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How Sweet

Classified staff enjoy two scoops of appreciation
during the annual Ice Cream Social

 

Left to right: Quarterly Classified Staff honorees Peggy McClellan, Carey Woolley, Anita Bonar, President Bob Knight, Beverly Brosius, Jody Shulnak, and Ian Thomas.

Left to right: Quarterly Classified Staff honorees Peggy McClellan, Carey Woolley, Anita Bonar, President Bob Knight, Beverly Brosius, Jody Shulnak, and Ian Thomas.

  

The line stretched down the hallway as Clark College classified staff waited for their non-classified colleagues to serve them sundaes during the annual Ice Cream Social, held on Friday, June 24 in the Penguin Student Lounge and adjoining patio.

Dean of Student Success & Retention Ted Broussard, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Dean of Student Success & Retention Ted Broussard, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs Cindi Olson, and Dean of Enrollment Services Alex Montoya.

“We’re running out of bowls!” called out Executive Assistant to the President Leigh Kent.

But with a little help from other staff members—many of them sporting festive aprons and comical hats—Clark employees sat down to their tasty frozen treats under a sky that had graciously turned cloudless just in time for the event.

The Ice Cream Social is a tradition at the college; it’s a way to thank classified staff for their hard work during the school year.

During the Ice Cream Social, the nominees for the Quarterly Classified Recognition Awards for winter and spring quarters 2010 were honored.

 

Four classified employees were honored as nominees for the Winter Quarter 2010 Classified Recognition Award: 

  • Beverly Brosius, Office Assistant Lead, Town Plaza Center Registration

  • Peggy McClellan, Program Support Supervisor 2, Office of Instruction

  • Jennifer Shadley, Graphic Designer, Communications & Marketing

  • Ian Thomas, Information Technology Specialist 3, Information Technology Services at Clark WSUV

The award was presented to Beverly Brosius by President Bob Knight. Brosius was hired as a permanent employee at Clark College on November 17, 1998. She is currently an Office Assistant Lead at Town Plaza Center. Brosius was nominated for the Winter Quarterly Classified Award by several of her colleagues, who described her as an employee who is “professional, friendly, and pays close attention to detail.” She is responsible for student registration at Town Plaza. She is described as someone who is “accurate at her work and always follows up on loose ends with registration, payments and student tracking, with the best interests of the students in mind so that they are properly enrolled.” As one colleague summed up, “Beverly’s whistle-while-you-work attitude is all the more remarkable given her very hectic and often stressful workload. Somehow, she is able to process a mountain of work very efficiently, cheerfully, and skillfully.”

Six classified employees were honored at the annual ice cream social as nominees for the Spring Quarter 2010 Classified Recognition Award: 

  • Anita Bonar, Secretary Senior, Computer Technology

  • Cheryl McClain, Program Coordinator, Event Scheduling

  • Vanessa Meyer, Secretary Senior, Communications Studies

  • Jody Shulnak, Program Manager A, Career & Employment Services

  • Carey Woolley, Program Support Supervisor 1, Workforce Education

  • Ian Thomas, Information Technology Specialist 3, Information Technology Services at Clark WSUV (a two-quarter nominee)

President Knight presented the award to Ian Thomas—who had the distinction of having been nominated two quarters in a row. Thomas was hired as a permanent employee at Clark College on July 1, 2004. He described by his colleagues as an outstanding staff member at CCW, who routinely goes above and beyond to assist faculty, staff and students. One colleague said, “He has assisted nursing in so many ways: trouble-shooting, setting up for and staying for community events, ensuring smooth functioning of equipment. He makes asking for help easy, because he is positive, cheerful and polite.”  Another colleague described him as a great role model for students, and as someone who works wonders with software applications and a wizard with hardware.

Dean of Developmental Education, English, Communications & Humanities Ray Korpi serves ice cream with a smile.
Dean of Developmental Education, English, Communications & Humanities Ray Korpi serves ice cream with a smile.


Historically, the Quarterly Classified Recognition Awards have included cash awards, but those funds were eliminated under recent legislation which does not allow the college to use state funds for any kind of awards. However, as Associate Vice President of Human Resources Darcy Rourk pointed out, an anonymous donor – a long-time advocate of and donor to Clark College -- stepped up to provide funding, through the Clark College Foundation, for those employee years of service awards, exceptional faculty awards and quarterly classified staff awards that will be awarded through the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. 

Electrician Billie Garner and Groundskeeper Gayla Shanahan enjoy the beautiful day.
Electrician Billie Garner and Groundskeeper Gayla Shanahan enjoy the beautiful day.

After the ceremony, Foundation President/CEO Lisa Gibert explained why the donor made the gift. “The employees are the ones who make Clark College what it is,” the donor told the Foundation. “How awful not to recognize them, especially at this time when they are working harder than ever to serve the students and to keep the institution going. That just won’t do.” 

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