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Congratulations are in order for Ruth Siefert for being nominated and chosen for the October 2011 BEST BEE AWARD!  Ruth has worked at RCTC since 1974 and is currently serving in the role of Business Office Manager.  Here is what Ruth’s nominator shared about her: 

What stands out, time-after-time, with Ruth is how she quietly builds community on the campus; she is frequently recognizing others with direct comments and tokens of appreciation.  She has been a long-term RCTC employee who is still open to new ideas, constant improvements and has sensitivity to what it takes to accomplish those changes in an inclusive manner. 

Examples of how Ruth displays RCTC’s values include the following: 

Innovation:  In the face of a tough budget crisis, Ruth has openly looked at her own team’s organization for restructuring and innovative decisions with the leadership team on the budget. 

Excellence:  She leads by example and quietly puts in the time needed to accomplish all the duties expected of her. 

Fun:  She regularly builds community on her team with established activities for fellowship and she takes the time to recognize others. 

Learner-Centered:  Ruth always considers all sides of an issue and explores more knowledge with new policy changes or charges.  Respect:   She always treats everyone with the platinum rule of how they would want to be treated and its evident in her exchanges and her fairness to upholding policies. 

Teamwork: A big YES in this department – she realizes how things work together on the macro and micro levels. 

Congratulations Ruth!  As Best Bee for the Month of October, Ruth is being recognized with a personalized certificate and the employee of the month parking space.





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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