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April 2015: Marj Reif

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Best Bee Award


Congratulations to Marj Reif for being nominated and selected as RCTC’s April 2015 Best Bee.  Nancy started her employment in 1982 and is presently a math instructor.

Explain: Marj has been working at RCTC since 1982.  For many years she was the Medical Assisting department prior to joining the  Mathematics department.  Marj loves her job!  She goes above and beyond by serving on committees (has anyone been on AASC as long as Marj) and by spending extra time outside of class with her students.

Innovation:  Marj is a creative and effective instructor. She implements various teaching methods, including incorporating technology (software) in her classes.

Excellence:  Marj is an excellent instructor.  She strives for excellence in all she does.

Fun:  Marj is the one in our department who remembers the special occasions and coordinates pot-lucks.

Learner-Centered:  Marj develops a great rapport with her students and does everything she can to help her students succeed. She is always willing to find the time to give students extra help outside of class.  She is an asset to developmental classes 

Respect:  Marj respects everyone, both students and staff.  And she respects those opinions that vary from her own.  She easily gains the respect of her students.

Teamwork:  Marj exhibits great team work, doing more than her share of committee and department work.  She has served on the AASC for many, many years.  She works well with all members of the department.

As Best Bee for the month, Marj 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 Marj!





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.


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