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For release: May 25, 1999

By the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
Edwina Stoll of De Anza College Honored for Distinguished Teaching

     Edwina Stoll of Sunnyvale, a De Anza College speech communication instructor, was named the recipient of the 1999 Distinguished Professional Service Award in early May by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The organization promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

     Stoll was honored at the Chi (California) State Convention, held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, for her distinguished career. Upon receiving the award, Stoll said, "Those of us in the teaching profession need to show the value and rewards of what we do by mentoring prospective and new teachers. In addition, I think we should talk about our profession with our students, answer their questions, and explain why it's important to us."

     Her career highlights include:

      a De Anza faculty member since 1986 and a department chair for eight years;

      the first coordinator of De Anza's Interdisciplinary Studies Program, a campus- wide initiative in which faculty combine curriculum to help students make connections between the courses and their life experiences;

      the co-author of a textbook entitled "Communication Skills for Collaborative Learning" which is currently used in several colleges and universities;

      the chair of a campus team which participates in the Washington Center Learning Communities Dissemination Program, a three-year project made up of 21 two- and four-year colleges;

      the president of the California Speech Communication Association comprised of 100 educators representing kindergarten through university;

      and the recipient of numerous other awards, most recently the 1999 Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

     Stoll earned her B.A. from Linfield College, her M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.