Red Deer College has honoured two instructors and the heads of student residence and counselling with awards.
Biology instructor Laura Froggatt, English instructor Heather Marcovitch, Residence Life co-ordinator Tim Siemens and Counselling and Career Centre chair Kylie Thygesen were given Awards of Excellence during a recent event on the Arts Centre Mainstage. Froggatt, a zoologist who has been at RDC for 24 years, has made a big difference in the lives of her students.
“Many of our science students have gained entry into professional programs, particularly veterinary school with Laura’s help, advice and reference letters,” says a news release. Marcovitch was nominated twice this year by her students and colleagues.
“She tirelessly supports students in the pursuit of their degrees and is energetic about providing our students with a complete undergraduate experience.” She has also published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
Siemens manages a staff of 15 resident assistants responsible for organizing activities and events within residence, in addition to overseeing 575 students who call residence home.
He has become known for making students feel welcome in their new home, but he also contributes to other organizations including Residence Life Professional Association.
Thygesen has initiated and contributed to significant efforts in tracking the services that are offered by her department and in informing the college of the valuable work that they accomplish.
“Kylie cares deeply for the welfare of the students that need counselling, career advice or academic support.” To be nominated, an RDC employee must make contributions that are outside of his or her specific job expectations.
This is the eighth year of the awards.