INA, Ill. (May 3, 2012) – Architectural Technology Professor Kevin Weston has been named the 2012 Rend Lake College Foundation Faculty Excellence Award winner. The 20-year professor received the award Friday at the college’s annual Board, Faculty, Staff ceremony. He has been nominated for the statewide Outstanding Faculty Member Award through the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
“Watching the students develop, grow and achieve their goals and dreams is why I teach,” said Weston, 55, of West Frankfort. “I love seeing my students ... developing into their professional careers as either architects, engineers, surveyors, or teachers. It’s rewarding.”
In addition to teaching, Weston advises students, works on articulation agreements with regional universities, and identifies and evaluates cooperative work experiences that provide students hands-on practice in the field. He currently serves as President of the RLC Academic Council, as well as on the college’s Career and Technical Education Assessment Committee, Greening the Campus Committee, and President’s Policy and Procedure Committee.
His contributions to education extend beyond the RLC campus as a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative Steering Committee; Illinois Community College Board advisory committees on finance, programming and transfer; and the Illinois Community College Performance Based Funding Committee. Since 2003, Weston has been the college’s representative to the Illinois Community College Faculty Association, of which he served as President from 2004-2006, and as Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Governance from 2006-2010. He currently serves as the Southern Region Coordinator for the ICCFA Executive Committee. In 2006, Weston was appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to a legislative joint task force aimed at reviewing the community college system and making recommendations to state legislators regarding the demands on the system and the role it will play in the future.
Weston formed the first SkillsUSA chapter at RLC in 2001 and has served as the I.D.E.A. Region #18 Competition Director for the past 11 years. He has presented at numerous ICCB conferences and has been a presenter for the past two years at the New Faculty Workshop: Teaching at a Community College.
In his letter nominating Weston for the statewide award, RLC Board of Trustees Chairman Bryan Drew wrote, “Clearly, Mr. Weston’s impact on education is far reaching. Mr. Weston has demonstrated an excellent work ethic and dedication to his students. Based upon his accomplishments and commitment to higher education, the Rend Lake College Administration and Board of Trustees strongly recommend Mr. Weston for this prestigious award.”
In recent months, Weston has been working with other faculty members to deliver green curriculum to students not only at RLC, but those in Illinois and potentially across the country. A $485,000 federal grant Weston help secure through the Illinois Green Economy Network is being used to develop coursework in sustainable design and green facilities management.
Weston’s peers called him an “exceptional classroom instructor, active curriculum innovator and dedicated college representative.” In their letter nominating him for the RLC award, those who work with him wrote, “Both RLC and the region have benefitted from his professionalism and academic expertise.”
“I’m deeply honored that my peers have nominated and selected me to receive the Faculty Excellence Award,” said Weston. “It means an awful lot to me to have been thought of by my peers as deserving for this award.”
Previous winners of the RLCF Faculty Excellence Award include:
2010 – Chris Nielsen, Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technology
2009 – Rob Little, English
2008 – Bonnie Tolbert, Licensed Practical Nursing
2007 – Debbie Benns, Associate Degree Nursing
2006 – Larry Williams, Zoology
2005 – D.J. Johnson, Industrial Health and Safety
2004 – Patricia Bennett-Minor, Associate Degree Nursing
2003 – Diane Metzger, Mathematics
2002 – Larry Sidwell, Business
2001 – Janet Miller, Business / Computers
2000 – Sandra Cox, Mathematics
1999 – Ro Hoar, Developmental Studies
1998 – Linda Denton, Science
1997 – Carolyn Stewart, Psychology
1996 – John Howard Fisher, Chemistry
1995 – Dr. Sue Santoro Tomlin, Sociology
1994 – Michael P. Mullen, English
1993 – Joseph Henry Rust, Speech
1992 – William Dill, Mining / Advanced Technology
1991 – Jim Waugh, Health / Physical Education
1990 – David Scott, Agriculture
1989 – Wayne Arnold, Health/Physical Education
1988 – Dr. John Homan Jr., English
1987 – Sarah Capps, Art
1986 – Sandra VanCleve, Allied Health
1985 – Dr. Barbara Luchsinger, English
1984 – Shirley Yeargin, Allied Health
1983 – Gary Wade, Mining Technology
1982 – Dr. Eugene Estes, Science
1981 – Vincent Cain, History / Political Science
1980 – Eleanor Hall, Sociology