Julie Hoover, instructor in Geology and Physical Science in the Arts, Sciences and University Transfer program, was awarded the inaugural Excellence In Community Engagement award at Durham Tech’s 50th Anniversary Celebration held at the Main Campus in October 2011.

Hoover has gained a reputation for creatively and enthusiastically serving her community and inspiring her students to do the same. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as Science Club advisor, leading one of the largest and most active clubs on campus. Hoover finds inspiration in her students’ commitment to service, saying, “They do the best they can every day to earn their service hours. It has really given me a respect for them and has shaped how I feel about my role as a teacher, making me more confident about the things I can encourage the students to achieve.”

Hoover created a triathlon for non-athletes in the community in which numerous Durham Tech employees and students have competed. Funds raised from the event have benefited several local charities including Durham Crisis Response and the local food bank. She helps coordinate recycling efforts on campus and participates in charity events, such as the Race for Grace. She also recently assisted in making blankets for Project Linus.

At the semicentennial celebration last month, Durham Tech President Bill Ingram recognized Hoover for her outstanding commitment, unwavering dedication, and exemplary efforts, saying, “Julie has made extraordinary contributions that have improved the well-being of the community and positively affected the learning environment at Durham Technical Community College.”