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Best Bee Award


Please congratulate Paula Carlsen on being selected RCTC’s Best Bee Team for the month of April!

Paula Carlsen has worked at RCTC since 1994 and presently serves in the role of Enrollment Services Liaison.

Paula’s nominator indicated that she displays RCTC’s values in the following ways:

Innovation: Paula came on board about a year ago as a new member of the admissions/enrollment services staff. One of the first things she took on was our Preview Days. She immediately recognized where the program could be improved and took steps to enhance the experience to the WOW level. Her innovative ideas took a good program and made it stellar.

Fun: Paula is all about fun which starts with her very positive attitude and willingness to jump right in and make work a joy.

Learner-Centered: Paula is right on target on this one as was attested to by folks working with the Secret Shopper. One of the employees raved about how she was treated on a campus visit, and how Paula skillfully went through all of the details about entering college, finding aid, and taking course work.

Teamwork: I have had Paula fill the gap in the past for one of our program leaders. She did a stellar job as a team player and I was constantly reminded of what an excellent job she did to work with all the individuals on her team.

Respect: She has always not only shown respect, but she is respected. When a person asked at the Secret Shopper meeting who was the person who helped so much at the college visitation day, even before the words were out of out of the representative’s mouth, the room chimed in together “Paula” showing that her reputation precedes her as someone who genuinely understands what it means to service students and the college.

Excellence: Frankly that word should have Paula’s picture next to it. She is EXCELLENT!

As Best Bee, Paula will receive the employee of the month parking space for the month of April.


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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