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PAC recognizes…

Each year, Palo Alto College employees have the opportunity to nominate their colleagues for recognition by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

PAC recognizes outstanding faculty, staff

Each year, Palo Alto College employees have the opportunity to nominate their colleagues for recognition by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Established in 1991, the NISOD Excellence Awards provide NISOD-member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses.

“Recognition motivates employees to continue doing great work and perhaps even reach higher,” said Joseph Coppola, who was recognized this year for his Service to the College.

Using their own criteria, NISOD member colleges submit the names of individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. Palo Alto College recognizes its employees in five categories, and this year’s awardees in each category were as follows:

NISOD-De Hoyos
Excellence for Teaching: Sylvia De Hoyos, Lead Instructor, Administrative Computer Technology

Excellence for Teaching by an Adjunct Professor: Dr. Donald Bradley, Adjunct Professor of Biology, Sciences, and Kinesiology

Excellence for Service to the College: Joseph Coppola, Speech Instructor and Faculty Senate President

Excellence for Staff and Administrators: Elizabeth Ortiz, Academic Support Specialist, Veterans Affairs

Excellence by Librarian or Advisor: Carmen Velasquez, Advising Team Leader, BOLD Advising Center

Awardees attend the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence to learn about resources, ideas, and solutions that drive excellence. Carmen Velasquez attended the conference this May, and said that the interactions facilitated between staff and faculty at the conference will help everyone serve students better, through collaboration and deeper understanding.

“Building that rapport really helps because now I have go-to people who I’ve built friendships with, and I can then ask them questions about experiences in the classroom — things from the faculty perspective,” said Velasquez. “Sometimes we don’t get together very often, so being able to understand students from both sides really helps me as an advisor to explain classroom expectations to students.”

Coppola agreed that his favorite part of the conference was his interaction with his Palo Alto College employees, and he is looking forward to implementing some of their ideas in the coming year.

“Attending a conference and being recognized for your good work allows you an opportunity to learn additional insight,” said Coppola. “When a faculty or staff member returns to their college, they can collaborate with others and identify how they can integrate some of those ideas to our college… to better serve our students so they can be empowered to serve our diverse communities.”

If someone you know continually displays exceptional commitment within any of the categories listed, please submit your recommendations when nominations for NISOD 2018 open in fall 2017.