MCC Professor Named Best.Teacher.Ever!

MCC Professor Named Best.Teacher. Ever!

Manchester, Connecticut-(July 19, 2011). . . Dr. Negussie Tirfessa, Professor of Physics at Manchester Community College, was recently named the winner of the Best.Teacher.Ever! contest. The contest was sponsored by ITVS, an affiliate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. After narrowing the field to five finalists, ITVS opened up the voting on their website, Beyond the Box. Dr. Tirfessa was nominated by his student Cordelia Corbett.

Dr. Tirfessa was born in Ethiopia and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physics at Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He taught physics at the same university for six years and came to the United States to study at Ohio State University. In 2001 Dr. Tirfessa was awarded a Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics and joined the faculty at Manchester Community College in 2002. He lives in Manchester with his family.

In response to a question about his passion for Physics, Dr. Tirfessa said “I am passionate about everything physics. Physics helps address the’ why’ questions about our everyday life phenomena and our universe. There are many physics principles at work behind all of our technological advances …I am passionate about sharing my excitement for physics with students.” In the spring of 2011, Dr. Tirfessa and four other Manchester Community College faculty members received recognition from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for excellence in teaching.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings independently-produced high-quality public broadcast and new media programs to local, national and international audiences. ITVS programs enrich the cultural landscape with the voices and visions of underrepresented communities, and reflect the interest and concerns of a diverse society.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

News Item Posted On: July 27, 2011
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