Calhoun Faculty Member Selected as Alabama Community College System's Most Outstanding Technical Faculty
Mark Branon, an instructor in Calhoun Community College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program and Department Chair for Allied Health, has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Technical Faculty for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). Branon was recognized during the annual ACCS Conference held recently in Birmingham, AL.
Among his accomplishments, Branon has been very successful in developing and growing Calhoun’s Health Sciences Dual Enrollment program by offering EMS classes in seven local high schools. Under his leadership, Calhoun was selected as a finalist for a 2013 Bellwether Award, which annually recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future. The college’s program, A Solution to the Healthcare needs of the Graying American Population, was named as a finalist in the Workforce Development category. In 2012, Calhoun was the only Alabama college named as a top ten finalist for the Bellwether Award.
“Because of Mark’s leadership, Calhoun’s Allied Health students consistently maintain board scores above both the state and national averages. Many of his students continue their education in the medical field while others become employed with various healthcare agencies,” commented Calhoun president Dr. Marilyn Beck.
Branon is very active in the local community, recently returning from a medical mission trip to Nicaragua where he and a team of medical professionals treated villagers for a variety of illnesses and also offered dental care.
His other community involvement includes serving as associate pastor in his church, coaching little league baseball and volunteering as an EMT for the Meridianville Volunteer Fire Department. This year, he engaged his students at Calhoun in a community-wide “hands-only CPR” training program. Through this training program, over 500 area citizens were trained to perform CPR using the latest American Heart Association guidelines.
“Mark has earned the respect of Calhoun’s students, faculty and staff, and I know that I speak for the entire Calhoun family when I say how very proud we are of his recognition,” added Beck.
Calhoun’s nominees in the remaining categories in the Chancellor’s Awards recognition were David Ansardi (Academic Faculty category); Jimmy Duke (Administrator category); and Ronnie Sims (Staff category).
The college was also well represented in the Chancellor's Art Exhibition. Student Josephine Petersen earned a third place award in the Painting category, and art faculty member Kathryn Vaughn won first place and Best of Show for her painting, "Sun Hat".