December 13, 2011


Employees Recognized at Chancellor's Awards Banquet

Four Northeast Alabama Community College employees were recognized recently at the 2011 Chancellor’s Annual Awards luncheon in Montgomery by Dr. Frieda Hill, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

NACC SACS Accreditation Liaison and Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment Martha Banks was nominated as Administrator of the Year. Music Instructor/Jazz Band Director Dr. Daniel Knox was nominated as Academic Faculty Member of the Year. Cosmetology Instructor/Salon Institute Director Julise Clement was nominated as Technical Faculty Member of the Year. Student Financial Services Assistant Sheila Hairston was nominated as Staff Member of the Year.

The Alabama Community College System Chancellor’s Awards began 25 years ago to reward and recognize those who have exemplified outstanding performance and dedicated service to their college.

Martha Banks and ACCS Chancellor Frieda HillAs SACS Accreditation Liaison and Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment, Martha Banks coordinated efforts to ensure ongoing compliance with the standards, policies, and procedures of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as well as all institutional effectiveness measures of NACC. In her 10 years as Accreditation Liaison and 6/12 years as Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment, Banks effected numerous improvements to the institutional effectiveness processes of the college while leading the college through two successful SACSCOC reviews. With almost 40 years of experience in public education, her superior performance has been evidenced by many accomplishments, which included the design and establishment of web-based resources available to personnel for institutional effectiveness processes (planning and evaluation). Banks has a Master of Science in Education from Jacksonville State University and additional graduate studies at Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Daniel Knox and ACCS Chancellor Frieda HillDr. Daniel Knox is an instructor of music at Northeast, where he has served for 29 years. He is the director and founder of the Northeast Jazz Band and Mustang Combo. He also teaches Music Theory, Fundamentals of Music, Music Appreciation, Class Fretted Instruments, as well as various private lessons. Prior to Northeast, Knox served as an instrumental, choral and general music teacher in Autauga County, Troy City and Dothan City School systems. His teaching experience totals more than 36 years. The Northeast Jazz Band has performed at various jazz festivals in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, where they have consistently received superior ratings and three-time recipient of the Band of Distinction Award at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Jazz Festival. The ensembles are also very active in performing for local community and civic events. Knox holds degrees from Troy University (BME and MS) and the University of Alabama (EdD). He continues to be active professional development activities where he annually participates in the University of Alabama, Birmingham Clarinet Retreat and the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Conference.

Julise Clement and ACCS Chancellor Frieda HillJulise Clement has been the Program Director and Instructor for the NACC Cosmetology Program since 2006, which serves DeKalb and Jackson counties. The program began as an evening program only located at the DeKalb County Technology Center in Rainsville where she had served as the full-time Cosmetology Instructor since 1991. After two semesters, the cosmetology program became a full-time program consisting of day and night classes. Clement was instrumental in the designing the Salon Institute in Scottsboro which has grown from a 5,000 square foot facility to a 10,000 square foot facility offering training and services in hair, nails, esthetics, and the new therapeutic massage program. During the past five years, enrollment has grown from 31 in the first class to the 300 who have gone through the program, with 100 presently enrolled. The level of NACC students passing the Alabama State Board of Cosmetology Licensure Exam is 100%. Clement has won the State Advisor of the Year Award, the Regional Advisor of the Year Award and the National Advisor of the Year Award. Clement holds an Associate in Science Degree from NACC and a BS degree from Alabama A & M in Technical Engineering Education. She holds an Alabama Board of Cosmetology License and an Alabama Board of Cosmetology Instructors license.

Sheila Hairston and ACCS Chancellor Frieda HilSheila Hairston has been employed at NACC since 1977. Her employment began as a part-time student worker in the Career Lab. In 1979 she began working as the full-time secretary for the Dean of Extended Day. In 1981, she became a full time secretary in the Office of Financial Aid. Currently, she acts as lead worker regarding the Federal College Work-Study Program. She interviews each federal college work-study student and makes placement based upon qualifications and duties of the work to be performed. In her current position, her title is Student Financial Services Assistant. She has seen Financial Aid awards grow from $248,000 for 224 students in 1985-86 to $11 million dollars awarded to 2800 students in 2010-11. Hairston holds an associate degree from NACC. Through the years, she has attended financial aid workshops at the state and federal level to obtain current knowledge concerning changes and updates in federal financial aid regulations.

“It is a privilege to nominate these very deserving staff and faculty members for the Chancellor’s Award,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “It is people like them that make Northeast such an exceptional place. Each has made outstanding contributions to the college and our community.”

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