Approximately 150 staff members and administrators of Maryville College gathered at the Alumni Gym Aug. 4 to welcome new employees, thank outgoing members and congratulate others for milestone years in service during the College’s 16th-annual Staff Recognition Luncheon.
Jennifer Hunt, director of human resources, began the program by thanking all staff members for their attendance at the luncheon and the work they do in supporting the mission of the College.
With regard to current staff, Hunt acknowledged that the previous year was marked by a lot change - good and bad, big and small.
“By now, we should all be good at adapting to change… We are stronger together. Keep your heads high. Continue to do the good work you do each and every day. We will have a good year ahead if we work together,” Hunt charged the audience.
During his last Staff Recognition Luncheon as president, Gibson shared an ideal from MC’s fifth president, Dr. Samuel Tyndale Wilson: “to be beyond question the best possible college.”
“I take pride in all that you have accomplished during these past 16 years,” continued Gibson, “and look forward with confidence and excitement to what you will do to make Maryville truly ‘a college of distinction.’”
Following the noon meal, each vice president introduced the new staff members working in his or her division. Eric Bellah, Staff Council Chair 2008 - 2009, recognized three employees, Vandy Kemp, Micki Pruitt and Eric Etchison, who had been presented awards at Commencement 2009 for outstanding service during the 2008-2009 academic year. Eddie Lovin, Staff Council Chair 2009 - 2010, also introduced those employees starting, completing and serving terms on Staff Council.
Hunt reported that 11 staff members were celebrating five years of service. Five-year pins went to: Denise Beach, instructional technology support specialist; Alayne Bowman, senior assistant director of admissions and transfer students; Diana Canacaris, assistant director for stewardship and alumni affairs; Preston Fields, director of volunteer services; Holly Jackson-Ludlow, vice president of advancement and community relations; Marina Jaffe, circulation coordinator; Keni Lanagan, assistant director of human resources; Paula McGhee, director of diversity programming; Jim Moore, regional admissions advisor; Sandor Pardi, network administrator; and Tobby Ryan, network technician.
Framed 10-year certificates went to: Vicki McNutt, mail services manager; Linda Millsaps, housekeeper; Nancy Pyanoe, assistant vice president of finance; Vickie Smith, assistant registrar; Betty Thomason, PSESL instructor; and Bonnie West, administrative assistant in education.
Fifteen-year certificates were presented to: Rick Henderson, mechanical trades, and Marta Mosteit, PSESL instructor.
Among those receiving plaques for 20 years of service were: Pepe Fernandez, head soccer coach; Robert Hutchens, executive director of the Clayton Center for the Arts; Jean LaForest, coordinator of PSESL; and Susan McFalls, assistant director of the Center for International Education.
Bruce Guillaume, director of mountain challenge, received a 25-year service award. Martha Hess, registrar, received a 35-year service award to a standing ovation.
Members of the College’s 25+ Year Club were also recognized. They included: Martha Hess, registrar; Randy Lambert, head men’s basketball coach; Linda Moore, associate director of admissions; and Kay Pritchett, student accounts manager and cashier.
Bringing the program to a close, President Gibson reminded luncheon attendees of former staff members - devoted and productive employees - who could be credited for much of the success of the College today.
“This College has been blessed over the years of its history with legendary staff members, people like Mr. Mac (E.E. McCurry) and Brownie (Ernest C. Brown) and Miss Clemmie Henry and Lombe Honaker and Viola Lightfoot and Sharon Murphy Crane,” he said. “There are people here in this room whose names will join this roster because everyone recognizes that they show dedication, work hard and have an unremitting devotion to that ‘college of distinction’ vision.