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Staff Appreciation 2015

Faculty and Staff Honored for Excellence

It was a glamorous evening as faculty and staff of Northampton Community College celebrated the conclusion of the academic year and honored colleagues who reached notable milestones in their careers at "Puttin' on the Ritz," the annual staff appreciation event on May 15. A crowd of  over 500 faculty, staff and guests gathered in the Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center to enjoy a sumptuous buffet prepared by Sodexo. A top-hatted Dr. Mark "Fitz" Erickson, NCC president, danced to the Irving Berlin tune with boa-bedecked back-up dancers. There may have even been some Charleston-ing.

Professor Erin Reilly received the College's highest honor -- the Christensen Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Reilly was hailed as an expert in her subject area - sociology - and a master at helping her students fully comprehend the course materials.  The citation noted that "her effectiveness also stems from the kindness and helpfulness she displays to her students." Reilly holds degrees from Gettysburg College and Lehigh University.  She joined the faculty at Northampton in 2002.

Other awards for professional excellence went to:

Cathie Grozier, assistant dean in humanities and social sciences, for outstanding performance by a member of the administrative staff.  Grozier was praised for caring about individual success and taking time to help students, faculty and administrators solve problems.  This past year she handled a double workload while a colleague was out for a family emergency and provided personal support for that family.  Grozier earned a bachelor's degree from West Chester University and a master's degree from Temple University.

Larry Musolino received the award for excellence in instruction by an adjunct faculty member.  Musolino has taught mathematics at Northampton since 1992.  Students describe him as "super organized," able to explain complex concepts in a way that makes sense, and willing to come to class early, stay late, and answer questions via email to help students.

Tom Repasch was chosen to receive the award for excellence in non-credit instruction.  A retired member of the diplomatic corps who worked at the United Nations, Repasch now teaches in  Northampton's Prime Time program for men and women over 50 who are interested in continuing education.  Prime Time participants describe him as "a wonderful presenter, personable, engaging, well-informed and great at involving and encouraging class involvement." 

Wendy Stehly was named Support Staff Member of the Year for excellent customer service skills and for consistently exceeding expectations as a secretary in community education, Her dedication to excellence was described as a model for others to follow. 

Virginia Varju, payroll assistant, became the first recipient of a new award for outstanding performance by a part-time member of the College staff who demonstrates sustained and excellent performance of his or her primary job function and goes above those duties.  Ginny was recognized for her warm and friendly attitude, high level of customer service to students, and tremendous work ethic.

Among the other faculty and staff members who received special recognition at the dinner were Associate Professor of English Kelly Allen, recipient of the Dick and Pat Richardson Northampton Spirit Award; Dr. Douglas Heath, who is retiring this spring and was awarded the title of professor emeritus, for distinguished service to the College over 38 years; and Kenneth Krauss, professor of mathematics, computer and information science who was honored for his 45 years on the faculty. 


James I. Benner, director, Center for Teaching and Learning/Academic Assessment 
Jeanne A. Caliguri, records assistant 
Anne L. Egan, administrative assistant, physical plant 
Douglas E. Heath, professor, geography and geology 
Lois A. Jaikes, senior systems analyst/developer 
Barbara Love, instructional assistant, reading/writing coordinator 
Michael J. McGovern, interim vice president, academic affairs 
Kathy Siegfried - executive director, human resources 
Pat E. Ward, administrative assistant, enrollment and student affairs 


To Professor: 
Wendy L. Achey, business/marketing 
Dr. Cara B. McClintock-Walsh, English
Ronit Shemtov, sociology 

To Associate Professor: 
Brian E. Alnutt, history 
Karen A.M. Anderko, biology 
Samantha A. Beebe, biology 
Monsour Y. Farhat, accounting 
Miles J. Harris, mathematics 
Lucille H. Keim, radiology 
Evonne N. Loomis, acquisitions librarian 
William J. Magelton, chemistry 
Michael L. Pogach, English 
Elehna M. Shores, information services librarian 
Gina A. Turner, psychology 

To Assistant Professor: 
Matthew N. Bartholomew, counseling 

Standard Appointments (equivalent to tenure): 

Brian E. Alnutt, assistant professor, history 
Belinda M. Anderson, assistant professor, reading 
Michael L. Pogach, assistant professor, English 
Gina A. Turner, assistant professor, psychology 

Advanced Degrees: 

Dr. Carolyn M. Bortz, Ed.D. higher education administration, Widener University 
Dr. Pamela A. Bradley - Ed.D., reading, Widener University 
Elizabeth T. Bugaighis - MA, sociology, Lehigh University 
Michelle A. Palmisano - MS, higher education administration leadership, Drexel University 
Dr. Judith Rex - Ph.D. , higher education administration, Drexel University 
Cyd H. Skinner - Ph.D., general psychology, Northcentral University 

Forty-Five Years of Service: 

Kenneth G. Krauss, professor, mathematics/computer/information science

Forty Years of Service: 

Kathleen T. Siegfried, executive director, human resources
Patricia E. Ward, administrative assistant, student affairs
Elizabeth A. Smith, adjunct, allied health and sciences 

Thirty-Five Years of Service: 

James L. Lenert, security
Nancy E. Trautmann, professor, English 

Thirty Years of Service: 

Carole H. Collins, assistant professor, English as a Second Language
Nancy E. Fogel, child care assistant
Mary Sinibaldi Mancino, senior associate director, enrollment services
Helene M. Whitaker, vice president, administrative affairs 

Twenty-Five Years of Service: 

Nancy Disario, administrative coordinator, adult literacy, community education
Mary Ellen Hicks, secretary, nursing
Jay D. Johnson, maintenance
Paul E. Pierpoint, vice president for community education, dean Southside Center
Shirley M. Ring, veteran's affairs assistant
Willie W. Swift, custodian
Arthur M. Wolfe, facilities and events coordinator/women's basketball coach 

Twenty Years of Service: 

Kathleen Barner, assistant controller, accounting
Matthew J. Connell, dean, Monroe Campus
Rosa E. Ferguson, financial aid officer
Dianne L. Henry, culinary associate
Cynthia L. King, director, financial aid
Isadore J. LaDuca, adjunct, humanities and social sciences
JoAnne Mercovich, secretary, records
Sue Morgan, work study specialist, financial aid
Carolyn H. Roberts, adjunct, allied health and sciences
Cynthia A. Woodling, projct director TAACCCT grant
Pingjiam Zhao, community education 

Check out more photos of the event in this gallery.