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8/15/2008

EAC welcomes new faculty

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Photo from left to right Front row: Geoff DeSpain, Lydia Mata, Shelley Parker Vaughn, and Helen Robinson. Middle row: Linda Lopez, Pedro Dabalsa, Jamie Morris, and Tammy Campbell. Back row: Dan Robbins, Maurice Leitzke, and Bill Nidiffer. Not pictured: Jay Clarke. (EAC - Todd Haynie Photo)
 

By Lori Dugan

College gearing up for record enrollment

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College officials introduced 12 new faculty members for the Fall 2008 semester at last week’s Faculty Orientation meetings in the areas of business, communicative arts, fine arts, athletics, methematics,a nd nursing.

Eac’s new business instructor is Tammy Campbell. Her most recent experience was at Bagdad High School teaching business classes articulated through Yavapai College. Campbell has an M.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University.

Another addition to the Business Division is Lydia Mata who has been teaching part-time at the College for several years and now jo8ins the staff full-time. She has a B.S. in Business frm the University of Phoneinx and an A.A.S. degree from EAC. She has been a software technician and network administrator for Safford schools.

The newest member of EAC’s English faculty is Helen Robinson who will be facilitating the English Lab. She has an M.A. in English from Andrews University in Michigan and obtained her B.A. degree in English from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. Her previous experience includes teaching English composition and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Andrews University. Her most recent teaching experience is at Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Scottsdale. She also taught ESL in Wonju and Seoul, South Korea and in the Philippines.

The Fine Arts Division welcomes three new instructors, Geoff DeSpain, band director; Dr. Dan Robbins, theater director; and Bill Nidiffer, drama instructor. DeSpain obtained an M.S. degree in Education from Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland, a B.S. in Music Education from NAU, and is an EAC alumnus. Some of his previous experience includes serving as band director at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, and at Miami Unified School District in Miami.

Nidiffer holds an M.F.A. and B.F.A. in Drama from Oklahoma University. His most recent experience includes serving as EAC’s fine arts technician since 2001. He was also technical director at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma; and was owner/designer of the Cherokee Scenic Company and designer/technical director for Cimarron Circuit Opera Company also in Norman, Oklahoma.

Robbins obtained his Ph.D. in Theater from the University of Texas, an M.A. in Theater from Texas Women’s University, and a B.F.A. in Theatre from Texas Christian University.

His most recent experience is as director of theatre at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia; director of theatre at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida; and Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

Maurice Leitzke is taking the reins of EAC’s men’s basketball program. He brings with him an M.S. in Education from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and a B.S. in Education with a minor in Physical Education and Social Science at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Leitzke’s most recent experience is as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he led Cameron to its second-most NCAA Division II wins in history. He was also an assistant men’s basketball coach at Southwest Baptist University, and played and coached professionally in New Zealand’s National Basketball League. He was a player in the Australian Skywest Basketball League.

Jay Clarke rejoins the Mathematics Division after teaching at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina for the last two years. He received his M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina; an M.S. in Mathematics from NAU; and a B.S. in Mathematics from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Clarke was a mathematics instructor at EAC from August 2004 to May 2006 and prior to that he spent five years as a part-time mathematics instructor at ECPI Technical College.

Pedro Dabalsa also joins EAC’s math faculty this semester. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Belorussian State University in Minsk, USSR. His most recent experience is at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Oregon teaching algebra, calculus, trigonometry, and online college algebra. He also taught mathematics at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon and at ITT Technical Institute in Boise, Idaho.

There are three new faculty members joining the EAC Nursing Department including Linda Lopez, Jamie Morris, and Shelley Parker Vaughn. Lopez obtained an M.S.N. and B.S.N. from the University of Phoenix, and a B.S. in Health Management from St. John’s McNamara School of Nursing in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her most recent experience is as the education co-coordinator at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford. She was also director of nursing at Safford Care Center, supervisor and staff nurse at Mt. Graham Community Hospital, was head nurse for ASARCO, Inc. in Hayden, and has taught in Eastern’s Nursing Assistant program.

Morris arrives at Eastern with a B.S.N. from Arizona State University and an A.A. in nursing from EAC. Her most recent experience is as a family planning registered nurse at Gila River Healthcare, and as a staff nurse at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa.

Vaughn is also an alumna of EAC and obtained her B.S.N. from Northern Arizona University. She brings with her experience as a registered nurse at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center and at Gila Health Resources in Morenci.

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