Sharlah Harvey, Human Resources Specialist II
Sharlah was nominated by Debbie Dieleman and Diana Morris. Both shared that Sharlah works hard and is very conscientious in all of her HR duties, but her work in implementing a streamlined, electronic Personnel Requisition process deserves special recognition.
She was determined to make this very cumbersome PR process now run smooth as silk. She is a true star for doing what no one else was ever able to do! Well done!”
Jim Powell, CIS Instructor
Nominated by Jeff Haig for setting up the Coding Club, which has exposed students who didn’t know they were interested to the opportunities in coding, and the Service Club, which has gone on trips to Mexico and Haiti to provide services and technology to people in need. He does so much for the College, and to bring new experiences to our students.
Michelle Correa, Program Assistant, ACCESS
Sharlah Harvey nominated Michelle. She not only does a great job with our students and ensuring that their needs are met but Michelle went above and beyond to help HR accommodate an employee’s needs to help them perform their job duties. She helped arrange for ASL translators and helped get hearing-assistive equipment on campus for staff and students.
Ingrid Johnson, Part-time Faculty, Library
Sandy Smith nominated Ingrid for her work with the NEA Big Read Morongo Basin. She was campus lead on this month-long endeavor encompassing one book read discussion at the Greenleaf Library and 20 other events. At the Big Read Kick Off event, she manned a booth promoting CMC. The booth was thoughtful, engaging, shared all that CMC has to offer and it had a steady stream of people the entire time! She presented herself with the utmost professionalism.
Maria Cruz, Admissions & Records Specialist II
Nominated by David Shook for creating a Pell Grant calculator for students to use in order to calculate their own Pell disbursements based on expected family contribution and enrollment. The new program displays all three of the semester’s percentages. Maria removed barriers for students and because of her professionalism she brought two departments together to benefit students.
Natalia Valdez, Custodian
Natalia was nominated by Meredith Plummer, Cathy Inscore and Ellen Baird for the excellent quality of her work, her enthusiasm for her job, her beaming smile and warm personality which inspire others to emulate her good cheer.
Brian Benton, Maintenance Worker
Tom Wilkinson, Skilled Maintenance Worker
The College had a sharp increase in Natural Gas usage and cost. Tom and Brian tracked down the reason for the increase. They determined through a malfunction of our heating system that the gas-fueled boilers were continuing to run through the spring and summer months. Catching this will save the College thousands of dollars. Additionally, they installed the new sliding TV’s in 8 classrooms across campus. This saved roughly $8,000 in installation costs that the IT department could then use to buy additional TVs.
Gina Bost, Office Support Specialist
Nominated by Dr. Heather Gilmore: Gina goes above and beyond. She does it with a smile and never gets bothered when she is feeling overwhelmed. She truly cares about each one of us faculty. I was having a bad day with my disability and she helped me bring my materials for class to my office. Gina has a heart of gold. I’ve never met anyone who truly cares deeply for her co-workers as she considers her family. She shows compassion to so many. I have witnessed her give, give, give, while enjoying doing for others. She is the epitome of the STAR award.
Lynda Burns, Sr. Admission & Records Specialist and School Certifying Official for Veterans
Gracie Shadowen recommended Lynda, for collecting funds from multiple faculty and staff for the Bowl-A-Thon which raised money for student scholarships, completing rush and regular transcripts for students while a co-worker was out on leave, making sure Veteran students are on the right path to complete their degree or certificate, trying to make sure every single student she encounters has the correct information and is able to move forward, and supporting other staff by asking about certain issues and taking care of them.
Cris Kauffmann, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/President
Jeff Cummings recognized Cris for her diligence in staying through to completion of a project on a day she was dealing with personal challenges. Cris often makes personal sacrifices to make sure the college meets its deadlines.
Cassie Nafziger, Counselor
Cassie was recognized by Jane Abell for her role with the Transfer Center and exposing student to various colleges, universities, and cultural outings through college visits and trips. Also for her work in spearheading and coordinating Basic Skills Boot Camp this year.
Cathy Itnyre, Social Sciences Faculty
Nominated by Eva Kinsman:
Cathy has spent hours after her busy work day making and baking dozens of homemade cookies for our female and male basketball teams to enjoy as they travel to each of their away games. Cathy has been a positive and involved faculty member for many years, always going the “extra mile” in support of students and CMC.
Joshua Torres, Program Assistant – Student Success Center, was recognized by Jane Abell for his positive attitude and going the extra mile in supporting students and staff at the SSC and ACCE East. He is always there to answer questions, listen, and help students with a friendly smile and calming presence when they need assistance.
Summer Grenzow, Student Support Specialist
Summer consistently goes out of her way to help students with whatever they may need to be successful at CMC. For example, Summer frequently uses our lab to help students complete the FAFSA. Her high-touch approach to serving students and her willingness to learn new things is very appreciated.
Jacob Kevari, Dean of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
The Star Award is presented to Jacob for his excellent work in preparing the campus for the accreditation visit while also serving as the Interim CIO.
Cathy Inscore, Library Specialist
Recommended for the award by Sandy Smith and Sara Hutson in the Foundation for assisting a student who was dealing with the suicide of a family member.
Professor Leann Christiansen, Mathematics
For leadership in the math department, committees, including Basic Skills. Also for her determination to always see projects through to completion, and for reaching beyond silos to ensure good communication.
Christina Eastin, Educational Support Specialist
For seeing Copper Mountain College through a time of transition by covering 1, 2, or 3 jobs at a time.
Jared Zwicker, Fiscal Services Accountant
For being the glue that holds Copper Mountain College together, and for going above and beyond in all areas of the college.