Twelve outstanding employees at Stephens College were recognized by peers today for their outstanding commitment to the campus and the community.
At the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, the Distinguished Service Award—the highest level of recognition bestowed on a staff member—went to Greg Mankey, director of facilities management and a 27-year employee at Stephens College.
The Reaching for the Stars Award was given to two recipients this year. Richard Perkins was recognized for his commitment to making Stephens a more environmentally friendly campus. Custodian Stephen Cox also received the award for saving the College money by offering to move the Stephens Costume Shop to a new location over the summer—a move that would have cost had the College had to secure an outside contractor.
The Community Service Award, given for service outside of campus, went to Marissa Todd, director of alumnae relations and philanthropy. Todd is active in the Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Southwest Rotary and Columbia Entertainment Company.
The Customer Service Award is given to those on campus who display excellent service skills to their respective audiences. Candy O’Block, alumnae administrative assistant, was recognized for her positive attitude when greeting and helping alumnae and other visitors. Ruth Ann Burke, business manager for the School of Performing Arts, was honored for her commitment to students involved in theatre productions and to ensuring the successful operation of the Box Office. And Killian Kramer, admissions manager for undergraduate recruitment, was recognized for her dedication to recruiting students and remaining connected to them throughout their college years.
The Diversity Award this year went to two recipients: Linda Patte, who pulls double duty at Stephens by serving as administrative assistant to both the equestrian and digital filmmaking programs, and Kim Schellenberger, who ensures a diverse workforce through her role as director of human resources.
The Teamwork Award this year went to the staff of the Health and Wellness Center, including Dr. Kathy Doisy, director of health services, Gina Sanders, director of counseling, Mallory Langston, counseling fellow, and Mandi Schroff, administrative assistant of health services.
In a personalized message sent to everyone prior to the event, President Dianne Lynch expressed her appreciation for employees’ talent, dedication and service.
“Together, we are transforming this little college into one of the best in the nation,” she wrote.
Trustee Vicki Russell was the keynote speaker at the event.
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