Delaware Tech to honor distinguished alumni

GEORGETOWN – Denise Showell of Millsboro and April Cleveland of Georgetown have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The award is presented each year to alumni in recognition of excellence and outstanding achievements in their professional careers.

Their names will also be added to the College’s Walk of Success, which recognizes Owens Campus graduates who have made significant contributions to their communities through their academic and career achievements, community service, and personal accomplishments. Bronze plaques bearing each graduate’s name, date of graduation, and date of induction are placed in the walkway between the Stephen J. Betze Library and the William A. Carter Partnership Center.

Denise Showell

Denise Showell

Ms. Showell graduated in 1986 with an executive secretarial degree, including diplomas in clerical studies, stenographic studies, and word processing studies. She is currently the administrative assistant to the director of engineering and environmental services at Mountaire Farms in Millsboro.

Upon graduation, Ms. Showell began working as a secretary for the plant manager at the Perdue processing plant in Georgetown. After less than a year she became the human resource manager’s secretary at Perdue’s Salisbury location.

In 1988, Ms. Showell began working as the administrative assistant to the executive director and board of directors at the Deaf Independent Living Association in Salisbury. During this time she also worked as a continuing education instructor for Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. She taught typing courses, including speed building, timings, letters, manuscripts, labels, and business forms. She worked for the Deaf Independent Living Association for nearly 10 years before taking her current position at Mountaire.

Showell has continued to give back to Delaware Tech by encouraging office administration technology (OAT) students to apply for the national International Association of Administrative Professionals scholarship, collaborating with the OAT department to have students visit the local IAAP recruitment dinner, and participating as a guest speaker in OAT classes and as a guest interviewer to help students prepare for job interviews.

Professionally, Ms. Showell is a member of the Small Wonder Chapter of the IAAP for which she has served as board president, vice president, committee chair, and treasurer, was named honorable mention for Member of the Year, and received certificates of achievement for recruiting new members, serving as a Member of the Education/Program Committee, and serving as a Member of the Year Committee. Ms. Showell also received the Torch Award for demonstrating sincerity in efforts to grow the local division and help members get the most value out of their IAAP membership. Additionally, she was the chairperson or co-chairperson of eight different Small Wonder Chapter IAAP committees.

Ms. Cleveland graduated in 1987 with a medical laboratory technology degree. She currently works as a trainer/educator in the Public Health Labs in Smyrna for the State of Delaware.

April Cleveland

April Cleveland

After graduation, Ms. Cleveland continued her education at Salisbury University, where she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Secondary Education (grades 7-12). She received her Master of Instruction in Instructional Technology from the University of Delaware in 1997, and her Ph.D. in Science Education and Technology, College Level from North Carolina State University in 2001.

For the last five years, Ms. Cleveland has not only been a trainer/educator for the State of Delaware, but also an online facilitator for eLearning Delaware: Department of Education. Her responsibilities in both jobs include conducting workshops and training public health employees, as well as the general public. She has also participated in outreach to the public through health fairs, used computer programs to enhance outreach efforts, and used numerous web sites and video to enhance training and outreach.

Ms. Cleveland has also given back to Delaware Tech by helping to inspire and encourage medical laboratory students and graduates. She worked as an instructor for a little over two years, where she taught Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and was a lab instructor for Biology 150. Her additional teaching credits include being an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, where she taught two-week summer courses that focused on the use of technology to support and enhance curriculum in grades K-12, and an instructor at Wilmington University, where she taught non-credit technology related courses.

The Distinguished Alumni celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner in the dining hall of the Student Services Center, followed by the ceremony at 6:45 p.m.

The cost to attend is $25 per person.

To make reservations, call Jackie Berger at 302-259-6090 by Sept. 18.

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