COM faculty appreciation project wins regional award

Posted on: April 30, 2013

A simple “thank you” wasn’t enough for College of the Mainland students, so they launched a month-long campaign as their Phi Theta Kappa college project to show their appreciation for college faculty members.
“There’s so many people who’ve inspired students to get involved on campus. This was our way to give back,” said chapter officer Kadi Maxwell.
For their efforts, the chapter received the College Project Award of Distinction, the highest level of honor for a college project, at the regional convention in Forth Worth. The project tied for first place with Tyler Junior College.

“They are a good group of students, and we are very proud of the good things they are doing,” said COM President Beth Lewis.

After administrators suggested faculty appreciation as a topic for the chapter’s college project, chapter officers created ideas for events that members helped implement.
“It gave them the opportunity to gain leadership experience,” said Chris Allen, faculty advisor for Sigma Delta.
In a series of events, members distributed coffee spoons to faculty with a note saying, “Thanks a latte,” provided supplies for students to make teacher appreciation cards and delivered a homemade spaghetti lunch and dessert to faculty.

“We all got to do it together,” said chapter officer Kayla McDonald, of Santa Fe.
McDonald especially enjoyed delivering dinner and dessert.
“It was nice to see [teachers’] faces when we came,” said McDonald.
The project not only brightened the faculty members’ day, but motivated the students.
“[Faculty] really lit up. It was very rewarding. Most students on campus feel very appreciative of faculty. It was pretty inspiring to everyone,” said Maxwell.

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