SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Daytona State College staff members and one faculty member were honored for outstanding service last month during the college’s annual awards convocation, which also honored more than 175 students for academic achievement.
Since 1999, a faculty member has been selected to receive the college’s Presidential Sterling Award for Teaching Excellence.
This year’s recipient was School of Student Life Skills Chair Charlene Latimer, who has served as an accomplished teacher, mentor, advisor, volunteer and advocate for Daytona State and the Florida College System overall. She has served as chapter president for the Association of Florida Colleges multiple times.
“Armed with her ‘can-do’ attitude, she has taken on many different roles at the college and is a true asset to our community,” Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton said in presenting the award.
Receiving the Presidential Sterling Award for Professional Excellence for administrative/professional employees was Larry Lowe of the college’s Center for Interactive Media. A graduate of the college’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management program, Lowe joined Daytona State as an employee in 2009.
Drawing from his extensive experience in broadcasting, he upgraded the center’s master control department, as well as FCC compliance and licenses for all regional campus towers.
He continues to play a key role in building and updating many technical aspects of the transmitters, programming servers and more for college’s broadcasting station WDSC-TV 15.
Vickie Harn, an administrative assistant in the college’s Academic Affairs Office, earned the Presidential Sterling Award for Professional Excellence in the career employee category.
For more than 25 years, she has taken pride in contributing to the college’s success, working behind the scenes, making sure deadlines are met and processes moved forward.
“Vickie truly represents the 40 percent of college staff in the career employee category who are the backbone of this institution,” Eaton said.