WATERLOO - Hawkeye Community College recently honored four staff members with the President's Award.
It is given for outstanding contributions to the college at the annual employee recognition and awards program. Employees were nominated by their peers, and winners were then selected by a committee. The employee recognition selection committee evaluated the nominees on specific criteria, with an emphasis on accomplishments and achievements.
Three awards for outstanding service included TRIO transfer advisor John Von Tersch of Cedar Falls, Waverly Outreach Center administrative secretary Tabitha Thies of Cedar Falls and respiratory care program chairwoman Jamie Bute of Waterloo. Dean of Students Nancy Henderson of Waterloo was given the outstanding leadership award.
Tersch has been described by his nominators as a dedicated and genuine advocate for students. One supporter stated, "He is always ready to give extra attention to students who need a little more encouragement and support." Other comments included, "He does whatever is necessary to help students remain in school, thus greatly contributing to Hawkeye's retention efforts."
Thies was described by her nominators as, "a hard-working fast learner who can work with all types of students." Another comment was, "She always has Hawkeye's best interest in mind, and she is trustworthy and honest." A third supporter stated, "Her bubbly, energetic and straight-forward personality is a definite plus for our outreach learning centers."
Supporters stated that Bute embraces technology, "is always positive and welcoming, and she always portrays a professionalism that is exceptional." Another comment was, "She is a wonderful role model for her students and a great mentor of new faculty."
Supporters stated, "Henderson has proven to be a strong student advocate, an authentic role model, and a dedicated, compassionate leader with a clear moral compass." Another comment was, "She is a student-centered leader who provides guidance and counsel to all that interact with her on a daily basis." Another supporter stated, "Nancy leads by example."
In addition, 103 employees were recognized for their years of service. The recognition is given to those who have reached a certain number of years in five-year increments.