McLennan Community College has selected five faculty and staff members as honorees for the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards, which recognize commitment to high performance and extraordinary service in higher education.

MCC’s honorees are Brenda Price, senior executive secretary of instruction; Herman Tucker, director of records and registration; Alisa Petree, professor of medical laboratory technology; Alexandra Shiu, associate professor of business and economics; and David Oualaalou, part-time professor of government.

Price holds an associate degree in legal secretarial training from MCC She has served on numerous committees at the school and is active in several community activities.

Tucker has been a member of the MCC staff for more than 30 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and physical education from Baylor University, and his master of education-counseling from Tarleton State University.

Petree received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University, and her ASCP certificate in medical technology from Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center before completing her master’s of health services management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and has served in many leadership capacities at MCC.

Shiu obtained her degrees from Baylor University, a bachelor and master’s of economics, as well as a Ph.D. in educational psychology. She has numerous academic and professional honors and awards, her latest as a member of the Leadership Waco class for 2014-15.

Oualaalou earned his bachelor’s degree at Millersville University, his master’s at St. Mary’s University and went on to earn his Ph.D. at Walden University. He has written numerous books, including his most recent, “The Ambiguous Foreign Policy of the United States Toward the Muslim World: More Than a Handshake,” and is writing another book to be released in July.

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