KUDOS Award Winners

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service

July 2020 Award Winners

Nominee: Shelby Bedford, Compliance and Prevention Coordinator, Compliance and Prevention

Nominator: Kim Eddings, Accessibility Services Coordinator, Accessibility Services

Shelby was the architect and facilitator of the Maxient database system that Accessibility Services will be utilizing to intake new students, deliver pertinent communications and manage documentation. She committed countless hours and there are truly no words to express our appreciation. THANK YOU!

Nominee: Cindy Burger, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, English and Humanities

Nominator: Joel Dykstra, Dean, English and Humanities

Cindy has been the foundation for continuity in the Department of English and Humanities during a period of leadership transition. Her dedication to detail and her cheerful attitude have allowed the department to function at a high level as two interim deans and a new permanent dean learned the procedures and details of administering the department. Her contributions have allowed the faculty to continue to successfully fulfill the mission of the College.

Nominee: Dean Butzow, Professor of Geography, Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Nominator: Anonymous

Outstanding Service in and Representation of the Department of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Teaching * Innovation * Collaboration * Community Involvement * College Service

Nominee: Kim Elder, Employee Benefit and Retention Coordinator, Human Resources

Nominator: Kirsten Taylor and Nicole Ralph, Human Resources

Kim did an amazing job putting together the Employee Recognition videos! She put a lot of love, time and effort into the project and produced something that so many of us enjoyed! Her hard work on the project and the quick turn-around on it was greatly appreciated!

Nominee: Amy Flynn, Public Relations and Marketing Assistant, Public Relations and Marketing

Nominator: Cathy Huffman, Career Development Professional, Student Success

The videos Amy has created for LLCC lately are simply amazing. I’m sure the videos help our prospective students (and many others) feel more connected to our campus while they decide if LLCC is right for them. I can only anticipate what she will create as we go forward. And, during this time, it has helped all of us feel a little more connected to the campus and to each other as we see the videos featuring LLCC staff and faculty. Thank you, Amy.

Nominee: Aleasha Fenton, Child Development Assistant, Child Development Center

Nominator: Laurie Rhodes, Director, Child Development Center

Aleasha is our self-assigned organizing queen at the LLCC Child Development Center. She has spent any free time that she had in the last month organizing our Resource Room and basement storage area. Thank you for keeping us organized, Aleasha!

Nominee: Tameka Johnson-Tillman, Associate Professor of English, English and Humanities

Nominator: Joel Dykstra, Dean, English and Humanities

Professor Johnson-Tillman worked tirelessly over the summer in her role as adjunct coordinator to help fill in the gaps for hiring, scheduling and coordinating of adjunct faculty on a daily basis. Her cheerful attitude and professional demeanor created a positive environment as her new dean was learning the procedures related to his new job.

Nominee: Rashawn Jones, Admission and Registration Services Representative

Nominator: Holly Bauman, Agriculture Program Specialist, Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Rashawn has gone above and beyond helping the agriculture students get registered for fall classes and is always willing to help!

Nominee: Rashawn Jones, Admission and Registration Services Representative

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

In the past two weeks, the families of two students have reached out to let me know that Rashawn provided exemplary service to the students. Both families expressed their gratitude at Rashawn’s willingness to go above and beyond to assist the each of the students. Job well done, Rashawn!

Nominee: Nina Koch, Registration Specialist, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

Nina worked several long hours to update the modalities for the 2020 fall courses. It was necessary to complete this very detailed project in a (relatively speaking) short amount of time and she met the challenge head on. Her level of dedication was apparent in her enthusiasm to get the job done. Thank you, Nina, for going above and beyond!

Nominee: Nina Koch, Registration Specialist, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Shanda Byer, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services

Nina has worked countless hours in updating the fall classes to reflect the new delivery formats. She has devoted time in the evening and on the weekends to make the changes happen as quickly as possible, all while remaining upbeat and offering support in any way that was needed. Nina’s knowledge, effort and attitude are much appreciated and were instrumental in implementing the new delivery formats.

Nominee: LLCC Library Staff

Nominator: Tamie Kuhn-Schnell, Dean, Library

The Library Staff completed a monumental project on June 23 of converting its management system to LLCC Library Search and Discover and Alma. Scott Ebbing stepped up to learn the system completely and assist with data conversion. Sandy Bonn, Alexis Rogers and Leanne Roseberry spent hours cleaning up data and testing their pieces of the system. Katrina Quattlander created public communications and helped with anything she could. Hats off to everyone!

Nominee: Meghan McCann, Database and Financial Reporting Analyst, Finance

Nominator: Gailyn Draper, Assistant to the Vice President, Student Services

You know how you have a column in Excel that includes several pieces of information that you really need as separate columns? A column that has a street address, an apartment number, city, state and zip and you attempt to delineate them all but just make a hash of things? Megan McCann to the rescue! Within a few minutes she took 332 names and all those addresses and put it into separate columns so I could now easily sort by zip code! Thanks, Megan!

Nominee: Rebecca Miller-McGrath, Professor Psychology, Social Sciences and Business

Nominator: Chris McDonald, Professor of Political Science, Social Sciences and Business

Being a “High Priestess of Zoom” and selflessly helping we lesser mortals to figure out the intricacies of the new deity of our age.

Nominee: Karrie Prescott, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Nominator: Natural and Agricultural Sciences Department

Karrie has been immensely helpful during these challenging times. She worked hard, always cheerfully and without complaint, to ensure that the extensive changes to our fall schedule were submitted correctly. She always provides us with information in a timely manner. She does a great job managing the complicated budgets for the agriculture land lab and the Kreher gift. Thanks to Karrie for her patience and compassion! We couldn’t do it without you!

Nominee: Tom Spears, Workforce Development Program Coordinator, Applied and Emerging Technologies

Nominator: Bill Harmon, Professor of Agronomy, Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Tom has helped us greatly with the land lab this summer. Applied and Emerging Technologies provided their truck and Gator to allow us to install fencing around the research plots, and to plant and care for the hemp demonstration plots.

Nominee: Amanda Wiesenhofer, Electronic Resources and Library Systems Administrator, Library

Nominator: Tamie Kuhn-Schnell, Dean, Library

Amanda Wiesenhofer has been the project manager for moving the LLCC Library from its former management system and public search interface to its new one, LLCC Library Search and Discover and Alma. This has been an intense, two-year project that culminated on June 24 when All library workflows changed, including acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, searching and access. Amanda kept the project moving forward and on schedule, even remotely. Congratulations, Amanda!

March 2020

Nominee: Shawn Allen, Student Records Evaluator, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

Shawn always provides great service to staff and students but in the month of December, she truly went above and beyond. The month of December is a busy one for LLCC Records, but Shawn met the task of serving students and completing responsibilities that are normally not hers head-on. Her commitment to teamwork is to be commended. Thank you, Shawn!

Nominee: Anne Armbruster, Director, TRIO Student Support Services

Nominator: Sarah Scheufele, Retention Specialist, TRIO Student Support Services

Anne has stepped right in to lead the TRIO team. She is excited and supportive and everything we needed this semester. There has been a lot going on, and she’s jumped right in with a smile. Thanks, Anne, for being a phenomenal buffer!

Nominee: April Bergman, Program Assistant, Student Success

Nominator: Sierra Peterson, Program Assistant, Student Success

April has done an amazing job with learning new tasks to help with New Student Orientations and does a wonderful job of helping to support our students. She is greatly appreciated!

Nominee: Victor Broderick, Dean, Social Sciences and Business

Nominator: Anonymous

Victor assisted in planning and organizing the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair, and his involvement helped to make the conference run smoothly.

Nominee: Cindy Burger, Assistant to the Dean, English and Humanities

Nominator: Anonymous

Cindy came into the planning process for the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair and played a vital role in ensuring that anything that she could help with was taken care of. Whether it was making name badges, attending planning meetings or reviewing materials, Cindy’s contribution was great.

Nominee: Center for Academic Success Staff

Nominator: Kim Eddings, Accessibility Services Coordinator, Center for Academic Success

I would like to recognize the dedication and service to students with disabilities represented by the entire staff in the Center for Academic Success. Specifically, these staff members ensure that support, testing services and accommodations are implemented and never fail to address student needs. CC Tietjen-St. Magnus, Libby Tennikait, Irene Siewart, Jamie McCoy, Elaine Higgason, Tricia Hardway, Debra Coet, Julie Clevenger, Kim Alexander – Thank you!

Nominee: Matt Combs, Facility Services Support Specialist, Campus Services

Nominator: Anonymous

On Dec. 19, Matt noticed a deer in distress by Lake Macoupin. Matt discovered one deer’s antlers were tangled in netting and anchored to another object. They called LLCC Police for reinforcements. The deer stumbled and fell to the ground. Matt immediately jumped to action and kept the deer held to the ground to immobilize it. Then, Chief Gentry braced the deer’s antlers while Sergeant Hanson used his knife to cut away the netting and free the deer. What a team effort to do something way above and beyond their regular job duties! Thanks for saving “Rudolph” just in time for Christmas!

Nominee: Sean Edmondson, Bookstore Stockroom Technician, Campus Services

Nominator: Anonymous

On Dec. 19, Matt noticed a deer in distress by Lake Macoupin. Sean discovered one deer’s antlers were tangled in netting and anchored to another object. They called LLCC Police for reinforcements. The deer stumbled and fell to the ground. Sean, followed by Matt, immediately jumped to action and kept the deer held to the ground to immobilize it. Then, Chief Gentry braced the deer’s antlers while Sergeant Hanson used his knife to cut away the netting and free the deer. What a team effort to do something way above and beyond their regular job duties! Thanks for saving “Rudolph” just in time for Christmas!

Nominee: Amy Flynn, Public Relations and Marketing Assistant

Nominator: Kim Young, Program Assistant, Nursing, Health Professions

As the current CPAC Chair, Amy has been tasked with being the point person, coordinator and voice for the Classified Staff. In recent months, she has navigated the serious issues brought to her confidentially with kindness and sympathy, all while remaining professional. This is just one example of the many things that Amy does to go above and beyond for LLCC students and employees. I can’t think of a person that better exemplifies the essence of this award!

Nominee: Brad Gentry, Chief of Police, Police

Nominator: Anonymous

On Dec. 19, two LLCC employees noticed a deer in distress by Lake Macoupin. They discovered one deer’s antlers were tangled in netting and anchored to another object. They called LLCC Police for reinforcements. They LLCC employees immediately jumped to action and kept the deer held to the ground to immobilize it. Then, Chief Gentry braced the deer’s antlers while Sergeant Hanson used his knife to cut away the netting and free the deer. What a team effort to do something way above and beyond their regular job duties! Thanks for saving “Rudolph” just in time for Christmas!

Nominee: Fabiola Gonzalez, Program Assistant, TRIO Student Support Services

Nominator: Sierra Peterson, Program Assistant, Student Success

Fabiola is one of the most hardworking people I have ever met. She is kind, and wonderful to our students. She deserves a KUDOS because she is an amazing person who helps others in need.

Nominee: Angela Gum-Miller, Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science

Nominator: Anonymous

Your demeanor is gentle and your commitment to excellence holds steadfast. You are a respected and valuable member of our team and for our students. We are lucky to have you and we are glad we do! Thank you for what you do!

Nominee: Lindee Hall, Curriculum and Catalog Technician, Academic Services

Nominator: Anonymous

Thanks to Lindee for helping with many aspects of the day as part of the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. Whether it was helping to prep for the day or helping attendees navigate the conference, your help was greatly appreciated.

Nominee: Mike Hanson, Police Sergeant, Police

Nominator: Anonymous

On Dec. 19, two LLCC employees noticed a deer in distress by Lake Macoupin. They discovered one deer’s antlers were tangled in netting and anchored to another object. They called LLCC Police for reinforcements. They LLCC employees immediately jumped to action and kept the deer held to the ground to immobilize it. Then, Chief Gentry braced the deer’s antlers while Sergeant Hanson used his knife to cut away the netting and free the deer. What a team effort to do something way above and beyond their regular job duties! Thanks for saving “Rudolph” just in time for Christmas!

Nominee: Lakesha Jackson, Chef’s Assistant, Applied and Emerging Technologies

Nominator: Kimberly Carter, Adjunct Instructor, Applied and Emerging Technologies

Lakesha goes out of her way to make sure every job she performs for the culinary department is done with excellence. She always receives suggestions in improving her performance with zeal and a sincere “thank you, chef.” She takes pride in her work and wears her LLCC chef’s jacket with pride. Her smile is infectious and she’s a joy to work with. I’ve been working in the same department for eight years and have never seen anyone work as diligent and hard as Lakesha.

Nominee: Officer Alexander James, LLCC Police

Nominator: Christie Hovey, Professor of Computer Applications, Social Sciences and Business

During the second snowstorm in February as I was returning to my car, I was pleasantly surprised to find Officer James clearing snow from the windshield. From the looks of things, he had already cleaned several other windshields. Thank you for this act of kindness!

Nominee: Leslie Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Student Success

Nominator: Anonymous

Leslie helped with the planning and success of the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. By contributing to planning meetings and organizing multiple aspects of the event, Leslie helped ensure the success of the event.

Nominee: Dee Krueger, Director, LLCC Taylorville

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

When the college re-opened after Winter Recess, Admission and Registration was inundated with phone calls. Dee helped return voicemails despite being extremely busy herself. Her commitment to our students and the college is always evident and very much appreciated. Thank you so much, Dee!

Nominee: Tricia Kujawa, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Nominator: Anonymous

Tricia played a key role in organizing, planning and hosting the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. By ensuring that no detail was overlooked and taking care of many aspects of planning herself, Tricia really ensured that LLCC was prepared to host this event. Thanks for everything you did on behalf of the entire planning committee.

Nominee: Barry Lamb, Director, Instructional Technology Services, Academic Innovation and eLearning

Nominator: Janelle Murphy, Program Director, Radiography, Health Professions

I’d like to thank Barry for his help with assessing new monitor equipment for the LLCC Radiography classroom. With his help, we were able to apply for a grant with all the information we needed. We made the deadline, and Barry was quick to respond to our needs and provide valuable information for us! Kudos!

Nominee: Sheridan Lane, Interim Director, Culinary Program and Operations, Applied and Emerging Technologies

Nominator: Anonymous

Thanks to Sheridan and the LLCC hospitality students involved for providing the hospitality room during the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. The snacks were excellent, and the room provided a great space for conference attendees to gather and network.

Nominee: Don Loftus, General Maintenance Technician, Facilities Services

Nominator: Anonymous

It doesn’t matter how much snow or ice there is, our path to the building is completely cleared before we arrive at CCTC. It doesn’t matter how much is going on in the building, everything looks throughout the day like it did when the first person walked in. It doesn’t matter what kind of physical plant issues pop up because he has a solution. Don treats the Capital City Training Center like it’s his home and everyone using it is his favorite guest.

Nominee: Mechanical Maintenance Staff

Nominator: Debbie Bell, Custodial Operations Supervisor, Facilities

Sending a big THANK YOU to mechanical maintenance staff for always taking care of repairs quickly! I know the department can be quite busy, so I am grateful that the custodial equipment or concerns are handled quickly and efficiently. YOU ROCK!

Nominee: Becky Parton, Dean, Academic Innovation & eLearning

Nominator: Anonymous

Becky played a key role in helping to organize the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair at LLCC. Thanks for your hard work and involvement in making this event a success.

Nominee: Ben Roth, Director, IT Systems, Information Technology

Nominator: Janelle Murphy, Program Director, Radiography, Health Professions

I’d like to thank Ben for his help with assessing our classroom and recommending new monitor equipment so that X-ray images can be viewed more appropriately by the students. With his help, we were able to apply for a grant with all the information we needed. Ben was very quick to respond to my call for assistance and this was extremely appreciated! KUDOS!

Nominee: Sue Rush, Education Service Representative, LLCC Outreach Jacksonville

Nominator: Keri Mason, Director, LLCC Jacksonville

I would like to recognize Sue Rush and her commitment to LLCC-Jacksonville. Sue recently stepped up in a big way by changing her schedule and increasing her hours to fill in when we were down a staff member. It was a huge help and greatly appreciated.

Nominee: Sarah Scheufele, Retention Specialist, TRIO Student Support Services

Nominator: Sierra Peterson, Program Assistant, Student Success

Sarah is amazing. She always has a smile on her face and works hard to support her TRIO students. She is a wonderful co-worker and just a great person to be around. She deserves this KUDOS because she should know how much of a positive impact she has on the people around her.

Nominee: Candace Silas, Program Navigator, Workforce Equity Initiative

Nominator: Anonymous

Candace is 100% dedicated to student success. She is an unsung hero who keeps the rest of us in line, smiling and ready to serve students. Her compassion and tough love are exactly what our students (and even staff) need. We’re lucky to have her on our team.

Nominee: Chester Simmons, Building Custodian, Facilities Services

Nominator: Anonymous

Chester goes above and beyond in his work, but especially in taking care of his team. A few weeks back, Chester helped a colleague with a flat tire during their break. When the tire did not take, he drove his colleague home after shift. The next week, another colleague had car trouble. Chester helped arrange a jump start. When the battery did not take the charge, he took the battery out of his car!

Nominee: Julie Sutfin, Facilities Reservations Technician, Facilities Services

Nominator: Anonymous
Julie volunteered to serve on the planning committee for the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair and helped with many details for the day that ensured the event was well-planned. With her assistance, everything from parking to room reservations was taken care of well in advance, helping the conference to be a success.

Nominee: Dawn Townsend, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Academic Innovation and eLearning

Nominator: Anonymous

Thanks to Dawn for helping throughout the Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. Your help with checking attendees in ensured that the morning got off to a smooth start.

Nominee: Chelsea Vance, Student Records Evaluator, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

December is a hectic month for LLCC Records. Despite being short-staffed, Chelsea continued to deliver excellent service to our students while taking care of additional duties that she is typically not responsible for. Her commitment to teamwork is always evident, but she went above and beyond. Thank you, Chelsea!

 

December 2019

Nominee: Mack Alexander, Building Custodian at Workforce Careers Center, Facilities

Nominator: Debbie Bell, Custodian Operations Supervisor, Facilities

Since Mack’s first day of employment, he has taken initiative to do tasks without being asked. Mack comes to work with a great attitude! He has a wonderful work ethic for completing his work efficiently and effectively. Faculty members of WCC have reached out to me and complimented his work. Keep up the good work, Mack. Well done!

Nominee: Dr. Gary Armour, Laboratory Safety Coordinator, Natural and Agricultural Science

Nominator: Jason Dockter, Interim Dean, Natural and Agricultural Science

In my short time with Natural and Agricultural Sciences, I have learned first-hand just how hardworking Gary is and how vital he is in helping the department run smoothly. Gary goes above and beyond to help students, faculty and staff, and regularly volunteers to assist with anything happening in the department. While much of what he does is behind-the-scenes, it doesn’t go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. Thanks, Gary!

Nominee: Amber Babbs, Program Assistant, Health Professions

Nominator: Kim Eddings, Accessibility Services Coordinator

Amber was absolutely invaluable to Accessibility Services this fall 2019 semester! She facilitated clinical setting requirements for our sign language interpreters. This meant that our deaf students had the required accommodations across all settings and situations. I am so very grateful for her time, attention and support – it could not have been accomplished without her taking on this additional responsibility!

Nominee: Lori Badgley, Adjunct Faculty and Lab Coordinator, Health Professions

Nominator: Jan Szoke, Program Director, Respiratory Care, Health Professions

Lori goes above and beyond expectations. She helps me so much with new projects and is so good at organizing. She is full of great ideas that have helped to improve our program. She cares so much for the students and puts in a lot of time to make sure they have all the help that they need to succeed. Our program has definitely improved since she started working with us. She is instrumental in improving our students’ ability to critically think.

Nominee: Nikki Baker, Adjunct Instructor, Arts and Communication

Nominator: Claire Gordon, Professor, Arts and Communication

Nikki was one of several instructors who agreed, on very short notice, to substitute in Brenda Protz’ class for the rest of the semester. Our LLCC family is wonderful at providing support to a colleague in need. Thank you for helping Brenda in this sad and difficult situation.

Nominee: Ira Bradley, Building Custodian, Facilities Services

Nominator: Marina Wirsing, Career Development Professional, Student Success

Ira is everywhere and his wisdom and discernment on the job keeps our campus facilities in stellar shape. Recently, the set-up for the Thanksgiving lunch needed to be changed very quickly. We did not hesitate to ask Ira for help because we know we can rely on him. Ira, thank you for all you do – seen and unseen for our students, staff and institution!

Nominee: Cynthia Burger, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, English and Humanities

Nominator: Anonymous

Cindy provides steadfast service to faculty, students and the Interim Dean of English & Humanities, all while undertaking new tasks with grace and patience. Her warmth and kindness always lift our spirits. It’s not an easy task to transition to a new department, especially one about to undergo further transition, but Cindy’s professionalism and generous nature will ensure the department continues with solid footing. She’s amazing and deserves our thanks.

Nominee: Philip Burnett, Facilities Maintenance Technician, Facilities Services

Nominator: Dee Krueger, Director, LLCC Taylorville, LLCC Outreach Taylorville

Phillip Burnett needs to be commended for his professional installation of the LLCC-Taylorville timeline. We know it took a lot of precise measurement and calculations to install this project. We are grateful for his expertise!

Nominee: Matt Combs, Facilities Services Support Specialist, Facilities Services

Nominator: Gailyn Draper, Assistant to the VP Student Services, Student Services

I walked through th door to my office and there it was, a snake. Then the snake moved, and I screamed. Lesley and others came out of their office. I saw Matt Combs (cue superhero theme music). Matt donned his cape and wrestled the beast out of the office and back outside where it belonged.

Nominee: Custodial Staff, Facilities Services

Nominator: Debbie Bell, Custodial Operations Supervisor, Facilities Services

Huge thank you for everything our team is doing! Through staff time offs, event coverage, set ups and tear downs, you all have done a terrific job staying on top of your assignments. KUDOS for working together as a united team!

Nominee: Pam Daniel, Adjunct Instructor, Arts and Communication

Nominator: Claire Gordon, Professor, Arts and Communication

Pam was one of several instructors who agreed, on very short notice, to substitute in Brenda Protz’ class for the rest of the semester. Our LLCC family is wonderful at providing support to a colleague in need. Thank you for helping Brenda in this sad and difficult situation.

Nominee: Carter Dubois, Admission and Registration Services Representative, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

Carter is always helpful with staff and students but went above and beyond during Open Registration day. He maintained his professional attitude and kind demeanor during a very hectic time while diligently working to make sure each person’s needs were met. Great job, Carter!

Nominee: Tiffany Elliot, Writing Center Specialist, English and Humanities

Nominator: David Leitner, Professor, English, English and Humanities

Tiffany volunteered to attend the 2018 International Writing Centers Association Conference. It was the first time a LLCC Writing Center Specialist attended that conference. Additionally, she wrote an extended report on the new research that was presented there. This report will go far in helping the LLCC Writing Center improve and update its practice.

Nominee: Kelly Ellis, Admission and Registration Services Representative, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

Kelly always strives to assist students and staff, but truly went above and beyond on Open Registration Day. Despite the day being extremely hectic, Kelly approached each student with a professional attitude and worked diligently to meet the needs of every person she served. Great job, Kelly!

Nominee: John Gaston, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Facilities

Nominator: Nancy Walton, CNA Instructor, Health Professions

Thank you, John for installing our new bottle filling station in Montgomery Hall. The students love it and so do the faculty. This did not look like a fun job to install, but we do appreciate it!!

Nominee: Brad Gentry, Chief of Police, Chief of Police

Nominator: Leslie Johnson, AVP, Student Success, Student Success

Chief Gentry really came through on Professional Development Day! At 6 a.m. the morning of PDD, a presenter notified me that they could not present their daylong session they were going to facilitate for 25 staff members. The Police Department facilitated an impromptu Active Shooter training that morning for most of this group. His willingness and expertise helped to provide a great learning opportunity. Thank you!

Nominee: Michael Hanson, Sergeant, Police

Nominator: Leslie Johnson, AVP, Student Success, Student Success

Sergeant Hanson really came through on Professional Development Day! At 6 a.m. the morning of PDD, a presenter notified me that they could not present their daylong session they were going to facilitate for 25 staff members. The Police Department facilitated an impromptu Active Shooter training that morning for most of this group. His willingness and expertise helped to provide a great learning opportunity. Thank you!

Nominee: Cathy Huffman, Career Development Professional, Advising, Counseling and Career Services

Nominator: Anonymous

Cathy has been amazing working with students to prepare their cover letters and resumes for an internship opportunity she shared. Several students I’ve referred to her have reported back how helpful and genuinely kind and supportive Cathy has been. I appreciate the care she gives all our students, and her work with students for this internship has been above and beyond.

Nominee: Asia Jackson, Program Assistant, Student Life

Nominator: Marina Wirsing, Career Development Professional, Student Success

On behalf of the Student Success team, we want to give a big KUDOS to Asia for her help and creativity with the Student Thanksgiving Luncheon. Asia created the flyer and provided ideas and resources from Student Life Office for the decorations. She also stayed with us until the very end to clean up and put away supplies. Thanks to Asia’s efforts – we had a successful event!

Nominee: Carrie Jacobs, Testing Assistant, Testing Center

Nominator: Shanda Byer, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services, Enrollment Services

Thank you to Carrie Jacobs for assisting with a spill in the parking area. Carrie selflessly stood in the rain and helped clean up glass so that other cars would not run over it. Thank you, Carrie!

Nominee: Seth Jacobs, Student Worker Peer Tutor, Center for Academic Success

Nominator: Carrie Jacobs, Testing Assistant, Testing Center

Seth has gone above and beyond in many ways as a student worker. Not only is he a peer tutor, but he works with Accessibility Services helping a visually impaired student. He takes time to check on his work family (he’s a prior student worker) in Financial Aid and is a standby to assist staff in the Testing Center. His people skills are exceptional. We all know he’s going to make a great doctor one day!

Nominee: Rashawn Jones, Admission and Registration Services Representative, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

Rashawn makes his efforts to connect with students and staff look effortless and goes out of his way to assist others. Despite the hectic nature of Open Registration Day, he continued to display the kind and helpful demeanor he is known for while keeping a professional attitude. Great job, Rashawn!

Nominee: Nina Koch, Registration Specialist, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

During the Spring 2020 Priority and Open Registration days, Nina jumped right in to help our students get registered when she noticed that her coworkers needed assistance. Thank you, Nina! Great teamwork!

Nominee: Jolene Lamb, Culinary Institute Coordinator, Community Education

Nominator: Marina Wirsing, Career Development Professional, Student Success

On behalf of the Student Success team, we are thankful to Jolene for her support of the Student Thanksgiving Luncheon. Jolene was amazing, providing all the chafing dishes and an upright warmer for the event. She also loaded the industrial dishwasher at 8 a.m. in Menard Hall to clean supplies needed for the event. Jolene always goes above and beyond in everything she does with friendship and support. Thank you, Jolene!

Nominee: Sheridan Lane, Interim Director of Programs and Operations, Hospitality, Applied Technology and Workforce Development

Nominator: Shanda Byer, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services, Enrollment Services

Sheridan gave an impromptu tour of the kitchen and prep areas to a group of students during the College Prep Summit. While touring the Workforce building, a student mentioned her desire to study Culinary Arts and asked to see the kitchen, which was not part of the tour. Sheridan graciously stepped up and gave a fabulous tour of the facility and overview of the programs available. Thank you, Sheridan!

Nominee: Brandon Lewis, Interim Admission Specialist, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

During Priority and Open Registration for Spring 2020, Brandon took the initiative to help his coworkers in assisting students needing to register. Great teamwork Brandon! Thank you!

Nominee: Lara Marshall, Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid

Nominator: Laurie Rhodes, Director, Child Development Center, Child Development Center

Lara talked with me about the ability to run a report on any student that has indicated they have dependents on their FAFSA. She would then have the ability to send them an email regarding childcare options. Lara designed the letter based on the resources provided in the PD session on childcare and has now added it to their FAFSA import list so we can get this information out to those students moving forward! Thanks for breaking a potential barrier!

Nominee: Janelle Murphy, Director of Radiography, Health Professions

Nominator: Cynthia Maskey, Dean of Health Professions, Health Professions

Janelle is such a hard worker and so very organized. She has been working tirelessly to move the diagnostic medical sonography program forward while simultaneously helping the entire department with assessment. Both initiatives have been complicated and full of “bumps in the road!” Janelle always perseveres and gets things done! Did I mention she has a full-time job as the director also? She never fails to impress me!

Nominee: Adam Nieto, Police Officer, Police

Nominator: Shanda Byer, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services, Enrollment Services

Thank you to Officer Adam Nieto for assisting with a spill in the parking area. He selflessly stood in the rain and helped to clean up glass so that other cars would not run over it. Your help was greatly appreciated!

Nominee: Bridget Ploessl, Adjunct Instructor, Arts and Communication

Nominator: Claire Gordon, Professor, Arts and Communication

Bridget was one of several instructors who agreed, on very short notice, to substitute in Brenda Protz’ class for the rest of the semester. Our LLCC family is wonderful at providing support to a colleague in need. Thank you for helping Brenda in this sad and difficult situation.

Nominee: Robert Schuerman, Property Control Technician, Finance

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admissions, Records and Registration

When a group of staff and faculty were traveling to a conference, we discovered we didn’t need the type of vehicle we were originally scheduled to have. Robert took it upon himself to find a more appropriate LLCC vehicle and updated the vehicle reservation, which made for an easier trip to and from the conference. Thank you for going above and beyond, Robert!

Nominee: Alison Stachera, Professor of English, English and Humanities

Nominator: Anonymous

Alison’s student focus resulted in her EGL 099 class conducting a fundraiser to purchase a work of art from the “Stamps of Hope” exhibit. This work of art will be donated to the college so future students can continue to learn about Syrian refugees, and the role art plays in human expression and in shaping hope for a better future. Alison’s dedication to her students and her willingness to trust them and guide their learning deserves recognition.

Nominee: Brian Tweryon, Sergeant, Police

Nominator: Leslie Johnson, AVP, Student Success, Student Success

Sergeant Tweryon really came through on Professional Development Day! At 6 a.m. the morning of PDD, a presenter notified me that they could not present their daylong session they were going to facilitate for 25 staff members. The Police Department facilitated an impromptu Active Shooter training that morning for most of this group. His willingness and expertise helped to provide a great learning opportunity. Thank you!

Nominee: George Vaughn, Professor, Arts and Communication

Nominator: Claire Gordon, Professor, Arts and Communication

George was one of several instructors who agreed, on very short notice, to substitute in Brenda Protz’ class for the rest of the semester. Our LLCC family is wonderful at providing support to a colleague in need. Thank you for helping Brenda in this sad and difficult situation.

Nominee: Jud Walker, Facilities Maintenance Technician, Facilities Services

Nominator: Dee Krueger, Director, LLCC Taylorville, LLCC Outreach Taylorville

Jud Walker needs to be commended for his professional installation of the LLCC-Taylorville timeline. We know it took a lot of precise measurement and calculations to install this project. We are grateful for his expertise!

Nominee: Holly Walton, Purchasing Assistant, Finance

Nominators: Cindy Burger, Dwayne Curry, Julie Eason, Sean Edmondson, Shawn Floyd, Amee Kesky, Katie LeGrant, Jessica Maddox, Robert Schuerman, Kayla Weitzel

Holly always goes above and beyond for her colleagues. Her positive attitude and willingness to learn new technology is nothing but inspiring. Holly’s can-do and will-do attitude benefited many of her co-workers recently when she took it upon herself to organize an all-day Excel training. Her researching, scheduling and organizing resulted in 11 employees receiving valuable training and college credit. We all appreciate you. Thank you, Holly!

Nominee: Thom Whalen, Professor of Art, Arts and Communication

Nominator: Anonymous

Thom selflessly offers his support for numerous college initiatives, and too often we take for granted the enormity of his talent. He designed the promotional material for the “Stamps of Hope” exhibit, he silkscreened dozens of shirts for an EGL 099 fundraiser, he presented the silkscreen lab on Professional Development Day and even created the T-shirt design (as he has done for several years now). The college thanks you, Thom, for all you give and all you do.

Nominee: Lindsey Weihmeir, Admission and Registration Services Representative, Admission, Records and Registration

Nominator: Robin Ackman, Director, Admission, Records and Registration

Lindsey always displays a professional attitude and goes above and beyond to help students and staff. Despite the hectic activity that comes along with Open Registration Day, she continued to demonstrate her commitment to assisting others with a kind approach. Great job, Lindsey!