(l. to r.) Sharon Jackson, Diana Lewis, Ed Gilkey '72, Alice Cameron, Debra Smith,
(Not pictured: Donna Curtis)
A new staff-appreciation program is underway at Randolph-Macon College.
Yellow Jacket Awards will be given each year in March and November to staff who
demonstrate excellence in one of three categories: Excellence in Service, Excellence
as a Team Member, and Excellence Behind the Scenes. The first award ceremony took
place on March 22, 2012 in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing
Arts. President Robert R. Lindgren presented the awards. Just before the ceremony,
staff enjoyed breakfast at the home of President and Mrs. Lindgren.
Staff YJ Awards to see photos from the event.
The Excellence in Service Award is given to an employee who provides
excellent service to students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors. Two staff members
received this award.
Debra Smith (housekeeping) has worked at the college for 12 years.
“Debra’s flexibility and easygoing and friendly manner have been a great match for
any assignment she has taken on through the years,” said Lindgren as he presented
the award. “Her most recent assignment has been Brown Campus Center…where she deals
with retail sales, restaurant customers, student life and outside events. She is
a true asset to Randolph-Macon College and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated
and loyal staff member.”
Donna Curtis (advancement) has been a member of the Randolph-Macon
Community since 2008.
Since that time, she has been responsible for coordinating the multiple mailings
that have reached nearly all alumni, parents and friends of the college and that
have resulted in increased levels of support for R-MC.
“Donna also manages the correspondence for the Class Agent volunteer fundraising
program, reunions, and countless other annual giving appeals,” said Lindgren. “This
task can be daunting… but Donna handles these complicated processes with precision,
without complaint, and with a wonderfully positive attitude. She is a pillar of
Randolph-Macon’s annual giving program.”
The Excellence as a Team Member Award is given to an employee who
exhibits outstanding teamwork and cooperation, both in his/her own department and
Ed Gilkey ’72 (campus safety) joined the R-MC staff in 2008.
“Ed has been a source of inspiration for all of those who know him,” said Lindgren.
“His pride and dedication to the college, the very place which enabled him to kick
start a wonderful, fulfilling career, is evident in everything he does for our campus.
And of course, Ed’s knowledge of the history of Randolph-Macon – and the stories
he can tell of ‘the way things used to be’—are always a source of entertainment
for his colleagues in Campus Safety.”
The Excellence Behind the Scenes Award is given to a staff member
who provides excellent service behind the scenes, showing initiative and drive and
making Randolph-Macon a better place for work and study. Two staff members were
presented this award.
Alice Cameron (admissions) has worked
at R-MC for 20 years.
“Alice has welcomed almost every prospective student who has visited our campus
during the last two decades,” said Lindgren. “Her consistent warmth and charm always
creates a positive first impression and sets a positive tone for the wonderful service
that follows. She can just see the problems coming and helps to resolve them. Alice’s
enthusiasm, humor and kindness are contagious, and all of those who interact with
her are always better for the experience.”
Diana Lewis (provost’s office)
“Diane performs all of her duties with an incredible accuracy, professionalism,
and efficiency,” said Lindgren. “But her work goes beyond what might be called ‘regular’
duties. She is the unofficial office-furniture-go-to person, outfitting faculty
and staff offices with just the right touch. And it was Diana’s clever thinking
that converted the pass-through hallway in Haley Hall into the Office of International
Education’s ‘gateway to the world.’ She is a problem solver, a tireless worker,
and an absolute treasure as a colleague.”
Lindgren also expressed his thanks to Staff Representative Annie Keith and Director
of Human Resources Sharon Jackson for their leadership in organizing the awards
The second Yellow Jacket Awards presentation will take place in fall 2012.