Faculty and Staff Celebrated at Annual Event

A staff appreciation event was held in May to honor the hard work and dedication of NCC faculty and staff.

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Northampton Community College (NCC) held its annual Staff Appreciation event on May 18 in the Spartan Center on Bethlehem campus. Many staff members were acknowledged for their years of service to the college, earning advanced degrees, and new roles and promotions. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards that recognized campus community members for their exceptional performance throughout the past year. 

The award recipients were: 
 
Professor of Sociology, Andrew McIntosh: Christensen Award for Excellence in Teaching, acknowledges a full-time teaching faculty member who demonstrates excellence in classroom instruction and service to students. 

Professor of Biological Science, Anthony Palermo: Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member, acknowledges a part-time teaching faculty member who demonstrates excellence in classroom instruction and service to students.  

Financial Aid Officer, John O’Donnell: Professional Staff Excellence, recognizes a full-time administrative staff member who goes above and beyond in their role and provides outstanding service to the students and the college community. 

Reibman Children’s Center Secretary, Jessica Finelli: Support Staff Excellence, recognizes a full-time support staff member who goes above and beyond in their role and provides outstanding service. 

Secretary, Mary Ann Whitely: Part-Time Staff Excellence Award, acknowledges an hourly part-time staff member of the college who goes above and beyond in their role and provides outstanding service to the students and the college community. 

Director of Corporate and Public Safety, Tom Barnowski: Excellence in Non-Credit Instruction, given based on student evaluations and superb accomplishments. 

Richardson Spirit Award, recognizes a member of the campus community who embodies “The Northampton Way” by their commitment to learning, student success, and service. Two individuals were given the award this year: 
Associate Dean, Academic Foundations and Success, Cathy Given 
Director, Client Services and Operations, Brian Varcos 

Special recognition was given to Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Elizabeth Bugaighis. 

“Elizabeth stepped into a unique role last fall at NCC when we needed someone to provide leadership and direction to our academic area as we searched for our new provost. With style, poise, grace and tremendous insight, she did just that, working carefully with her colleague Deans, participating on the senior leadership team and providing the direction needed to help our college thrive!” said NCC President, Dr. David A. Ruth. 

A special retiree dinner was held earlier in the week where two emeriti awards were also announced. These awards are presented when someone retires whose impact on the institution has been so significant over a long period of time that the Board of Trustees confers upon them the honor of emeritus status as they retire. Both Professor Kevin Manna and Professor Jim Von Schilling were granted emeritus status this year. 

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients and honored guests! Take a look at the image galleries for Staff Appreciation and the Retiree Dinner.