Faculty and Staff Receive Excellence Awards
Highland Community College employees have an opportunity once a year to nominate their colleagues for an Excellence Award. The award recognizes employees for quality work, excellence in their working relationships, creativity, honesty, integrity and self-development. A committee made up of Excellence Award recipients from the previous two years selects the winners in each category: classified, faculty, and administrative. This year’s recipients include Executive Assistant Rhonda Perry, Psychology Instructor Paul Rabideau, and Associate Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson.
Rhonda’s nomination recognized her commitment to the College as a member of the Jo Daviess Leadership Forum and the Academic Quality Improvement Program steering committee. Rhonda also voluntarily coordinates the support staff committee’s fundraising and campus activities. Her nomination noted her strong leadership abilities and her role as a mentor with other staff.
Paul Rabideau has been teaching Highland students since 2003. His nomination noted that Paul’s passion for psychology is evidenced by the results of his student evaluations. Paul has assisted with the development of proposals to offer new programs and has developed an online psychology course. He also serves on the curriculum and instruction and distance learning committees.
Scott Anderson has a reputation for leading by example. His nomination said that Scott encourages the business and technology faculty to explore new ideas and programs and makes time to meet with community businesses and organizations. Scott has been working with community partners to develop a wind turbine technician program and exploring other creative new ways to serve northwest Illinois.
The Highland Community College Foundation also annually recognizes one employee with the Opel Award named for a Highland founder, Don Opel. The award recognizes employees who go “above and beyond” in serving or promoting the College. This year the Foundation presented the award to Steve Gellings. Steve is a full-time faculty member in the business and technology division. He has been helping to develop the new wind turbine technician degree, which has required an extraordinary amount of time and commitment by Steve.
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