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SCC instructor receives 2017 NCCA, ACCT Regional Faculty Award

Dan Fogell teaches Science at SCC's Lincoln Campus.

Competing against faculty members from four other Nebraska community colleges, Southeast Community College’s Dan Fogell was selected to receive the Nebraska Community College Association Faculty Member Award & Association of Community College Trustees Regional Faculty Member Award presented Monday night during a ceremony in McCook.

Fogell is a science instructor at SCC.

“I am humbled and undeserving,” Fogell said. “This is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s amazing enough that I get paid to do this, because I enjoy every minute of it. But to be recognized by peers, colleagues and other educators as an outstanding instructor, I am honestly speechless.”

Fogell has taught at SCC for 13 years. Originally from Rhode Island, he was in the Air Force and ended up at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. He finished college at the University of Nebraska Omaha with primary focuses of herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles) and biology.

His favorite part about teaching is the students.

“The most exciting time of the academic year is the first day of classes each quarter when I get to meet a new batch of learners,” he said. “SCC students are a diverse group of all ages, creeds and nationalities, and they all have a story to tell about why they’re here. I love listening to them.”

Fogell has many ideas he would like to implement at SCC, including adding relevant transfer classes to the science curriculum and offering more online biology courses for distance learners.

He also would like to offer students more opportunities to conduct science research projects.

Each year the NCCA seeks nominations for a variety of state awards. Winners of those awards are eligible for ACCT’s regional awards.


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