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Polk State College Foundation Announces 2010 Endowed Teaching Chairs

Thursday, April 1, 2010

John Anderson received the MIDFLORIDA Endowed Teaching Chair. John has been a full-time Coordinator of Music and Choral Director at Polk State College for the past five years. He has overseen major expansion of the department and was involved in the planning and design of a new, state-of-the-art Electronic Music Lab. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College, and his Master’s in Choral Literature and Conducting from the University of South Florida. In June he will complete his term as State Music Advisor for the Florida Community College Activities Association. He also serves as clinician and adjudicator for choirs and soloists throughout the state of Florida. His award money was spent on equipment to recreate in portable form the new Electronic Music Lab and a digital camera to take publicity shots of his choral groups.

Dr. Cynthia Freitag received the Attorney Endowed Teaching Chair. Cynthia has been a full-time science professor at Polk State College for 15 years, and presently serves as Departmental Coordinator for the Lakeland Science Department. She has served on many committees during her tenure, including serving as Faculty Senate president from 1999 to 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and earned her Master’s and Doctoral in Microbiology from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. She also has completed 18 hours of graduate-level nutrition classes and is now teaching both science and nutrition. She plans to use the Endowed Teaching Award to attend the May 2010 American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators in San Diego, California.

Laura Glidewell, RN received the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and Winter Haven Hospital Endowed Teaching Chair. Laura has been a professor at Polk State College for four years, and is the coordinator of the Advanced Medical Surgical and Critical Care course. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science Degree in Nursing with an emphasis on Nursing Education from the University of Central Florida. She has spoken at multiple national and international conferences and has received awards for Distinguished New Faculty, the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and received a grant from the National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing for continuation of her research on simulation and academic performance. Laura has used the Endowed Teaching Award to purchase two iPads, one for herself and one for her teaching partner on the Lakeland campus, to show her podcast videos to students in the lab and to use for reference material at clinical in the simulation lab.

Patricia Ann Sullivan received the Banking Endowed Faculty Chair. Trish is a tenured faculty member at Polk State College. She teaches Economics, American History and Government at the College’s Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School on the Winter Haven campus. Trish serves as the advisor to the Collegiate High School’s Student Government Association, Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors and oversees the Summer Reading Initiative, and was named Charter school Teacher of the Year in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at the College, Patricia was a successful small business owner operating a retail scrapbook and invitation store. Trish holds a bachelors degree in interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Florida Atlantic University and is a graduate student at Graceland University where she is seeking her Masters Degree in Education.