PGCC Selects NISOD Excellence Award Recipients

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

LARGO, MD - - Prince George's Community College (PGCC) is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2015 honorees include Dr. Scheherazade Forman, Dean, Student Development Services; Cindy Childs, Dean, Enrollment Services; Crystal Smith, Manager, Student Success Program; Cecelia Knox, Director of Community Partnerships; Dr. Christine Barrow, Dean, STEM.

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

“Prince George’s Community College is fertile with academic opportunities for students to advance themselves personally, civically, and economically,” said Cecelia Knox, Director of Community Partnerships at PGCC.  “These opportunities are supported by a team of individuals who possess a passion for education, engagement, and innovation.  My colleagues and I are grateful to work in an environment where our passion fuels the many innovative ideas of our students that result in success. For us, the ultimate reward is knowing that someone will earn an academic credential because we listen, respond, and care.  We are honored to be among those persons nationally who will receive the 2015 NISOD Award for Excellence, and we will continually strive for the best on behalf of the organization and our students,” she said.  
 “The five women from PGCC receiving this award are very deserving, as they represent every aspect of our College that contributes to its success,” said Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of Prince George's Community College. "We are exceptionally proud of the collaborative setting on our campus, and our NISOD Excellence Award recipients foster that environment through their work on a daily basis."

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 23-26, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

Created in 1978, NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit


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