Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Jan Kehm, Linda Klinzing, and Cindy Knight were chosen for SCTEA Educators of the Year awards, and Kem Harvey was selected as SCC's Innovator of the Year nominee.
Spartanburg Community College (SCC) has selected four exceptional faculty and staff members to represent the College in the 2013 South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) awards competition. Each year, SCC’s faculty and staff submit nominations for colleagues who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and dedication to the College.
The following nominees were chosen for this year’s event:
SCTEA Educators of the Year Nominees
• Administrator Award – Linda Klinzing, director of The Learning Center
• Faculty Award – Janalyn Kehm, instructor for Business Technologies
• Staff Award – Cindy Knight, media consultant for Information Technology
A. Wade Martin “Innovator of the Year” Nominee
• Kem Harvey – department chair for Transitional Studies
“We commend these individuals for their outstanding contributions to this college,” said Henry Giles, SCC president. “Their dedication, motivation and professionalism is recognized by their colleagues and evident in their work and daily interactions with faculty, staff and students.”
Linda Klinzing was employed at SCC in 2008 as the director of The Learning Center (TLC) and Testing Center. In this role, Klinzing’s nominator wrote “she works tirelessly to ensure her area provides the best service to our students at all campus locations, and she does an excellent job in managing, supervising and training her squadron of part-time tutors and test proctors.” Klinzing has a Master of Education degree in curriculum and supervision and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Janalyn Kehm has been an instructor for SCC’s Business Technologies Division for 13 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in computer and business management from Webster University. “Teaching is my favorite thing to do. I teach for many reasons, but the most rewarding reason is to see the confidence and smiles of our students at semesters end when they realize they did learn something and that they are reaching a goal,” wrote Kehm, upon acceptance of the SCTEA Educator of the Year Award.
Cindy Knight was hired by SCC in in 1980 as an audio-visual technician. In her current role as the information technology project consultant, Knight manages and implements complex and specialized projects in the area of instructional technology and computer services, while also providing IT support to management and instructional processes within the College. Knight’s accomplishments include increasing internal online communications capabilities, strategically saving the College thousands of dollars on laser printing services and implementing a new paper-recycling program. Her nominator wrote, “She has always been willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. One of the most distinguished qualities of Cindy Knight is her follow up procedures. She always checks with the end user several times to ensure there is no problem. Cindy is highly respected by her peers for her expertise and loved by faculty and staff for providing such superb services with her humble personality.”
Kem Harvey began teaching transitional studies math at SCC in 1995 and was promoted to become the department chair of transitional studies five years later. During her career at SCC, Harvey received the SCTEA Educator or the Year Award in 2007 and served as a past president of SCADE. Among many of her accomplishments, she has led the drive to centralize retention programs, which has resulted in the CAPS project – a multi-departmental initiative designed to focus attention on the critical issues of student support, success, and completion. Harvey also developed an innovative cooperative program, called FAST Track G.E.D., for adult education students, facilitating their entrance into college study. Her leadership has also been credited for the improved and measurable success of students who completed transitional studies courses.
Harvey’s nominator wrote, “Kem is widely admired by the faculty and staff of SCC not because she is an idealistic visionary, but because she is a successful idealistic visionary. Her philosophy, dedication, quiet yet inspired leadership, and irrepressible enthusiasm have made immeasurable contributions to Spartanburg Community College and the Technical College System as a whole.”
Award recipients will be recognized at the 2013 annual SCTEA conference in February in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The SCTEA was organized in 1974 to offer enrichment and professional development for individuals working in state institutions for technical education.