21 December, 2016
The Gadsden State Alumni Association presented its annual awards during a luncheon Dec. 19 at the One Stop Center on the East Broad Campus.
“The Alumni Association is happy to recognize those who play an integral role in the association as well as provide support to the College,” said Melissa Davis, president of the alumni association.
The winner of the 2016 Outstanding Support Staff Award is Angela Ross, an administrative assistant to the division chair of the technical division.
A native of Attalla, Ross earned a word processing specialist certificate and an Associate in Applied Science in Secretarial Science Technology from Gadsden State. She has worked full-time in the technical division for 14 years.
Ross has served as the president of the Support Staff Association and has been a member of the Internal Audit Committee, Hospitality Committee and Financial Aid Appeals Committee. She currently serves on the Catalog Committee and assists with the Gadsden State Coat Drive, which has delivered over 2,600 coats to those in need.
The Outstanding Academic Faculty Award was presented to Jesse Osborn, a math instructor. He started his collegiate career as a student at Gadsden State before transferring to Jacksonville State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. While he pursued his master’s degree at the University of Alabama – Gadsden Center, he worked part-time at Gadsden State.
Eventually, Osborn was hired fulltime as a calculus lab technician. In 2000, he earned a full-time teaching position at the McClellan Center. In 2008, he moved to the Wallace Drive campus, where has taught multiple math classes, including basic math, elementary algebra, technical math, trigonometry and calculus.
The 2016 Outstanding Technical Faculty winner is Dave Hyatt, a civil engineering technology instructor. Like the other award winners, Hyatt is a Gadsden State alum having earned an Associate in Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology in 1993.
For 13 years, he worked in the civil engineering field with a focus on highway design. In 2006, he returned to Gadsden State to lead the Civil Engineering Technology program. Hyatt went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Leadership and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology. Both degrees came from Jacksonville State University. Hyatt has also worked as a photographer for The Gadsden Times.
He won the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Technical Faculty and is a member of the 2016 Class of the Faculty Development Institute. Hyatt serves as the faculty advisor of the Circle K Club and is a member of the Gadsden Public Library’s Blank Page Society and the Leadership Etowah Planning Committee.
Chloe Phillips is the 2016 Outstanding Alumni winner. She was a young single parent when she became a student at Gadsden State, where she eventually earned a short-term certificate in medical transcription and an Associate in Applied Science in Office Administration-Medical in 2001. Upon graduation, she transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management before earning a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She has worked for 16 years in the health information management field.
Phillips serves on the Gadsden State Office Administration Advisement Board and since 2004, she has served as a clinical mentor for UAB, Wallace State Community College, Jefferson State Community College and Gadsden State.