Linda Clark - Dining & Hospitality Services is pleased to announce Linda Clark as our November 2010 Employee of the Month. Linda has been with the department since August 1995 and has proven to be a critical team member. Her vast knowledge and skill has proven itself over and over, particularly with a recent event. Upon Linda learning that an event was 3 hours earlier than scheduled, Linda jumped into hyper gear and took charge. Her coordination and quick thinking ensured that the event went on without a hitch; in fact many guests did not even notice a thing was wrong! We are glad and proud to have Linda as a part of our team and look forward to many more years and events with her as a key part of the team.
Ron Wright has been nominated as the Facilities Operations Employee of the Month. Ron was hired as a Painter and is the newest of our maintenance workers having only been with the College since May 2010. Almost immediately upon his arrival we have had staff shortages requiring him to fill in elsewhere. Among other things he has been the Building Maintenance Worker in Wesley Hall and assisted with problems in Munger Place. He has done an excellent job filling in and exhibited a wide range of maintenance abilities. He has also done an admirable job with his original job, painting. Thank you Ron for your hard work and versatility in helping out wherever necessary.
Danielle Menteer, associate director of the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center since July 2007, is our Employee of the Month for November. She serves as a riding instructor for the Center's programs and is the coach for Albion College's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) equestrian team, which she has led to the National Finals in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her vast experience and skill in the equine industry give her a great edge while supervising the Held Center horses, students and staff. During the show season, she also competes on one of the Held Center school horses at dressage competitions at the FEI levels. Danielle consistently goes over and above with the effort and time she puts in at the Held Center. She concentrates on helping students and horses, working tirelessly to host the many events at the Center, coordinating activities, and assisting in the development of the programs and facilities. Thanks for all that you do, Danielle!
Verna Lafayette - Dining & Hospitality Services is pleased to announce Verna Lafayette as the Employee of the Month for December 2010. Verna has worked for Albion College since January 2005 and is best known for her reliability, hard work, and job skill. While she is often hidden away in the back of the house, Verna keeps the gears of our operation running like a well-oiled machine. Her motivation, drive, and initiative keep her a constant buzz around the dishroom, pot & pan room and laundry room. Verna definitely helps us maintain a sense of efficiency and quality in the services we provide. We couldn't ask for much better performance from an employee. Now if we could only clone her skills...Someone help us tie her down. Catch her if you can!
Spencer Feraco, BJ Konkle, Devin Underhill and Casen Sharp - Facilities Operations has received several recommendations to nominate Spencer Feraco, BJ Konkle, Devin Underhill and Casen Sharp for the Employee of the Month Teamwork Award. These are Albion College students working during the holiday break. Working together they refinished over 170 tablet arm chairs which had been damaged by wear and graffiti. Thanks to their hard work these can be back in service for next semester, good as new. Student employees are an important part of the Facilities Operations maintenance effort and these are an excellent example of what can be accomplished. Thanks for all you do.
Melinda Kraft joined Information Technology in June, 1999, as the Residential Computing Coordinator. By July of 2001, she had become an instructional technologist. In 2008 became the supervisor of that area and in 2010 became the Director. She has a strong interest in new hardware and software and encourages us to look at new and different technologies. Over the past few years she has developed a strong expertise in web programming, and has been a vital support for the implementation of the College's new web presence. We appreciate her dedication and diligence in helping us meet this important goal. Thanks, Melinda.
Vanessa Powell and Malissa Webb - Dining and Hospitality would like to recognize two deserving employees for January employee of the month. Vanessa Powell and Malissa Webb spent a great deal of time over the pastHoliday break completing a very important projectfor the department. Both ladies learned the Dining and Hospitality department's new food management software program, Computrition. Vanessa and Missy spent three weeks researching, writing and inputting recipe information vital to the operation of this program. They have both shown great pride and interest in their work on this project and now possess the knowledge of the Computrition program to help their co-workers learn to use the program to the department's advantage. Thank you Vanessa and Missy for your dedication.
Don Masternak, Managing Director of Facilities Operations, has been nominated as the Facilities Operations Employee of the Month. While Don makes many noteworthy contributions this nomination is to specifically recognize his graduation from the APPA Institute for Facilities Management. APPA is a national organization for facilities professionals. The Institute for Facilities Management is a four year (one week per year) intensive training program specifically designed for those who are dedicated to excellence in all aspects of facilities leadership in higher education. Congratulations Don on graduation from the Institute!
Carolyn Killewald '04 is the office manager and horse show secretary at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. Her role at the Held Center includes planning events and projects, working with accounts receivable, purchasing, and serving as a liaison between the Center and its students, as well as community members and the faculty/staff of Albion College. For competitions, she is in charge of coordinating competitors' entries and fees, issuing awards, and tracking results. Carolyn's attention to detail, easy going nature, and knowledge of the horse world make her invaluable to her co-workers at the Held Center and an integral part of the Albion College staff. Thank you, Carolyn, for everything you do – and we do mean everything!
Gladys Embry - Dining & Hospitality Services is excited to announce Gladys Embry as our Employee of the Month for February 2011. Gladys has quite an extensive history within our department. Hired as a full-time employee in February 1966, she provided her superior skills as a salad room prep cook and later as a first cook. While she left to work within the housekeeping department for a period, Gladys came back to her roots and retired from her full-time position within Dining & Hospitality Services in June 1997. Being the busy-body that she is, though, retirement couldn't keep her away from her dedication to serve the students and she returned to our department as a part-time employee in 2005. Ever since, Gladys has demonstrated her skills and flexibility in several areas throughout our operation. She's the first person to pitch-in during a crisis and is always willing to help out the team. While many of the traits that make Gladys an invaluable employee aren't necessarily seen by the guests whom she serves, they definitely know her best for her smiling face, helping hand, and infectious laugh.
Mark Frever has been nominated as the Facilities Operations Employee of the Month. Mark, along with all the workers in Grounds and many from elsewhere in the department who helped out is to be congratulated for an excellent job in snow and ice removal during recent storms. Many long hours of hard work, frequently all through the night, were necessary to keep the College open when most everyone around us was closed. Thank you to Mark and the many other for their commitment and dedication to providing a safe environment for us all.
Craig Stangland - We are pleased to announce Craig Stangland as the Administrative Employee of the Month for February 2011. Craig is the Sales and Events Manager for Dining & Hospitality Services and has responsibilities in catering, dining, summer conferences, and lodging. This February, Craig shined on multiple occasions. He demonstrated excellent leadership and work ethic during the campus flu outbreak, and provided a great deal of assistance to three new student business ventures. Additionally, he was acknowledged for his superior customer service to Accreditation Team members and the Albion College Board of Trustees. Thank you Craig for all you do!