February Faculty Award Presented to Mahoney

Published: February 6, 2015

Michelle Mahoney has been selected College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Faculty of Distinction for the month of February. 

Mahoney is being recognized for leaving a wonderful legacy of serving in an atmosphere of caring as well as learning.

She is known to go above and beyond the call of duty, always with a great attitude and concern for her peers and students. Mahoney has worked with local media, including television stations KIVI (channel 6) and KTVB (channel 7) and The Boise Weekly, assisting students in acquiring part-time work while attending CWI. She has also worked diligently with the CWI Media Club, which has assisted in projects for the CWI Marketing Department as well as providing footage of the college, shots of faculty teaching, as well as student and faculty interviews that were shown at the SSPA recruitment and advising night. She has also worked with students to produce videos for various departments to place on "YouTube" for perspective students to check out CWI and obtain further information.

Mahoney has taken on the role of coordinating internships for the Philosophy and Communication Department and has created over 20 new relationships with organizations in the Treasure Valley who are supervising CWI students in these experiences. She has also created an inviting environment with Randy Reese at their Ada County Campus office, where students hang out, hold discussions, and produce and edit video. It has a great collegiate atmosphere and students constantly express the tremendous impact she is having in their lives.  

Mahoney has also logged hundreds of hours helping community groups who support underprivileged women and children. She was previously a Canyon County Alternative High School teacher. She continues to support these schools with speech and communication resources and this spring is concurrently teaching a dual credit online course for an alternative high school that lost funding for their speech teacher.  In addition to traveling with the speech and debate team to meet their judging commitment, which was not a part of her expected duties, she also judged the High School Broadcast competition for Future Business Leaders of America in Ada County.

She is a tremendous example for others with her positive attitude, hard work, sensibility, timeliness, accountability, and the contributions that she is making on our behalf within the college and with the community. Way to go Michelle!

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