SVCC Professor Wins Virginia Community College System Excellence in Education Award

New Horizons recently hosted its annual meeting – the premier teaching and learning conference of Virginia’s Community Colleges – at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

This year, a total of 26 community college projects competed for the coveted VCCS New Horizons Excellence in Education Awards. Katrina Wells, Southside Virginia Community College Professor of Nursing on the John H. Daniel Campus won the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Education Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom. Wells  received  the award at the VCCS New Horizons 2015 Conference .  Her project was titled "Improving Student Engagement through Use of Chroma-Key/Green Screen Technology.” 

She received her Diploma of Nursing from Richmond Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Liberty University and a Masters of Nursing in Nursing Education from Old Dominion University.  She joined Southside Virginia Community College in 2005 and teaches across the disciplines of nursing curricula.         

According to Dr. Abigail Stonerock, director of faculty development for VCCS, “This is the largest number of nominees we have had in the last 6 years, with 15 of our colleges represented among the 26 nominees. The projects represent proven practices and outcomes in education, collaboration, and innovation. The review committee is ready to dive in. It is a rigorous, but inspiring process.”      

The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards acknowledge the enhancement of student success through academic engagement, technology, and innovation within VCCS. The awards program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate, and share the best practices, ideas and innovations of colleagues across VCCS that contribute to teaching and learning, student success and the strategic vision of Complete 2021: One Goal. One Future.             

New Horizons is the single largest gathering of Virginia Community College teachers, researchers, administrators, and professionals. In 2014, New Horizons hosted approximately 1,000 attendees including representatives from all VCCS colleges, for over 180 hours of programming, 10 live-streamed sessions, 35+ exhibitors, and honored 12 Excellence in Education Award finalists.                                                                        

Katrina Wells standing with SVCC President Dr. Al Roberts and VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois.

Pictured Above from Left to Right:  SVCC President Dr. Alfred Roberts, SVCC Professor of Nursing Katrina Wells, and VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois