Spotlight Series: 2022 NISOD Recipients

April 29, 2022

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Palo Alto College is closing out Community College Month by highlighting the exceptional work done by the faculty and staff who help make this institution of higher learning a beacon of hope for the southside community.

Each year, Palo Alto College employees have the opportunity to nominate their colleagues to be recognized by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. These awards were established in 1991 to honor individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses.

Palo Alto College employees submit the names of those who exemplify excellence in various categories. Then, the NISOD award winners from the previous year evaluate the nominees. This year, faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence in five areas.


Excellence in Teaching

Ty Chumbley, AMTEL, Agriculture, Healthcare Administration (Professional & Technical Education Division)

“The NISOD award is truly an inspirational and influential award that I am honored to receive from my colleagues and PAC Family. This award is special because it highlights the events, accolades, experiences, and achievements we have accomplished in Agriculture. This would not be possible without the amazing PAC students and Agriculture alumni who helped shape Bexar County and Central Texas Agriculture. My students being Ag advocates and leaders in this great industry are the reason for our current and future success.”

Matilda Staudt


Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Kevin Roark, Computer Science & Technology (Professional & Technical Education)

“I am extremely honored to receive the NISOD award. Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy the interaction with students. My teaching philosophy is that there are many ways to gain knowledge, and I work to provide multiple types of engagement through experiences, purpose of learning, experimentation, and interaction.”

Stamatis Muratidis


Excellence for Service to the College

Ronnie Brannon, AMTEL, Agriculture, Healthcare Administration (Professional & Technical Education Division)

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this award. This means so much because the nomination comes from the family with which I am so blessed to serve. I feel that anything is possible with the PAC family that we have. Being a member of a family that puts students first and cares for each other in a mission of making that happen is all that anyone could ever hope for.”

 Joshua Garcia


Excellence by Staff or Administrator

Dr. Sitakanta Mohanty, AMTEL, Agriculture, Healthcare Administration (Professional & Technical Education Division)

“Student success is a great inspiration. Solving problems is a great motivator. Engineering and facilitating student success, from enrollment to job placement, is a great drive. I am honored to be serving a special student population and to have been recognized for doing something instinctively, as a matter of fact.”

 Patricia Martinez


Excellence by a Librarian or Advisor

Cynthia Sanchez, Ozuna Library & Learning Center (Academic Support Services Division)

“I am honored by this acknowledgment. Sharing all that the library has to offer is my passion. This acknowledgment is not only for me, but it is also for my library colleagues. We support and nurture each other, which brings out the best in all of us.”

 Maria Viesca

The recipients then can attend the annual NISOD conference, where they learn about resources, ideas, and solutions that drive excellence and are recognized for their achievement during the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration.

The recognition of these employees is just a small token of appreciation for all their hard work at the College and serves as motivation for them to continue their excellence and reach new heights.

If you know someone who continually displays exceptional commitment within any of the categories listed, please submit your recommendations when nominations for NISOD 2023 open in fall 2022.