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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!

March 2020 Pickle Report


Giver
Recipient
Reason


Brian Mack
Rheba Rukkila
Rheba Rukkila is my choice. It’s easy to take things and people for granted when everything on campus runs smoothly. Rheba arrives for work every day usually two hours before the campus opens to unlock gates, buildings, and classrooms. She answers radio calls all day for help ranging from jump starting cars to suspicious activity on campus. I can always rely on Rheba to assist people who are having medical emergencies on campus as well. I am proud to pass the pickle on to Rheba Rukkila (The Jewel of LCC).

Rheba Rukkila
Mary Harris
I gave Mary Harris, Program Coordinator with Continuing Education the Pickle Award today. Mary has been at LCC for at least 20 years and in that time, has shown everyone from staff, students and our community outstanding customer service. Mary helps all these customers with enrolling in continuing ED classes, job enhancement classes and so forth. Mary has exceedingly showed her customer service by serving for many years on LCC’s Safety Committee including being co-chair and recently as part of the CTC Link committee. I am always happy to see Mary as she inspires me with her enthusiasm, willingness to help and graceful contagious smile.

April 2020 Pickle Report


Giver
Recipient
Reason


Holly Brewster
Magnus Altmayer
I'd like to nominate Magnus and his team. We've had some real difficulties getting the math (and other? I don't know) prerequisites to process properly, and it necessitated a ton of work on their part. Despite being thrown into chaos by all of it, they have worked tirelessly the last few days to get it straightened out and to get students where they need to be. The whole math department appreciates their work!

Janel Skreen
Trisha Hamilton and Alyssa Milano Hightower (LCC Bookstore)
Processed and packaged over 900 online book orders. Helped streamline the new voucher system for students to get books while they waited for financial aid to distribute in ctcLink. Set up and coordinated a drive through pickup for books and supplies for students. Numerous other improvisations to continue service to students.

Janel Skreen
Desiree Gamble, Cindy Prato, and Jessica Wilks (LCC Finance Office)
All of these ladies have worked tirelessly to correct the ctcLink conversion glitches in order to process financial aid disbursements. Jessica has been available for student questions through out the process. Desiree in particular has put in a lot of additional hours (evening and weekends) regarding our general conversion to ctcLink.

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!
Giver
Recipient
Reason


Mavourneen Rister
Katelyn Berezo
Katelyn 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.
Giver
Recipient
Reason


Wendy Hall
Minel Slabu
I appreciate that Minel not only always meets or exceeds the timelines given for copies, but that the items are usually hand delivered. I also always appreciate the cheerful greetings whenever I see him on campus. He is one of many employees who work behind the scenes to keep LCC running smoothly!

David Mielcarek
Garry Lienhard
He always gives more than is expected.  From work, to volunteering at the fire department, to home life, relatives/neighbors/etc.  I have had the honor of learning about many circumstances where he gives to benefit others, without any expectation of a return favor. He is highly intelligent, but makes his clients feel like they are welcome in their attempts to explain and sometimes deduce why issues are happening. He calmly and respectfully listens and then ends up explaining/fixing some complicated issues, at the same time never putting the client on a lower feeling level. Working so close for so long next to him, we have hit many a strong discussion on differing opinions, actions, etc.  Though we both have gotten heated sometimes, we both come back to the table, talk it out and find processes/solutions that are for the best benefit of the customer. Always willing to step up, no matter the day/time, he is available when needed. he is a good listener.  Always willing to hear what the others want to say.

Danielle Casey
Shawnee Randolph

Shawnee did a spectacular job leading the NSO 2.0 committee to make decisions that would best serve our students, and in the process she provided amazing internal customer service, as well. Shawnee is a joy to work with, always bright and cheery, and she definitely deserved a pickle!


Shawnee Randolph
Pam DeRosier
Pam has helped me out tremendously in my new role and with the University Application Event. She assisted me with a lot of the fine details of the event. Her support, encouragement and customer service was above and beyond what I expected. I appreciate her and I look forward to working with her again in the future.

Tyler Quindiagan
Travis Waldo
I have worked with Travis at Campus Services for a little over a year and he is always helpful, maintains a positive attitude, and brings a calm and collected demeanor to potentially hectic situations. We have worked on multiple projects together and his intelligence and creative way of thinking has allowed us to overcome major obstacles. His positive outlook spreads to everyone around him and he never fails to relieve a stressful situation with his knack for comic relief. I look forward to working with Travis in the future and LCC is lucky to have him!

Tamara Boyco

Troy Farnham

I passed my Pickle Award on to Troy Farnum! I notice he is always so patient with people in the Library, helps me whenever I need to reserve or check out items, and genuinely cares about others, even when he is dealing with so much in his personal life. Thank you Troy!

Pam DeRosier

Cliff Hicks

Cliff deserves the pickle for his outstanding support to our LCC community. He has been giving of his time—always willing to back me up with scheduling. Friendly and willing to lend a hand, Cliff has been a wonderful addition to our 25Live team.

Cliff Hicks

Dave Rukkila

Dave Rukkila does so much for LCC that most people don’t realize. He has taken on so much but always has a smile on his face and is willing to do whatever it takes for events to be successful, especially facility rentals from off-campus groups. I constantly get kudos from off campus folks about Dave and his willingness to help out.
Giver
Recipient
Reason


Minel Slabu
Lyda Stetzer
Lyda is a great example of a behind the scenes hard working employee, always ready to help and always with a smile on her face. She is always respectful and caring for her colleagues and it has been a pleasure for me to work with her in the past. I consider that her attitude and dedication to LCC does make a difference!

Troy Farnham
Yelena Pisarchuk
Yelena is always friendly and provides help to all with an enthusiastic smile.

Dave Rukkila
Jim Dillinger

Jim has made a huge difference in the safety area for the Diesel and Automotive shops. He is always going above and beyond to help our students. He is always going above and beyond to help our community especially those in need. Jim is the big Dill!


Yelena Pisarchuk
Julie Hawkins
I follow Learning Commons on Instagram and in my opinion Julie does fabulous job with our social media. The posts are always interesting, artistic, informative, and simply cool!

Jim Dillinger
Brian Mack
Brian is without a doubt one of the hardest working part time faculty here on campus, Brian is always available for a quick consult or to come to any of my classes for a quick impromptu talk about fire safety, fire extinguisher operation, lock out tag out or any other subject matter that falls within his well house. Brian is on campus more than some full time faculty, and with his extensive background as a paramedic, fire safety training and his knowledge about security he is a welcome addition to the safety and security of the Don Talley building and the LCC campus, so for all these reasons and more I nominate Brian Mack for the ugly pickle award.

Garry Lienhard

Angel Ruvalcaba

I’m giving the Pickle Award to Angel Ruvalcaba for all that he does for student success in the Testing Center. They touch student from so many of our program areas that we would not be as successful as we are with our Angel and all of his folks in the Testing Center. They also are the key to many other non-students success by offering open testing via the their partnerships. Therefore, I am passing my Pickle to Angel.

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 Human Resources

   (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

  Kaylee Opp HR Generalist

   (360) 442-2125
  kopp@lowercolumbia.edu

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