In an effort to recognize outstanding employees who have truly excelled at Sampson Community College, the SCC Foundation saluted two winners and four finalists with the EXCEL Award at the annual Donor Appreciation Reception Wednesday evening, Sept. 19.
Since the award’s inception in 1991, the Foundation has honored countless employees who have exceeded expectations in the workplace. “While all SCC employees are vital to success, there are those who go above and beyond the call of duty at school and in the community,” explained Lisa Turlington, SCC Foundation executive director. “This year the selection committee had a challenging task of choosing winners because of the impressive pool of nominations. In the end, the committee selected four finalists as well as two winners.”
The recipients are awarded in two categories: instructional and non-instructional. To be a nominee, the nominator and the nominees must have been employed at SCC on a full-time basis for a minimum of three years. While it was a difficult selection process, Amelia Surratt, EXCEL Committee chairwoman says it was truly a rewarding experience. “It is a privilege to be part of this selection committee for it gives me an opportunity to read about these impressive individuals. The college is lucky to have these individuals on staff.”
This year’s EXCEL Award winner in the instructional category was Marvin Rondon, SCC evening director. Dr. Jay Gillispie, vice president of Academic Affairs, touted all of Rondon’s accomplishments. “At a small college like ours, people wear a lot of hats, but Marvin wears more than most. He teaches, he is the liaison between the Early College and SCC, he manages the adjunct faculty schedules, he is the Evening Director, and he even stays late every night to make sure everyone gets out of their buildings and safely to their cars. Not only does he go above and beyond in his job at SCC, he does so with a genuine smile and positive attitude that makes him one of SCC’s most valuable family members.”
Kelly Tart Jackson, director of Budgeting and Internal Controls in the Finance Division, received the non-instructional EXCEL award. According to Virginia Lucas, dean of Finance, Kelly is truly deserving of this honor of distinction. “Kelly always exhibits professionalism and competence in all areas of her job. She has many qualities that enable her to ‘EXCEL’ as a result of her excellent attitude, dependability, excellent leadership skills and warm personality that gives her the unique ability to get along with everyone. Kelly never waivers from her high standards of excellence and ethical expectations and produces a tremendous amount of quality work on a daily basis. Her accounting skills are second to none.”
The four EXCEL finalists were Lynn Cavenaugh, secretary of Health Programs; Compensatory Education instructor Dale C. Johnson; Marleen Powell, financial aid assistant; and supervisor of housekeeping Geneva Tatum. “This group consists of some of the most dedicated employees at SCC,” added Turlington. “The SCC Foundation is proud to recognize and reward our deserving colleagues for their outstanding service and for their excellence in fulfilling a lasting legacy for Sampson Community College.”