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Local instructors receive Kosa Merit Awards

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Kosa Merit Award recipient Mavis Williams receives her plaque and $300 stipend Wednesday from Steve Henderson, ENMU-R Foundation president, left; and Eric Gomez, ENMU-R Faculty Senate president. Edna Yokum, another award recipient, was unable to attend the Wednesday event. (Submitted Photo)

Two instructors at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell have been selected to receive 2018-19 Kosa Merit Awards from the ENMU-Roswell Foundation.

Respiratory Therapy program instructor Mavis Williams and Social Sciences Behavior instructor Edna Yokum were recognized during the Branch Community College Board meeting May 15.

Steve Henderson, ENMU-Roswell Foundation president, and Eric Gomez, Faculty Senate president, presented the award to Williams. Yokum was unable to attend the meeting.

Long before the current campus complex existed, William and Ethel Kosa contributed a gift of $31,000 to Roswell Community College. Their generosity eventually led to the establishment of the ENMU-Roswell Foundation, a source of scholarships and funds for students and faculty.

The Kosa Merit Award, instituted in 1970, recognizes two instructors each year for excellence in teaching and service to the institution. Chosen by their peers, the honorees receive an engraved plaque and a stipend of $300.

Williams worked as a respiratory therapist for more than 30 years before taking the job of director of clinical education in the Respiratory Therapy Program at ENMU-Roswell in July 2016. “I have achieved several degrees in which my master’s of analytical chemistry is my greatest accomplishment,” said Williams. “I hope that my presence in the Respiratory Therapy Program has made a difference in the lives of the students.”

Yokum moved to Roswell in 2016 from Tucson, Arizona, where she was pursuing her doctorate in American Indian Studies with a concentration in law and policy. She earned her Master of Arts in American Indian Studies with an emphasis in history and law from the University of California at Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts in political science and French, with an emphasis in American politics and a minor in American Indian Studies, from Chapman University. She successfully completed the ESCALA Education Inc. certificate in college teaching in 2017. On campus, she is a member of the Institutional Assessment Committee and the Program Review Committee.