Exceptional employees honored

Commencement Breakfast awards 6.12.15This year’s Commencement Breakfast honored the many Centralia College faculty and staff who have made a difference in the lives of others through their service to the college.

“This breakfast is about honoring you,” College President Dr. Robert Frost remarked to the audience gathered in the cafeteria June 12.

After introducing board members and welcoming special guests, including the 2015 Distinguished Alumus Dr. David Carsten, Dr. Frost began by acknowledging the hard work of several departments around campus. From the Facilities, Operations, and Maintenance tea, which maintains the “cleanest, nicest, most well-kept facility in the galaxy” to the Student Services tea, which “kept serving students” in spite of many disruptions and challenges this year, Dr. Frost recognized the teamwork of the many employees who faithfully work behind the scenes.

“This is what is propelling us forward,” concluded Dr. Frost after highlighting the milestones and accomplishments of the past year.

Centralia College Trustee Doris Wood-Brumsickle addressed the audience with similar accolades on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

“Thank you for stepping up and making this college great!” she said.

Following the opening remarks, awards were presented to the following individuals:

Hanke Staff Mini-grant Awards presented by Steve Ward

Kimberly Ingram (Chemistry Boot Camp), Katie Dailey (BAS Promotional Giveaways), Marla Miller (Magnetic Stripe Reader), Janet Reaume/Diane McGuinn (Campus Banners), Durelle Sullivan (Home for the Robots), Shelley Bannish (Gift Cards for ASCC Clubs/Organizations), Rodney Saarela (TV for Vet Center), Michael Christensen (Scholarships for Open House) and Emily Hovis (KNOLL Project)

Hanke Faculty Achievement Awards presented by Steve Ward

Dan Taylor and Preston Kiekel (Online COMPASS Crash Course) and Karen Goodwin (Chemistry Boot Camp faculty stipends).

Exceptional Faculty Award plaques presented by Dr. Frost

Bryan Tyrell (Theater) and Dr. Greg van Alstyne (Anthropology).

Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar Award presented by Jody Peterson and officers

Dr. Sharon Mitchler (English)

Puget Sound Energy Award presented by John Martens and Risha Sanderson of PSE

Pat Pringle (Tree Ring Analysis) and Preston Kiekel (Statistical Analysis)

SPIRE (Special Presentation In Recognition of Excellence) Award presented by Dr. Frost and Julie Ledford

Candy Lunke (Events Coordinator)

Employees of the Quarter (Winter 2015) presented by Julie Ledford

Maureen Anderson (FOM) and Kelly Worthey (Enrollment Services)

Classified Employee of the Year presented by Dick Lamb

Jamie Baker (TEEN Program)

Walton Classified Endowment Award presented by Dick Lamb

Dale Williamson (Welding Class)

After honoring individuals for their years of service, recognition was next given to the 26 employees who are either retiring or leaving the college this academic year, a group representing 411 years of service to Centralia College.

Lastly, Shelley Bannish and Carrie Johnson recognized those who completed the campus Ironman competition.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients and a special thanks to Student Services, Candy Lunke, and Shelley Sanders who hosted the breakfast, for making the morning special for Centralia College!

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