Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees Chairperson Karen Carbonelli presented faculty recognition awards to one full-time and one part-time faculty member in recognition of their noteworthy work with and on behalf of students, scholarly or professional achievement and service during MCC’s 45thannual Commencement on May 4 at the Central Montcalm High School gymnasium. The recipients were given a plaque, a stipend and a citation.
Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson received the 2012 Leslie K. Morford Faculty Recognition Award, and English, Communications and Philosophy Instructor Larry Moss received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.
Johnson, of Gowen, joined MCC’s full-time faculty in 1996. She is heralded by her students as a passionate, animated and creative instructor, and is appreciated for her enthusiasm and undying commitment to both the visual and performing arts. Johnson has participated in the Oxford Round Table Symposium on Art and Science at Oxford University, England, and has led international study abroad experiences in France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
A professional artist since 1975, Johnson has exhibited her work in a number of galleries from Kansas City to New York City, and Minneapolis to Miami. She also has directed and performed in area theater productions, and she has been active in the Flat River Community Players and Bottom’s Dream Theater. Each semester, her Drama as a Performing Arts class presents special performances for the area’s K-12 students. Last fall, she directed a play that she co-wrote with her husband. Johnson also serves as an advisor or co-advisor for several MCC student clubs.
Moss, of Greenville, has served as a part-time instructor since 2003. His students
appreciate his positive attitude, genuine encouragement and academic standards. Moss uses a variety of techniques in the classroom to keep his lessons interesting and keep students engaged. His goal is student success. He has been significantly involved in both campus and community organizations, such as MCC’s Alumni and Friends Choir, MCC’s Life-Long Learners and the Montcalm Area Humanities Council. He is president of the Flat River Community Players and a board member of the Greenville Area Community Center and the Greenville City Council.