Alamance Community College honors its 2019-2020 award recipients:
Student Academic Excellence Award
HANNAH JOY DOUCET
Hannah Doucett earns her Associate in Science degree from ACC in May with a 3.9 grade point average. Initially enrolled as a dual enrollment high school student, she found a home in the College’s Math Center, where she has helped math, physics, and engineering classmates, as well as those taking lower-level math courses. Equally gratifying for Doucett, she accepted an invitation to work as a support specialist with the College’s Disability Services to provide accommodations for students enrolled in math courses. Earlier this semester, Hannah served as a scribe for a Precalculus Algebra student with vision disability.
Dallas Herring Achievement Award
LAURA LYNN MILLER
A non-traditional student, Laura Miller came to ACC to remake her life and absorb new knowledge and skills. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry 20 years ago, the stay-at-home mom enrolled at ACC to take a few horticulture classes. Encouraged to pursue a Horticulture Technology associate degree, Miller jumped in and joined the Flora Club, later embarking on school-sponsored trips to national landscaping competitions. Hooked, she earned her degree in 2018 and immediately pursued a degree in Agriculture Biotechnology, which she plans to complete in 2021.
Student Worker of the Year
Dawn Martin works with faculty in the English Department. She is described as careful and thorough, showing great attention to detail. She needs minimal supervision and is flexible. As tasks and priorities change in the department from day to day, Dawn is quick to take initiative. She juggles multiple responsibilities and keeps priorities straight in her work. When asked to digitize paperwork for the General Education Committee, Dawn taught herself how to do so by researching the scanner’s online operating manual. She was instrumental in helping organize and categorize books for the annual Jean Slaughter Scholarship Book Sale. Her 4.0 GPA proves that she devotes the time that is needed to her school work when not working in the English Department office.
Student Worker of the Year- Honorable Mention
Gisela Rodriguez works in the College’s Veterans Affairs and Admissions offices. She has a calm and caring demeanor, making it easy for her to communicate with students needing assistance. She volunteers to help with events for student veteran, such as Veterans’ Resource Fair, Veterans Breakfast, and the Mobile Veteran Center. Gisela has gained the trust of students and veterans, and she encourages them to reach out to her. She is an example to other students that it is possible to return to college and complete a degree after years of absence.
Faculty Member of the Year
Sherri Singer has worked at ACC since 2000 as an instructor in history and social sciences. She was named Department Head of Social/Behavioral Sciences in 2001. At Appalachian State University, she earned a Bachelor of Science in History with a Social Studies High School teaching certificate; and a Master of Arts in History with a Community and Junior College concentration. As advisor to the History Club, she coordinated several unique events on campus: a regional high school History Day competition and exhibit; a World War I Centennial event that brought more than a thousand middle school students to campus; and a Women’s Suffrage exhibit and activities. Sherri also contributes to quality instruction at ACC by managing the College’s Adjunct Institute.
Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year
A 2008 graduate of ACC’s Animal Care and Management, Houston Moore began working as lab coordinator in the program that summer. Within a few years, he was hired as an adjunct instructor in the animal handling class. He also earned a certificate in animal chemical immobilization. Today he teaches part-time in Animal Care and Management and works part-time as the lab manager, taking care of the animals on weekends and holidays. He has been praised for patiently showing students how to handle animals without fear.
Workforce Development Instructor of the Year
A lieutenant with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department, Jerry Williams earned his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice at ACC, and served as a student ambassador. He has taught for more than ten years in the College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program and teaches several hundred hours of instruction each year. In addition to his certification as a general instructor, Williams is specialized in teaching Firearms and Subject Control. He also teaches in the Detention Officer Certification Program and the annual mandated in-service classes for law enforcement officers.
Staff Member of the Year
DAVID MERCER BUFTER
Mercer Bufter, Academic Technology Specialist in Distance Learning, has worked at the College since 2015. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Professional Writing and Creative Writing, he added a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from UNC Greensboro. Bufter has helped numerous instructors create or revise their distance learning courses in profound ways that are engaging, entertaining and effective. He has helped staff and administration communicate with students through video series such as “From the Gee” and the New Adjunct Training delivered for new hires. Bufter has also presented at the NC Community College System conference.