Golden Apple Award Winners Fall 2020

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year college students. Students who qualify are invited to become members and participate with in our induction ceremony each year.  During the induction, each inductee may choose to nominate a staff or faculty member for a Golden Apple Award. Not every student elects to honor an individual, but all Golden Apple Award winners have played an instrumental role in promoting the student’s academic success, helping them to become a Phi Theta Kappa member.

Golden Apple Award Winners

Austin Allman

Austin is an Information Systems Technology Careers Instructor at Dakota County Technical College. Read what our students had to say about him and why he deserves this award:

"I've known Austin for more than a year now. If I am asked, I would say he is the best teacher I have come to know in DCTC, especially in the IT department. He is very caring and humble at the same time. He inspires and understands students at a very personal level. I would also like see myself have all the programming skills he has. "
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Nathan Blommel

Nate is an Information Systems Technology Instructor at Dakota County Technical College. Read what our students had to say about him and why he deserves this award:

"Outstanding instructor who cares about the students he teaches, he cares what and how students are learning and understanding the material. He has a passion that shines through in his teaching "
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Paul Cero

Paul is an Instructor who has attended the disaster relief service trip with students for many years. An Inver Hills student who was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in the fall semester of 2020 nominated Paul for this award.

Scott Gunderson

Scott is a Business Management Instructor at Dakota County Technical College, and a Phit Theta Kappa Advisor. Read what our students had to say about him and why he deserves this award:

I tried to choose one of them but I can’t, I am sorry about that. Since I started class they are working on me. English is my second language, and it was hard to understand my accent, but I had big desire to learn. First I registered to certificate class, but right now I almost completed diploma, and I am working to transfer for BA degree. When I didn’t believed on myself they believed on me, and they changed me. Generally I encouraged and helped by Dr Harold and Scott.
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Lauren Johnson

Lauren is a faculty member in the mathematics department at Inver Hills Community College. She has been awarded the Golden Apple Award for her work with students.

Jim Leslie

Jim is  is a Math Instructor at Inver Hills Community College. Read what our students had to say about why he deserves this award:

"For assistance and understanding following after a medical issue impacted me during my first year, and for an excellent transition to online classes during the spring semester of 2020."
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Shayla Loree

Shayla is an English Instructor at Dakota County Technical College. Read what our students had to say about why Shayla deserves this award:

(They) have been so helpful to me, they have worked me through little steps whenever I have a challenge until I figure out the technicalities of the issue.
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Patrice Nadeau

Patrice is a Medical Assistant Instructor at Dakota County Technical College. The student who nominated her gave the following description of why Patrice is deserving of this award.

"Patrice cares deeply for each one of her students. She provides them with the tools to succeed in her class and if you need help she will answer as many emails as you send her, even on the weekend. She is the best professor I have had in my college career."
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Marie Saunders

Marie is a Accounting Instructor at Dakota County Technical College. Read what our students had to say about him and why Marie deserves this award:

(They) have been so helpful to me, they have worked me through little steps whenever I have a challenge until I figure out the technicalities of the issue.
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Harold Torrence

Harold is a Business Management Instructor at Dakota County Technical College. Read what our students had to say about him and why he deserves this award:

I would like to nominate Mr. Harold Torrence because when I first came to DCTC, I didn't speak fluently English (I am still struggling but I improved a lot), it was Mr. Torrence my advisor and he was the one who advised me to enroll in my major. He helped me a lot in building my self-confidence by encouraging me all the way. I remember at the beginning of my first semester I was so afraid that I won't make it because of the language barrier and I shared my concerns with him. He told me his own history and made me believe in myself telling me that I can do it. It changes everything and I will be forever grateful for his help.
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020
I tried to choose one of them but I can’t, I am sorry about that. Since I started class they are working on me. English is my second language, and it was hard to understand my accent, but I had big desire to learn. First I registered to certificate class, but right now I almost completed diploma, and I am working to transfer for BA degree. When I didn’t believed on myself they believed on me, and they changed me. Generally I encouraged and helped by Dr Harold and Scott.
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

MIlissa Troen

Milissa is a counselor at Inver Hills Community College. She was nominated twice for a Golden Apple Award this semester. Read what our students had to say about her below.

"As my first instructor at Inver Hills Ms. Troen believed in me when I was unsure of myself. She encouraged me to sign up for more credits than I thought I could handle. She expressed the value of getting involved in clubs and activities and Phi Theta Kappa. Now I am the Legislative Director for Student Senate. Last spring I took a Service trip to Camp Restore in Detroit with the VIBE Club to do Asset Based Community Service. I am on the Bees Knees committee, advocating for pollinators. Ms. Troen helped me step outside of my comfort zone while gauging my interest in pursuit of a major that will uniquely fit me. She has also been there when I had struggles and continues to support me in my academic planning and progress. "
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020
"I had Milissa as an instructor my first semester as an official college student. I enjoyed having her as my instructor so much that I continued to see her for counseling services whenever, whenever I needed to make changes to my academic planning. She has been extremely helpful in my time at Inver, helping me in my decision of what to major in. I had a lot of confusion at first, about why I should be doing social work when my end goal was psychology, but she helped me to understand that. She has always pushed me to do my best and encouraged me when I thought I wasn't going to succeed. She always knew I would get the grade I wanted, but still told me that it was OK if I didn't. She has not only been an awesome help academically, but emotionally. She has been there for me in times when I was really struggling and told me it was OK to take breaks and ask for help. She is someone who didn't just treat her job like a job. She has been compassionate, caring, and understanding. Thank you Milissa! I appreciate everything you have done to help me and I'm so glad you were here to get me this far. You never gave up hope on me, even when I gave up hope on myself."
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Colin Underwood

Colin is an EMS instructor at Inver Hills Community College. Read the reasons why Colin was nominated below.

"Colin is someone that has definitely pushed me to continue my education in EMS, and has also increased my passion for this career field greatly. He continues to work hard and make sure that every one of his students gets the education that they deserve."
Phi Theta Kappa Inductee
Fall 2020

Join Us at Induction
October 22, 3 pm on Zoom

 Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College are hosting a joint Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony to honor the achievements of students and Golden Apple Winners. All are welcome to attend.

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Questions?

Contact our advisors at either campus

DCTC

  • Scott Gunderson, scott.gunderson@dctc.edu
  • Katherine Zweber, katherine.zweber@dctc.edu

Inver Hills

  • Vicky Knickerbocker, vknickerbocker@inverhills.edu 
  • Nichelle Bottko Woods nbottkowoods@inverhills.edu