2013 Academic Excellence Award

Erin Souther has been named recipient of Durham Tech's 2013 Academic Excellence Award. She will be entered into consideration for the NC Community College System's (NCCCS) statewide award, which will be announced in June. Rudy Bailey has been selected as the college's nominee for the Dallas Herring Achievement Award this year. This award was established by the NCCCS in 2010 to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, one of the state's earliest advocates of community colleges. Sabrina Bowyer has been chosen as Durham Tech's 2013 recipient of the Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. This award was established in 2004 to honor the former governor who served from 1969 to 1973. Governor Scott served as president of the NCCCS from 1983 to 1995. Rudy Bailey and Sabrina Bowyers will also compete for statewide honors in their respective award categories; results will be announced this spring.

Souther Chosen As 2013 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Erin Marie SoutherErin Marie Souther has been selected as Durham Technical Community College's Academic Excellence Award recipient for 2013. Souther is planning to graduate in May with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Laboratory Technology. She was the unanimous choice for the award, with her nomination letter submitted by all four faculty members in the Dental Laboratory Technology program, each of whom is a Certified Dental Technician (CDT). These faculty members are Alberto Camacho; Ricky Glasgow; Michael Patrick; and Greg Walton, program director.

Souther currently has a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Durham Technical Community College. She represents Tau Eta Sigma, the dental laboratory fraternity, in the Student Senate and has organized numerous activities for the group, creating a much-needed sense of community and spirit that has revitalized the organization. The fraternity bestowed the 2012 Outstanding Student Leadership Award upon her in appreciation for her hard work and dedication. Souther also received the 2012 Campus Fund Drive Scholarship from DTCC and the 2012 William Rogers Award from the NC Dental Laboratory Association (NCDLA). She volunteers regularly with Missions of Mercy, a partnership between the NCDLA and the NC Dental Society, providing free dental services for people in need. In her free time, Souther is an avid softball player and participates in corecreational leagues in Durham.

A native of Wilkesboro, NC, Souther earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, graduating cum laude from Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone prior to attending DTCC. While at ASU, she participated in many art exhibitions, including curated group, invitational, individual, and juried displays. Souther believes her artistic skills, eye for detail, and desire to work with her hands led her to choose the Dental Laboratory Technology field of study. "With my background in sculpting and experience in working with human anatomy, I feel confident that this is a field in which I can excel," Souther says. "I also get a lot of satisfaction from creating something that improves the quality of lifefor my patients."

She states that her plan after graduation is to work in a dental laboratory for several years until she has the skills to open her own lab, saying, "Ultimately, I would like to own a dental lab AND an art studio. I think I can do it!"

Those who know her have little doubt thatshe will accomplish both goals.

Rudy Bailey Nominated for Dallas Herring Achievement Award

Rudy BaileyDurham Technical Community College is honored to nominate Rudolph Bailey for the 2013 Dallas Herring Achievement Award. Throughout Bailey's academic career, he has demonstrated Dr. Herring's belief of "taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go" by complementing his academic career with a career of service to others. During every step of Bailey's academic career, he consciously chose a path of service by involving himself in opportunities to help others.

In 2008, Bailey began his postsecondary academic and service career at Durham Tech. He became involved in student activities by becoming a student mentor, with responsibility for mentoring new students by conducting student success activities. Bailey worked with over 100 new students during his time at Durham Tech, helping them on a one-on-one basis and in the classroom to understand the college through the eyes of a student. According to Nan Dernar, director of Counseling, Student Development, and Activities and an ACA 122 instructor for whom Bailey was a student mentor, "Rudy shone in the classroom. He connected with the students during the activities by truly listening and empathizing with their experiences; and you could tell they connected with him." Bailey was becoming a true mentor, meeting the new students where they were and carrying them to another level of understanding of college life. At Durham Tech, Bailey also held a leadership position on the Executive Board of the Minority Male Leadership Initiative, better known as"Visions." He was also instrumental in the growth of young men in the Durham community with his work as a paraprofessional. He was able to work closely with the parents of these young men to help with their growth, sacrificing much of his personal free time to spend working with them toward their success.

Bailey graduated in 2010 from Durham Tech with an associate's degree. He enrolled at NC Central University (NCCU) and majored in RecreationAdministration with a concentration in Recreational Therapy. During this time, he became an active member of several service associations, including the Physical Education and Recreation Majors Association and Rho Phi Lambda Honors Fraternity, completing a remarkable total of 1,052 community service hours when only 60 hours of community service were required of NCCU students.

Bailey graduated from NCCU in December 2012 at the top of his class with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, earning summa cum laude honors. He is currently enrolled in NCCU's graduate studies program in Recreational Therapy.

Bowyer Gets Nod for 2013 Governor Scott Leadership Award Nomination

Sabrina BowyerDurham Tech student Sabrina Bowyer has been nominated for the 2013 Governor Robert W. Scott Leadership Award. Bowyer is currently pursuing her Associate in Arts degree in the University Transfer program at the college. After graduating from Durham Tech, she hopes to transfer to either North Carolina Central University or Appalachian State University to work toward a degree in the human services field.

Bowyer's contributions to campus and community activities while at Durham Tech are too numerous to detail here. As governor and president of the North Carolina Community College System, Robert Scott worked tirelessly to meet the needs of his constituents. Similarly, Bowyer is continuously looking for ways to better serve her fellow students. Her selflessness does not go unnoticed by her peers; her Student Senate co-members nominated her unanimously for this award.

"By leading through serving, I am able to grow and learn while encouraging others to develop into leaders," she says. "Leading by example allows others the potential for growth. To me, learning is the most important experience to me as a leader." While at Durham Tech, Bowyers has been involved with everything from event planning to tutoring. She has participated in a study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic; volunteered with the college's student literary publication; and has belonged to the Math, Spanish, and Debate clubs. She serves as Community Outreach Coordinator with the Executive Board of the Student Senate. And somehow, she still finds time to parent her two children while maintaining a 2.75 grade point average.

When asked about her challenges in juggling so many responsibilities, Bowyer responds with her typical modesty. "All that I have learned and accomplished at Durham Tech is due in part to the support and assistance I have received from others. Any one person can have great ideas, but you can accomplish much more with a team approach. I am only as good as my team – and my team is awesome!"