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December 2014: Daniel Vedamuthu

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Best Bee Award


Congratulations to Daniel Vedamuthu for being nominated and selected as RCTC’s December 2014 Best Bee. Daniel joined RCTC in 2002 and is an Instructor of Art.

Explain: Daniel is a leader in the Art + Design Department. He is always willing to help colleagues and students when they are faced with challenges and is a creative problem solver.

Daniel has an intricate understanding of RCTC and MNSCU. On a personal level he has taken extra time to be sure I understand my new duties as PL/DC and has guided me through various new responsibilities. He displays this type of leadership and guidance in numerous areas throughout RCTC.

Daniel cares deeply about his students and their success. He is fair and measured and spends a tremendous amount of time keeping up with current practices in design.

Innovation: Daniel is constantly learning and implementing new innovations in design and in his teaching. His holistic approach to design includes assessing changes in print and web design trends and conveying them to students in the classroom in exciting ways.

Excellence: Daniel is thoroughly invested in all aspects of his career at RCTC from teaching to student life to organization and management. He pushes himself hard and never stops short of the best he can do.

Fun: Daniel connects with his students on a fun level in RCTC's Design Club where students get to pursue their personal interests in a casual environment.

Learner-Centered: Daniel's courses come first to him and he is committed to his students' success. He pushes his students and they learn a tremendous amount from him. Many of his students go on to find fulfilling careers in the design field as a result of his guidance.

Respect: Daniel treats all faculty, staff, students, and community members with respect. He recognizes the accomplishments of others and is always there to say thank you. He is consistently fair and willing to offer constructive suggestions.

Teamwork: Daniel is involved in all aspects of RCTC. He is a tremendous asset to both the Art + Design Department and the school as a whole. He contributes to committees, advising, our department/division, student life, and various other areas. He is always willing to help with important projects.

As Best Bee for the month, Daniel 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 Daniel!



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: December 16, 2014

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