College to honor Cebuana educator-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected alumna Apagita “Ging” Palma-Smith as one of six alumni honorees who will receive a 2013 Distinguished Alumni, Faculty,and Staff Award. The awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding individuals in each category.
Dean Christopher McCord will present the awards on Oct. 11 at a reception dinner and program to be held in Altgeld Auditorium on NIU’s DeKalb campus.
In making the award, the college cited Smith’s many decades of distinguished service to her students, her colleagues and her community. Leading by example, she has made a lasting impact on the economic, educational, and social well-being of her community.
Whether illuminating a concept for students in her journalism classes, leading fundraising efforts, or mentoring hundreds of individuals along their own paths to success, Smith has dedicated her life to giving back.
A Cebuana, Smith earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and education from the University of San Jose-Recoletos and a master’s degree in English from the University of San Carlos. She came to NIU in 1972 as a Fulbright Scholar, completing her master’s degree in Journalism in 1973 and earning a certificate from Harvard University’s management development program in 1998. She spent over two decades as a journalism and technical writing professor at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., serving as head of the department and then dean of Development and College Relations for the last eight years of her career.
Upon retirement, she joined the NIU Foundation as a major gift officer, raising “friends” and funds for the NIU Libraries. Over the years, she has held leadership roles and been involved with many key community groups, including the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Family Service Agency, Hope Haven and Kishwaukee Symphony, Main Street DeKalb, among others.
She has received many awards and accolades for her service, including the NIU
Journalism Alumni Award, the DeKalb Rotary Club’s James Forster Community Service Award, the Salute to Heroes Award and Kishwaukee College’s Award of Excellence. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 07, 2013.