Cindy Seymour, biology instructor at Craven CC, received a Lifesaver Award on March 18 for her efforts in going above and beyond to make the activities completed in her classroom accessible for students with disabilities. Nearly all of her classes include a lab period in which experiments are performed. To complete these labs, the students often need to use a lab manual. Seymour noticed that the manual was not user friendly for every student, so she attempted to get an all-inclusive version that would be effective for every student from the publisher. She had no success, so she acted quickly to create a lab manual that could easily be used by everyone in the class and future classes.
During the process, Seymour collaborated with two other members of the Craven CC faculty: Jeff Brown, manufacturing technology/composites instructor, and Quent Lupton, biology instructor. Together, they were able to create 3-D printed models of the specimens students view through microscopes during their lab time. It proved to be beneficial for all students in the classroom as they not only get to see the specimens, but they get to feel them as well.
This award came as a surprise to Seymour, and she was honored to receive it for doing what she feels is just part of her job. Seymour stated that she was happy to share her Lifesavers candies with Brown and Lupton for all of their hard work in helping her make her classroom a more inclusive environment.
“I was not expecting to receive an award for this,” she said. “I just did what any other instructor on this campus would do if faced with a similar situation.”
The Lifesaver Award is given to Craven CC staff and faculty in recognition of a deed that goes above and beyond the normal duties of a job. The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) makes recommendations to the president and then presents each recipient with a jar of Lifesavers and a balloon.