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2023 staff and faculty awards presented at Opening Meeting

Hannah Brauer

Aug 31, 2023

On Thursday, August 17, North Central College celebrated the start of a new academic year, reuniting with colleagues and enjoying a barbecue on President Anita Thomas' front lawn. Many also saw President Thomas throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Kane County Cougars baseball game.

Adding to the new semester excitement, the College recognized outstanding faculty and staff for their exceptional service and dedication to North Central. Congratulations to the following individuals and teams who received awards at the Opening Meeting: 


Distinguished Performance for Administrative Staff: Tom Gill

Distinguished Performance for Support Staff: Amy Smith

Distinguished Service to Students: Marissa Gaigalas M '20

Innovation in Administrative Function: Arianna Jones '21

Distinguished Team Accomplishment: Facilities Planning and Operations


Distinguished Teaching Award for Senior Faculty: William Barnett

Distinguished Teaching Award for Junior Faculty: Ryan Decker '07

Distinguished Service Award: Sohinee Roy

Dr. Marti Bogart Award for Distinguished Collaboration: Matthew Krystal

Ruge Fellow: Patricia Bayona

Ruge Fellow: Suzanne Chod

Ruge Fellow: Daniel "Rocky" VanHorn

Check out a collection of photos from the Opening Meeting.