September 19, 2007
HONORING THE EXCEPTIONAL
Two classified staff members have been honored by Clark College
as “Exceptional” for their service to students and the community
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Two information technology specialists who serve students, faculty and staff through eLearning and the Internet have been named the 2007 Exceptional Classified Staff honorees at Clark College. Scott Coffie and Chris Concannon were honored during a ceremony at the college on September 12.
Scott Coffie, eLearning
Information Technology Specialist Scott Coffie was described by his nominators as “the backbone of the [eLearning] department." "Without him," they said, "Clark College would not have been able to survive the substantial growth that eLearning has [experienced] in the last two years."
Coffie, who has been at Clark College for 26 years, has played a major role in shaping the media and technology presence at Clark from his role in the implementation of the original video network and interactive TV system to the work to keep online services up-to-date with current technology. Coffie, who lives in northern Clark County, was praised for providing "the most up-to-date and professional service possible to eLearning customers."
Another person wrote to thank Scott Coffie for sharing his expertise on using multimedia in the online classroom. They said, "His presentation was informative, interesting and very entertaining…I’m hoping to integrate some of what I learned into my virtual classroom….You’re an asset to Clark and its faculty!"
On receiving the award, Coffie said, “What an honor and a privilege it is to serve the cause of education. To be actively engaged at an institution whose mission is to sharpen the mind, strengthen the body and soften the heart is truly a golden opportunity. Working together on this mission with such intelligent, strong and compassionate colleagues makes my service an absolute joy.”
Chris Concannon, Webmaster
The nomination form for Chris Concannon states: “If you have ever used an online service at Clark College, searched for schedule information on the college Web site, used the Web site to register for classes, looked up a phone number for a colleague, or taken an online survey, you can thank Webmaster Chris Concannon for making it possible.” The nominator added, “Concannon works with, supports and assists virtually every department and unit at Clark College. As a result, he helps virtually every student, member of the college community, and member of the greater community who seeks information from -- and about -- Clark College.”
Concannon, who also resides in northern Clark County, joined the Clark College staff in 2000. He researched over 200 Web sites to develop an effective Web site for the college. He also created an online advisor and online student orientation system for students, worked with IT services to create a system to verify user ID and pin numbers to enable students to utilize services, built software to easily create online surveys, created an online registration form for the Foundation, and played a critical role in the successful launch of Clark College’s eLearning program.
In the nomination form, Chris Concannon was described as “a professional in every sense of the word....His 'can do' attitude and willingness to ‘think outside the box’ makes working with Chris a pure joy.”
Concannon credited his accomplishments to colleagues at the college. “I wouldn’t be able to do my job without the great work done by the team in IT Services, our graphic designers and Web assistant, and the rest of the Communications and Marketing department,” said Concannon. “The college is fortunate to have such talented professionals, and I feel lucky that I get to work with them.