HFCC Faculty and Staff Awards and Achievements

Henry Ford Community College's faculty and staff use their talents to serve students and the community in many ways. This is a brief listing of our latest achievements.

HFCC Faculty members Pamela Sayre and Hal Friedman served on the high school social studies standards committee for American History and Geography (Friedman) and World History and Geography (Sayre) from January - August 2007. The committee established the Michigan High School graduation standards for Social Studies.

Dr. Paulette Childress, HFCC English Instructor, has written an essay to be published in November 2007 in the Oxford Encyclopedia. The focus of the essay is Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature.

Shannon Scanlon, A Computer Information Systems instructor at Henry Ford Community college was named as one of three instructors statewide to receive the "Outstanding Educator Award". Shannon was recognized during the annual TRENDS in Occupation Education conference sponsored by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth in October 2004.

HFCC instructor, Diane Mancinelli received Dearborn Mayor's Arts Awards, the Arts Educator Award for the year 2000.

Michael Thomas, Director of the Partners Plus program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College, was one of eight people to be named a 2006 “Everyday Hero” by the RARE Foundation. The honor recognizes individuals who make significant contributions in their field of work by serving as a positive role model and going above and beyond their work to benefit and inspire others.

English Instructor Paulette Childress has been included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2004. This is the third time Childress has been selected for this publication.

Henry Ford Community College's faculty and staff use their talents to serve students and the community in many ways. This is a brief listing of our latest achievements.

In 2003 Physics instructor Michael LoPresto published two articles on Musical Acoustics in the journal, Physics Education. These are his 21st and 22nd refereed journal articles in his time at HFCC. He also had two articles reprinted in Insights to the Universe, a guide to teaching astronomy released by the American Association of Physics Teachers this summer. The second edition of his astronomy lab manual was released and sold out.

HFCC Manufacturing Instructor, Ken Wright received an Outstanding Educator of the Year Award at the 2006 Trends in Occupational Studies Conference. The award recognizes instructors who have done outstanding work in the area of Career and Technical Education.

Ken Wright, lead instructor for Manufacturing Productivity Systems, was elected President of the National HAAS Technical Education Council at the Council’s annual meeting, held May 22, 2004 at Midlands Technical College in Columbia South Carolina. Mr. Wright’s term of office is two years. The National HAAS Technical Education Council is made up of 35 two- and four-year institutions located throughout the United States. Its mission is to promote high-quality manufacturing education.

English Language Institute Director is First CC President of College English Association
In April 2007, Ed Demerly, English instructor and co-director of the English Language Institute at HFCC became president of the College English Association. The CEA is a national organization which includes English teachers from community colleges, colleges, and universities all over the United States as well as over a dozen foreign countries. At its last annual conference in New Orleans, more than 400 papers were presented. Mr. Demerly is the CEA’s first president from a community college in the organization’s 68-year history.

Gerry Dzuiblinski, adjunct theater instructor, was the recipient of the Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 Educator of the Year.

The second edition of Physics instructor, Michael C. LoPresto’s book “Cycles in the Sky” was available Fall 2004. The Third Edition is his “Astronomy Media Workbook” was available January, 2005. Lopresto was selected by Kendall-Hunt Publishing to customize “Discovering the Universe” for the University of South Carolina’s self-paced astronomy program.

Physics Instructor Publishes Work and Chosen to Develop Educational Materials related to European Space Agency Mission
Michael LoPresto, Astronomy and Physics Instructor had two papers published in The Physics Teacher, entitled “A Simplified Theoretical Treatment and Simulated Experimental Calculation of the Roche Limit” (September 2006) and “Experimenting with Guitar Strings” (November 2006). HFCC Astronomy Instructors Michael C. LoPresto and Steven R. Murrell presented a poster entitled “Seven Years and Counting in the Student-Centered Classroom” at the Cosmos in the Classroom-2007 Symposium at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, in August. Mike LoPresto’s attendance at the symposium was sponsored by an educational grant from the Planck Mission (a satellite that will be launched in 2008 by the European Space Agency to study the cosmic background radiation). LoPresto has been selected as one of six community college instructors in the country to participate in the development of educational materials for teaching cosmology in introductory astronomy based on data that will be gathered by the mission.

Manufacturing Productivity Systems Instructor Ken Wright was featured in a recent issue of CNC Machining Magazine. The article focuses on HFCC's innovative computerized numerical control machining program preparing students for careers in advanced manufacturing.

Bonnie J. Jobe, Fine Arts and Fitness instructor was named the 2004 Woman of the Year at HFCC’s women’s recognition luncheon held April 27, 2004. She was also named the 2002 Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Both awards were for playing both leadership and philanthropic roles at HFCC and in the community. She also co-chaired Henry Ford Health Systems "Red Heart Blues" and was a co-chair for St. John Hospitals "White Christmas Ball". The money raised was used for research and state of the art equipment. Ms. Jobe serves on many other committees such as Boys and Girls Club of SE Michigan, the Detroit Symphony and the Detroit Opera League.

Adnan Salhi, Reading and Language Instructor, had his research article, “Do Test Scores Tell All the Story? A Close Up Look at Students Who Score High On Standardized Tests But They Say They Hate To Read” published in the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction.

Ed Demerly, English instructor and co-director of the English Language Institute, was elected 2nd Vice President of the College English Association, a national organization of college English teachers. In 2006 he will serve as 1st VP and Program Chair of the CEA Conference and in 2007 he will become President of the organization.

Ed Demerly, English instructor and co-director of the English Language Institute, was elected in 2004 as President of the Michigan College English Association, an organization of state college and university English instructors. He has been a member of the association for over 20 years.

Dr. Mary Assel, ELI Co-Director and Instructor, was the subject of a recent article published in the Your Community Voice newspaper. The article is entitled “The Woman Who Wouldn’t Quit.”

Dr. Charles Jacobs, Associate Dean of Science, authored the technology component of Bioinquiry: 3rd Edition, a non-majors biology textbook published by John Wiley and Sons.

English instructor Marsha Holbrook, has been chosen for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2004.

CISCO Instructor Todd Browning was the subject of an interview in the June 2007 issue of Certification Magazine. Todd spoke of the on-going collaboration between HFCC and the Ford Motor Co. on a highly successful CISCO program and other joint educational initiatives.

HFCC received a National Endowment for the Humanities Award to conduct a landmarks of American History Workshop in the summer of 2005 for K-12 school teachers nationwide.

Instructor Mark Siedlik was nominated to be honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2004. This is the fourth time Siedlik has been selected for this publication.

The Virtual Theatricality Lab team at HFCC was chosen by the Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) as the winner of the 2007 Outstanding Innovation Team Award. Team members include Dr. George Popovich, Alan Contino, Brian Johnson, Chris Dozier, and John Wilson. LAND is a consortium of a majority Community Colleges in Michigan that focuses on outstanding accomplishments in the Liberal Arts.

Nabeel Abraham, HFCC Honors Program Director was featured in the documentary "In America - The Arab American Story" which has aired on the International Channel Networks.

Gary Heinz, an automotive technology instructor and program coordinator at Henry Ford Community College, was named Educator of the Year at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) 2003 Conference. Each year, Mitchell 1, the premier provider of automotive repair solutions, bestows the award on one of the nation’s top teachers for excellence in automotive repair instruction. Heinz received a check for $500 along with an engraved plaque, courtesy of Mitchell 1. In addition, Henry Ford Community College was awarded a one-year subscription to Mitchell 1 OnDemand5 Repair software, the industry’s premiere product in providing an integrated approach to total repair shop productivity.“Working with NACAT, Mitchell 1 has long been a supporter of educational excellence in the automotive repair industry,” said David Niemiec, Mitchell 1 vice president of marketing. “Mr. Heinz is to be congratulated on receiving the highest score among all educators within North America who took the recent ASE Certification Tests. This is a remarkable achievement.” Heinz began his career as an educator in 1973 teaching high school vocational auto technology in the Dearborn public school system. Since 1996, he has served as HFCC’s asset program coordinator and automotive technology instructor. As such, Heinz teaches a variety of automotive repair classes that train Ford automotive technicians to work in dealerships.

Dan Harrison, HFCC staff member in the Library Division, was recently presented with a “Steward of the Environment” award by Seattle-based Recreational Equipment Inc. One of eight recipients nationwide, Dan was recognized for his work on trails, river cleanups and habitat preservation. A gift of $20,000 was presented in his name to the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, where he has developed a training program for trail builders.

Nabeel Abraham, HFCC Honors Program Director published his first short story, "The Temptation of Lugman Abdallah" appeared in Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of contemporary Arab American Fiction with Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa, editors, University of Arkansas Press, 2004.

Lee Travis, Fine Arts instructor published Gantlet, with subtitle A Love Story in 2003. The novel is available for purchase on the internet form Publish America. Travis teaches Theatre Appreciation and Fine Arts and Speech.

Dr. Hashim Al-Tawil, HFCC Art History Instructor, received a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar grant. Dr. Al-Tawil’s research topic is “The Arabic Calligraphy of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and other Related Buildings in Sicily during the Norman Reign.” Dr. Al-Tawil will spend the 2007 spring and summer terms at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy.

HFCC Honors Program Director and Anthropology Instructor, Nabeel Abraham won the Merit Award from the Historical Society of Michigan, for his work, Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream which he co-edited with Andrew Shryock. The book was published by Wayne State University Press in 2000.

Dr. Thomas Wallenmaier has been elected President of the Michigan Entomological Society at the Society’s annual meeting in June 2003. This is a scientific society which focuses on the scientific study of insects and their impact in Michigan and related areas.