DACC Professor Receives Illinois State Senate Recognition

DACC Professor Receives Illinois State Senate Recognition

Sen. Scott Bennett Makes Presentation at 11 am, Thursday, December 14


DANVILLE – Senator Scott Bennett will visit Danville Area Community College on Thursday with a special delivery just in time for the holidays. Sen. Bennett sponsored a State of Illinois Senate Recognition for Dr. Wendy Brown, DACC Microbiology Professor, and will deliver the document at 11 am, December 14, in Mary Miller room 300.

The Recognition document was read on the floor of the Senate to all Senators and placed in the Senate Record on November 17 as official Illinois Senate recognition of Dr. Brown’s Illinois Community College Faculty Association Leo Welch Educator of the Year Award. The ICCFA Leo Welch Faculty of the Year Award is a peer-nominated honor presented annually to one Illinois Community College faculty member.

According to his staff, “State Senator Scott Bennett is honored to represent the incredible constituents of the 52nd Senate District. He is always excited to hear about the wonderful work and service that so many of his constituents are doing out in the community. Illinois State Senate Recognitions provide a way for Senator Bennett to recognize and acknowledge constituents for their outstanding work or service. Senate Recognitions are officially acknowledged by the 100thGeneral Assembly of the State of Illinois.”  The Senator only sponsors a handful of this type of Senate Recognitions annually.

Dr. Brown started teaching at DACC in 2002. Since joining the faculty, she has been a leader of diversity, sustainability, accreditation, and teaching excellence initiatives on campus. Family Science Night, a biennial celebration that is one of the most popular community events on campus, was founded by Dr. Brown as a way to make science fun for children. The event brings more than 800 community members to campus. 

Professor Ryan Wyckoff, who nominated her for the Leo Welch award, co-teaches an innovative Service Learning course with Dr. Brown that combines a section of Biology with a section of Speech. At the November DACC Board of Trustees meeting, students in the unique course raved about both the curriculum opportunities and the two professors who teach it.

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