Campus Connection - May 9, 2016

Faculty Honored for Distinguished Service

Outstanding Faculty groupEleven faculty members were honored for their service and mentorship to students during the Outstanding Faculty Awards ceremony on April 28. Organized by the Faculty Senate and the Professional Relations Committee, the event was attended by faculty members, administrators, and members of the Board of Trustees. Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Craig Breit presented this year's Most Outstanding Faculty to Dr. David Betancourt, professor/director of bands, music.

Dr. Betancourt has been the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Cerritos College since 1998. He is the conductor for the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and Pop/Rock Ensemble, and facilitates the Cerritos College Drumline. Dr. Betancourt has been the coordinator of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTX) at Cerritos College since 2012. As a result, the CTX has become a resource for professional learning centers on university and community college campuses throughout the state.

Ten Outstanding Faculty awards were presented by Faculty Senate President Michelle Lewellen, and the Years of Service awards were presented by Rick Miranda, acting vice president of academic affairs:


Most OutstandingFaculty

Dr. David Betancourt - Music



Carlos Arce – Liberal Arts

Judy Chan – Physical Education/Athletics

Dr. Jan Connal – Counseling

Dr. Miodrag Micic -  Technology

Terrance Mullins – Humanities/Social Sciences

Dr. Mojdeh Nikdel – Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Dr. Linda Palumbo – Liberal Arts

Katrina Taylor – Liberal Arts

Inge Potter – Liberal Arts

Ana Torres-Bower – Humanities/Social Sciences


Years of Service Awards

40 Years of Service

Frank Mazzotta

35 Years of Service
Bernard Negrete
Christine Romer

30 Years of Service
Susan Ashe
Tony Van Baron
Janet Sanderson
Sally Sestini
Kim Westby

25 Years of Service
Carlos Arce
Graham Chalmers
Kenneth Matsuura
Phuong Duc Nguyen
Steven Portigal
Jeffrey Rigby
Jacquelyn Troup
Susan Watanabe-Lonsbury


View the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Awards booklet




  Campus Connection - May 9, 2016