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March 2015: Nancy Shumaker

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Best Bee Award


Congratulations to Nancy Shumaker for being nominated and selected as RCTC’s March 2015 Best Bee.  Nancy started her employment in 1985 and serves in the role of College Registrar.
Explain:  Nancy Shumaker is deserving of a Best Bee award because she consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty in her role as the Registrar.  One Saturday, during winter break, RCTC received a call from Homeland Security at the Minneapolis Airport.  According to the officer, an international student did not have an appropriate status identified on his papers to enter the country, but the College was told if we could confirm the student was currently enrolled at RCTC, then Homeland Security could allow the individual into the country.  Nancy Shumaker was contacted, and without hesitation, she came into the College, on her day off, to confirm the enrollment status of the individual.  By Nancy going above and beyond the call of duty, this student was allowed to enter the country and begin classes for Spring Semester.
Innovation:  Nancy has served on many committees and task forces to make improvements in processes, including the Placement Task Force that contributed to the development of revised placement rules for incoming students.
Excellence:  Nancy’s work is top notch, and she has always made sure the integrity of the records at the College are maintained.
Fun:  Nancy can always be found with a smile on her face, and is always upbeat, looking at the positive in any situation.
Learner-Centered:  Nancy is a problem solver, which she has to be in working with students that have issues with their grades or records on a regular basis.
Respect:  Nancy has shown respect to the people she works with and the students she serves, but she is also highly respected and looked to for leadership from those people.
Teamwork:  Nancy has been serving on the Commencement Planning Committee for more years than I can remember.  With her leadership style, everyone knows what they have to do, when it must be done, and who needs to do what.
As Best Bee for the month, Nancy will receive the employee of the month parking space, a framed certificate of recognition, and be treated to lunch with the President.  Please join us in congratulating Nancy!





Are your colleagues or co-workers demonstrating extra effort, exemplary service, or demonstrated expertise in your department or on a committee? Are they working on a special project for their job/department/college or in the community? If so, please consider nominating them for "Best Bee of the Month."


The Employee Relations Committee (ERC) has implemented a process to recognize and reward employees for outstanding job performances. Recognitions can be awarded:

  1. Work Team Recognition. Recognition would include committee work, community service work, and department achievements and could also highlight something new the group has done or is working on. Work Teams who receive this award will be recognized through publicizing the award in the Crossings, on a "recognition" web site, possibly on our digital wall, their very own "pizza party" and gifts.
  2. Individual Recognition. This is a modified reinstatement of the "Bee Award" started by Bonnie Mercer. Recognition would include committee work, community service work, and individual achievements, extra effort, exemplary service or demonstrated expertise in their field. Individuals who receive this award will be recognized through publicizing the award in the Crossings, on the "recognition" web site, possibly on our digital wall, and gifts.
  3. Write Personal Notes. All employees are encouraged to write notes of recognition and appreciation to their colleagues and co-workers. This is a simple gesture which has a positive effect on the sender and receiver.


  • Anyone can nominate an employee or work team. The nomination remains active indefinitely.
  • The nomination form should include a narrative of why the nominee(s) merit being named Employee/Work Team {Best Bee(s)} of the Month based on criteria the nominator feels is relevant.
  • The nominee(s) may be any employee of Rochester Community and Technical College.
  • Nominations received by the 15th of the month are eligible for consideration of the following month's award.


Complete the on-line nomination form by clicking on the envelope above.


Last Updated: March 17, 2015

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