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BC staff members honored for excellence in education

BC staff members honored for excellence in education

Wed Jan 29, 2014

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Brazosport College staff members Dr. Barry Foster and Susie Kalenda were recently honored by the college’s students, faculty and staff members as recipients of National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence awards.

Kalenda, an administrative office specialist for Social Sciences and Business, was selected for NISOD’s staff excellence award, while Foster, a Learning Frameworks Instructor, was the recipient of the organization’s teacher excellence award. As the 2013 Teaching Excellence recipient, Foster also becomes BC’s Piper Professor nominee.

Foster earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has been teaching at Brazosport College since 2009.  He teaches the Psyc1300 Learning Frameworks course and has been active in many campus activities, including scholarship fund raising, intramurals and student life.

“This award is a wonderful surprise and a blessed affirmation that someone can start all over on another career track, even in his 50s and tackle the task successfully,” Foster said. “I really do enjoy coming to work and interacting with everybody. The people with whom I have the privilege of sharing my life and work are the source of my joy and determination to succeed. I share my story of loss and starting all over again with my students. God has seen my through to this point. Times were tough five years ago, but this award is a testimony for tenacity and faith.“

As for Kalenda, she began working at BC more than 20 years ago. She was a part-time employee for around five years before moving to full-time 15 years ago. She’s worked continuously as an AOS for the Division of Social Sciences and Business. In 2002, she earned the Certified Professional Secretary designation.

“I am very honored because the college is rich in staff who do a great job,” Kalenda said. “Every day I try to be a good representative of BC. When someone leaves my office I want that person to leave happy or at least leave feeling like I’ve done all I can to help. I enjoy coming to work each day, and the people I work with are my ‘work family.’“

Since 1978, NISOD has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators and staff, as well as the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal being student success. More than 700 community colleges around the world are members of NISOD, including a majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada.

The goals of NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence are to celebrate excellence and to provide a unique professional development opportunity for community college and university faculty, staff and administrators to foster student success.

For more information about the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, visit its Web site at www.nisod.org. To learn more about Brazosport College, go online to www.brazosport.eduor call (979) 230-3000.