Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing, associate professor of art at Atlantic Cape Community College, received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award during the college’s May 18 commencement.
Michalenko, an award-winning artist, joined Atlantic Cape in 1976 as instructor of art and was later promoted to associate professor arts and humanities. Michalenko has made significant contributions to her department and the institution. She maintains the ceramics studio, is active on various college committees, assisted in the planning of the new art gallery and is a longtime adviser to the Student Art Club. She also made contributions to several program reviews for the Studio Arts option of the Liberal Arts Degree.
“I would like to thank the Lindback Foundation, Atlantic Cape Community College and all those involved in selecting me as the recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. I have been teaching for many years and always strive to do my best for Atlantic Cape students. It is truly an honor to be so recognized. I am fortunate to have a job that I love,” Michalenko remarked.
Michalenko holds a bachelor’s degree in crafts from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a master’s in ceramics from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia endows the award to outstanding teachers at select colleges and universities in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Atlantic Cape presents the Lindback award to teachers who have contributed significantly to the education of Atlantic Cape students. The honoree is a role model who demonstrates accessibility to students, high standards, openness to new ideas and practices new teaching methods.
Past honorees include: 2014, Dr. Martin “Marty” Marino; 2013, Amy Shelton; 2011, Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan; 2009, Donna Vassallo; 2008, Christina Cavage; 2007, Marilyn Malerba Keiner; 2006, Ethel “Effie” Russell; 2005, Dr. Louise Kaplan; 2004, Richard Benner; 2003, Donna Albano; and 2002, Regina Van Epps.