The Michigan American Council on Education Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education recently presented Deborah Hautau, a biology instructor at Alpena Community College, with its Distinguished Woman Leader award.
Hautau received this prestigious award May 22 during a luncheon at the annual Michigan ACE Network conference, which was held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
Since the inception of this award in 2001, the Michigan ACE Network has honored women in higher education who have provided outstanding leadership to women in their institution, profession and society-at-large, and whose work goes beyond their formal job responsibilities.
Shown attending the Michigan ACE Women’s Network luncheon are Alpena Community College President Dr. Olin Joynton, with award recipient Deborah Hautau and husband, Mark Milostan, and their children, Megan and Matthew.
Hautau has been a full-time faculty member at ACC since 1993, and during her first 12 years she was the only female in the Math and Science Department. During her tenure at ACC, Hautau has taught biology, botany, zoology, anatomy, field biology, ecology, field botany and microbiology labs. In addition, she has led field biology courses on Beaver Island and in Costa Rica.
Hautau has also taught summer programs for local educators, participated in ACC's College Day for Women and conducted classes for the Master Gardener program and ACC's Lifelong Learners. She has been associated with Science Olympiad for 18 years and for 16 years has served as its co-director.
Hautau has served on the Emphasis on Learning Committee, Academic Standards, Faculty Council Executive Council and the Endowed Teaching Chair Committee. In 2011, she received the 2011 Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Award.
For the past 19 years, Hautau has served as a role model not only for her students, but also in the community where she is quite active in Girl Scouts. She serves on the Alpena Area Girl Scout Service Unit team, as a unit leader at Girl Scout summer camps, and leader and co-leader for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes.
In addition, she is the local "science expert" for the Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Initiative and conducted a Girl Scout Science Fun Day at ACC on Feb. 11.
In 1985, Hautau earned an Associate of Science in Math and Science from Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1987 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition, she earned as Master of Arts in Biology from Wayne State University in Detroit.