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

  • 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

2019 Recipient:

Nicole Speelman

NMC instructor Nicole SpeelmanChemistry instructor Nicole Speelman began working at NMC in in January 2018. Students said of her:

  • “This instructor has gone above and beyond, holding study sessions every week even coming in on Saturdays to give extra help before exams.”
  • “She is very good at connecting with her students. She also uses a flipped; classroom as a style of teaching. We would watch the lecture videos at home as homework and use class time to go over concepts that we were struggling with. I found this incredibly helpful.”
  • “I never was thrilled to take a chemistry class, but after this semester I would definitely take another. I couldn’t thank her enough!”

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