Three teachers, two community members awarded by Gadsden State
The Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association recently honored three faculty and staff and two community supporters with annual awards, according to a press release.
The five winners received their awards on December 16 from Gadsden State President Dr Kathy Murphy, GSCC Alumni Association President Heather Brothers New, and Resource Development Manager at the GSCC, Kathy Watson, according to the release.
Among the winners were GSCC employees Tim Carter, software analyst in Information Technology Services; Tarina VanNatta, instructor for the GSCC FAME program located on the Ayers campus in Anniston; and Fay Scott, teacher in office administration and health information systems technology management.
Community members who were honored were Kaycee Warsham, 2020 graduate of GSCC’s Diagnostic Ultrasound Program; and Mark Condra, president of the Cardinal Foundation.
“It is an honor and privilege to honor five deserving individuals who support Gadsden State through their work as teachers and staff or through their commitment and service as volunteers,” New said in the statement. . âWe are working hard to grow our organization, and this can only be done through the hard work of our volunteers, faculty, staff and students. We appreciate the support.
Carter won the Outstanding Support Staff award, the statement said. He started working at GSCC in 1987 as a programmer.
According to the statement, Carter played an important role in the development of many school systems, including a registration system, and he helped transition to Banner, the access point for student records and information now known as the name of OneACCS. He has served on several statewide committees because of his expertise in data management and system report writing, according to Watson.
âTim has been a key player at Gadsden State and is the reason many software systems and data elements have operated successfully for years,â Watson said in the release.
VanNatta was honored with the outstanding technical faculty member, the statement said.
âShe developed the program and had several successful graduates,â Watson said of VanNatta. “She cares about her students and does everything she can to influence them to become productive and successful members of the Alabama workforce.”
VanNatta accepted the position of Industrial Automation Instructor in 2019 after working for several years in manufacturing as an Assembly Technician, Engineering Assistant, Electronics Lab Assistant and Maintenance Technician. She graduated from Summa Cum Laude 2011 from Gadsden State and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and the National Technical Honors Society.
Scott was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Faculty Award. Watson said the selection committee was moved when a student nominated Scott for the award.
âThe student said ‘Ms. Scott is an exceptional instructor, âsaid Watson. âShe goes above and beyond for her students and helps every step of the way. (Student said) Ms. Scott deserves the award because of her kindness and loving soul for her students and their future.
In the appointment letter, the student said she became a better person because Scott encouraged her and helped her through life.
“I wouldn’t be the person I am today if she hadn’t invested in me in the classroom,” the student said, according to the statement.
The Distinguished Alumni of the Year award went to Warsham.
âKaycee has volunteered many hours as a lab assistant for our current DMS students as well as students working at Etowah Pregnancy Center,â Watson said. “She is always ready to step in and fill a void where needed to serve her community and the students of Gadsden State.”
Warsham is also a Clinical Instructor at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, where she is a Certified Obstetrics / Gynecology Sonographer.
The Distinguished Service Award went to Condra.
âMark is a wonderful volunteer and supporter of the community,â said Watson.
Condra is an active member of the Gadsden First United Methodist Church. He has served as chairman of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation and of the Gadsden and Etowah County House Membership Committee. He was also a member of the district committee for boy scouts and project coordinator for a campaign of four churches to serve the community in school clean-up projects.
âMark has done a tremendous job leading the foundation and helping to grow its assets,â Watson said. “He is a true leader in every way, and we are immensely honored and proud to recognize him in this memorable way.”
For more information on the Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association, visit www.gadsdenstate.edu/alumni.