Local professor gets national award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An information technology professor from Georgia Gwinnett College was recently recognized at the national level for her work as a mentor and student organization adviser.

During a conference in San Antonio, Texas, the Association of Information Technology Professionals presented Lissa Pollacia with the 2012 Going the Extra Mile Award, an honor given annually to a faculty adviser who has worked hard to promote a student chapter of the AITP.

Several student members of the local chapter were in attendance at the conference to see Pollacia win the award.

In their nomination, Pollacia's colleagues praised her leadership style and mentorship of the students. The chapter started with only 10 members, but through Dr. Pollacia's leadership, the chapter grew to 35 members.

College President Daniel J. Kaufman said the professor should be proud.

"Dr. Pollacia's distinctive and significant honor is made more so by the fact that her drive to help students achieve success is at the heart of GGC's mission," Kaufman said. "To have leveraged opportunities for the student AITP chapter to inspire students to pursue internships, and even eventual employment, is an achievement of which we can be very proud."