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Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award

About the award

Initiated by a contribution from longtime NMC benefactors Harold and Imogene Wise in 1970 and first awarded to a full-time faculty member in 1971. Chosen by a student selection committee, award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication.

Past recipients

  • 2021: Lisa Balbach
  • 2020: Scott Powell
  • 2019: Nicole Speelman
  • 2018: Steve Drake
  • 2017: Mac Beeker
  • 2016: Jim Press
  • 2015: Jerry Dobek
  • 2014: Lisa Blackford
  • 2013: Sonja Olshove
  • 2012: Kristy McDonald
  • 2011: Dr. Blake Key
  • 2010: Steve Drake
  • 2009: Dr. Amjad Khan
  • 2008: Connie Jason
  • 2007: Dr. Keith Overbaugh
  • 2006: Mark Nelson
  • 2005: Johnathon Mauk
  • 2004: Michael Jacobson
  • 2003: Sean Ruane
  • 2002: Mike Surgalski
  • 2001: Sonja Olshove
  • 2000: Doug Domine
  • 1999: Mary Quinn
  • 1998: James Press
  • 1997: William Faulk
  • 1996: Richard Cookman
  • 1995: Adam Gahn
  • 1994: Debra Pharo
  • 1993: Martin Trapp
  • 1992: James Coughlin
  • 1991: John Tanner
  • 1990: Allison Shumsky
  • 1989: Walter Ross
  • 1988: Jay Beery
  • 1987: Eric Wildman
  • 1986: Hettie Molvang
  • 1985: Lyle Bradford
  • 1984: Philip DeMarois
  • 1983: Dick Minor
  • 1982: Roy Terdal
  • 1981: Robert Rudd
  • 1980: Jim Spenceley
  • 1979: Arlo Moss
  • 1978: William Skinner
  • 1977: Jerry Sullivan
  • 1976: Ken Rose
  • 1975: Walter Holland
  • 1974: Larry Buys
  • 1973: Kay Donnelly
  • 1972: Jim Spenceley
  • 1971: Bill Long

Instructor Mac Beeker giving high five to a nursing student

Nominate your instructor

Have you had instructors this semester who you feel really excelled?

NMC has a way for you to recognize those instructors: Nominate them for a Faculty Excellence Award! Tell us what makes your nominees so great using this form.

2021 Recipient:

Lisa BalbachLisa Balbach

Computer Information Technology instructor Lisa Balbach started teaching at NMC in 2016. Students had this to say about her:

  • Professor Balbach provides timely, detailed feedback on assignments and always provides an opportunity to redo/update weekly assignments for resubmission, allowing us to learn from our mistakes.
  • She is incredibly thorough in explaining concepts and provides examples of real-world practical application. Projects are designed to give students practice with concepts, but also allow a great deal of latitude to connect with students' interests.

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