Star Award

The Star Award:

1. Is available to all employees – faculty and classified employees, management, and supervisors.
2. Anyone can nominate an employee for the award.
3. The award will travel from one winner to the next.
4. Awardees will receive recognition and documentation of being Star Award recipients.

Please fill out form below to nominate a CMC employee for exemplary acts of service.

Star Award Receptiants

September 2020
Kathy McBride, Fiscal Services Technician 1/Purchasing
Nominated by Meredith Plummer. Kathy reached out to me this week to increase her hours in order to take care of the students. That is how much she cares about the students. Today I overheard her on a call with a student. Kathy calls back every missed call, regardless if they left a message, to make sure they were taken care of. This was one of those students. The student was so grateful and completely blown away. She told Kathy that CMC is way above in customer service than any other school she has been to. This student came from Moreno Valley. Kathy goes above and beyond every day for the students.

picture of Jeremy Jones Star Award recipient

August 2020
Jeremy Jones, Programmer
Nominated by Krystal Avila, Cassie Naftziger and Vicky Velasquez: Jeremy has a great attitude, is always eager to help, always polite, patient, gets things done in a timely manner and personally follows up . He has an incredible amount of work and is continuously inundated from a multitude of departments. He understands that our students are extremely important to us. His work in transitioning the Student Orientation to Canvas, and getting it to communicate with Colleague, was instrumental. The counselors are extremely grateful to have his assistance and expertise, but most of all to have him as a colleague. He was also nominated by Meredith Plummer for his excellent work in setting up the Touchnet Online Payment System, bringing to students the ability to pay online for the first time in CMC history.

picture of star award

July 2020
Cris Kauffmann, Executeve Assist. to the Superintendent/President.
Nominated by Dr. Daren Otten. Cris goes above and beyond all the time, however in preparation for CMC’s first virtual Board of Trustee Meeting, she truly flew over the moon. To help get the Trustee’s ready to participate in the Zoom meeting, she attended several webinars on the best practices for Zoom Board Meetings, and then she conducted one on one Zoom meetings with each Trustee, for training. The time Cris put in and patience that she displayed as she became not only technical support for our Trustees but also a social outlet for some who have not been away from there home since the March Board meeting is truly noteworthy! Thank you Cris!

photo of Jenn ODonnell

May 2020
Jennifer O’Donnell, Dean of Student Services
Nominated by the Counselors: Krystal Avila, Cassie Naftziger and Vicky Velasquez. They said, “In July of 2019 Jenn was hired on as the Interim Dean of Student Services, while still maintaining the Base Coordinator duties. Within months she was tasked with most of the responsibilities for the Executive Dean of Student Services and Equity Chief Student Services Officer, who was on leave. Although we were all confident in her abilities as an administrator, our confidence only grew during this time. We all know that we can count on her positive and supportive nature and have great respect for her and her leadership.”

photo of star award and Emily Helms desk

May 2020
Emily Helm, Administrative, Assistant I, Facilities and Operations
Nominated by Dr. Paul Delaney, Science Faculty, for going above and beyond in her efforts to support improvements in safety for the science building. Her active support from beginning to end of this project has resulted in a well-organized and safer workspace.

photo of Maria and Roseanna

March 2020
Roseanna Speer, ALT-Media Specialist
Roseanna’s position as President of CSEA can be difficult and rewarding. Recently she collaborated with HR to offer an Employee Development Training Day for classified employees. The accommodations and meals were great. The various sessions, group teamwork, and educational training was awesome. Her focus on employee development and collaboration helped classified employees receive training and development that will help us further the mission of CMC and the vision of the Chancellor’s Office.

Photo of star award Jeff DeMorrow

January 2020
Jeff DeMorrow, Groundskeeper
Jeff has done an incredible job on the grounds at CMC. The beauty of our grounds here catches my eye every day I come to work. Jeff is polite, helpful, and committed to making and keeping this campus beautiful. He is head of groundskeeping, administrative support, and lone snake wrangler. Jeff maintains 156 acres on the campus. His responsibilities include not only cultivating a spectacular example of xeriscape landscaping, but also maintains the tortoise preserve, stormwater drainage systems, weed abatement, and lawn and tree care. His desert garden at CMC has been lauded by individuals and organizations throughout the Morongo Basin and beyond. He achieved the first 100% positive rating by employees in the 2019 survey.

2019 Past Star Award Receptiants

December 2019
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!”

picture of Jim Powel and Jeff Haig

November 2019
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.

Photo of Michelle Correa and Sharlah Harvey

November, 2019
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.

photo and text about Ingrid Johnson star award recipient

October 2019
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.

photo of Maria Cruz receiving the Star Award

September 2019
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.

Photo of employee with award

September 2019
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.

August 2019
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.

photo of Gina Bost receiving star award

July 2019
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.

photo of Lynda Burns star award

June 2019
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.

photo of Cris Kauffmann and Jeff Cummings

June 2019
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.

photo of Cassie Nafziger and Jane Abell

June 2019
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.

photos of Cathy Itnyre and Eva Kinsman

May 2019
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.

photo of Joshua Torres and Jane Abel

May 2019
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.

photo of Summer Grenzow Star Award

April 2019
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.

photo of Jacob Kevari Award star award

March 2019
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.

February 2019
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.

January 2019
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.

January 2019
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.

January 2019
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.

The following individual deserves special recognition for exemplary acts of service on behalf of the students and mission of Copper Mountain College.

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