College recognizes staff’s service at luncheon

Staff members and administrators of Maryville College gathered at the Airport Hilton in August to welcome new employees, thank outgoing members and congratulate others for milestone years in service at the 14th-annual staff recognition luncheon.

Jennifer Hunt, director of human resources, began the program by thanking all staff members for their impressive attendance at the luncheon. Approximately 160 attended. She also recognized the work they do in supporting the mission of the college.

After lunch, each vice president introduced the new staff members working in their division. Staff Council Chairperson-Elect Denise Beach introduced employees who are starting, completing or serving terms on staff council. Outgoing Chair Sheree O’Connor recognized Yosef Addis, Michelle Ballew-Safewright and Ellen Smyser for the awards they received during commencement for outstanding service during the 2006-2007 academic year.

Maryville College President Gerald W. Gibson presented pins, certificates and plaques to those who reached milestone years of service as of Aug. 31, 2007.

A record 19 staff members celebrated five years of service. Five-year pins went to Karyn Adams, assistant vice-president for marketing and communications; Mac Bartine, assistant director of admissions; Jenette Best, coordinator of purchasing and risk management; Bob Carr, Web manager; Kathleen Farnham, director of church relations; Danny Fish, head softball coach; Mark Fugate, director of information technology; Misty Gillespie, administrative assistant for the natural sciences, behavioral sciences and math and computer sciences divisions; Laura Gilley, admissions records coordinator; Chris Harvey, Public School English as a Second Language (PSESL) instructor; Sharon Heckert, PSESL teacher; Hope Hixson, PSESL teacher; Lori Hunter, director of learning services; Dot Lasley, PSESL teacher; Beth Lazar, administrative assistant of the division of fine arts; Genevieve Michael, general manager of the Maryville College Orchestra; Cole Piper, director of humanics and Mountain Challenge director of development; Linda Roder, housekeeping; and Jeannie Taylor, accounts payable manager.

Hunt received a framed 10-year certificate, along with Liz Anderson, database administrator; Karen Eldridge, director of news and public information; Johnni Freer, executive assistant to the vice-president and dean of the college; Burt Rosevear, music resource manager; and Alice Wilson, housekeeping.

Fifteen-year certificates were presented to Cheryl Frow, executive assistant to the office of admissions; and Sara Coffey, PSESL senior teacher.

Joining the college’s 25+ Year Club was Kay Pritchett, student accounts manager and cashier. For her years of service, she received a special plaque and pewter plate.

President Gibson closed the program by thanking staff members for “doing what they do every day.”

“I am very aware of the commitment of every person in this room,” he said. “You help make Maryville College a better learning environment for our students.”

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