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Human Resources

Annual Employee Service Awards

Presenters: College President and Director of Human Resources
Description: Awards are presented to employees who achieve the following number of years of service with the College: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Support Staff Excellence Award

Presenter: Person selected by the Support Staff Executive Committee (SSEC)
Description: The SSEC chooses a recipient who is a contributing member of the Support Staff and exemplifies professionalism, service and dedication within Delta College, as well as positively represents the College in the community.

Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) Award for Support Staff Distinguished Service

Presenter: Chair of Faculty Executive Committee (FEC)
Description: The FEC recognizes a Support Staff member who, through his/her work with Delta College faculty, has provided outstanding service.  Faculty members are encouraged to nominate individuals they feel are deserving of such an award.

Executive Committee for Administrative / Professional Staff (ECAPS) Outstanding Teamwork Award

Presenter: Chair of Executive Committee for Administrative/Professional Staff (ECAPS)
Description: The award is in recognition of exemplary teamwork, resulting in substantial benefit to learning, or outstanding service to the College community. The nomination must include a minimum of one Administrative/Professional Staff member.

ECAPS Outstanding A/P Service Award

Presenter: Chair of Executive Committee for Administrative/Professional Staff (ECAPS)
Description: The purpose of this award is to recognize an exemplary Administrative and Professional Staff who has offered outstanding service to the College community and/or exceeded the scope of his/her position.

ECAPS Willie E. Thompson Exemplary Career Service Award 

Presenter: Chair of Executive Committee for Administrative/Professional Staff (ECAPS)
Description: The award honors Willie E. Thompson's legacy of commitment to education, service and diversity.  Mr. Thompson served as Delta College's Vice President of Student & Educational Services until his death in 2005.  The purpose of this award is to recognize an A/P staff member for consistently outstanding service to the College community over the course of his/her career.  Nominations are open to any current, full-time A/P staff member who has been employed at Delta at least ten years. 

The Don Laughner Award for Creative Change and the League for Innovation Award

Presenter: Chair of the selection committee; informal group made up of former winners of the award
Description: During his years at Delta College (1964-1980), Don Laughner was a tireless and inspirational leader, a math professor, division chair, dean, senate president, and director of several grant programs. Family and friends established an endowment in his memory to honor individuals and groups responsible for creative change at Delta. Any present or former Delta employee(s) or Board of Trustees member(s) may be nominated for this award. The criteria for the Laughner award are:  1) Recognition of contributions resulting in significant institutional change; and 2) Significant change in areas such as organization, programming, staffing, curriculum, college procedures, governance structure, or personal growth and development of individuals or groups.

The League for Innovation is an international organization serving community colleges. Delta College is one of its founding members. After the Laughner Award recipient is selected by the committee, the College’s League for Innovation representative provides the name of the Laughner Award recipient, along with a photograph and biographical information, to the League as the College’s choice for the League for Innovation Award. The recipient then competes with all other member college selections for one international award.

Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo K. Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement

Presenter: Chair of selection committee, committee is selected by chair of each division, asking a member to participate as its current member rotates off (three-year rotations)


Description: This special award was created by two very good friends, Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo Frevel. Mr. Barstow, who passed away in 1992, was a member of the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors and worked for The Dow Chemical Company, first as an apprentice and then as a chemist. He retired in 1969 from Dow’s Physics Laboratory, and was responsible for designing and building a number of innovative instruments. Mr. Frevel, who died in 2011, also worked at The Dow Chemical Company as a pioneering chemist, and was the first Dow scientist to receive the title of Research Specialist. After retiring from Dow, he worked as a consultant at Dow Corning for another 30 years. Applicants submit various forms of support for the award, a resume, samples of writing, art work, music, letters of recommendation, video, program modules, etc.  The committee reviews the materials submitted and discusses how the materials have contributed to the broad scholarly community. The achievements do not have to be in the applicants discipline or in the area of their expertise – however, often the committee considers the expertise of the applicant. For the purposes of this award, scholarly achievement is defined as: the creation of works, which are studied in or developed through pursuit of an academic discipline; for example, a painting, book, articles, textbook, computer program, musical score, performance, theory, analysis, etc.; not necessarily limited to the discipline in which one teaches, works, or has a higher degree; and has affirmed by the opinions of members of the appropriate discipline. The Scholarly Achievement Award Committee makes its decision by soliciting nominations of full-time college employees, examining scholarly works of Delta faculty and staff, and considers the opinions expressed by professionals within a discipline in order to judge the quality of scholarly work. If the committee cannot come to a decision immediately, then members of the committee will interview the applicants and provide feedback to the committee. A vote is taken (chair doesn’t vote if the number of members voting could result in a tie) and the majority vote is the recipient.


Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching

Presenter: Most recent recipient of award; selection committee is an informal faculty group made up of former winners of the award and others selected by committee members
Description: The Rollin M. Gerstacker Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching began in 2002 with a gift from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland. When Mr. Gerstacker passed away in 1945, his widow, Eda U. Gerstacker, began the Foundation in memory of her husband. The award recognizes Delta College faculty members who demonstrate exceptionally creative or innovative use of technology in teaching, and those who use technology in a new and pioneering manner beyond its normal use by an educator.

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Service Award and AAUP Governance Award

Presenter: Current Chair of AAUP
Description: The Delta College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) presents Service and Governance Awards. Nominees may or may not be Delta employees and need not be AAUP members. The same person can be nominated in both categories. Previous winners may be nominated after a period of ten years has elapsed. The Governance Award is given for leadership or exceptional involvement in the shared governance of Delta College that benefit the faculty, staff or students of the College. Examples of governance activities include the following: Protection and promotion of the rights and responsibilities of faculty, staff or students; Shared governance of the College or the development of College policies; and Exceptional service to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at the local, state or national level. An individual or group that has given service of exceptional value to Delta College may be nominated for the Service Award. ("Exceptional" means above and beyond the normal requirements of one's job.) Examples of such service include the following: Employee services of exceptional merit, either related to or in addition to designated responsibilities; Outstanding services by faculty members, students or Trustees to the Delta College community or that promote the interests of Delta College; and Exceptional services by community members (local, state, national and international) of a distinguished nature performed for Delta College.

Lynn Heatley Award For Distinguished Service (Adjunct Faculty)

Presenter: College President
Description: This award annually recognizes adjunct faculty who, through their work at Delta and the community, have provided outstanding service. George Lynn Heatley was an Adult and Vocational Education consultant at Delta College from 1963 through 1978. While at Delta, he was instrumental in the development of Community Education and Women’s Education Programs in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s, staff in the Community Affairs Division developed this award in his honor. Division chairs and other appropriate supervisors submit nominations. A maximum of two nominees may be chosen per year. Winners are selected by the Dean of Teaching and Learning, the Dean of Career and Continuing Education, the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Director of Instructional Support Services.

Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence

Presenter: College President
Description: The final annual award of the evening, and the highest honor for any faculty member, is the Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence. The Bergstein Family of Midland has sponsored this award since 1965, and it reflects their commitment to teaching excellence over the years. There is no higher honor a faculty member can receive at Delta College. Leonard Bergstein was a charter member of the Delta College Board of Trustees, serving from 1957-1964. Mr. Bergstein and his wife, Esther, were very active in the community in a number of volunteer activities. Their son, Stuart, was a member of the Delta College Board of Trustees from 1974-1984, and served on the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors from 1979-1982 and 1993-1996. Stuart Bergstein also served as Chair of the College’s $5 million capital campaign to convert its public television station, Q—TV, from analog to digital broadcasting. He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have been very active supporters of the College. Recipients of the Bergstein Awards for Teaching Excellence serve on the selection committee for a period of three years. The award is chosen by a vote by Delta College students and faculty.

Recognition of Endowed Teaching Chair Recipients

Presenter: College President

Donald and Betty Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair

Description: The Carlyon Endowed Chair honors President Emeritus Don Carlyon, his wife Betty, and their many years of innovation and service to the Delta community. The Carlyon Endowed Teaching Chair encourages faculty to pursue a professional activity/project and related follow-up which may include the development of new academic modules, infusion activities or service learning opportunities. Eligibility: All Delta College faculty who have taught full-time for the College for at least three years.

SunGard Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair

Description: The SunGard Higher Education Endowed Teaching Chair has been established by the Florida-based company that specializes in providing information technology services to colleges and universities nationwide. This Chair supports and rewards innovations that foster excellence in student learning, and have a direct impact on student learning. Projects should foster an integrated perspective on student learning through cooperation of more than one department, discipline, or division. Eligibility: Full-time faculty members, or adjunct faculty members or staff members (if in collaborative partnership with a full-time faculty member).

Robert DeVinney Endowed Teaching Chair

Description: Robert DeVinney, longtime Professor of Mathematics at Delta, is memorialized through the endowment that bears his name. The DeVinney Endowed Chair honors his commitment to innovation in using technology in classroom teaching. Proposals focus on the innovative use or study of technology in the classroom or other learning environment. Eligibility: All Delta College full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or full-time and regular part-time staff whose work directly impacts student learning.

Karen MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair

Description: Karen MacArthur, who retired as Executive Director of the Delta College Foundation and Delta's Executive Director of Institutional Advancement in 2007, is honored through this endowment that bears her name. The MacArthur Endowed Teaching Chair is restricted for projects focused on the following subject areas: art, languages, music, literature, psychology or history. Proposals should set forth primary values exemplified by Karen MacArthur during her tenure at Delta College: creativity and innovation. Encouraged are projects that would typically be above and beyond the types of activities supported through Professional Development Allowances (PDAs).

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