Jeff Hawes, Instructor of English at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), has been chosen as the Dr. Charles M. Pendley Founders Chair Most Outstanding Faculty Member for 2017-2018. The announcement was made recently by the Founders Chair Committee at a college luncheon held in his honor.
Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC, welcomed guests to the luncheon honoring Hawes. He said, “Welcome everyone to the 2017-18 Founders Chair Award for the Most Outstanding Faculty Member at Northeast Alabama Community College.”
Campbell added, “You will see some new faces on the committee. After many years of dedicated and very professional service, Mrs. Lora Mae Davis and Mrs. Kathy Cook have retired from the board. The committee now consists of new members Lallie Leighton, Barbara Cole and David Beddingfield who join Joyce Kennamer and Pat Freeman. Joyce is now chair of the Committee. This award has been presented for 33 years. The committee always makes an excellent selection. This award started out being sponsored by the Secretarial Association. In time, the NACC Foundation has taken it over and provides the $500 stipend. We appreciate that and thank Heather Rice, NACC Development Director, and the Foundation for supporting this award. I will let Joyce take over and make the announcement for this year.”
Joyce Kennamer, Chair of the Founders Chair Committee, said, “This is a special occasion, to announce this year’s recipient of the Founders’ Chair Award. We enjoyed the delicious lunch and it’s good to see many former recipients of this award in attendance. Thank you for your continuing dedication and contributions to the students and NACC.
“An outstanding member for the Dr. Charles M. Pendley Founders Chair award is chosen each year. The selection is determined from nominations made by the students and faculty members. This award is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates exemplary qualities such as preparation, organization, planning, loyalty, community service, effectiveness in dealing with students and working harmoniously with others. Today’s recipient has met all requirements and is deserving of this honor. The award comes with a cash stipend and the recipient will be honored at graduation. Their name will be placed on a plaque to be displayed at the College.
“Our thanks go to Dr. Campbell, his assistant Brenda Stringer, Dr. Joe Burke, and his assistant Angie Stewart for supporting this program. A special thanks to SGA President, Juan Contreras, for his help, and we wish you much success. Thanks also to the Director of Promotions and Marketing, Debra Barrentine, for keeping the public informed of college activities and achievements, and for the great job you do in promoting this college.”
Kennamer concluded, “This year’s recipient has given two years of service to Northeast as an English Instructor and it is our pleasure to name Mr. Jeff Hawes as the Outstanding Faculty Member for 2017-2018.”
Hawes has been employed at Northeast since 2016, first as an adjunct instructor of English and recently as a full-time instructor since August 2017. He has an Associate in Science Degree from Northeast Alabama Community College, B.S. degree from Troy University and a M.A.T. degree from the University of West Alabama. While a student at NACC, Jeff was chosen as the recipient of the President’s Cup, an All-Alabama Academic Team Member, and in 2011, he was selected as the NACC Foundation Board’s Alumnus of the Year. Before returning to teach at NACC, Hawes sang professionally with Grammy nominated and multi-GMA Dove Award winners Karen Peck and New River, a Southern Gospel trio from Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff’s vocals on the album Pray Now brought his first Grammy Award nomination in 2016 for Best Roots Gospel Album. Originally from Flat Rock, Jeff now lives in Pisgah with his wife, Shainah, and newborn daughter, Ila Belle. Shainah teaches Health Science at the Earnest Pruitt Center of Technology in Scottsboro, is a Registered Nurse at DeKalb Medical Center, and is an adjunct Medical Assisting Technology Program instructor at NACC. Jeff and Shainah are also the youth ministers at New Home Church in Pisgah.
Hawes said, “As a young boy, I would memorize the faculty section of the NACC yearbook and hope and pray to someday join the team. As an alumnus of NACC, this recognition is especially meaningful to me since two of my mentors, Joan Reeves and Sheila Akins, also have been awarded this coveted honor. NACC has always been the foundation for my future!”
Campbell expressed congratulations to Hawes. “We are very proud of you, Jeff.” He continued, “Mr. Hawes is a highly regarded and very talented instructor who is respected by students and colleagues alike. The Founders Chair Committee made an excellent choice for the Outstanding Faculty Member Award.”
Campbell then acknowledged some of the past winners of the Founders Chair who were present. They included himself, Joan Tucker, Joan Reeves, Kevin Holt, and Brent Satterfield. “We are very proud to have you all here today. There would be 33 in all.” He also acknowledged the Presidential Hosts who represent the college at all sorts of events. Ashley Aguilar, Paxton Crow, Trey Roper, and Luke Bell are here with us today. Andrea Okwu, who was unable to be here today, is the sponsor of the Presidential Hosts and does a great job,” he added. “Chasley Bellomy our event planner did the decorations and planning for today’s event. LuAnne Hastings is our chef for today. When she prepares lunch for us I know it will always be good.” The invocation was given by Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction.
For more information on NACC go to www.nacc.edu or call 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001. Download our free Mobile App at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.