April 16, 2009  


Fricks Chosen Most Outstanding Faculty Member

Brad Fricks, Spanish Instructor at Northeast Alabama Community College, has been chosen as the Dr. Charles M. Pendley Founders’ Chair Most Outstanding Faculty Member for 2008-2009.

The announcement was made recently at a luncheon at the college. Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC welcomed the group and said, “This is always a very special day and one of the most important activities we do here at Northeast. Mr. Fricks is an outstanding choice for this award and recognition. In addition to his excellent work in the classroom, he helps out the college and contributes in so many ways.”

The announcement was made by Mrs. Lora Mae Davis, Chair of the Founders’ Chair Committee. Davis said, “It is good to be with you again. Each year our committee looks forward to nominations from faculty and students which help in the selection of a faculty member for the Founders’ Chair Award. You have chosen a career with many, many challenges. In today’s technical, scientific, and fast moving computer age your expertise is most valuable. We would encourage you to continue down the pat of a much needed, yet rewarding career. Over the years, Northeast has seen very capable, dependable, and willing instructors. A teacher can have a profound impact on our children and their future. After all, who knows, one day you might have the honor of having taught another Albert Einstein or Bill Gates.

“The Founders’ Chair Committee thanks you for your hard work and leadership this past year,” continued Davis. “Thank you for letting us share in the delicious lunch today. A special thanks to Dr. David Campbell, a strong supporter of faculty recognition, and his assistant, Pat Wildman; Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction, and his assistant, Angie Stewart for their help and support in this program. A special thanks to the SGA President, Jordan Hendricks, for his help with this program. We wish Jordan well in his future challenges.

“This year’s recipient has given four years of service to Northeast as a Spanish Instructor and meets all the criteria as outlined by the committee. He is an outstanding teacher and leader. It is my pleasure to announce Mr. Brad Fricks as the Outstanding Faculty Member for 2008-2009,” concluded Davis.

Upon receiving the award, Fricks expressed appreciation to the committee for the honor and said, “Words cannot express how honored I am to receive this award. I am in good company to be named among the college’s outstanding faculty members. Thank you for this honor.”

As recipient of the award, Fricks also will receive a cash stipend, is featured in the NACC yearbook, is recognized at graduation, and has his name placed on a plaque displayed at the college.

Fricks is in his fourth year as full time Spanish Instructor and is the sponsor of the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society, as well as serving on multiple committees and volunteering for campus activities. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Alabama.

Members of the Dr. Charles M. Pendley Founders’ Chair Committee include Mrs. Lora Mae Davis, Chair, Joyce Kennamer, Pat Freeman, and Kathy Cook. Freeman said, “I want to congratulate Mr. Fricks. He is truly an outstanding faculty member.” Cook expressed how much she enjoys serving on the committee. “You learn so much about what is going on here at the college,” she said. Kennamer added, “This is an outstanding college with outstanding faculty members. I have sent three children here and one grandson is now attending. And I have seven great grandchildren on the way! Keep up the good work.”

Pictured left to right are Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC; Joyce Kennamer, Committee Member; Lora Mae Davis, Committee Chair; Brad Fricks, winner of award; Pat Freeman, Committee Member; Kathy Cook, Committee Member; and Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction at NACC.

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