Vanguard University Announces 2012 Faculty and Staff of the Year Award Recipients

Certificate for their Achievement and Honorarium Presented to Recipients at University Awards Chapel

Costa Mesa, CA – Vanguard University of Southern California announced today that Dr. James Huff, Chair, Department of Anthropology & Sociology was honored with the Faculty of the Year Award and Jason Fletcher, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, was awarded the Staff of the Year Award at the annual University Awards Chapel.

The Student Government Association (SGA) took nominations for Vanguard Faculty of the Year and Staff of the Year with the SGA narrowing the count to 4 in each category. The traditional undergraduate student body then had a week, April 9th – April 13th, to vote online for one faculty and one staff respectively.  The criteria for selection for faculty was based upon, co-curricular involvement, institutional service, community service and notable accomplishments. The criteria for selection for staff was co-curricular involvement, institutional service and community service.  Those who had received the award in the past 5 years were ineligible for nomination.

Faculty of the Year Award Winner

Dr. James Huff’s specializations include anthropology of education and development anthropology, Latin American Pentecostalism, Central American history and culture, and grassroots community development. Dr. Huff has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in El Salvador. Current interests include the formation of faith-based, community development organizations in US and Central America.

Other Nominations for Faculty of the Year included:

Susan K. Berkompas, B.F.A/M.F.A in Acting and Director, Professor of Theatre Arts

Dr. Thomas J. Carmody, Ph.D  Chair of Communication Department, Professor of Communications Studies

Dr. Terry A. Zeigler, EdD, ATC, Professor, Kinesiology Department, Athletic Training Education Program Director, Clinical Instructor Educator, Approved Clinical Educator

Staff of the Year Award Winner

Jason Fletcher is originally from Ontario, CA and graduated from Vanguard University in May of 2008 with a B.A. in History & Political Science. As a student at Vanguard, he served as a leader in the Frontline Ministry, one year as a Huntington Hall Resident Assistant (RA), worked as a telecounselor and Intern in the Admissions Office, and worked at MIKA CDC (Community Development Corporation) in Costa Mesa as a dance teacher and Assistant Art Director. He also enjoys serving as a youth leader for a group of 7th and 8th grade guys at St. Peter’s Church in Huntington Beach. In his free time he loves to hang out with his closest friends, eat at Chipotle, mentor high school kids, teach hip-hop, and go white water rafting.

Other Nominations for Staff of the Year included:

Derek Densberger, Chief Information Officer

Tim Young, Director of Residence Life

Diana Wahlstedt, Administrative Assistance, Depart of Religion

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