June 1, 2009
Knoles, Fry serve as presenters at NISOD International Conference
Cowley College’s Michelle Knoles and James Fry recently served
as presenters at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational
Development International Conference held in Austin, Texas, May 24-27.
Knoles is the service learning coordinator for ACES (Academic Civic Engagement through Service), while Fry is the referral coordinator for ACES. The two conducted a workshop where they told of how to implement service learning programs on campus.
Slade Griffiths, Cowley College’s vice president of academic affairs, attended the conference and was pleased with the work done by Knoles and Fry.
“They both did a phenomenal job and were able to share our information with other institutions on how to start a service learning program,” Griffiths said. “The people there were impressed with their knowledge, and Cowley.”
One of the participants in the workshop later called Knoles to ask a few more questions and inform her that she thought it was the most useful presentation she attended at the conference.
Knoles was happy she and Fry had the opportunity to share their information at the NISOD International Conference.
“It was awesome, I had a great time,” Knoles said. “I was just honored to be asked to be a presenter. Also, James did an excellent job. He does so many things not only at the college but in the community.”
It has been a pretty good week for Fry as he returned from the conference in time to receive the Community Cornerstone Award in recognition of his service and volunteer work. And, to top it off, last Friday at the college, Fry was chosen as the lucky winner of a refurbished 6-foot-by-6-foot utility trailer with a loading ramp as well as a small tool box.
The ACES program involves active participants in the local community, selflessly giving of their time and talents. They are not just volunteers, but students with a unique opportunity to challenge themselves outside the realm of academia.
Although unable to attend the NISOD International Conference, Cowley College instructors Dr. Jafar Hashemi and Rae Dale were recognized as recipients of Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
Dr. Hashemi is a Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and Physical Science instructor at the college’s Arkansas City and Mulvane campuses. While, Dale is an academic advisor and Office Technology, Computer, and Business instructor at Cowley College.