Dr. Jerome Garrison Receives Distinguished Faculty Award
At the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 98th Annual Convention, Dr. Jerome Garrison received the 2018 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award. This award honors individuals making a difference in the classroom by demonstrating a passion for students; being willing to support students, inside and outside of the classroom; participating in college committees, and going above and beyond what is required to ensure students are successful in their academic endeavors.
Dr. Garrison has been a faculty member at South Mountain Community College for over 35 years. In addition to his many years of excellent teaching and dedicated leadership as Division Chair of the Communication, Fine Arts & Social Sciences (CFASS) Division, Dr. Garrison is known for initiating two key programs: the annual production of the Messiah and the Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success (STARS) scholarship program. The 30th annual performance of the Messiah took place in December 2017 and featured a community chorus and orchestra, many of which have participated in the annual performance over the last 30 years. To date, Dr. Garrison has helped raise over $300,000 to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at South Mountain Community College for the SMCC STARS Foundation Scholarship.