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Best Bees of the Month for October 2013: Craig Knox and UCR Bookstore Staff

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Best Bee Individual Award


Best Bee Team Award


Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to Craig Knox for being awarded the October 2013 BEST BEE INDIVIDUAL award! Craig has worked at RCTC since 1979 and is currently working as a General Maintenance Worker. Previously Craig worked for many years on the Groundskeeping staff. Here is what his nominator had to say about him:

Craig makes sure that the classrooms and buildings are ready for quality instruction. He is always pleasant and concerned about the students and faculty who work in his area. He sees his work as integral to delivering world class education.

Here is how Craig exemplifies the RCTC values:

Innovation: Craig looks for innovative solutions to problems that occur in his area. He anticipates things before they become an issue.

Excellence: The space is always clean and pleasant. Craig goes above and beyond in his maintenance of the area.

Fun: Craig is always ready with a joke and smile. He spreads his own happiness to the whole area.

Learner-Centered: Craig takes the time to talk to students who he sees struggling. He understands that students need a safe learning environment.

Respect: Craig respects the students, staff and faculty in his area. He treats us all as equals and listens patiently to others concerns.

Teamwork: Craig is definitely a team member. He knows and expresses that we all need to work toward the goal of educating our students for the future.

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

Congratulations to the RCTC Bookstore Staff for being awarded the October 2013 BEST BEE TEAM Award. Those being recognized include (pictured) Janelle Peterson, Shelly Danielson, Connie Sobotta and (not pictured) Linda Curtis. Here is what their nominator has to say:

The RCTC Bookstore is helping students each and every semester in a new and innovative way. This includes book rentals, e-books, and more recently, the use of IPads to look up information on schedules. I personally witnessed the Bookstore staff working with students to log into their accounts and then walking them right to the textbook or supplies and assisting them in completing their purchases. This innovative idea to use IPads is not only better serving students through one-on-one interaction, but it also helping the College Bookstore because they aren’t losing students when they walk out the door to look items up themselves and often times making their purchases through other vendors. This is just one of many examples of the Bookstore working smarter for both the students and the College.

Innovation: The Bookstore staff are always thinking outside the box, which is what you need to do to serve today’s generation of students. The use of smart technology like IPads makes the students feel like they are enrolled in a college that is using the newest and greatest technology.

Excellence: The Bookstore staff are always ensuring students have the right books for the right class, which results in student success and excellence in the classroom.

Fun: The Bookstore staff are always adding new and fun clothing apparel for both the students and the employees to show their college pride.

Learner-Centered: The Bookstore staff are always working with the faculty to ensure textbook listings are posted in a timely manner so students have plenty of time to order and stock the materials for the upcoming semester.

Respect: The Bookstore staff are always treating each and every visitor with respect and kindness. No question is too small to ask them, and you are always welcomed with a smile and a greeting of “may I assist you.” It is this friendly atmosphere that makes our students returning customers, even after they’ve purchased their textbooks for the semester.

Teamwork: The Bookstore staff are always working together as a team to make sure their number one focus is serving students, faculty and staff.

Congratulations to the Bookstore Staff! As Best Bee Team for the Month of October, the team is being recognized with a certificate and a pizza gala!



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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