Natural Science Professor Wins Vice President's Award

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan.18, 2008) - Manatee Community College (MCC) natural science Professor Don Hall was chosen by Dr. John Rosen, vice president of academic affairs, as the recipient of the 2008 Vice President's Academic Excellence Award. He will be recognized along with other MCC faculty and staff members who will receive National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a 2008 conference to be held May 25 through 28 in Austin, Texas.

Winners of the vice president's award exemplify the qualities of teaching excellence, engage in collegewide activities, and have an extensive history of service to the institution. As the newest recipient, Hall will serve as mace bearer for graduation ceremonies during the 2008-09 academic year and address MCC's District Board of Trustees on "Why I Teach at a Community College."

A full-time MCC faculty member since 1983, Hall currently teaches earth and space science, and meteorology courses. Former chair of computer science and natural science departments, he spearheaded a movement from mainframe to microcomputer emphasis and the development of science curriculum for nonmajors. Hall also was instrumental in obtaining funding for a Personal Scanning Electron Microscope and a computer-based physics laboratory. An avid outdoorsman, Hall is advisor to the award-winning MCC Bradenton Earth Club and works with Boy Scouts.

"Students appreciate Don's caring attitude and sense of wonder about the world around him. In spite of his untiring work for the college and his department, he is just as committed to family and community," said Rosen.

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