Monday, September 22, 2014

Dr. Faulkner: Kudos

One of the great pleasures of being President of Vol State is I get to hear all the compliments about the college.  People share remarks with me about how great the college is and what an asset the college is to the community.  I try my best to pass these compliments along to the department or person that is truly responsible.  Within the last 24 hours, I’ve received several accolades and so I wanted to take this opportunity to remind all of us of the types of great things we are doing at the college.

This past Friday evening was our annual harvest Moon Soiree.  Several folks have approached me including one just this morning to share with me what a great event it was.  From preliminary figures it appears it will be the best in terms of scholarship money raised.  Kudos to our team in the Resource Development office for organizing such a wonderful event.

This week we had a team on campus as part of the American Bar Association accreditation of our Paralegal Program.  The team consisted of two members that are in Paralegal Programs at other community colleges.  We had an outstanding review and had only one minor recommendation that we can easily remedy.  The team was highly complimentary of Loretta Calvert as program director and of the college for our effectiveness.  Kudos to Dr. Calvert.

The team also had great comments to make about our campus.  They observed how well maintained, attractive, and clean are our buildings and grounds.  This is a common theme from all first time visitors to our campus.  Kudos to all our physical facilities team for creating a beautiful, inviting learning environment.

I received a letter just yesterday from the Executive Director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI).  This is a National Science Foundation grant funded project to infuse real scientific research experience into the community college curriculum.  Vol State is one of a handful of community colleges from across the national that participate in this program.  The letter was expressing appreciation for the participation of Parris Powers and our students Genna Batchelder and Phillip Martinez.  Parris and the students will be traveling soon to Washington D.C. to participate in an annual meeting and the students will be presenting the research via a poster session to be held in the Hart U.S. Senate Building.  Kudos to Parris and our students.

And then also yesterday I received a letter from the Vice President for University Outreach at the University of Oklahoma.  The letter was to praise the participation of Girija Shinde as a volunteer member of the National Advisory Council of the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE).  The letter acknowledges the valuable contribution Dr. Shinde has made to the advancement of the mission of NCORE.  Kudos to Dr. Shinde

All of this in just 24 hours!  Even if I don’t get to each individually, I want you all to always know how much I appreciate how much each member of the college community contributes and how proud I am to be part of Vol State.

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

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