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January 17, 2007

Mason, Cannon and Stalnaker to receive NISOD Excellence Awards

Cowley College instructors Tom Mason, Chris Cannon and JoLynne Stalnaker will receive Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas, in May.

Mason serves as the college’s communications director on the main campus in Arkansas City. Cannon is a MICT instructor at Cowley’s Allied Health Center in Winfield, while Stalnaker is an instructor in the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department on the Arkansas City campus. The trio will receive the awards during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence May 20-23.

Usually Cowley’s administration selects just two NISOD individuals to receive the NISOD Excellence Awards.

“This year we chose three because all three individuals were all so absolutely outstanding,” Cowley Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Sheree Utash said. “All three have contributed so much to the college, in and out of the classroom. They are each outstanding educators that make decisions based on what is best for the student.”

Along with serving as the college’s communications director, Mason is also an advisor and the Media Club Sponsor of Tyger Tawk. He teaches Introduction to Broadcasting, Introduction to Public Relations, and Radio Practicum. He also serves as the director of the Children’s Theatre program.

Mason, who is in his fifth year at Cowley, was shocked to receive the award.

“We have such a supportive administration, staff and faculty,” Mason said. “Any time someone gets an award or honor there are a lot of people who have helped get that person to where they are.”

Cannon has been an adjunct faculty member since 1998, and is now a full time MICT instructor at Cowley. He co-teaches the evening MICT program with Slade Griffiths. This includes lectures, coordination of laboratory experiences and assistants, writing/grading homework, quizzes, and tests, coordination of PALS, PHTLS, ACLS, NRP, and BLS classes for certification, scheduling guest lecturers and outside instruction of WMD, HAZMAT, and vehicle extrication, serving as a clinical coordinator at hospitals, contacting and assigning field internship preceptors, and reporting student progress.     
“I am very pleased and humbled to receive this award,” Cannon said. “I would like to thank Slade (Griffiths), Cindy (Branscum), Joyce (Holloway) and our adjunct faculty instructors for their support and encouragement this year; their help has been invaluable for ensuring the success of our students. This has been a fantastic year both in the classroom and in the field.”

Stalnaker, who has worked at Cowley since 1989, teaches Business Communications, Computer Applications, Medical Terminology, Keyboarding, Personal Finance, and various other Office Technology courses. She also serves as an advisor for undecided students, business students, and office technology students.

“I am excited to be chosen as one of this year’s recipients of the NISOD Master Teacher awards,” Stalnaker said. “I am very passionate about Cowley College and the students that I have been given the privilege to teach, and to be recognized this way for doing what I love is truly an honor.”