TAE Prepares to Honor Favorite Instructors with Apple Awards

Voting for the Apple Awards is about to begin at Valley College, and professors wait eagerly.

By: Alexandra Avendano, Staff Writer


Valley College prepares to recognize instructors with this year’s Apple Awards by starting the voting process through the organization of the Tau Alpha Epsilon (TAE) honor society.

Every year, students are encouraged to cast their votes in the weeks leading up for their favorite professors on campus, and ultimately announcing the winners of the vote by holding a reception in their honor held at Monarch Hall. The date of the ceremony is to be announced.

Each student is allowed to vote for up to three different educators. Both part-time and full-time professors of the 30 departments present on campus are eligible to receive votes.

Three winners will be selected and receive a crystal apple, while each instructor nominated receives a certificate of appreciation.

“Its a tremendous honor to be recognized by TAE and the rest of the student body at LAVC,” said two time consecutive Apple Award redipent Zachary Knorr of the Philosophy Department. “I feel lucky to be able to work with such tremendous students and, to be honest, I think I learn more from them than they learn from me.”

The Apple Awards began approximately 12 years ago, as an effort to commend those instructors on campus who prove their dedication to their students, and celebrate their consistent hard work.

“We want teachers to know about the influence they have on their students,” TAE President Abraham Avila said. “It’s just something to let them know what they mean to us.”

On top of the Apple Award being distributed yearly, TAE also rewards specific instructors with the Zucker Award.

The Zucker Award, named after Dr. Alfred Zucker, the English department chair and the advisor for TAE, will be presented to those instructors who have been influential in supporting, promoting and assisting TAE.

Members of TAE will walk around campus, handing out ballots for all students to cast their vote.

“I never knew about the Apple Awards,” said business major Jonathon Lopez. “But I might have a couple of professors in mind to vote for, we will see.”

To vote, students are required to write their name and their Student ID number on the ballot. They are entitled to only one ballot, but are allowed to use their ballot to vote for the same professor two or three times.

Students are to include both the entire name of the professor and their subject to ensure the votes are being tallied for the right instructor.

Voting will continue once classes resume after Spring Break on April 14.

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