Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Distance Learning Conference Awards Staff Members, College

KINGSVILLE - May 07, 2014

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or

Two staff members in Distance Learning and Instructional Technology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as well as the university’s College of Education and Human Performance, were recognized at the annual conference of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA). 

Rolando R. Garza, Instructional Designer II, received the award for Outstanding Commitment to Excellence in Innovation in Distance Learning for an Individual. The College of Education and Human Performance won the same award in the Four-Year Higher Education category. 

This award is for the person, institution or corporation who has done the most to benefit and advance the applied practice of distance learning, in the opinion of TxDLA members, during the past year. For example, an innovative teacher who has passed knowledge and skills on to other teachers in the field or the most innovative solution to applied problems developed within an educational institution or private corporation. 

Michelle Durán, Director of Distance Learning and current TxDLA President, received the Don Foshee Award for Outstanding TxDLA Leadership. 

This award, named in honor of founding member and original TxDLA president Don Foshee, goes to a TxDLA board member, officer or committee chair who has shown a strong personal commitment, given generously of their time and provided vigorous support for other TxDLA members to become leaders in the Association. 

About the Texas Distance Learning Association

TxDLA is the leading Texas membership association for distance learning professionals. Its members represent public and private education institutions at all levels as well as corporate training professionals and distance learning equipment and content providers. All TxDLA members have a strong interest in keeping abreast of the ideas, technologies, and content that will help them develop and maintain leading-edge distance learning programs and products.  

The impetus for forming the Association, according to late Founding President, Mr. Don Foshee of Innovative Interactions, Inc., was to "provide an accessible clearinghouse of useful information that is non-biased, timely and transcends the special interests that provide only fragmented pieces of the big picture."  

Key leaders in Texas from primary and secondary public schools, community colleges, higher education institutions, state government, major corporations, the military, and the telecommunications industry worked towards formation of the TxDLA, which was established in 1996 as a not-for-profit professional association affiliated with the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA). 

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