Posted at 4:20 p.m., March 7, 2016

WACCT leadership awards announced

Andrikopoulos honored for volunteer efforts

The Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees (WACCT) presents leadership rewards annually for the academic year in six categories. The categories are student, trustee, foundation volunteer, faculty member, professional employee and classified employee.

Anthony and Barbara Andrikopoulos won the foundation volunteer leadership award.

Laramie County Community College nominated Jacqueline Galloway for the student leadership award. Galloway is a full-time student who has continuously taken her job in the classroom in a serious manner. She is a member of the Student Government Association, a Resident Hall Advisor and involved in a number of service initiatives. She was the force behind resurrecting Blue Crew, which is a pep club. Galloway is a mentor for a local junior high student, and she served in AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps program where she participated in deployments to New York City for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and to Nogales, Arizona, during the Child Illegal Immigration Crisis of 2014. She also worked for Alaska food bank and NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics or ACT-SO

Ed Mosher was nominated for the trustee leadership award. He has been a trustee at LCCC since 2010 and currently serves as board president. Mosher asked Gov. Matt Mead to start the Complete College America initiative. He is also part of LCCC’s WACCT board, which he was president of for one year. Other ways Mosher has participated in community life are through his a lifetime membership of American Legion Post 6, lifetime member or VFW #1881, Wyoming Association of Distributive Education chairperson, Western Association of Co-op Work Experience Educators secretary and editor, Executive Director for Wyoming DECA and a member of the Sunrise Lions.

Anthony and Barbara Andrikopoulos were nominated for the foundation volunteer leadership award. They have been strong supporters of LCCC and education for 30 years. Singlehandedly, they have gifted more than $1.7 million that turned into nearly $3 million after state matches. The Andrikopouloses have donated to LCCC more than anyone else. Anthony passed away in 2015, but the donations have remained generous. The couple said they had a passion for creating opportunities for students to achieve higher education.

Clint Reading, zoology-biology instructor, was nominated for the faculty member leadership award. He has been a central member in the team approach to develop the face-to-face and online versions of anatomy and Physiology courses at LCCC. In his classroom, he works to develop new approaches to education, which include putting a group discussion platform where students apply what they have learned to address real-world problems in place. Reading oversaw the redesign of the Natural Sciences program and completed articulation agreements to five programs at the University of Wyoming.

James Crosby was nominated for the professional employee leadership award. He is dedicated to keeping LCCC safe and welcoming to all students. Crosby alerts the president’s cabinet, public relations and student services whenever there is an incident involving campus safety. He makes sure he alerts all areas of campus that may be affected along with recommendations to change procedures to reduce the chance of the incident occurring in the future. As a retired law enforcement officer, he has brought his knowledge to LCCC to make the campus more conducive to learning.

Deborah Ambroso was nominated for the classified employee leadership award. She has always been available to assist the Student Life staff and the department’s various needs. Ambroso seeks to improve processes when things do not go as planned, manages deadlines and timeliness well and keeps her department on track during busy semesters. When there was no one in the health coordinator position, she ensured the health clinic was not hindered when there wasn’t a health care provider. During the time, she was a key person in making sure students were aware of the services available to them.