DSCC Faculty and Staff Honored at Spring Conference

Special recognition given to retiring vice presidents

Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) presented outstanding faculty and staff awards to five deserving employees at its annual spring conference April 13 at the Student Center on the Dyersburg campus.

Each year, members of the DSCC faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards. The recipients are chosen by a committee of past winners that represent various college departments. Community members and representatives from local organizations serve as presenters and contribute funds to sponsor plaques and monetary awards given to recipients.

The Outstanding Faculty Award, sponsored by Bill and Mary Adcock, was presented to Nathan Sonderman of Ripley, assistant professor of biology. Sonderman earned both a post-baccalaureate teaching certification and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. He is currently working on his dissertation at Mississippi State University. Sonderman has taught at DSCC as a full-time instructor since 2010 using critical and creative thinking activities in his courses. He has helped his students achieve success by using a flipped classroom model.

Sonderman serves as a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the DSCC Diversity Committee and the International Studies Committee. He taught Biology in China, Taiwan and the Galapagos as part of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) program during the summers of 2013 and 2014.

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, sponsored by Security Bank, was presented to Dana Laman of Gates, adjunct instructor of art appreciation. Laman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Psychology from Union University and a Master of Education in Art from William Carey University. She has taught at DSCC as an adjunct instructor since 2015. Laman has successfully improved student participation in the classroom through integration of creative exercises. She is very active and engaged with the College and consistently works to improve techniques to increase positive classroom performance.

The Ned Cherry Outstanding Maintenance Staff Member Award, sponsored by
American Paper and Twine, was presented to custodian Bart Jowers of Dyersburg. Jowers was nominated due to his ability to work well with everyone and his kind and generous nature. He was also nominated due to his eagerness to always participate and volunteer with College organizations such as athletics, student life, the Annual Fund, homecoming and Relay For Life activities.

The Administrative Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by Simmons Bank, was presented to Luciana Shaw of Dyersburg, executive aide II for Technology. Shaw earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a Certified Administrative Professional and a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

Shaw is active in DSCC-related activities including the Spanish Feria, homecoming, campus tours, and the most recent Harlem Legends event. She serves as vice president of the DSCC Alumni Association Board and has served as the president of the Administrative Professional’s Council since September 2015. Shaw volunteers for DSCC’s Relay For Life Committee and is active in her church where she serves as multimedia technician, is a member of the sanctuary choir, and serves as co-director of the youth choir.

The Outstanding Staff Award, sponsored by First South Financial Credit Union, was presented to Charlene White of Friendship, director of Finance. White earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting and a Master of Accountancy and Systems from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is scheduled to graduate in May with a doctoral degree in Higher Education and Adult Education Leadership from The University of Memphis. White serves as chair of the DSCC Athletic Committee and is a past chair of the DSCC Relay For Life Committee.

Special recognition and a proclamation from Dyer County Mayor Chris Young were given to retirees Dr. Teri Maddox of Trenton, vice president for the College, celebrating four years of service, and Bud Hoffmann of Lexington, vice president for finance, celebrating seven years of service.

Also recognized for their upcoming retirement were Debora Gay of Dyersburg, celebrating 23 years of service, Stephen Son of Benton, KY, celebrating 12 years of service, Kay Wall of Newbern, celebrating 15 years of service and Ginger Dozier of Newbern, celebrating 41 years of service. Recognized for their service were Yuketa Hall of Newbern and Kate Blinka of Dyersburg who recently resigned from DSCC.