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Highland Faculty and Staff Receive Excellence Awards

FREEPORT � Highland Community College employees have an opportunity each year to nominate their colleagues for an Excellence Award. The award recognizes employees for quality work, creativity, honesty, integrity, self-development and excellence in their working relationships.

A committee made up of Excellence Award recipients from the previous two years selects the winners in each category: support staff, part-time faculty, full-time faculty and administrator. This year�s recipients include receiving/shipping/warehouse clerk Keith Weiner, welding instructor Roger Hicks, chemistry instructor John Sullivan, and bookstore manager Madonna Keeney.

Award Winners
Award winners left to right) Pat Dunn, Madonna Keeney, John Sullivan and Roger Hicks.

Keith Weiner�s nomination recognized his strong commitment to assisting a variety of individuals departments and divisions on campus. He demonstrates excellent customer service skills and is dedicated to doing the job right, and he does so in a positive friendly manner. funny cat pictures

Keith Weiner
Keith Weiner
Since becoming a part-time welding instructor for Highland, Roger Hicks has improved his skills in teaching to encompass both the theoretical and applied aspects of welding. More recently, Roger has excelled in a program to serve GED students and graduates in the summer welding program. In these efforts, he has provided students with a career pathway and greater understanding of the expectations held by potential employers. funny pictures

John Sullivan has been teaching chemistry to Highland students since the fall of 1999. His nomination noted that he was one of the first Highland instructors to begin offering his classes online, and today, he has students from all over the country as well as overseas. He has served on several campus-wide committees, most notably, the Alternative Delivery Committee. Evidence of his passion for teaching and expertise in chemistry are found in his excellent student evaluations. funny images

As the HCC Bookstore manager for the past 12 years, Madonna Keeney has made strides to ease the confusion, as well as lighten the burden, of textbook approvals and purchase. Two examples of her improvements include the implementation of a web-based textbook approval process for faculty and a textbook rental program for students. funny photos

The Highland Community College Foundation also annually recognizes one employee with the Opel Award named for a Highland founder, Don Opel. The award recognizes employees who go �above and beyond� in serving or promoting the College. This year the award was presented to HCC Foundation assistant, Pat Dunn. Pat was recognized for her positive commitment to Highland and the Foundation by �going above and beyond� in supporting both institutions and those they serve. Her nomination cited her willingness to keep the �best interests of the College and Foundation foremost in her mind.�

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