Article by Wendy Goldstein
Prince William Sound Community College has been fortunate to employ many excellent instructors over the years. Two of these instructors are retiring this year, and their expertise and energy will be greatly missed.
Melodie Mackey, Professor of Humanities, is retiring from the University after 23 years. Melodie received her B.A. from Illinois Benedictine College in 1973 and her M.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hill, in 1998. She was instrumental in the development of PWSCC’s dual credit program with the Valdez High School.
Melodie has taught several classes, including Natives of Alaska, Comparative Religion, Western Civilization, English, Logic, and Introduction to Theatre. Past students have called Professor Mackey “one of those ‘change your life’ kind of teachers,” calling her teaching style, “tough but fair.”
Dr. Julie Fronzuto, Associate Professor of Biology, has been with PWSCC since January, 2007. She has a PhD in Zoology from Washington State University. During her stay at PWSCC, Julie revitalized the department of Natural Sciences. She worked closely with Virtual Worlds Designer, Don Bickley, creating virtual wet labs in Second Life. This cutting edge technology, which won the Distributed Learning category for the Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge, is a “hands on” lab environment where students can do a live lab together, regardless of physical location.
Julie has enjoyed teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Natural History of Alaska, Botany, Microbiology, and has especially enjoyed working with the pre-nursing students due to their enthusiasm. Of Dr. Julie students have said, “Dr. Julie goes out of her way to make sure that you get the most out of your laboratory time,” and “her enthusiasm for nature inspires me.”
The staff, faculty, and students of PWSCC wish Melodie and Julie well in their future endeavors.