NFC Connections Winter 2020 - Page 27

National Presentation NFC PROFESSORS PRESENT AT NATIONAL TEACHING CONFERENCE F our North Florida College professors – pictured above left to right, Dr. David Palomino, Michelle Ginn, Marie Guest and Sharon Brave Heart – shared best practices with college and university educators and administrators from across the nation in June at The Teaching Professors Annual Conference in New Orleans. Presenters are selected through a rigorous review process. NFC was invited to lead three separate 20-minute mentor sessions during the conference. “The honor of being chosen is a culmination of our in- depth research in preparation of offering our Associate in Science Degrees in Accounting Technology and Business Administration completely online,” said Brave Heart. Business professors Sharon Brave Heart and Marie Guest led two presentations in the Super Track: Teaching and Learning with Technology. Social science professor Michelle Ginn and psychology professor Dr. David Palomino presented in the Student Engagement topic area. The fast and focused mentor sessions were designed to tackle a specific classroom challenge or issue, and provide conference goers with a wealth of practical, ready-to-implement solutions. The overall goal was to give participants actionable ideas and insights that they can start implementing right away that help advance teaching and learning. A conference attendee shared praise from the Super Track: “This talk was so full of ideas! I have three pages of notes of things I need to try in my online classes! Thanks for the great presentation!” NFC Ranks in Top 15% of Colleges T he Aspen Institute College Excellence Program on Nov. 5 named North Florida College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. NFC is among 15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize. “Each day I witness the exemplary measures and dedication that NFC employees across the campus put into action to ensure our students reach their education and life goals,” said NFC President John Grosskopf. “These outstanding efforts have placed NFC among the nation’s top 150 colleges competing for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. We are honored to be recognized and proudly share this recognition of high achievement with our students, employees, alumni and community. NFC’s consistent ranking among the nation’s most outstanding colleges is definitely due to our campus and community’s overwhelming commitment to student success.” W I N T E R 2 0 2 0 | CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE 25