HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 628-4521

DATE: 03-29-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC TEACHING AND LEARNING CENTER HOLDS TUTOR RECOGNITION DAY

Haywood Community College Tutor Recognition Day was held recently in the Teaching & Learning Center on the HCC campus. This annual event honors student, faculty, and community tutors for their valuable contributions to student success. Special awards and certificates were presented during an Open House and Awards Ceremony for 21 student, 10 faculty, and 3 community volunteer tutors. Haywood Community College tutors have provided over 1,800 hours of tutoring during the last scholastic year.

Elaine Barnes, Dick Kuhl, and Judi Martin of the Teaching and Learning Center praise tutors for their ongoing efforts to help students. Student tutors give up lunch hours, stay after class, and work late to help their classmates better understand course ideas. Faculty volunteers give above and beyond their hours in class to provide math, writing, and computer labs to help students needing one-on-one instruction. Community volunteers give freely of their time and academic talents to work individually with students.

"We could not be as effective without each of our tutors," said Elaine Barnes, TLC Coordinator. Elaine says that student, faculty, and community tutors come together to help students learn in a positive way that works. HCC has the highest retention rate in the state, we believe, in no small part due to the contributions of tutors.

Student tutors receiving awards were: Stephanie Bell, Kenny Burchfield, Jeremy Curran, Audrey Davis, Kathy Davis, Mary Beth Freeburn, Nancy Fox, John Icard, Tammy Lambert, Taylor Lynch, Kalyn Matthews, Allan McClure Holly Murray, Heather Newton, Kensaku Nishizato, Joanna Parham, Sherri Pitts, Robert Rogers, Danny Smith, Wayne Smith, and Christy Wells. Faculty receiving awards were: Lynn Beddow, Beverly Brown, Karen Fisher, Olivia Martin, Paul Puckett, Bill Rhodarmer, Mary Elizabeth Staiger, Juanita Stock, Margaret Studenc, and Amy Vester. Three community volunteers also received awards: Jim Bond, Bet Hinson, and Leora Schermerhorn.

Kensaku Nishizato received Tutor of the Year for the third year in a row. Kensaku tutors students in algebra, trigonometry, and English. During the last year he tutored students for over 140 hours.

A Mini-Grant from the HCC Foundation funded this event. If you are interested in tutoring, please contact the Teaching & Learning Center at 627-4696.

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