Friday, January 27, 2017

CVTC Honors Part-Time Instructor

Stephanie Vobornik receives Kohler Award

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Kohler Award winner Stephanie Vobornik, right, is pictured with Paul and Karen Kohler, who founded the award for part-time faculty.

A reputation for always putting her student’s needs first, maintaining a positive attitude and being engaged with Chippewa Valley Technical College initiatives has earned an instructor a major teaching award.

Stephanie Vobornik, an e-learning specialist and former business technology instructor for CVTC’s Business & Industry Services, was honored with the Paul and Karen Kohler Adjunct Instructor Excellence Award at the start of the Spring 2017 semester at CVTC. Adjunct instructors are not full-time faculty members, but qualified instructors who teach classes in their fields on a part-time basis.

“I take time to see every student as an individual, each with his or her own story and experiences, goals and aspirations,” Vobornik said. “I challenge my students to learn and grow by cultivating discussions in the classroom that allow individuals to draw on their life experiences and share them and by challenging them to think about how what they are learning could help them in the future.”

Ashley Tyykila, a student who nominated Vobornik for the award, said she knew Vobornik was in the Learning Lab on Tuesdays and sought her out. “She makes a point to come up to me and see how I am doing with my homework,” Tyykila said. “When I struggle, she will sit down with me and help me get through my computer assignments. I am truly grateful that she is there to help.”

“Stephanie’s positive and approachable demeanor has been an asset in recruiting and retaining students in the Academic Services Lab,” said Jennifer Anderegg, CVTC dean of academic development and services. “And as a result of her collaboration with many CVTC departments within all divisions, she always has a pulse on emerging needs within the College.”

In 2012, Vobornik earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Lakeland College, and a master certificate in e-Learning and Online Teaching and a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education from UW-Stout. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor for Literacy Chippewa Valley and Lakeland College.

The Kohler Awards, which come with a $1,500 stipend, were established through the CVTC Foundation by Paul and Karen Kohler. Karen taught as an adjunct instructor at CVTC for many years before becoming a full-time English and Communications instructor. Paul is president and CEO of Charter Bank in Eau Claire.