April 2007

Congratulations Mariana Solis, for being awarded the Dining & Hospitality Services Employee of the Month for April 2007. Mariana (“Maria”) has been a dependable and dedicated employee for 18 years. She takes tremendous pride in her work and truly cares about the quality of food she produces for our students, faculty and staff. Her supervisors and co-workers have described her as “dependable, pleasant, and one who always plans ahead”. Marianna_Solis
Tracy Markovich has been employed by the College since 1995 as a Maintenance/Technician IV. His primary responsibility is operation of the central boiler plant and steam distribution system. Tracy has been nominated by his co-workers for his "ability, leadership, and endless drive that he shows each and every day. His knowledge is vast, his willingness to help others is great, but the most valuable feature is his caring for how the College functions." Tracy is a very hard working and conscientious employees who can be counted on both to do his job and to respond to any emergency. Tracy_Markovich
Scott Stephen has been part of the IT team since 1988 and is well known on campus for his smiling face and pleasant, helpful disposition. He is always willing to lend a helping hand, be it syncing someone’s palm, helping with a Banner issue or giving directions to someone who is lost. During the past two years, Scott has taken on additional responsibilities due to staffing changes and more recently has (with a smile on his face) taken on even more new projects and responsibilities and has shouldered the extra load due to Lisa Locke being off on maternity leave. Currently, he is the “last director standing”. We appreciate his “whatever it takes” attitude and he is truly a valued member of the IT team! Scottsm

March 2007

Randy Lee has been with the college since 1996. Randy has been a dependable and loyal employee for 9 years. His warm smile and friendliness are appreciated by his fellow staff members. Randy cares about others and truly brightens the day of those around him. Congratulations for being awarded the Dining & Hospitality Services Employee of the Month for March 2007! Randy_Lee
Chris Anderson has been with the College since 1981 as a Carpenter. Chris is described by his fellow workers as being a very talented craftsman and willing to take on challenging projects. He takes great pride in his work while consistently looking for cost effective solutions to problems. He is always willing to help both others in the department and throughout campus. Chris has received numerous letters of thanks and appreciation from those he has assisted in various project work. Chris is a very conscientious worker and a real asset both to the department and the College. Chris_Anderson
Linda Robinson is an Albion native, and began work at the College in November, 1971, following her graduation from Michigan State University. She spent 26 years in the Central Records department of Institutional Advancement, moving to Information Technology as a Banner and database support specialist in 1997. Linda enjoys working with databases like Banner, Access, and SQL Server, using her knowledge of the data to provide administrative reports and to keep computerized records accurate and up-to-date. In the past few months, her skills have been especially instrumental in gathering information for decision-making by the Executive Vice President regarding future directions for the College. We are pleased that she is a part of our administrative staff. (And don't forget to ask her about her cats!) LindaR

January 2007

Michele Bramble has been with the College since March 2000. Because of her dependability, work ethic and leadership ability, Michele Bramble was recently promoted to Unit Leader in the Eat Shop. Michele provides excellent customer service and is well-liked by the students. Also, showing her customary positive attitude, teamwork and demonstrated skill, Michele was an integral part of successful winter break projects. Michelle
Russ Henson has been with the College since 1987, initially in Housekeeping. He currently works in Campus Services managing inventories, making deliveries, and setting up for events throughout the campus. Russ is exceptionally hard working, frequently doing more work than is reasonably expected of one person. He has exemplary attendance and proven commitment both to his job and the College. He is dependable, works with a minimum of supervision, and can be counted upon to complete the task at hand. This is a department which experienced a staff reduction with Russ picking up much of the extra work. Russ
Don Masternak has been with the college since 1990, initially as the College Architect and presently as the Associate Director of Facilities Operations. Don is very hard working and has exceptionally high standards regarding the quality of the work. During the recent holiday break Don taught and then lead a diverse group of Dining Services, Clerical, Grounds, and student employees in painting and remodeling projects. Don provided exceptional on-site leadership, frequently working along side the employees to demonstrate how the work is to be done properly. Together this group did an exceptional quantity of high quality work in a very cost effective manner. Don

February 2007

Phyllis Motley has been with the College since May of 1990. Phyllis was nominated by her peers, which is a true tribute to her effect on others. Her co-workers feel that Phyllis “always has a positive attitude regardless of circumstances”. She interacts well with students and takes tremendous pride in her job. Congratulations Phyllis!! Phyllis_Motley
Olin Kissinger has been with the college since 1996 as a Maintenance II. Ollie is a very dependable, hard working employee assigned to work on the boiler plant and steam distribution system performing a very important job that is almost totally unknown. Ollie roams the tunnels, mechanical rooms, and hidden recesses of the campus inspecting the thousands of steam traps and other devices which make the steam distribution system work properly. (A steam trap is a device which assures that steam releases all its energy in the proper place before being returned as condensate). He has documented over $56,000 in energy savings this winter due to this preventative maintenance program. Thank you Ollie for your diligent work behind the scenes which makes Albion College a better place for all of us to live and work. Olin_K

Mark Frever has been with the college since 2002 as Grounds Supervisor. Mark is a graduate of Michigan State University specializing in Turf Management. Under Mark's leadership exceptional progress has been made in improving the quality of college athletic fields including installation of underground irrigation, field renovations, and implementation of turf management practices necessary to produce a top quality product. These efforts were recognized this year by the Michigan Turf Grass Managers Association naming the Morley Fraser Field as Field of the Year. Mark has also shown exceptional leadership and creativity in efforts to reduce our waste disposal costs and enhance recycling. Congratulations to Mark and his staff!


November 2006

Left to right: Troy VanAken, Executive VP; Roberta (Bert) Wilbur, Facilities; Sandy Smith-Nelson, Dining; Pat Miller, Administration and; Ken Kolmodin, Director of Facilities


Sandy Smith-Nelson began her employment at Albion College on October 23, 1974 as a general dining service worker. Due to her adaptability, Sandy has worked her way up to the Crew Leader/Cashier/Grill Cook position. Sandy runs the day-to-day operations at the Eat Shop including the ordering, cash operations, choosing the daily specials, scheduling and keeping the students and staff happy. Everyone that comes in contact with Sandy cannot help but be affected by her sense of humor, fairness and willingness to make the best of any situation. Sandy is not afraid to challenge you, but will make sure in the end, the task is carried out to the best of her ability. She takes a great deal of pride in her work, is very organized, adaptable and gets along very well with the students and all her co-workers. These are only some of the things that make Sandy Smith-Nelson a great employee. All that know her love her not only as a co-worker but as a person who makes a special friend.


Roberta (Bert) Wilbur has been with the College since 1973 and is currently the most senior employee in the department. She is in Housekeeping and has been the Group Leader for many years. She is currently assigned to supervise the housekeepers in Wesley Hall. She has exceptionably high standards of quality and can always be counted on to help out where ever needed. Housekeeping is an area which has experienced budgetary challenges. Through this she maintains excellent standards and works exceptionally well with students and staff.


Pat Miller has been with Albion College since 1979. Her personality and people skills along with the expertise of her job knowledge allow her to act and successfully implement important changes and improvements as interim Director of Dining. She worked with the dining supervisors and hourly dining staff to determine the methodology to implement the proper configuration of part-time and full-time personnel resources and other resources in relation to budgeting. Pat has excelled in the areas of dedication to her work, dependability in critical situations, and the execution of duties and responsibilities over an extended period of time and is commended by management, her peers, and the College for her devotion to her work. Pat handled a tremendous load of work, and she did so with a high level of professionalism and good humor. She is a team player and she employs the team concept in her daily correspondence with her employees. Her determination in getting the job done, no matter how difficult or complicated is evident in all her daily tasks and responsibilities. She always maintains her composure and performs her duties in a professional manner. Her exemplary service has not gone unnoticed by her staff and co-workers who highly embraced her because she always has time to help them, no matter what the task.


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