Three Redlands Community College employees were honored by the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) for their outstanding contributions to the college. Todd Hobson was named Outstanding Faculty Member, while Tamie McCabe was recognized as Outstanding Professional Staff Member and Yesenia Mayorga was Outstanding Support Staff Member.
“We have an excellent team of faculty and staff at Redlands, and it’s an honor to recognize individuals each year who have exhibited such dedication to the students and the college,” said Jack Bryant, president of Redlands Community College. “It has been a very challenging year, and we appreciate their commitment to making a positive impact on our students’ college experience.”
Hobson joined Redlands in 2003 as a criminal justice instructor before becoming a professor and coordinator for the criminal justice program. In 2016, he was named department head of Safety and Behavioral Sciences, which has now expanded to include Business. As a member of the Distance Education Learning Team (DELT), Hobson has been instrumental in the introduction of Quality Matters training for all faculty and the consideration of Open Educational Resources (OER) for several disciplines. OER provides freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets, and due to his leadership, several courses in his department are utilizing free e-textbooks, saving students hundreds of dollars.
With more than 25 years of service, McCabe is a valuable member of the Redlands family, currently serving as coordinator of Assessment and Research and data analyst/technology specialist for the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) ANSC Part F grant. She joined the college in 1994 as a tutor with the Student Support Services grant program before becoming a basic skills specialist for the program. Eventually, she became the coordinator of assessment and research as well as a technology specialist and then a developmental math specialist for the NASNTI grant program.
Mayorga began working at Redlands last year, supporting the Chief Academic and Compliance Officer and the executive director of External Affairs. Her skills have been invaluable as she took up the challenges of the college’s transition to a new online textbook vendor and currently manages campus COVID-19 reporting. In her short time at the college, her contributions have had a significant impact on students and their success at Redlands.