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Student Association Lauds Instructors, Adviser

July 23, 2010

      The Student Association of Anne Arundel Community College recently honored three members of the faculty and a student club adviser for their passion and dedication to students. Students presented 2010 Teaching Excellence Awards to:

  • Kelly Hugo of Annapolis, assistant professor of health information technology, Rookie Professor of the Year award;
  • Lisa Battle Singletary of Harwood, assistant professor of biology, Teaching Excellence Award for part-time faculty;
  • Dimitra Tangires of Easton, instructor of architecture and interior design, Teaching Excellence Award for full-time faculty.
  • Loretta Lawson Munsey of Annapolis, adviser for the student club BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students), Adviser of the Year award.

      Hugo was cited for her “tireless commitment to excellence.” She became coordinator of the new health information technology degree program in August 2009. Hugo used her extensive teaching and training experiences with several cutting-edge health information technology software companies and resources from her years in the field to develop the program’s curriculum.

      She organized and led certification exam prep sessions for students, helped the college program win accreditation and implemented a virtual lab that she integrated into the college’s medical coding curriculum. Hugo also organized a community service outreach volunteer program to connect students with the Peoples Community Health Clinic to help prepare medical records for scanning into an electronic format.

      Singletary was nominated for fostering a rich, open and inviting learning environment in her anatomy and physiology classes. She integrated a variety of learning tools to help students succeed with challenging material, including case studies and video demonstrations, while providing exceptional out-of-class assistance.

      Tangires won praise for her teaching excellence as AACC’s first full-time interior design faculty member. Also cited was her instrumental role in developing the interior design curriculum and course content, and, in the last year, in creating nine advanced courses for an interior design certificate. She also assisted with extensive changes in the interior design degree option and standardized course content taught by adjunct faculty.

      As faculty adviser to the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, she has helped them complete several show houses and community service projects, host statewide career days at AACC and submit awards to professional design competitions.

      These winners were nominated by AACC students, faculty and staff members.