Local professor earns honor from students Sin-Yi Ko, Corning Community College professor of American Sign Language (ASL), earned the 2014 Advisor of the Year Award at a recent Advisor Recognition Reception hosted by the Student Association Executive Board. Ko, who serves as the advisor for the American Sign Language Club, received a plaque at the luncheon, where all student club advisors were thanked for their dedication.
Corning Community College (CCC) has more than 20 active student clubs and organizations that allow students to pursue extra- and co-curricular interests. Each club is led by a faculty and/or staff advisor who volunteers for the position.
“Sin-Yi has not missed a club meeting and never fails to encourage the club to use our Sign Language, even when it might take 10 times longer than a deaf person would sign,” said CCC student and club member Mikaela Hinterberger. “Although many of the club members, including myself, were timid about their limited knowledge of ASL, Sin-Yi’s outgoing nature has helped us all to be bold in how we sign and to not be afraid to mess up. Because of the kind and humorous way she gives constructive feedback, she's helped me as I struggled to master this new language.”
Hinterberger attributes much of her success to Ko and believes Ko is more than a club advisor and a teacher: “She has become a friend. She genuinely cares for each person with whom she comes in contact and is always available when I need advice or help with anything.”