CFCC honors employees with annual awards

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Rebecca Miller, Mark VanCura and Bethaney Ferguson were recently honored for their outstanding service to Cape Fear Community College. Photo courtesy CFCC.
Rebecca Miller, Mark VanCura and Bethaney Ferguson were recently honored for their outstanding service to Cape Fear Community College. Photo courtesy CFCC.

Three Cape Fear Community College instructors are at the head of the class.

College President Amanda Lee recently honored Bethaney Ferguson, Rebecca Miller and Mark VanCura with awards to recognize teaching excellence and outstanding performance.

Ferguson, a sociology instructor, received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given annually to a teacher who “proves an asset to CFCC” by making positive impacts on students, mastering subject matter and developing a strong teaching philosophy, according to a release from the college. Recipients of the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award receive a $2,000 stipend to further advance their classroom.

CFCC spokesman David Hardin said Ferguson’s co-workers and students as “magic in the classroom.”

“She incorporates technology, a passion for sociology and discussion into her classroom to fuel deep empathy and understanding in her students,” Hardin said.

Miller and VanCura received this year’s President’s Award, which seeks to recognize outstanding efforts and contributions to CFCC, students and the community. Recipients embody CFCC’s key principles of dedication, involvement, professionalism and leadership.

Miller was recognized for contributions to leading the college’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program in an efficient and streamlined manner.

“Mrs. Miller’s program proved so effective that BLET programs across the state adopted it to enhance their department,” Hardin noted. “She is loved and respected by students, co-workers and supervisors. Her contagious smile brightens our days at the Safety Training Center.”

And VanCura, a biology teacher, is a favorite on campus. His engaging teaching style is what earned him the President’s Award. In fact, it was his former students who helped him win the honor.

“Past students nominated Mr. VanCura, boasting that they still remember individual bones  and muscles of the body, even after graduating from CFCC in 2012,” Hardin said. “They credit this knowledge to VanCura, ‘who has helped and motivated his students with an outstanding education and motivation that is necessary to achieve career goals.’”