As Durham Tech graduates are honored at Commencement on Monday, students will be honoring a man who helped make it possible.
George Washington Newton, who passed away last month, was a staunch supporter and benefactor for Durham Tech for more than 50 years. Students who received scholarships as a result of his philanthropy will wear white sashes to honor the longtime education advocate.
Newton, founder of Newton Instrument Co., was an original board member of Durham Tech. In 1988, he was honored for his work with the college and the former Cooper Street Building was renamed the George W. Newton Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building.
Since 1991, more than 150 students have received scholarships founded by Newton. Those scholarships include: the James I. Bolden Scholarship, established by Newton to honor longtime friend Jim Bolden; the George W. and Mary H. Newton Scholarship, which honors his beloved late wife, Mary Hall Newton; the Edward L. Phillips Memorial Scholarship, established by Newton and friends to honor fellow Trustee member Edward Phillips; and the Nathaniel B. White Scholarship, which honored White, a founding trustee and the first African American to serve on the Board.
Two Durham Tech students have been named Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship winners.
Andrew McCrae, an honors student in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer program (ASUT), and Casey VanAlstyne, an Associate in Arts student, received the scholarships.
The award is given to the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. McCrae and VanAlstyne were among 90 Scholars selected for the award this year from a pool of more than 2,000 applicants. The scholarship is for up to $40,000 each year and can be used toward tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees.
From left to right: Tracy Mancini, dean of Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer (ASUT); Casey VanAlstyne; Andrew McCrae; Svetlana Yokum, ASUT instructor of German
“Both students are highly qualified and greatly deserving. I am very, very happy for them,” said Svetlana Yokum, an instructor of German at Durham Tech. “They are not just great scholars but they are also wonderful young men.”
Last month, McCrae was named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar, a scholarship that provides financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges across the nation.
McCrae will complete his Associate in Science this spring. He is an active member of the Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, and has been accepted into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he plans to major in exercise and sports science. He hopes to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.
McCrae also was awarded the Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina Dean’s Award, which recognizes an outstanding ASUT student who has achieved academic excellence and provided significant contributions to the department and campus community.
VanAlstyne, a former Student Senate President and Student Trustee, also plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall and hopes to major in economics and philosophy. He wants to attend law school and receive continued education in philosophy.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since it was founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and more than $80 million in grants.
John Lance Lee has been named the 2015 Excellence in Teaching award recipient at Durham Technical Community College.
Lee, an Instructor of Spanish and Coordinator of Faculty Development, was one of five faculty nominees who submitted Excellence in Teaching portfolios.
Lee goes beyond teaching Spanish to his students — he creates a learning environment that allows students to engage with language learning through real-world, authentic tasks. Lee has been instrumental in the development of Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA) in the Foreign Languages department. These assessments require students to demonstrate language competency in very real and meaningful ways, ways that may prove useful outside of the college classroom.
John Lance Lee
Lee’s all-encompassing, research-based teaching philosophy is designed to cultivate students as whole persons. This is evident in his interactions with students and colleagues around the world through social media as well as through his belief that happiness and success come from a state of mind and a choice.
“It’s exciting, but I also feel like there are so many other people,” Lee said. “There’s a lot of people that apply for it and others that don’t apply for it. I feel like it’s a shared award.”
Lee is a staunch advocate of community colleges and the students they serve, calling community colleges an “often overlooked gem in education.” His involvement with campus committees and initiatives like PRESS for Completion and Achieving the Dream, a national non-profit that champions evidence-based institutional improvement, along with his belief that good instruction starts with collaboration further emphasize his representation of the excellence Durham Tech exemplifies.
Lee was chosen by a three-person committee comprised of former Excellence in Teaching award winners: Kerry Cantwell, 2014 EIT award recipient; Lyndsay Al-Shibli, 2012 EIT award recipient; and Peter Wooldridge, 1993 EIT award recipient.
Six new hires attended Durham Tech’s orientation yesterday. Please join us in welcoming them!
Derrick R. Drakeford
Coordinator, Grants Development
Resource and Grants Development/Durham Tech Foundation
Application Support Specialist, Administrative Assistant
Information Technology Services
L. Christine Pantano
Assistant Dean, Student Development, Communications, and Support
Student Development and Support
Coordinator/Instructor, Criminal Justice
Public Safety Department
Coordinator, Communications and Social Media
Marketing and Communications
Accounting Technician/Accounts Receivable
Happy Birthday to (date):
Patrick Coin, Willie Hockaday (5); David Christian Austell (6); Brenda East (8); Janice Kerber (10); Andrei George, Gilbert Umberger (11); Susan Baker, Sandra Grady (12); Tom Jaynes (14): Joseph Derilus, Randy Egsegian, Greg Walton (15); Denise Kimball, Karen McPhaul (18); Cynthia Davis, Beth Payne (19); Darrell Chandler, Abraham Dones (22); Patrick Hines, O’Keishe Wright, Quincy Wright (23); Rex Horton, Karen Mosley- Lyon (26); Valerie Whitley (27); Charles Farrow (30).
Employment Anniversaries (years of service):
David Christian Austell, Abraham Dones, Audrey Muhammad (1); Theresa McLaurin (2); Jennifer Bennett, Wallace Blackwelder, Shana Curl, K. Leigh Forell, Ludwig Stuart (3); Norb Golebiewski, Stephanie Whetstone (6); Donna Alston, Angela Breault, David Long (8); Julie Humphrey (13); Greg Mimmack (16).
Durham Tech Admissions & Enrollment Services asks that you make your students aware of the new (and FREE!) android app from QLess that is now available. This app lets students get into a queue from their phone, keeps them apprised of their wait time so they can keep their place in line, ask for more time, or even leave the line if necessary. It’s so easy! And it’s all set up and ready to go – students just need to download the app from this link: http://tiny.qless.com/androidApp