Luz Viminda Shin wins the Zucker Award at the Apple Award ceremony in Monarch Hall.
By Paul Frumkin, Staff Writer
The event was held in Monarch Hall on May 19 where tables and chairs were set up to accommodate 200 guests and 44 nominees. Child development Professor Elmida Baghdaserians, dance and yoga Professor Kiha Lee and math Professor Glen Paget were presented with the top award, a crystal apple.
TAE asked Valley students to provide the names of their three favorite professors. The three most popular professors received the crystal awards and all of the nominees were given certificates. The ceremony started with a short introduction by TAE’s President and Vice President, Abraham Avila and Anush Hambartsumyan. Students who recommended that the professors be nominated presented the awards to their professors after a speech, followed by the short speech by the recipient.
“I once recall when she (Professor Lee) told my son, ‘Your mom is a beautiful dancer,’” said Noelle Anderssen, the dance major who presented Lee with the award. “Those words fell hard on my heart and smoothed my soul and saved me.”
In his speech, Professor Paget mentioned that he is starting the Glen Paget Math Teacher Scholarship, a scholarship for aspiring math professors.
“I remember when I was a student here,” Paget said. “I always wanted to be a math teacher, even before coming to Valley College. I would have loved to have been recognized for my efforts to be a teacher. Everything I did pointed me in the direction of teaching, and now, I want to encourage students who have the same feelings that I had.”
The ceremony ended with a brief closing speech by Hambartsumyan and Avila. “Here’s to you,” said Hambartsumyan and bit an apple.