Lamberty named Lavon Brosseau Endowed Chair

18 November 2015
Tasha Riggins
Lamberty named Lavon Brosseau Endowed Chair

(Photo credit Jenny Acree) The first Lavon Brosseau Endowed Chair was announced at last night’s Cloud County Community College board of trustees meeting.

The first Lavon Brosseau Endowed Chair was announced at last night’s Cloud County Community College board of trustees meeting. Cindy Lamberty is a chemistry instructor on the Geary County campus and will facilitate an honors program at Cloud as the endowed chair.

“Cindy continues to be at the forefront of teaching and trying new things with students,” said college President Danette Toone. “Her application really spoke to her background and her commitment to helping students succeed.”

The Endowed Chair was established in May 2015 with a gift from former CCCC instructor Lavon Brosseau, who spent 29 years in the teaching field. She taught in public schools in Atwood, Concordia and Coffeyville, as well as nine years teaching at Cloud.

Lamberty received a bachelor of arts in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 1988. Her graduate studies took her to Louisiana State-University, and she began her teaching career at Nicholls State University in 1994. She spent 16 years there before joining the Cloud team in August 2010 as the first full-time chemistry instructor at the Geary County campus. She formally completed a master of science in Physical Science with a concentration in chemistry in December 2014.

“I believe my 20-plus years teaching and serving in higher education can be shared with others,” Lamberty said as to why she applied for the endowed chair. “I enjoy working with students as well as faculty. In this role, I will be able to facilitate in a more formal way the mentoring that happens between students and faculty.”

As the first ever endowed chair at Cloud, Lamberty will oversee the implementation of the Global Scholars Institute, an honors program for students. She will be responsible for recruiting students to the program, mentoring, planning events and activities, as well as planning an annual Honors Symposium. 

Lamberty said her goals are to identify and connect with current and incoming students to recruit for the program, as well as to work with faculty to develop and teach special honors sections of their courses. The honors courses will be part of the college’s general education requirements, so students will not have to take extra classes. 

“The special honors sections and the contract option will allow a student to delve more deeply into the subject matter of the course they are taking,” Lamberty said. “This is not simply where they have to write an extra paper or do an extra set of problems; it is to explore some of the many levels of a concept and view them with a critical eye.”

Toone said the goal of the honors program will be to attract high academically qualified students to Cloud. Initial plans are to gear the program toward Phi Theta Kappa students, who, Toone said, are already in high academic standing. 

In addition, the honors program will be structured in such a way so that students will be able to continue in an honors program at a four-year university. 

At one of the few endowed chairs at a community college in the state of Kansas, Lamberty said she is excited to get to work on the honors program.

“I love to learn for the sake of learning, and never seem to have enough time to read and research in areas outside of chemistry and teaching,” she said. “I am excited that this position allows me to oversee several projects at once, and I know I will learn much along the way.”

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