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posted: 5/8/2012 11:10 AM

Awards and accolades for ECC staff, students

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Faculty and students at Elgin Community College have been raking in the hardware in the past few months.

From students receiving valuable scholarships to faculty members being recognized for their dedication to teaching and leadership, Elgin Community College has received a number of honors.

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• Marcia Luptak, an adjunct instructor who teaches English as a Second Language, reading, and integrated welding support, received the Arthur J. Stejskal Teacher of the Year Award at the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association (IACEA) conference in March.

The award is given to a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to the adult and continuing education profession and helps learners reach their educational goals. Stejskal also helped form the IACEA and was its first president.

• Recently, five faculty members were given the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for their teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. The recipients of the award were Lynn Ducar, adjunct librarian; Marybeth Koos, associate art history professor; Gary Norden, associate automotive professor; Roger Ramey, associate office administration technology professor, and Kim Tarver, physical therapist assistant professor.

The group will officially receive its honor during the NISOD Annual Convention May 27 to 30 in Austin, Texas.

• Students are also in the mix for accolades. Andrew Peterson, of Lake in the Hills, and Samantha Migatz of South Elgin, were named to this year's All-Illinois Academic Team. They were among 81 students from 42 community colleges in the state to receive the honor.

To qualify for the team, students must post a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade-point average and be eligible to graduate with an associate degree.

Peterson, a biological sciences major, has a 3.67 grade-point average. Peterson plans to enter the pre-med program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has already been accepted into the UIC Honors College. Migatz, an elementary education major, has a 3.59 grade-point average and is a trustee academic scholar, as well as an ECC Foundation scholar, an ECC Admissions student ambassador, and a Phi Theta Kappa information chairwoman.

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