ACC Endowed Teaching Chair Award announced

Courtesy Photo Alpena Community College biology instructor Deborah Hautau, left, displays her recently presented ACC Endowed Teaching Chair Award. Pictured with her are John Pfeiffenberger and ACC Foundation Executive Director Penny Boldrey.

Deborah Hautau, a biology instructor at Alpena Community College, was presented with the 20017/-18 Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Award at ACC’s annual staff recognition dinner held on May 12.

The late Lucas E. and Janet G. Pfeiffenberger established the Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Fund in 2005 with the creation of an endowment fund with the ACC Foundation.

Their immense generosity provides a $5,000 annual award to a faculty member who has been selected by the Endowed Teaching Chair Selection Committee.

The Endowed Teaching Chair program recognizes and promotes academic excellence at ACC. The program honors noteworthy faculty members and provides resources for improving instruction, academic programs and professional development.

Hautau will use the monetary award to offer a workshop through the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District for local area elementary school teachers. She also plans to create an Elementary Science Olympiad tournament in Northeast Michigan. In addition, she will enhance the Science Fun Day for Scouts program that she founded five years ago.

A 23-year member of ACC’s faculty, Hautau has taught a variety of biology courses and numerous times she has led field biology courses on Beaver Island and in Costa Rica. For 23 years Hautau has been the Science Olympiad event supervisor and for 22 years she has been the co-director of the tournament.

Hautau has served as a local Girl Scout leader for the past 10 years and is a science mentor for the Alpena Area Girl Scout Service Unit. She is also a board member for the RedSky Raptor Center.

For more information on how to establish an endowed teaching chair fund with the ACC Foundation, call Penny Boldrey, executive director of the ACC Foundation, at 358-7297.