Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Awards for 2014
Since its inception in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world.
NMSU Alamogordo proudly announces their recipients of the NISOD Excellence Awards for this year, Mike Furphy of Automotive Technologies and Dr. Juan García, VP of Student Success.
Mike came to NMSU-A in 2010 from The College of Southern Nevada where he had taught in the automotive program for seven years. When he arrived at NMSU-A, his first task was to complete the purchasing of the equipment needed to start the automotive program and to coordinate the Automotive Degree Program within the NMSU system. He did an excellent job in both of these areas. Currently NMSU-A has an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive and Hybrid Technology with three embedded certificates, Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair, Heavy-Line Specialist, and Diagnostic Specialist.
He also set up the Automotive Advisory Board, hires part-time faculty as needed, provides specialized training for the community (hybrid technology), and is currently setting up ASE testing for our students for Fall semester 2014.
From Dr. García,
“Thank you, NMSU-A, for submitting my nomination for the NISOD Excellence Award. It is an honor to be recognized for a career that I very much enjoy. I feel undeserving of this award because so many staff had a more hands-on involvement with implementation and day-to-day work of these projects than I have. Sometimes it seems we develop student projects at break neck speed. However, it takes the success of only one student to show us just how important and vital advising, financial aid, and admission initiatives are to our students. For individuals like me, Student Services is not just work, it is “fun work.” Therefore, this award is not just for me, it is for all of us.”