Monday, January 14, 2013

Honors for the Science and Math Expo

Congratulations to the Science and Math faculty for an important nomination. The Vol State Science and Math Expo was recently nominated for a prestigious Bellwether Award. The nominations come from the  Community College Futures Assembly which "convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions."

It's always nice to be counted among "trend-setting" institutions. However, the innovative nature of the event is of no surprise to folks here at the college who have witnessed the Expo and it's impact on area kids. For those of you who have not been to an Expo yet, the annual event brings in hundreds of secondary school kids and their parents for hands-on activities in science and math. Those activities are designed and presented by Vol State students, who work closely with faculty members during the school year to prepare. Parris Powers put together the Bellwether entry. He will be making a presentation with Math and Science Dean Nancy Morris at the Community College Futures Assembly conference coming up later this month.

"This nomination goes to our hard working students and faculty who put together the event," said Parris Powers, a long-time organizer of the Expo. "For us the Expo is community outreach to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math. Almost all of the activities are hands-on, which stimulates students."

A number of Math and Science faculty have lead the event organizing over the years, including this year's Expo Chair Glenn McCombs, Parris Powers, Tim Farris, Bob Carter and Sue Forrester.

Here is the official release:

Community colleges selected as 2013 Bellwether Award Finalists

For immediate release

Gainesville, FL.— The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of  2012, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. The field of Bellwether nominations was very competitive this year with nearly 250 Bellwether applications. Ten finalists were selected in each category: Instructional Programs and Services, co-sponsored by the National Council of Instructional Administrators; Planning, Governance and Finance, co-sponsored by the Council for Resource Development; and Workforce Development, co-sponsored by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training.  All finalists will present at the Assembly on January 28th, 2013 in Orlando, Florida, and one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts within each category. The winners will be announced on Jan. 30th  at the CCFA annual meeting in Orlando.

The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) has the following programs as 2013 Bellwether Finalist programs:

Instructional Programs & Services (IPS):

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

El Paso Community College

Math Emporium Redesign:  Using the Force of High-Technology for the Good of High-Touch Teaching and Learning

Elgin Community College

One School Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much

SC Technical College System

SCTCS's Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference: Planning and Hosting a National-Caliber Technology Conference

Monroe Community College

The Civility Project; Enough is Enough – An Anti-Violence Campaign at Monroe Community College (MCC)

NHTI, Concord's Community College

Communicating Mindfully: Helping Others Help Themselves

Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York

The Freshman Academy Assessment Protocol

South Texas College

Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy

Tarrant County College, South Campus

Innovations in Bioscience Courses to Improve Student Success Without Sacrificing Rigor

Virginia's Community Colleges

Mobilizing Virginia’s 23 Community Colleges for Student Success Through Statewide Redesign of Developmental

Volunteer State Community College

Creating A STEM Pipeline: A Community & College Event

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