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Congratulations to Joe Kollar for being selected as RCTC’s November BEST BEE!   Joe is the Lead Site Coordinator at the Sports Complex and has been at RCTC since 2009.  Here is what Joe’s nominator shared about him and his work…Joe is the face of RCTC that individuals from our community see in the Sports Center every evening when they walk in the door for a Yellowjacket sporting event, a meeting, a youth sporting event, an adult park & rec sports event or any of the multiple rental events that occur in our building, stadium or field spaces.   

Innovation: Joe deals with every aspect of equipment & technology a group might need for a meeting or events – sound, lights, nets, equipment, tables, chairs etc. – he is always coordinating in advance to assure smooth experiences for our visitors. If for some reason some little “fire” pops up, Joe will step up and take care of whatever the “emergency” seems to be to make certain that everyone’s needs are met.

Excellence: By performing his job as he does, he is quite transparent – the things that Joe takes care of are the things that people only remember if they have a poor experience! Joe makes sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. 

Fun: Joe always has a smile – even when he is being pulled in twelve directions at once – he stays cool under pressure and calmly takes care of business.  Once again assuring the positive of RCTC with our community customers.

Learner-Centered: Due to the fact that there are a tremendous amount of community personnel that visit our sports facilities throughout a year’s time, there is a huge impact on potential students as youth and their parents come to our campus for non-RCTC related events.  The image projected to them by our up-to-date facilities, cleanliness, safety, the positive experience they have while they are her and the interactions that they have with staff such as Joe plays a large role in their impression as us as an educational institution.  Joe’s willingness to assist people with booking the facility and providing the elements that they need speaks loudly as to how RCTC’s image is perceived by our community.

Respect: Joe gets a little harried on those days that he is being pulled in twelve directions at once, but I have never seen him lose his cool, or say a negative word to any customer, staff or student. 

Teamwork: If there is a conflict with a schedule of a portion of our facilities, Joe will do his best to problem solve on the go.  He will not short change any entity and always works with staff, students, community partners to assure the best possible outcome to meet everyone’s needs.  He sometimes foresees potential issues and will contact the parties involved ahead of time to make concessions and work out details.

As I mentioned, Joe seems quite transparent because he foresees problems and takes care of them in advance, plans ahead for the many events that take place in our facilities and does a VERY good job of answering all the questions before they are asked.  Thus anyone utilizing or renting space in the Sports Center, stadium or field spaces has a great experience while they are here….& that is one facet that keeps folks coming back and supporting our educational programs, facilities and many community partnerships.

Congratulations Joe!  As Best Bee for the Month of November, Joe is being recognized with a 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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