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Holloman and Neu Chosen as NMJC Outstanding Faculty for 2012-13

5/2/2013 8:11:12 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. HOBBS –The faculty, staff and students of New Mexico Junior College have named two professors to receive the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Awards for 2012-13.

Terry Holloman, professor of Reading and Writing in Transitional Studies, and Roene Neu, professor of Geology, will be honored at a reception on May 9 after commencement rehearsal at 9 a.m. in the Lea County Event Center. They will be given their awards during the commencement program on May 10 at 7 p.m. in Lea County Event Center.

“It’s humbling,” said Holloman of the award. “It’s much appreciated, but I’m not sure if it’s deserved. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful affirmation.”

Holloman, a graduate of Lubbock Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, has taught transitional studies since 2004 at NMJC. Prior to that, she taught part-time at the University of the Southwest. She is a sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa (the national honor society for community colleges) Psi Theta chapter at NMJC.  Holloman represents the faculty on the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee.

“Terry has an exceptional way with students both in and out of the classroom,” said Dianne Marquez, dean of the Arts and Humanities Department. “She is genuinely concerned about how they are doing in her class as well as in other classes and in life.  Students enjoy her unique sense of humor and her passion for teaching. Terry builds relationships with her students that enhance their learning and ultimately their success.”

Roene Neu, who is from Pueblo, Col., has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Adams State University in Alamosa, and a Master’s in Geology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She is working on her Ph.D. in Geology with an emphasis in Sedimentology from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Neu, who has been with NMJC for nearly eight years, helps out in the Mathematics Department teaching courses. Currently on the Student Learning Outcome Assessment Committee, she has served on the Academic Standards Committee. She has also been selected as secretary for the Faculty Senate for the coming year.

Neu volunteers as a ride marshal during the Ted McVay Roll for the Cure bike ride each August, and has represented NMJC at the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) 150 bike ride in West Texas. She volunteers at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park as a member of the Cave Resource Foundation, and has also volunteered at local elementary schools, teaching students the basics of rocks and minerals. She recently had her class volunteer to clean up and organize the rock garden in front of the Western Heritage Museum, according to Kelly Holladay, dean of Business, Math and Science.

“I really enjoy working with the students at NMJC. We’re able to work one on one actually teaching in the labs, working with students, rather than being just the lecturer,” said Neu, adding that she takes students out on two field trips a year to expose them to the local geology of Carlsbad Caverns and McKittrick Canyon,  and to drilling rigs and potash mines. 

“The people I work with are great, supportive of one another and students,” Neu said.

“We are of course extremely proud of Terry Holloman and Roene Neu and the way they represent New Mexico Junior College to the students and to the community,” said Steve McCleery, president of NMJC. “I am thrilled that the students, faculty and staff recognize the talents and teaching skills of these two outstanding individuals.”

Hollomon will be given the John G. Shepherd Rotarian Faculty of the Year Award, while Neu will be awarded the Elliott and Waldon Title Company Faculty of the Year Award.

The awards are equal in criteria and selection, with the two organizations having committed to sponsoring the $1000 awards over a period of years.

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college located in Hobbs.

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