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SWIC honors faculty members with awards

Southwestern Illinois College Medical Laboratory Technology Program Coordinator Jean Deitz of Belleville was named full-time faculty member of the year for 2017 by the college board of trustees. Pictured, Deitz works with students Shannon Cash of Chester and Courtney MacDonald of Swansea.
Southwestern Illinois College Medical Laboratory Technology Program Coordinator Jean Deitz of Belleville was named full-time faculty member of the year for 2017 by the college board of trustees. Pictured, Deitz works with students Shannon Cash of Chester and Courtney MacDonald of Swansea.

Southwestern Illinois College has announced its full- and part-time faculty members of the year award winners — Jean Deitz and Helen Thomas.

Deitz, of Belleville, is the Medical Laboratory Technology program coordinator, a position she’s held for nearly 20 years. She also teaches classes including introduction to the clinical laboratory, coagulation, microbiology and clinical microscopy.

“Students come to class knowing that I will treat them with respect, that I will help them equally, whether they are my strongest or my weakest student,” Deitz said in a news release.

Deitz ensures students have real life specimens to work with in the labs by picking up pathology specimens from local hospitals. She also has developed instructional videos to demonstrate procedures to students before they get into the lab.

Thomas, of Granite City, knows how to make computer programming fun. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching computer information systems courses.

“I try to make learning fun by being enthusiastic and happy to be there,” Thomas said in a news release. “Sometimes I will have students shout out ideas for a program and we as a class choose one of the ideas and build a program around it. They really seem to enjoy that activity.”

SWIC - Helen Thomas
Southwestern Illinois College Computer Information Systems Adjunct Instructor Helen Thomas of Granite City was named part-time faculty member of the year for 2017 by the college board of trustees. Provided by Linda Gass-Burgess

Thomas teaches Java programming I, web site development, visual basic programming II, Python and introduction to information technology courses.

She also is available to tutor students and frequently attends development workshops to stay up-to-date on technology.

Deitz and Thomas are also nominated by SWIC for the Illinois Community College Trustee Association’s Outstanding Full-time and Part-time Faculty Member of the Year honors. Winners will be announced in June.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

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