New center at VC dedicated to faculty and staff development

Victoria College recently opened a new learning center dedicated to the professional development of its faculty and staff. The Betsy Wright Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE) is located in the former Building A that housed VC administration officials.

“CAPE’s mission will be to cultivate excellence in teaching and support services by providing faculty and staff with development opportunities and supports that foster student success,” said Dr. Tom Butler, Victoria College president. “CAPE is something we have been working on for a while, and it is closely tied to our proposed Quality Enhancement Plan.”

Babette Lowe, dean of Academic Foundations and Student Success, echoed Butler by saying CAPE hopes to enhance student engagement through professional development opportunities.

“We’re all about offering professional development,” Lowe said. “We’ve had a lot of people come through asking questions. Faculty members think this is a great place to come for professional development.”

Assisting Lowe at CAPE are Deb Butler, curriculum and instruction specialist; Liz Prickett, alternative media specialist; Alex Suchon, instructional technology specialist and Karen Duffie, administrative assistant.

The Center was named after Betsy Wright, a Victoria College graduate and longtime Texas educator. She taught school in Kemper City, Refugio and Galveston before joining VISD in 1978. She retired in 1988 and died in 2011.

In her will, she bequeathed half of her residual estate to Victoria College.  This bequest totaled $525,000.  This generous donation is supporting childcare assistance for college students’ children, scholarships, and development the CAPE.  In addition, an endowment will be established with the Victoria College Foundation.  Annual earnings from the endowment will support ongoing activities of the CAPE.

The building includes offices for staff, two conference/meeting rooms, a kitchen area and a soundproof room that faculty can use to record their lectures.

Taking part in ribbon cutting ceremonies for Victoria College’s Center for Academic & Professional Excellence are, from left: Liz Prickett, alternative media specialist; Ronald Walker, VC Board of Trustees chair; Deb Butler, curriculum and instruction specialist; Luis Guerra, VC Board of Trustees vice chair; Karen Duffie, administrative assistant; Randy Vivian, Victoria Chamber of Commerce president; Babette Lowe, VC dean of instruction; Dr. Tom Butler, VC president; Betsy Crane, Career, Health, & Technical Professions dean; Dr. Josie Rivera, VC Board of Trustees secretary; and Alex Suchon, instructional technology specialist

Published: Thursday, 22 August 2013

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