Six from Victoria College selected for On Course Ambassadors of the Year award

Betty East

Betty East, Paul Janda, Gail Janecka, Bridgette Marshall, Jackie Mikesh and Ceci Oldmixon of Victoria College have been selected as recipients of the national On Course Ambassadors of the Year award for 2012.

On Course Ambassadors is a group of more than 1,600 dedicated college and university educators. Each has attended at least one multiday On Course professional development event and made a commitment to share with his or her colleagues and students what they learned. The group’s mission is to bring about significant improvements in student academic success and retention, and the selection committee has singled out Janecka, East, Janda, Marshall, Mikesh and Oldmixon for their efforts to achieve these goals.

East serves as VC’s tutoring coordinator, while Janda is assistant tutoring coordinator. Janecka is an Academic Foundations instructor and works with the student success program. Marshall is chair of the English Department and an assistant professor, while Mikesh is manager of the VC Gonzales Center. Oldmixon is the clinical director for the Respiratory Care Program.

Awards for this honor will be presented at the On Course Ambassadors' dinner on April 25 during the 8th annual On Course National Conference in Orange County, Calif. The Conference will be held April 25-27 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa.

Honorees have been invited to make a presentation to all attendees during the closing session of the conference. Some 500 educators from across the country are expected to attend the conference.

In addition to Victoria College faculty and staff recipients, VC student Freddie Davila has been invited to the conference to present his winning entry in the On Course Essay Contest for students.

On Course founder Dr. Skip Downing quoted Albert Einstein, who said, “Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living."

“I think he would agree that Gail, Betty, Paul, Bridgette, Jackie and Ceci are making their lives well worth living,” Downing said. “Congratulations on having such dedicated educators to serve your students.”

For more information about On Course Ambassadors, go to

Paul Janda

Gail Janecka

Bridgette Marshall

Jackie Mikesh

Ceci Oldmixon
Published: Thursday, 14 February 2013

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