HCC HONORS EMPLOYEES AT AWARDS DAY
Halifax Community College (HCC) employees were honored
during the Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony, Apr. 19 at The Centre.
Teacher of the Year, Part-Time Teacher of the Year, Innovator Award,
Spirit Award, and the President's Leadership Award were presented.
Dr. Phillip Taylor, the first president of HCC spoke
during the event. He reflected on the beginnings of the college and noted
that, at the time, no one knew what the technical institute was supposed
to do. “It was a new kid on the block,” said Taylor.
President of HCC, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., focused on
the future of the college. “Though we might have different times and
challenges, we still strive to be the catalyst for educational, cultural,
and economic development in the Roanoke Valley by anticipating and
responding to our communities' needs.” He added, “This is one of the
occasions I have been looking forward to because we salute our colleagues
by recognizing their time, talents, and tenacity in helping to carry out
the past and future mission and vision for Halifax Community College.”
This year's Teacher of the Year Award went to Science
Instructor Dr. Julie Galvin. The Part-Time Teacher of the Year honoree was
Human Services and Psychology Instructor Rebecca Ferrell. Teacher of the
Year and Part-Time Teacher of the Year selections are based on consistent,
excellent job behaviors that exhibit unselfish devotion and significant
contributions to student success, student interactions and successful
experiences and outcomes, classroom success and effective learning
results, innovations in teaching, leadership roles beyond the classroom,
professional development activities and experiences that enhance teaching
effectiveness, and past recognition and awards received as a faculty
The Innovator Award went to Office Systems Technology
Instructor Tamikah Brown. It is presented to the HCC employee who has
implemented a fresh or new idea that addresses the mission of the college.
Selection criteria includes innovation that supports the college's
mission, impact of the innovation, cost effectiveness, sustainability,
applications, and creativity.
The President's Leadership Award is presented to an
employee who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of HCC's
mission. The awards committee selects the recipient based on leadership
traits, setting the example for others to follow, personal commitment and
extraordinary dedication to the college mission, achievement and
demonstrated accomplishments, and self-improvement. The recipients
included JobLink Satellite Manager John Foriest, Dean of Continuing
Education & Community Services Vera Palmer, and Financial Aid Coordinator
The Spirit Award went to Director of Distance Learning
Beth Gray-Robertson. It is presented to the HCC employee who exemplifies
cooperation and enthusiasm and serves as a positive reflection of the
college's mission. Selection is based on demonstrating a strong commitment
to the community through activities that positively impact the region,
participating in college activities, facilitating positive collaboration
within the college, exhibiting a proactive attitude, motivating co-workers
and students to excel, service as a spokesperson and advocate for the
college, demonstrating a strong commitment to the college, and
contributing to the effectiveness of the college to carry out its mission.
Service awards were given to full-time employees who
have reached certain anniversaries of service. Those with five years of
service were Joyce Barnes, Kysha Gary, Patricia Gonshor, Kenneth Jones,
Tara Keeter, Robert Lee, Phillip Massey, Shawn Rudd, Sandra
Saunders-Smith, and Jerry Thompson.
Those with 10 years of service were Ada Harriss, Ricky
Nowell, Tyrone Parker, Leatrice Patillo, and Cynthia Walker. Lateef
Balogun, Melinda Cox, Doris Garner, James Harrell, James Pair, Tammy
Pleasant, and Therman Taylor were recognized for 15 years of service.
John Foriest and Virginia Griffin were recognized for 20
years of service. Thirty years of service employees were Jean McGee, Terry
Wheeler and Karen Wright.
Retirement honorees were also recognized. These included
Mary Hatchell, Emily Holmes, Pam Poythress, Ruby Vincent Ward, and Karen