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Employee Recognition

Formal Employee Recognition Programs

Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways. Scroll down to see a list of LCC's formal recognition programs, along with ideas for informally recognizing your employees.


Pickle Award

Pickle Award

LCC is recognizing exemplary customer-service by the "passing the pickle" movement. Recipients of the pickle are tasked with passing it on when they notice their peer doing something spectacular! At the end of the year, the employee with the top customer service story will receive the ultimate Platinum Pickle!

December 2019 Pickle Report


Giver
Recipient
Reason


Mavourneen Rister
Katelyn Berezo
Katlyn never hesitates when I seek her out for help with my students, she is an amazing mentor to her tutors (babies), and she goes above and beyond to help any student in need of supplies or help with just an ear to listen. I am grateful for her kind heart and her passion with her job. She makes the Learning Commons a brighter place. Girl, you are the bomb diggity!

Katelyn Berezo
Abbie Leavens
Abbie constantly goes out of her way to provide both internal and external customer service. She is always smiling and asking “how can I help?” She always goes above and beyond to make sure the tutors feel confident about any prompts she has assigned. Which in turn, allows the tutors to provide the best level of service to her students.

Marie Boisvert
Melissa Falter

The day of the flag hanging ceremony, we had ordered hot water and cups from catering, and our plan was to bring in some sesame-bean paste balls as an international snack. I knew where to get some frozen ones from an Asian grocery in Vancouver, and went to pick them up the morning of. To my horror, as I took them of the shelf, I read on the packet, “deep fry instructions”. I called Julie and let her know our dilemma. We reached out to Melissa to ask if there was any way they could fry them up for that afternoon’s event (fully expecting and understanding that the answer would probably be “no”). She said yes! And although they have never fried anything like that before, they were willing to give it a shot. They came out beautifully and were a big hit at the event. We were so grateful, it was so great to have those as part of the event, and she made it possible!


Daniel Hines
Tamara Boyco
I gave her the award for the outstanding job she does for this establishment. She has always been extremely helpful in regards to any question I have, regardless of when I was a work study or currently as full-time classified staff. Tamara is a HUGE asset to Lower Columbia College, and she deserves the acclamation. She always has a positive attitude and I appreciate all she does for not only her department, but for the college itself. She knows exactly what hospitality is all about.

Abbie Leavens
Danielle Casey
Danielle is a shining star in eLearning. Every single question I ever have for her, she answers in a timely fashion—sometimes seconds, never longer than a few hours, and if she doesn’t know an answer, she works hard to find it out and update me on her findings. In addition to her speedy responsiveness, she’s just a bright, approachable human being that I appreciate each time I need to visit eLearning. I am certain she has the same rapport with students, and our students need and deserve a sympathetic ear and a devoted professional.

Linda Clark

Wendy Hall

I chose Wendy because she is always so approachable, helpful, kind and patient no matter what her current workload is like (and, she works like a Trojan)! She was so helpful to me last week dealing with a web editing issue.

Past Pickle Recipients

Giver
Recipient
Reason


Theresa Stalick,
Transitional Studies
Rodney Miller,
Welding 
Rodney went the extra mile by bringing his welding class into Transitional Studies to do the CASAS test. This ultimately led to the majority of the students becoming eligible for I-BEST and enrolling soon after.

Janel Skreen,
Environmental Health & Safety
Nathan Shepherd,
Machining Faculty
Nathan is eager to lend a helping hand! Numerous times he has assisted Ceramics with their safety needs by creating custom designs for them. He does so promptly and enthusiastically!

Crystal Heitz,
Workforce & Career Services
Jenny Smith,
One-Stop Center 
Jenny has been providing exceptional customer service to LCC students since 1998! In September, another staff member was out sick. Jenny jumped in with a smile and no hesitation to save the day by covering the Entry Center phone calls. 

Katelyn Berezo,
Tutoring Center 
Alexis Doble,
One-Stop Center 
Alexis goes out of her way to understand students' needs, relate to them, and do everything in her power to get them everything they need.

Alexis Doble,
One-Stop Center 
Britney Deal,
Registration
Britney is a great role model for exemplifying high quality customer-service and she always puts student success first.

Britney Deal,
Registration

Kara McElroy,
Registration

Kara makes a major effort to serve not only our students, but to provide support and information to LCC faculty and staff as well. We can always rely on her for help and a positive attitude. 

Jenny Smith,
One-Stop Center
Troy Turley,
Auto Parts
Troy is kind and grateful! Troy adds great value because he is supportive, informative, and tries to anticipate what might be needed in the future. 

November 2019 Pickle Report


Giver
Recipient
Reason


Ann WIlliamson
Angel Ruvalcaba
Angel goes the extra mile assisting students with their required testing. He has been extremely responsive in adding testing students need for employment, course placement, and admissions….always with a smile and a ‘no problem’ response.

Troy Turley
Dan Hines
Dan goes out of his way in supporting us in automotive. We can count on Dan when a part is due in and time is short. We appreciate his smile and eagerness to serve. Dan has earned the pickle.

Angel Ruvalcaba
Terri Skeie

With so many changes happening in proctoring, it’s always assuring when an instructor like Terri is so supportive of our staff and positive about our changes. She brightens everyone’s day when she visits, and is always willing to go out of her way to help staff and students.


Kara McElroy
Dave Mielcarek
Dave is so busy behind the scenes working with CTC Link, Navigate, campus IT requests and so much more, but he is always willing to help out when he is needed. Whether it is building a whole new program or encrypting files, he has done a lot to keep LCC running smoothly when it comes to IT. I have asked Dave for some big solutions in the past year and he always seems to provide me with an end result that is more than what I originally ask.

Sarah Griffith
Cliff Hicks
Cliff always goes above and beyond for our students. If there’s an issue with a book, he finds options or refunds the money to make our students happy and successful. One example, we had students who couldn’t download an eBook, he replaced their eBooks with paper copies, called the book publisher and resolved the issue, and communicated every step of the way. Cliff really deserves a pickle.

Cliff Hicks

Linda Clark

Linda has been incredibly helpful and a pleasure to work with ever since I started working at LCC. Her positive attitude and willingness to jump in and help whenever help is needed shows her dedication to LCC. She has helped me move tables and chairs, run to get coffee and snacks before a meeting, no matter what needs to be done, she is there to help out.

Jennie Smith
Steven Boyer
Steven helped a student with housing vouchers for our city from an out of state agency. It took a number of phone calls to multiple agencies, diplomacy, determination, and humility to help this student. Steven deserves to be recognized in a huge way.

Minel Slabu
Tyler Quindiagan
Tyler’s customer service is great!  He does everything possible to assist and satisfy our faculty and staff expectations. He is very respectful, he has a very positive attitude and his professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge have made a substantial contribution to our department and our organization!

Cherene Crowson
Dom Davis
Dom Davis who works in the cafeteria over heard me talking to a student about her hamburger and tater tots. The student was upset about her meal and was too embarrassed to talk to Melissa about it and ended up throwing it away. I suggested she speak with Melissa knowing she would help. The student was horribly embarrassed and left. Dom tracked me down to my office with a freshly made hamburger and tots with sauce packets for the student. Dom went out of her way to show good customer service on her own time so that the student wouldn’t be hungry and dissatisfied.

David McCarthy
Britney Deal & Rosemary Perkins
This morning I was working on an advising appointment for a student who is living out of state and is calling me by phone tomorrow. She stated that she transferred credits from another college. I went to the registration office and talked with Brittany, who provided me with a transcript and transcript evaluation, showing how each of this student's courses transfers. She also explained all of  the notations. I followed up with a question and Brittany transferred me to the person who does transcript evaluations: Rosemary Perkins. She knew immediately what my question was and answered it clearly.

Terri Skeie
Mavourneen Rister
I don’t know anyone on this campus who is more passionate about student success!

Classified Employee Awards

Each quarter an outstanding classified employee is selected to receive an award. At the end of the year, the four quarterly award winners become finalists for Classified Employee of the Year. The awards are presented each quarter, and the Employee of the Year award is presented at the Spring Reception.


Exempt Employee Awards

Each year an outstanding exempt employee is selected to receive an award. The award is presented at the Spring Reception.

  • See past of Exempt Employee Award Winners.
  • Exempt Committee Members: Sheila Burgin, Robert Cochran, Mary Kate Morgan, Nichole Seroshek, Alice Dietz 

Informal Employee Recognition Ideas

Employee Recognition Ideas

Recognizing employees is vital! It only takes a moment to recognize someones great work and to acknowledge them for their work. Use our ideas as motivation to tell employees when they're doing well throughout the year.


Contact Human Resources

Human Resources located in the Administration Building, first floor. See Campus Map for location. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours, M-F, 8 am - 5 pm.

  Kendra Sprague, VP of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

   (360) 442-2121
  ksprague@lowercolumbia.edu 

 

  Samantha Orth, Director of HR

   (360) 442-2124
  sorth@lowercolumbia.edu

  Shani Dennick, Senior HR Generalist & Benefits Administrator

   (360) 442-2123
  sdennick@lowercolumbia.edu

  Sydney Sanford, HR Generalist - Talent Acquisition 

   (360) 442-2122
  ssanford@lowercolumbia.edu

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