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June 2008

Congratulations Syble Hackworth, for being awarded the Dining & Hospitality Services Employee of the Month for June 2008. Syble was nominated by her supervisors in appreciation for the consistently outstanding performance she demonstrates. Syble is dependable, friendly, hard working, and is a positive influence on those around her. She interacts well with students, co-workers and management alike and takes tremendous pride in her job. Syble_Hackworth
Bob Watson has been nominated as Employee of the Month. Bob started part-time in the Grounds department November, 2004 then became a full-time employee in October, 2006. Bob is one of those unsung but very important people who are so important in keeping the College running. His primary responsibilities are trash collection, keeping all the dumpsters empty, and processing recyclable materials. If you see a large blue tractor driving around with the dumpster on the back…that’s Bob. It was his enthusiasm and perseverance in handling recycling and trash that inspired the current recycling and waste operation model. His daily performance significantly reduces the amount of waste leaving campus and entering the land-fills, but instead diverts many tons into recycling. He is always suggesting better practices for the grounds department. His current passion is to establish more ground cover and wild flowers, from campus stock, to reduce future mulch demands. You can see his handy work around Wesley Hall and Burns Street apartments. If you get a chance, thank Bob for his service to the college. June205
Bill McCoy has been employed by Albion College since 2004 and has recently been promoted to director of Maintenance and Energy Management. Bill is relentless in making sure that we see the students as our #1 customer. He is highly driven to succeed at any goal set before him. He will take time to thoroughly explain his thoughts or ideas. He helps us to understand why and how something we are not familiar with works. He also serves a key role in Albion’s energy management and conservation program. Congratulations on a job well done! June206

May 2008

Congratulations to Dan Knapp for being selected as the Dining & Hospitality Services “Employee of the Month” for May 2008. Dan has worked as a stock handler for a number of years & always does his job with pride. He always works hard & always makes sure events go off without a hitch. This April and May, Dan worked tirelessly on many different events such as the Inauguration, the Board of Trustees, countless “end-of-the year events” & Commencement; just to name a few. Much of Dan’s work is done “behind the scenes” & we are proud to honor him. Keep up the good work, Dan!
Dawn Leightner has been nominated by her co-workers as Employee of the Month. Dawn has been employed by Albion College since March, 1986, originally in Dining and Hospitality Services and now with Facilities Operations in Campus Services. Dawn "always has a smile on her face, is always willing to help another person in need and completes her jobs - even when thrown additional items to be completed that day! She completes her work in a timely fashion, tries to show her student workers things about Campus Services that they didn't know, and is always there to listen." Congratulations to Dawn on being nominated for Employee of the Month. dawn_leightner
Lisa Locke started her Albion College career in 1995 as Director of Residential Life, in the Student Affairs Division. After a number of years in that position, she moved to the Information Technology Division to become Student Computing Coordinator, and Director of the Digital Portfolio project, working with students to create and maintain portfolios of their learning and experience at the College. She then served as Director of User Services, until October, 2007, when she was tapped to become the Interim Director of Human Resources. As you can see from Lisa’s vast experience with the College she is a very valuable employee. Her willingness to switch gears and take on the human resources arena is much appreciated. Her knowledge, work ethic, and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done makes her a perfect candidate for this award. Lisa spends her spare time with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Annie, born in 2007, and their two dogs. Lisa_Locke

March 2008

Congratulations to Judy Williams from the Eat Shop Café & Study Lounge for being named Employee of the Month for March 2008!! Judy has been with Albion College for many years & has always been a stellar employee. Judy has a wonderful smile, is very witty & always has something nice to say to everyone she meets. Judy is truly an asset to the Eat Shop Cafe and her managers and co-workers are honored to work with her. Her hard work is one of the reasons the Eat Shop Cafe is enjoying unprecedented success. Judy_Williams
Randy Richards has been nominated as the Facilities Operations Employee of the Month. Randy has been with the College since December of 1985 and is currently a Maintenance/Technician III specializing in the carpentry and locksmith areas. Randy has exceptional and versatile skills as a craftsman and is frequently called upon when those unique skills are required. Randy has steadily progressed through the department displaying the initiative to obtain the further training necessary to move to positions of increased responsibility. Randy is one of those quiet, dependable, behind-the-scenes, people who rarely get the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to Randy as Employee of the Month. richards
George Halkett was recruited to be the Director of our new Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center in 2004. Since that time, the Equestrian Center has almost doubled in size. George is meticulous and is known for his critical eye. It is joked that anything out of order shouts and waves at him as he walks by. Due to this, the Equestrian Center is known as a premiere facility. It is because of his hard work, long hours and devotion to the equestrian life that the Held Center is a source of pride for the College. George has been instrumental in the rise of Equestrian student recruitment which benefits both the Center and the College. George’s mind never stops thinking of ways to improve processes and he is always developing new initiatives to benefit the Center, College and community relations. George’s reputation, extensive knowledge and wonderful way with people make him a valuable asset to the College. Thank you for everything you do! George

January 2008

Andrew Hay is the January 2008 Employee of the Month. Andy is being recognized for his continued commitment to Albion College and the services it provides our students. He enthusiastically gives ideas and effort as a cook in Baldwin Hall. In addition, his work with Facilities Operations over winter break were thought highly of by management in that area. Andy is well respected by his co-workers and is a consistent performer. AndyHay
Jeff Watson has been with Facilities Operations since 1989 and is currently a Maintenance II assigned to Mitchell Towers, Munger Place, The Mae, Burn St. Apartments, and Dean Hall. Jeff has been nominated by his fellow employees for Employee of the Month due to his "always great attitude, willingness to help where ever needed, pride in his work and good teamwork effort." Further he is described as one who consistently "does his job with 110% effort and ability." Jeff has a contagious good humor which can be a real asset in working in student residential areas. Congratulations to Jeff! watson_Jeff
Diana Hopkins was hired in 1980 as a computer programer. On April Fool’s Day of 1997 Diana was promoted to Senior Programmer Analyst. No, it was not an April Fool’s joke as Diana was more than deserving. Diana is usually working before 7:00am every day so she is the morning greeter of the IT staff. She is one of the most dedicated employees at the College. Along with her usual responsibilities, recently she has revised a number of financial reports, scanned innumerable faculty evaluations, and is helping the Financial Aid office while they are short-staffed. Diana is always willing to help out and always goes the extra mile to make sure things are done right. Diana is also well known for her "world renowned candy jars"!! Whenever you need a stress break, you know where to go for a heart-warming smile and sweets! Congratulations Diana! Hopkins_Diana

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