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Highland faculty and staff receive Excellence Awards

FREEPORT � Highland Community College employees joined fellow colleagues on January 12 to honor individuals with this year's Excellence Awards. The awards recognize employees for quality work, creativity, honesty, integrity, self-development and excellence in their professional relationships.

A committee, made up of Excellence Award recipients from the previous two years, selected the winners in each category: support staff, part-time faculty, full-time faculty and administrator. This year's recipients were fine arts director Allen Redford, equine science instructor Anki Fockstedt, IT technician Brian Leahy, student advisor Heather Moore and nursing instructor Chrislyn Senneff.


Allen Redford, a familiar presence at choral productions, has excelled in his position as director of fine arts. While persistently setting future goals for the fine arts department, as an instructor he continues challenging students to perform more ambitious works. He has also organized new traditions, such as the sold-out Madrigal dinners, that will continue to showcase Highland's talent to Northwest Illinois. His ability to rally involvement both on-campus and off-campus will continue to promote the arts at Highland for years to come. funny animal pictures


Anki Fockstedt is a passionate equine science instructor that has made a significant impact in a short amount of time. Most notable was her role in the addition of an associate of applied science degree in equine science and four new certificates. Fockstedt has worked well beyond her classroom duties to secure hands-on training sites and industry-guided curriculum. Her student reviews also illustrate her personal touch and approachability. She consistently works to strengthen relationships in the equine industry to better advise her students, as well as increase their employment opportunities.


Brian Leahy is an IT technician for Highland's Information Technology Services Department. While most people he encounters on campus are in midst of a computer crisis, he was nominated for his calm under pressure. He possesses an obvious attention-to-detail and instills confidence with his up-to-date knowledge of the field. His peers noted that his professional opinion is well-respected, but they would also trust him with sensitive matters having seen his integrity firsthand. In addition to winning over his co-workers, he volunteers his time to pursue his passion for animals by tending to the on-campus fish tank. funny pictures


Advisor Heather Moore not only maintains solid relationships with campus personnel to create academic plans for students, but she's also available as an instructor for students taking English courses. Her increased responsibilities, in addition to numerous professional development opportunities, have not gone unnoticed by her peers or advisees. Her honest, patient demeanor has gained her the trust and respect of students. She continues to find new ways of implementing Highland standards of integrity and professionalism while still promoting her passion for language. funny images


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 Foundation presented the award to nursing instructor Chrislyn Senneff received her nomination based on her tireless work as an ambassador for the nursing program throughout the community. Her knowledgeable presence when guiding tours of the facility, exhibiting a passion for nursing or offering helpful advice goes far beyond the classroom. One of Senneff�s efforts helped an international nursing student not only finish her ADN program, but also helped her research master�s degree programs in the U.S. Her cooperative attitude and genuine fondness for Highland students are evident in her work. funny photos

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