Three Cañada College
faculty members have received the prestigious John & Suanne Roueche
Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. Professors
Ronda Chaney, Sarah Harmon, and Doug Hirzel will be honored at the organization’s
annual conference to be held March 2-5 in Anaheim.
President Dr. Larry
Buckley said the school's faculty has a passion and dedication to teaching and
learning. "Professors Hirzel, Chaney, and Harmon have brought innovations
to their work this past year that have served our students and the college in
ways in which the entire community has benefited."
In recognition of the
long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the
League established the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards in 2012. The
awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty
Chaney has been a professor of Fashion at Cañada College for many years and has been
the coordinator of the program since 1991. She teaches Clothing Construction
classes, Tailoring, Beginning and Advanced Pattern Making, and Introduction to
the Fashion Industry.
Her enthusiasm for fashion
has inspired many students to uniquely express their own creativity. She is
co-author of the book, Make It Your Own and has written for various other publications, including Sewing Update,
Serger Update, Sew News, F.I.T. Review, and Singer Sewing Books. She has
appeared on the nationally syndicated television program, America Sews. Chaney
is known throughout the United States as an inspiring lecturer and has
presented at many national conferences for professional organizations.
"I'm honored to be one of the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award
recipients," she said. "Teaching has been one of my greatest joys in
life. It has been my pleasure to share my passion for fashion designing through
my career and observe the success of many students."
Harmon teaches Spanish
and Linguistics at the college, as well as other institutions around the Bay
Area. She is an active member of the Modern Languages Association, being on the
Committee for Community Colleges. She also is an active member of the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and of Sigma Xi, the Scientific
Research Society. She has published articles on historical romance linguistics
and theories of language change.
Harmon is an
organizing member of the Bay Honors Consortium, which organizes the annual Bay
Honors Research Symposium for honors students in California community colleges,
as well as an annual faculty round table. She is co-editor of Think You?!, the Proceedings of the Bay Honors Research
Hirzel teaches human
anatomy and physiology courses to pre-allied health professionals at Cañada and
currently serves as the Academic Senate Governing Council President. In his
classes he uses analogies, examples and storytelling to make complex body
processes more easily understandable and memorable. "I enjoy showing
students how well-designed the human body is," he said. "I encourage
students to become advocates for health-related issues and to use what they
have learned in class to explain medical information to friends, family, and
patients." Hirzel served as co-chair of Cañada's Accreditation Committee
in 2013 and served as Standard III Co-Chair during the 2007 accreditation of
"I am honored to receive this award," he said. "I'm grateful for
the opportunity I have had to be accreditation co-chair and now to serve as
Cañada College Academic Senate President."
Cañada College Vice
President of Instruction, Gregory Anderson, said Hirzel and Harmon provided the
college essential leadership in writing the self-evaluation for accreditation
and for encouraging broad and deep engagement from across the college. "For
many months leading up to the visit and then during the visit itself, they
continually demonstrated that the success of this college depends on committed
and dedicated faculty leadership," Anderson said. "The visiting team
figured out what we already knew - that this college is a special place, where
folks stand up and shoulder responsibility."
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