Philadelphia native and Lamar Institute of Technology Speech faculty member Donna Burnside (middle) was nearly speechless when KFDM News Reporter Kelsey Borza surprised Burnside at the end of class with the station's “Hometown Hero” award and plaque.

Colleague and English/Humanities faculty member Dr. Tracy Spencer nominated Burnside for the coveted award.

Pictured with Burnside are Dr. Kerry Mix, LIT's VP/Provost and General Education and Developmental Studies Department Chair Dawn Katz.