FLINT – Two MCC faculty members have been selected to receive the 2017 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College (League), a consortium of nearly 500 community colleges and technical schools worldwide.
Bob Rentschler, Associate Professor of Photography, and Julie Steffey, Professor of English, were nominated for the award by Dr. Amy Fugate, Vice President for Academic Affairs at MCC, because of their outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership, and learning at the College.
The awards will be made during the League’s Innovations Conference in National Harbor, MD, March 18-21, 2018, and include recognition at a special reception and a cast pewter medallion.
“It is a privilege to work with two individuals of such outstanding integrity and dedication to excellence in teaching,” said Fugate of her nominations. Both were nominated for the recognitions by their respective Deans.
“Bob Rentschler, of Fenton, has done an outstanding job of incorporating experiential learning into the Photography curriculum,” said Dean of Fine Arts and Social Sciences, Mary Cusack. “The project with the most impact is the HELP Portrait Event, which gives MCC Photography students real-world experience shooting, editing and printing portraits, as well as experience interacting with clients,” she said, adding “this campus-wide collaboration provides students in multiple disciplines to gain experience in their field, including Cosmetology, Law Enforcement, Sign Language Interpreting, Early Childhood Education and Music.”
“Julie Steffey, of Fenton, has been a long time driving force in our Developmental Writing area,” according to Dean of Humanities, Patricia Bergh. “She has guided the development and refinement of the ACLT courses, which are a combination of developmental writing and reading that provides students with a faster means of reaching readiness for college level coursework. She is never reluctant to try new ways of thinking about her discipline particularly if there is a potential for a greater level of student success” Bergh added. – G.G.