by jamesc 1/5/2017 3:07:43 PM --
NORFOLK – Four Northeast Community College faculty and staff members were recognized with awards from US Bank during the College’s spring semester In-Service Thursday.
The US Bank Great Performer Awards annually honor employees who have been nominated for their outstanding contributions to the College. The bank, or its predecessor institutions, has presented the awards since 1993.
This year’s honorees and their awards include: Doug McKibbon, US Bank Great Performer Award for Teaching Excellence – Full-time Faculty; Theresa Wiese; US Bank Great Performer Award for Teaching Excellence – Part-time Faculty; Sarah Pinkelman, US Bank Great Performer Award - Professional Managerial; and Brandi Fuchs, US Bank Great Performer Award - Classified Staff.
McKibbon, a diesel technology instructor, has been employed with Northeast since 1984. He was nominated for his willingness to help and get things done in his department as well as across the College.
“His students have always found Doug to be a tough, but fair instructor,” his nominator wrote. “He is always willing to assist students in their journey at Northeast to help them be successful in their chosen career field. He has inspired and taught many students over the years, giving them a solid technical education that they will use for the rest of their lives. Doug's dedication has been an extraordinary and valuable contribution to the students, the college, and the community.”
A former student also nominated McKibbon.
“Doug is an excellent instructor and employee to be associated with. He has shown great pride in student success and always makes time to assist students with their needs. It's hard to imagine over his career how many student lives he has impacted, mine included. He believes in students and pushes them to reach their true potential.”
Wiese, an allied health education instructor, has been an adjunct instructor with Northeast since 2013.
One fellow employee wrote of Wiese, “In the past four-years as adjunct faculty for the nurse aide and medication aide programs, Theresa has gone from being the new kid on the block to a leader and a
go-to faculty member for the programs. Many students have said their success is because of Mrs. Wiese. It is because of her that they have achieved their educational goal or are inspired to go on in their healthcare education.”
The nominator said Wiese has also taken on the development of a new nurse aide refresher class that has led to Northeast as being one of only a few training agencies in the state that has been approved to offer the course through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Pinkelman, application developer, has been employed at Northeast since 2011. Her nominator wrote of her willingness to assist others in their requests.
“The workload in her office is never ending and constantly changing, but no matter how many projects there are, she always takes the time to listen to what my request is and does her best to execute the project in the best time frame. I’ve witnessed Sarah not only working this way with me, but also with many of the employees throughout Northeast. Whether you call her or drop by the office she is always courteous and willing to help and makes sure you know your project is important.”
The nominator said Pinkelman is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to technology support and takes ownership in each project she works on.
“Sarah is an employee many should learn and grow professionally from. She is willing to help others, work through problems, keeps a positive attitude and completes the work in a timely manner. She is always thinking of Northeast and helping those that are part of the college. Her willingness to accept additional roles is a testament to her character and professionalism.”
Fuchs, allied health/EMS administrative assistant, has been employed at Northeast since 2000.
Her nominator wrote, “Brandi Fuchs has done outstanding work in supporting the program through the change of leadership, a national accreditation site visit for the paramedic program, moving program locations and filling the gap in staffing vacancy of the administrative assistant for the Allied Health Division. She has demonstrated this through her attention to detail and outpouring of positive attitude when supporting the programs' faculty, students and director through the major changes in the departments.
Her nominator said that Fuchs has superior organizational skills that are evident in the success of the programs that she supports.
“All the challenges, work load and program changes that have been presented to Mrs. Fuchs in the last year have been met with a "can do" attitude. I feel that she is the heart of the allied health and EMS/Paramedic programs.”
Troy Strom, president of US Bank, Norfolk, congratulated the recipients and wished the College much continued success.