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Best Bee Award


Please congratulate Rod Milbrandt as being selected Best Bee for the month of

Congratulations to Rod Milbrandt who has been selected the RCTC Best Bee for February. Rod is an instructor in the Physics Department. Here is what Rod’s nominator shared about his contributions:

I believe that Rod deserves this award because he is a great teacher that cares about his students, a wonderful colleague and an active faculty member on campus. It is apparent that Rod has great rapport with his students. They are constantly in his office asking him about homework, projects they are working on, or just asking questions about Engineering and many theories that only they can understand! Rod is also very active on campus. He has served as the Academic Standards Committee Chair for the past two years, has helped form the Engineering Club, organized trips to Universities and industry, organized fund raising and the Physics Demo Show. Despite all this extra work Rod has taken on, he still finds time to play in the RCTC faculty band that can be heard jamming away in the Hill Theatre or amphitheatre on occasion.

Exemplification of RCTC Values:

Here’s how Rod’s nominator describes how he demonstrates RCTC’s Values in his everyday work:

Innovation – Have you ever seen a Physics Demo? Need I say more…?

Excellence – A great teacher who gets the most out of his students.

Fun – Rod’s middle name is fun.

Learner-Centered – He spends hours working with students during office hours.

Respect – He is always respectful of his students and colleagues. He can listen to others’ opinions even though he may not agree.

Teamwork – Rod has the luxury of being in a discipline of ONE, but he contributes equally to our department. Being a chair of a committee a person must be able to work in a team to accomplish goals.

As Best Bee, Rod will receive the employee of the month parking space for the month of February. Rod’s certificate was presented to him in the classroom this morning.

Congratulations to Rod

Sent on Behalf of the Recognition Committee



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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