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2018 Faculty and Staff Awards


BRCC News | Published January 11, 2018

At Blue Ridge Community College, employees play a significant role in their students’ lives—as teachers, advisors, and mentors. Our faculty and staff assist students in finding purpose and direction in the educational process, setting them on a path to meet their career and life goals.  

Each year Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation honors several outstanding employees for their service to the community, the College, and its students. The 2018 award recipients were announced Wednesday by members of Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors.


Dr. and Mrs. William D. Killian Outstanding Teacher Award

Jack Igelman portrait photoBusiness Administration Instructor Jack Igelman received the Dr. and Mrs. William D. Killian Outstanding Teacher Award for his dedication to motivating and helping all students recognize their abilities and potential. Jack was recognized for his use of non-traditional and innovative strategies to deliver complex subject matter to his students. He was also commended for his work with Discover Diversity Week and the Inclusive Education Committee.  






Dr. Molly A. Parkhill Staff Person of the Year Award

Peter Hemans portrait photoPeter Hemans received the Dr. Molly A. Parkhill Staff Person of the Year Award. With 20 years of service to the College, Peter currently serves as Facilities Director. Recognized for his exceptional performance and can-do attitude, he most recently coordinated major building projects at the Health Sciences Center and Innovative High Schools with Henderson County while still managing a large multi-faceted, fast-paced department which serves three campuses in two counties. 






Dr. Eliza B. Graue Extra Mile Award

Thomas Hayes portrait photoThomas Hayes received the Dr. Eliza B. Graue Extra Mile Award for his dedicated investment in the lives of students at Blue Ridge Community College. Thomas was praised for his countless hours of teaching preparation in order to help students succeed in classes, especially those with advanced scientific topics. His students gave numerous examples of his efforts to help them succeed in class, their program of study, and their career path. He currently serves as Biology Instructor.





Dr. David W. Sink Jr. Community Service Award

Shelah Combs portrait photoEarly Childhood Instructor Shelah Combs received the Dr. David W. Sink Jr. Community Service Award. Shelah was recognized for her exceptional service to the community and for passing on her dedication for community involvement to her students. Through her leadership, Blue Ridge Community College early childhood students gain valuable workplace skills by participating in a wide variety of community service activities. She, herself, volunteers in many areas that focus on children and families including Art in the Park, Kindergarten Readiness Rally, and Week of Young Child Conference. She also assists local organizations during the holidays to gather donations of toys and food for area families. 


Wellness Award

Belinda Frantz portrait photoRetention Specialist Belinda Frantz received the Wellness Award. She competed against other employees using a point-based system designed by the College Wellness Committee to encourage long-term healthy lifestyles through friendly competition. Belinda participated in numerous wellness events and challenges throughout the year.






Each recipient was honored with a framed award and a monetary gift from Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation