GCC Recognizes Faculty and Staff at Gaucho Globes Award Ceremony

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Gaucho Globe Award Winners

GCC faculty and staff receiving Gaucho Globe awards.

In keeping with the rich tradition of building community and recognizing faculty and staff for exemplary service and dedication to the college, Glendale Community College held its 13th annual Gaucho Globes award ceremony at the Spring 2024 Convocation on Tuesday, January 9, 2023. 

Gaucho Globe awards recognize faculty and staff who excel in their jobs and consistently go above and beyond to make Glendale Community College a better place for students, faculty and staff.  Each recipient was nominated by their peers and then voted on by a committee. 

Here are the Gaucho Globe Award recipients for this year. 

  • Community Builder Award: Lindsey Walker – Career Services
  • Community Outreach Award: Recruitment & Outreach Team - Ivy Avanzado, James Morris, Frankie Roman 
  • Customer Service Award: Teacher Education Academic Advising Team - Tina Franklin, Jonisha Cooper, Teresa Herrera
  • Fostering Team Building Award: John Heckenlaible – Public Information Officer/Director, Marketing & Recruiting
  • Innovation Award: GSOC Implementation and Support Team - Dr. Susan Campbell, Martin Bencic, Sally Hervey, Amy Fitzhugh, Chad Stroot, and Drew Nichols. 
  • Positivity Award: Julie Morrison – Psychology Department Chair, College Assessment & Review Team Director
  • Student Success Award: Peer Success Coach Program; Led by Luis Fragoso, team members include; AJ Garrison, Andrea Bruno, Colton Allen, Danilla Colin, Emily Marroquin, Jasmine Hernandez, Jay Ojeda, Jennifer Tyree, Kemberlee Pickering, Leslie Tejada, Rachel Stigsell, Reesa Raymundo, Robert Arbolida, Rorvis Gilmore Jr., and T'Azia Spencer
  • Sustainability Award: 2023 Climate Action Plan Committee
  • Valuing Diversity Award: CTLE staff; Beth Eyres, Meghan Kennedy, Polly Laubach, Jennifer Alton, Cheryl Colan, Jennifer Lane, Alexander Patrick, and Julie Morrison
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
    • Alisa Cooper - English Faculty 
    • George Gregg - Chemistry Faculty 
  • Assessment Rockstars 
    • Aaron Fried – Fitness and Wellness
    • Ariel Clifton – STEM Connect
    • Gina Weatherly – Early Childhood Education
    • Tina LeBaron – Early Childhood Education

Congratulating the recipients were Dr. Tiffany Hernandez - GCC President, Dr. Monica Castaneda - Vice President Student Affairs, Augustine Erpelding - Vice President Administrative Services, and Dr. Lorelei Konopka - Acting Vice President Academic Affairs. 

Glendale Community College provides 41 Associates degrees, 61 certificate programs, and a range of non-degree offerings, all available to students in traditional, online and hybrid formats.  Founded in 1965 to serve the northwestern part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, the college is part of the Maricopa County Community Colleges District, has two campuses and enrolls approximately 26,000 students annually, and employs approximately 1,000 resident faculty, staff, and administrators with an operational budget of $83 million.

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GCC Media contact: John Heckenlaible, (623) 845-3809 John.heckenlaible@gccaz.edu