It is with great pleasure that we nominate Applied Technology faculty members Cheryl Francis Nurse and Nick Palazzo for the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.
The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award celebrates the outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff in various areas over the course of their careers.
Nick Palazzo has been a full-time faculty member at Humber College within the School of Applied Technology since July of 2012 as an Electrical Apprenticeship Instructor. In July of 2016, he was promoted to Program Coordinator of the Electrical Apprenticeship Program. During this time, he has been an active participant in many initiatives within the School of Applied Technology by constantly looking to advance the coursework, program, and school as a whole.
He is constantly looking for ways for the programs within the School of Applied Technology to grow. His innovative ideas and initiatives include the planning to implement video message boards at The Centre for Trades and Technology that will allow for better student engagement across all programs. These boards will provide messages and important information to be displayed for students on campus. He is also working on updating the Electrical Apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification preparatory course to allow it to be more comprehensive and engaging with students. By providing students with an interactive voting system to answer test questions in real time, he is preparing his students to work through their answers with their classmates and develop a better understanding of the course material.
Nick has been and continues to be heavily involved in the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition held each year in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. He is largely responsible for the wide success of many Humber College competitors at this event who have placed provincially at Skills Ontario and have gone on to compete in National Skills Canada competitions. His efforts of mentoring students and leading other faculty members on this journey have not gone unnoticed. His contribution to this initiative has allowed Humber College to take home Gold medals in multiple competitions as well as first place in the Career Exploration Showcase. Nick’s commitment to increasing excitement, knowledge and initiative within prospective students has allowed Humber College to excel over the years in its involvement in Skills Ontario.
He also offers his time and expertise with new full-time faculty hires within the Electrical department. He has gone on to be the mentor for new members of the College to ensure they are given the best learning experience possible. His colleagues can confirm the fact that his main goal is to improve student experience by bettering faculty involvement and in turn, allowing for growth and success for the School of Applied Technology as a whole.
His students can attest to what has been known by his colleagues for many years. His innovative teaching methods have helped to mold the lives and careers of Electrical Apprentices and Journeymen for many years. He is always available to offer a helping hand, assist in extra-curricular events in and outside of the school, and share his positive attitude with everyone he encounters. It is this enthusiasm and dedication to his fellow faculty members, students and the school as a whole that prove Nick Palazzo is very deserving of this prestigious award.
Cheryl Francis Nurse has been a model Program Coordinator for the Project Management Post Graduate Certificate. The Project Management roundtable event was an example of industry connections and networking opportunities made available to students. She organized meet and greets with students to transition them to Canadian and Humber's culture given that the program has a large population of international students.
She also championed the Public Sector Project Management Forum, hosted by Humber's School of Applied Technology.
Cheryl was part of the integral faculty team member providing support and mentorship to the interdisciplinary project teams working on real-world projects, including the LRC Link and Passive House.
She currently sits on the Public Sector Project Management Forum Steering Committee. During her tenure as Program Coordinator the program has increased in enrolment by approximately 30% while maintaining program quality as evidence by strong KPIs. She was instrumental in introducing program electives and core curriculum to ensure the program met PMI talent triangle requirements and remained accredited as a registered education provider. She also introduced an innovative hybrid model for teaching PMPG 5000 principles of project management while utilizing the Humber Hives to enhance student learning.
Cheryl is a passionate and dedicated faculty member who works well with the faculty, staff and administration team to ensure program quality and positive learning experience for students.