Business, Maritime instructors named 2012 Faculty Excellence winners

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Business instructor Kristy McDonald is NMC’s 2012 Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award winner. Maritime instructor John Biolchini is the 2012 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award winner.

Chosen by a student selection committee, award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication. McDonald began working in NMC's Career Services office in 2006 and moved to the faculty in 2011. Biolchini joined the Maritime program in 2007.

In nominating McDonald, students said:

  • "Her class is truly the highlight of my week."
  • "This instructor deserves recognition for the way students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to help them reach their full potential. I am so glad that I had this experience because I left that class a changed person."

McDonald said she was particularly gratified by comments like the latter.

"It takes it outside of the academic lens," she said. "We do more than that at NMC. We touch people's lives in so many ways we don't even know it."

In nominating Biolchini, students said:

  • "Captain John Biolchini has over 30 years of sailing experience, and his expertise has been so evident during the two years I have been attending the Academy."
  • "Captain Biolchini's teaching style in phenomenal. His Integration of personal sailing exploits, practical lessons on river navigation, and a through instruction of textbook seamanship makes his class one of the most important and influential in his students' academic careers at NMC."

"This award is really their award," Biolchini said of the Maritime cadets. "The students have to give you the opportunity to teach at your peak."

The Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award was 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. The NMC Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award was created as a companion in 1999.

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RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2012

For more information:

Andy Dolan
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1019