Northampton Community College recognized its most outstanding students at an awards convocation April 25, 2019. Chelsey Miller of Hamburg was one of the honorees, earning the Drs. Edward & Arnold R. Cook Award for Academic Excellence in Dental Hygiene.
Sedgwick Harris, vice president, student affairs and enrollment, opened the event, calling it the most important and exciting day on the college’s calendar. He also praised students’ parents, friends and spouses for their support.
Carolyn Bortz, vice president, academic affairs, said the honorees have made an indelible impression on all at NCC who have known them. “We are proud and privileged to be part of your academic career,” she said.
Christensen Excellence in Teaching 2018 recipient Kevin Manna, professor of computer science, spoke about the many forks in the road he has encountered.
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” he said, adding advice from his father. “Do the right things for the right reasons.”
Mark Erickson, NCC president, closed the ceremony by telling the audience that “Students inspire me with their stories, resilience and grit.”
He also praised the faculty and students’ families and concluded with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.”