Two State Fair Community College staff members received awards Oct. 31 at the Missouri Community College Association’s (MCCA) 48th annual convention in Kansas City.
Dean of Academic Affairs Steve Scheiner received the Senior Service Award in recognition of his service to SFCC and to the mission of community colleges throughout the state. English instructor Lisa Adams received the Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award.
Scheiner began his career at the college in 1987 as a physical science instructor. He has served in many different roles, including chair of the Math, Science, Agriculture, Networking, CIS, and Web Development programs. He has been the Faculty Association president for two terms, designed a new Associate of Science degree, participated in the Leadership Academy, and was a leader in the college’s Power to Transform capital fundraising campaign. He has held his current position since July.
Scheiner also has served as the SFCC Booster Club president and has been a score table attendant for home basketball games for many years. In 2005 he received SFCC’s Star Award, which is presented to a college employee who demonstrates excellence in student centeredness.
Adams’ award was presented in recognition of her innovative teaching methods. Adams fosters communication with her students by text messages. She uses texting for assignment submissions, student questions and class announcements and asks that students’ messages to her be written properly, in regular English.
Adams has noticed better retention and increased participation. She recently shared some of her students’ submissions with a panel of her colleagues at SFCC, and they noted that the feedback was well written and thoughtful.
Adams was praised for her strong and positive presence at SFCC, which has earned the respect of her colleagues and of her students, who honored her in May with the college’s Instructor of the Year award.
Several SFCC staff members also presented at the conference.
President Dr. Marsha Drennon and David Albers, Renewable Energy Technology instructor, discussed the college’s 2011 $6.4 million facility upgrade designed to reduce energy costs, develop programming for potential students and strengthen the communities the college serves. The program was called “Opportunities to Maximize Recruitment/Retention/Placement Through Energy-Efficient Solutions.”
During a poster session, Director of Admissions Mark Carter and Director of Advising Julie McNeal presented “College 101” and Academic Advisor Raghvendra Singh presented “The Digital Native and the Digital Immigrant: Bridging the Gap between Academic Advisors and Students in the 21st Century.”
MCCA is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.