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Lone Star College faculty honored by national organization

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) at The University of Texas at Austin recently awarded 18 Lone Star College faculty members with the NISOD Excellence Award.

The NISOD Excellence Award provides NISOD members the opportunity to acknowledge and honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions at their respective institutions. Receiving a NISOD Excellence Award demonstrates that the recipient’s college identifies and appreciates their educational contributions

“Lone Star College has some of the finest instructors anywhere,” said Dr. Austin Lane, LSC executive vice chancellor. “It is a privilege to work with this very dedicated group of educators and I am delighted that they are getting the recognition they deserve.”

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

Excellence Award recipients were celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially-cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon.

The LSC faculty members being honored are:




Anne Damiecka

Gail Marxhausen

Andrea Seay




Anne Amis

Doris Jackson

Thilo Schimmel




Gary Brown

Lori Hughes

Renee La Rue

Kelly Weller


LSC-North Harris

Katie Hurter

Kendall Lawrence

Jim Polito

J.R. Wilson



David Birch

Mary Hood

Rebecca Tate


LSC-University Park

Marvin Lowery


In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the conference program with a special icon. All Excellence Award recipients and their colleges will also be listed in a multipage display in a special edition of Community College Week.

Created in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit http://www.nisod.org/.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.