Red carpet treatment

Pellissippi State honors employees at annual ceremony

Pellissippi State Technical Community College hosted its annual ceremony recognizing employees for outstanding service, longevity and retirement on April 23. The event took place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus. This year’s theme was “The People’s Choice Awards.”

Faculty and staff entered the CPAC by walking down the red carpet, and some were stopped and interviewed by “Joan Rivers” and her daughter, “Melissa” (Pat Myers and Brooke Wilson of the Pellissippi State Foundation). Audrey Williams, director of Educational Technology Services, served as ceremony host.

Each of the college’s four sites -- the Pellissippi Campus, Division Street Campus, Magnolia Avenue Campus and Blount County Center -- as well as the Small Business Development Center, participated in the ceremony.

Pellissippi State recognized employees at five-year increments of service, retiring employees and council presidents, and then the Outstanding Employee Awards were presented. Award winners received a plaque, medallion and check, and retirees received a clock.

Funding for all awards was provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation Board of Trustees Awards Committee interviewed and selected the winner of the three most prestigious awards: Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary.

n The Excellence in Teaching Award went to Mary Nietling, associate professor of English at the Division Street Campus. She received $1,500 for innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they’ve had on students. Nietling wrote a textbook/workbook for the English as a Second Language developmental writing class that is designed to prepare non-native English speakers for more advanced college writing courses.

n The Innovations Award, which carried with it a $1,000 prize, was awarded to the team of Kathy Douthat, Joan Newman, Ann Satkowiak, Rosalyn Tillman and Gayle Wood. The award is given to a project that demonstrates “success of creative and original instructional and learning support activities.” Each member of the team had written grant proposals in 2009 for Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity programs. All proposals had as their goal “to improve or initiate access programs for a variety of student groups and to assist in recruiting a diverse workforce.”

n Mary Monroe-Ellis, dean of Transitional Studies, received $1,000 as the 2009 Gene Joyce Visionary. The award recognizes external outreach projects that have an impact on the community. Monroe-Ellis was awarded for her work in redesigning Pellissippi State’s Developmental Studies Program in reading, writing and mathematics. The outcome of the changes was a spring 2009 retention rate for DSP students that was higher than the rate for non-DSP students, a first for the program.

n Additional award winners were Gail Maples, Outstanding Technical/Service Maintenance Employee; Yolanda Roebuck, Outstanding Support Professional; Rachael Cragle, Outstanding Administrator; Martha Merrill, Outstanding Full-time Faculty; and Fred Draper, Outstanding Adjunct Faculty. Each winner received $100.

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