable math and physics talents and his ability to teach it all clearly. As a college math and physics professor, Doug impresses his colleagues and students with a combination of “The Right Stuff … patience, enthusiasm and great ability” as well as a “kind, reasonable, and fair-minded attitude” that fosters success in the classroom, even to those with an admitted math-phobia.
Stephen Seaborn was presented with a SCOPE award for long-term exceptional performance for his work as a Faculty Assistant in the biology lab. In addition to organizing and preparing the biology labs, Stephen has spearheaded the renovation of a second-year lab. He also manages the yearly plant sale (raising funds for the Biology Scholarship Fund), oversees equipment upgrades, and always goes out of his way to help other departments when requested, all while completing his MSc and serving on Selkirk’s Education Council and Curriculum Committee.
Delia Roberts, college professor of biology, was awarded a SCOPE award for her stellar contributions to the college and to the larger research community of biological sciences. With a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Calgary, Delia’s research has been published in such esteemed professional publications as Journal of the American Medical Association, The Journal of Applied Physiology and The Journal of Sports Sciences, to name only a few. In addition, her dedication to students’ learning and her community is shown in the extra time she spends with students who have diverse learning needs and by being a Sport Science Consultant for Castlegar Minor Hockey, the Rossland Sport Academy and the Red Mountain Racers.
The Selkirk College SCOPE Awards Ceremony will take place in the Staff Lounge at the Castlegar campus on Thursday, October 14, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!
First published on September 27, 2010