President Lindgren, Barb Wirth, Vineta Goodall, Charles Herod, Kellyn Fleming '09, Anna Winburne, Wade Felty '06
The third Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jacket Awards ceremony took place on March 28, 2013 in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts. Just before the ceremony, staff enjoyed breakfast at the home of President Robert R. Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl.
Yellow Jacket Awards are given to staff who demonstrate excellence in one of three categories: Excellence in Service, Excellence as a Team Member, and Excellence Behind the Scenes. Each award recipient receives a certificate and a cash award.
“The Yellow Jacket Awards were created to recognize staff members who have been identified by their peers as exceptional employees,” said President Lindgren as he welcomed staff and guests to the ceremony. “It is an honor for me to present this spring’s Yellow Jacket Awards for extraordinary service.”
The Excellence in Service Award is given to an employee who provides excellent service to students, staff, faculty, parents, alumni, or visitors.
Barb Wirth (faculty secretary)
“Barb goes above and beyond her duties as faculty secretary to make the departments that she serves function better,” said Lindgren. “She performs her work with grace and efficiency, is positive and friendly, and is an overall pleasure to be around. For well over a decade she has been the backbone of faculty support in Copley. Department chairs count on her for help with job searches and budget management, while the SURF program also relies on her superior administrative skills. Barb’s exemplary hard work and commitment to R-MC make her an obvious choice for the Excellence in Service Award. She is the glue that holds the Copley team together.”
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 with others.
Vineta Goodall (housekeeping)
“Vineta, from day one, has been a dedicated, hard-working housekeeper, looking out for students in her buildings and making sure they live in clean and safe surroundings. As the current custodian for Thomas Branch, Vineta has a challenging assignment. Thomas Branch Hall is a complex and important building. It is often the first building visitors enter, it serves as a residence hall and it hosts administrative offices for three departments. Everyone in Thomas Branch would agree that Vineta consistently goes above and beyond to keep that building spotless for our visitors, students who live there and staff who work in the building. We constantly receive positive comments from our customers in the areas assigned to Vineta. She is always willing to go the extra mile and help cover last minute events or weekend activities to make sure the school is presented in the best possible way.”
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. Four staff members were presented this award.
Kellyn Fleming ’09 (admissions)
“Kellyn has been very proficient in performing the duties of an admissions counselor since she joined the admissions staff in 2009,” said Lindgren. “She is an energetic recruiter and valued team member, but the important role that often gets overlooked and unrecognized that Kellyn performs is her role as the coordinator for all our major admissions events. It is this work in particular that makes Kellyn a Yellow Jacket Award recipient in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category.”
Anna Winburne (advancement)
“Anna is a true cheerleader of the Advancement Office and of the college,” said Lindgren. “She shows her commitment to the mission of R-MC by helping with Annual Fund phone-a-thons, and by assisting on weekends or after hours during busy times such as Homecoming and Family Weekend. Vice President Diane Lowder had this say about her, both professionally and personally, ‘In so many ways Anna embodies the one quality we value most—the willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to show Randolph-Macon at its best.’”
Charles Herod (physical plant)
“Charles is the MacGyver of the Physical Plant,” said Lindgren. “He has uncanny mechanical sills and never ceases to amaze with the repairs he can make. He is well-known and well-respected throughout the campus and is very conscientious about keeping Physical Plant supervisors abreast of situations before they escalate. Charles’ primary job duty is campus locksmith and during his 16 years as locksmith for the college, he has helped keep our buildings safe and secure. Without a complaint, Charles is always ready to help, and his can-do attitude is an example to us all.”
Wade Felty ’06 (student affairs)
“Very few people are more integral to the student life at this college than Wade,” said Lindgren. “He wears so many hats that it is hard to keep track of his responsibilities. Most important are his roles in Judicial Board and as co-advisor of Macon Peer Response. However, Wade also has a role in orientation, residential issues, Greek life and campus safety. Wade is dedicated to the college, committed to the well-being of the students, loyal to the staff, and devoted to the judicial process. He deserves recognition for his dedication, his hard-work, and his support of students, faculty and staff over many years.”