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Highland Faculty and Staff Receive Excellence Awards
1/13/2010

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 Conference Center and Business Institute coordinator Deb Hayenga, Auto Body instructor Todd Vacek, Drafting/Mechanical Technology instructor Eric Dietmeier, and Nursing/Allied Health Programs coordinator Cassie Mekeel.

Deb Hayenga�s nomination recognized her strong commitment to assisting a variety of individuals on campus and in the community. She performs a great number of functions on campus, including coordinating Student/Conference Center meetings and events, as well as assisting the Business Institute and Community Education program.

Deb Hayenga
Deb Hayenga

Todd Vacek�s students frequently comment on the high quality of his teaching. Todd�s nomination pointed out his willingness to go above and beyond the requirements of a part-time instructor. He has recently taken on the responsibility of developing computer and web-based components of the auto body curriculum. funny christmas pictures

Todd Vacek
Todd Vacek funny pictures

Eric Dietmeier has been teaching Highland students for 25 years. His nomination noted that he has undergone continuous growth in his academic and technical knowledge which has enabled him to successfully teach a variety of courses ranging from Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to Business Writing. He is currently involved in developing curriculum in Global Information Systems. Eric consistently earns high praise from colleagues and students alike for his high-quality teaching and positive demeanor. funny images

Eric Dietmeier
Eric Dietmeier

As the Nursing and Allied Health Professions coordinator, Cassie Mekeel has been referred to as the �glue that holds us (the nursing department) together.� Cassie assists students, faculty and staff in a variety of activities, such as program admissions, student assessment and retention. She has been successful in representing the college in endeavors such as the Critical Skills Shortage Initiative. Cassie was instrumental in the process of acquiring equipment and supplies to get the new labs in the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing up and running. funny photos

Cassie Mekeel
Cassie Mekeel

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 Information Technology instructor, Jeremy Monigold. Jeremy was recognized for his positive commitment to Highland both within the classroom and throughout the community. His nomination cited his enthusiastic support for fundraising efforts by various campus clubs and organizations.

Jeremy Monigold
Jeremy Monigold



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