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.

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Past recipients

  • 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

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Deadline is March 17

Have NMC instructors made a difference in your life? Could “dedicated”, “innovative” and “excellent” be used to describe them? If you are looking for a way to recognize the impact an NMC teacher has had on your learning journey, please consider nominating that teacher for the Faculty Excellence awards. Faculty are truly honored to be nominated for these annual awards. This is the highest teaching honor awarded at NMC and nominations can only come from students.

Nominations are due by March 17 and can be submitted at surveymonkey.com/r/YGV7XJN.

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, recipients are chosen by a student selection committee, and award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication.

Faculty Excellence Awards

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2016 RECIPIENT:

Jim Press

Jim Press Press began at NMC in 1989 and retired this year after 27 years in the classroom. He is also an emeritus faculty member. In their nominations students said:

  • "This instructor offered many types of approaches to engage all learning styles. The instructor allowed for everyone to be successful in the class."
  • "The class is not easy but the instructor gives you the time, information, and resources to get an A! The classroom is interactive while the professor is constantly testing our knowledge and encouraging group work."
  • "This instructor has been one of my favorite teachers at NMC, for various reasons, but most of all because he is so passionate about the subject himself, and that made me feel more connected with the material."

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