Chris Vellella Named Shawnee ICCTA Faculty Member of the Year
Shawnee Community College math instructor Chris Vellella of Tamms has been selected as the SCC faculty nominee for the 2013 ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. Vellella graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in May 1989. Before coming to Shawnee Community College, Vellella worked as a Civil Engineer for Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc., where he worked on airport design and construction. He has used his civil engineering skills to work on various design and construction projects such as: the Clark Mississippi River Crossing, Cable-Stayed Bridge, as well as projects at the Greater Rockford International Airport. During his time in Rockford, Vellella became a Licensed Professional Engineer, which led him to Southern Illinois. In 1996 he worked for Construction Management Services on the Locks and Dam project in Olmsted, on the Ohio River.
In January of 1998, Vellella enrolled in COM 111 at SCC to improve his computer skills as needed in the Engineering profession. Vellella resigned from CMT and enrolled in graduate school in the Mathematics department at SIU-Carbondale. He earned a Master of Science in Mathematics in August 2000, and accepted a full time position at Shawnee Community College as a Mathematics instructor.
Vellella has been teaching full time at SCC for 13 years. He teaches the Calculus series and Differential Equations. He also teaches 2 Pre-Engineering courses (Engineering Statics, and Engineering Dynamics) as well as a few other math courses to round out his normal schedule. During his time at SCC, he has served his fellow faculty as Treasurer of the Shawnee College Education Association 2002-2006, and as President 2010-2012.
Vellella has been involved in his community in several distinct ways. He has served his church as preschool children's ministry teacher for the past 11 years. He has also mowed and maintained a local cemetery, on a volunteer basis, for several years. He has participated in 18 Shawnee Community College musical productions. These community activities have served as a bridge for the community and the college.