2019 Excellence Awards 2

Faculty, staff members honored for excellence in education

Faculty, staff members honored for excellence in education

Wed Jan 29, 2020

2019 Excellence Awards

Brazosport College employees David Sysma and Arnold Ramirez were recently honored by the college’s students, faculty and staff as representatives for the League for Innovation in Community Colleges 2019-20 John & Suanne Roueche Staff and Faculty Excellence awards.

Ramirez, a director of counseling and testing, was selected for the John & Suanne Roueche Staff Excellence Award, while Sysma, a professor of history was the recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Teaching Excellence Award. As the 2019 teaching excellence recipient, Sysma also becomes BC’s Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award nominee.

Ramirez is the school’s director of counseling and testing, a position he has held since 2000. He has a master’s degree from East Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I University.

“I am honored to have been selected by my fellow Brazosport College colleagues for this award,” Ramirez said. “It is truly a blessing to be a part of our students’ life journey. I am also very proud and grateful to contribute to a college family that supports, encourages and, at times, challenges our students’ goals and aspirations.”

As for Sysma, he earned an M.A. in history in 1999 from Southwest Texas State University and a B.G.S. from the University of Maryland/College Park. He began teaching history at Brazosport College in the Spring of 2007 and became a full-time instructor in Autumn, 2009. During the 1990s, while serving in the United States Air Force, he earned Air Education and Training Command Master Instructor status.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this distinction, but it’s not an individual honor,” Sysma said. “I have to share it with those who made it possible.  The students here at BC, their commitment to their future, their engagement with the course material and their feedback on what I’m doing wrong — as well as right — are the main sources of my success as an instructor. My BC colleagues, and my family — particularly my spouse, Sherri — who has sacrificed so much so that I could have the time and energy to be a teacher.”

The John & Suanne Roueche Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college staff and faculty. Each academic year, member colleges are invited to select and submit names of individuals to be recognized as recipients of these prestigious awards.

For more information about the League for Innovation in Community Colleges John & Suanne Roueche Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards, visit its Web site at www.league.org. To learn more about Brazosport College, go online to www.brazosport.edu or call (979) 230-3000.