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2017 WCC Foundation Faculty Excellence Award winners announced

Post Date:06/20/2017 9:27 a.m.

The 2017 WCC Foundation Faculty Excellence Award winners have been announced. The recipients were honored at the College's commencement ceremony on June 16, 2017.

Jody DeWildeJody DeWilde—Full-time Faculty Excellence Award
Jody DeWilde has been teaching developmental mathematics at Whatcom since 2004. She is a dedicated and tireless instructor, as well as an asset to the college overall. Students praise her for her approachability, her caring nature, her commitment to helping them succeed, and her ability to help them see the beauty of mathematics. In her nomination packet, one student in particular noted “she has taken the fear and loathing out of math for me and has made it the class I look most forward to.” In addition to classroom teaching, Jody is an active and vital contributor to the larger campus community. She frequently participates in the Whatcom Wave student orientation, is participating in the third cohort of the C-Core program, and provides scrumptious dishes for the Combined Fund Drive events on campus, to name a few of her many contributions. In addition, one faculty member in her nomination packet called attention to Jody’s contribution to supporting campus diversity by saying “I would like to acknowledge that Jody has been one of the most active faculty in seeking out professional development opportunities in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a supportive ally to marginalized WCC students, faculty, and staff.”

Nancy IvarinenNancy Ivarinen —Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award
Nancy Ivarinen has been the Coordinator and an Instructor for the WCC Paralegal Studies Program since 2003. As a currently practicing attorney, Nancy brings her real-world experience and relevant professional expertise into the classroom for the benefit of all of her students. In her nomination packet, one student summed up her experience with Nancy by saying “She gets to know her students, and advocates for them, helps them find jobs, motivates them to succeed, and I know that when I graduate, it will feel like what has become an enormous part of my life is suddenly missing.” Nancy’s colleagues also commended her for her supportive efforts, both inside and outside of the classroom. Her colleagues noted “Nancy’s passion for ensuring that legal services are also accessible to all has shaped her vision for Whatcom’s Paralegal Studies Program.” In 2010, Nancy began a Street Law program at WCC to provide free legal assistance to low-income families and individuals. This program provides a valuable service to a vulnerable population in our community. Additionally, this year, due to Nancy’s persistence and dedication, Whatcom has been approved to offer the core curriculum for the Limited Licensed Legal Technician program. This is a monumental achievement for Nancy, for the college, and for the students interested in this program. As was noted in Nancy’s nomination packet “Whatcom is fortunate to have such an exemplary professional leading its paralegal studies program and representing the College in the community.” 

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