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Oswalt receives Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award

Oswalt receives Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award

The Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of its Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Awards. The faculty are chosen for their awards by their individual college or university for contributing in the most highly creative ways to teaching, learning, and technology.

This year’s awards have been presented to:

Natalie Oswalt, Panola College

Julie Mays, Angelina College (Lufkin)

Michelle Wilder, Kilgore College

Heidi Wooten, Northeast Texas Community College (Mount Pleasant)

Heather Olson-Beal, Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches)

Catherine Howard, Texarkana College

Donna Bennett – Trinity Valley Community College (Athens)

Lynn Sitton and Claudia “Beth” Long, Tyler Junior College

Shannon Cox-Kelley, UT Health Northeast (Tyler)

Ann Morris, dean of eLearning at Panola College, stated, “Natalie Oswalt is strongly committed to quality online teaching and learning. She is a dedicated anatomy and physiology professor who provides engagement and activities that generate student satisfaction and online effectiveness.”  Mrs. Oswalt is also Dean of Professional and Technical Programs and Director of Shelby County Operations for Panola College. Other Panola College faculty and staff who received recognition in past years are Ann Boland, Mike McGowan, Teresa Brooks, Cristie Ferguson, Dwayne Ferguson, and Patti Rushing.

In addition, the Consortium awarded a first time award in a new category, Career Achievement for Distance Learning. Larry Lowry of UT Health Northeast received the honor.  Dr. Lowry was recognized for his decades of service to the University and to providing extended access to students both regionally and throughout the state with distance learning opportunities. He is a professor of Occupational Health Sciences and was integral to the development of a joint master’s degree program in Environmental Health between Stephen F. Austin State University and UT Health Northeast.

The Northeast Texas Consortium is a partnership among the higher education institutions with a mission to increase access to educational and rural health programs for the people of Northeast Texas through collaboration and technology. The Consortium’s most visible project, NETnet, is a wide-area broadband network serving more than 15 college campuses.

The awards were presented at the group’s annual distance learning conference with the theme, The Power of Online Learning, held at SFASU.

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