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Hill College Honors NISOD Excellence Award Recipients


HILLSBORO, TEXAS---Hill College announces the recipients of the annual National Institution for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. This honor represents a commitment to high performance and extraordinary service in higher education. The 2017 honorees include Christopher Andry, cosmetology program coordinator and Dr. Don Nelson, biology instructor.

Christopher Andry is the coordinator of the Hill College CHI Cosmetology program and has been an instructor at Hill for over 10 years. He has an associate degree in applied science for cosmetology and is a CHI certified educator for CHI Farouk Systems Inc., as well as an Artec certified educator for L’Oreal. Andry has worked in salons in Dallas and Cleburne and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Andry describes how much the award means to him, “The words of Dr. Benjamin Mays, the author of the Just a Minute, probably explain just how truly meaningful this award is to me. Dr. Mays wrote: ‘We only have a minute, with 60 seconds in it, forced upon us, we can’t refuse it, we did not seek it, nor did choose it, but it’s up to us to use it and give account if we abuse it. For you see, it is only a minute, but our eternity is in it.’”

“This is exactly what this award means to me. It lets me know, that others realize how important it is for me, to make each minute that I spend with my students count. The minutes I spend with them now, can have a positive effect on their future minutes forever. That in itself, is the greatest validation that you can give a caring educator, especially a third-generation educator.”

Dr. Don Nelson has taught biology and anatomy and physiology at Hill College for 12 years, and additionally serves as faculty association president. Nelson also teaches dual credit anatomy and physiology at Cleburne, Joshua, and Burleson high schools.

“I am honored and excited to receive the NISOD award,” said Dr. Nelson. “We at Hill College are actively striving for excellence. Excellence in the classroom, as well as with each individual student that we come into contact with. Hill College faculty and staff are a family, I was humbled and proud to represent that family in Austin this year.”

Excellence Award recipients were celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 27-30, in Austin where they each received a NISOD medallion. The NISOD Excellence Awards were established in 1991 to provide NISOD-member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses. Since then, more than 25,000 recipients have been honored with the award by their colleges. 


Cutline: Dr. Don Nelson, and Mr. Christopher Andry

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