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Best Bee of the Month - March 2013- Josh Whalen and Nick Fijacko, JT Goh, Tom Kacir, Mike Russel, Jennifer Schnaedter, Merlene Stiles, Sue Sundlee, and Amanda Swintek

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Best Bee Award



Congratulations to Josh Whalen for being chosen the RCTC Best Bee for the month of March.  Josh joined RCTC in March of 2010 in the position of General Repair Worker.  Here is what his nominator had to say about him:
Josh is an absolute delight to work with. He is prompt, innovative, and very respectful.  He accomplished several hard projects in the library in a very efficient manner. Even though he is very busy and always running between projects, he will still stop to direct a lost student to his classroom with a smile.
Innovation:  He comes up with simple solutions to complicated problems that would have cost more.
Excellence:  Josh is very skilled and the end product of his work is always fascinating. 
Fun:  He always carries a nice smile and is fun to work with.
Learner-Centered:  I know that he walk confused students to their classrooms instead of just giving them directions.
Respect:  He is a very respectful person.
Teamwork: Josh gets along with all his coworkers and is beloved by all.
Congratulations Josh!  As Best Bee for the Month of March, Josh is being recognized with a certificate and the employee of the month parking space.




Best Bee Team Award



Congratulations to the Comprehensive Learning Center Staff for being awarded the March 2013 BEST BEE TEAM Award.  Those being recognized include Nick Fijacko, JT Goh, Tom Kacir, Mike Russell, Jennifer Schnaedter, Merlene Stiles, Sue Sundlee, and Amanda Swintek.  Here is what their nominator has to say:
Explain: I have never met a group of people who care more about student success. I wholeheartedly believe without the Learning Center our student retention would take a hit. These tutors give a lot of themselves, they not only tutor on their subjects, but they also help students feel good about themselves. I just read a paper where a student commented they didn't feel they could do school until they walked into the Learning Center. They don't just tutor; they truly change many lives by offering an ear and taking an interest in student's lives.
Innovation:  Each tutor has to find an innovative and creative way to reach students. They try to get people coming back for help to raise their grades.
Excellence:  They are all great in their area and share this knowledge with students.
Fun:  They have great attitudes which are contagious.
Learner-Centered:  There is no one who can do this better. The Learning Center is built around being learner-centered and student success. They work hard to connect and help students learn!
Respect:  They showcase how to care for someone. They are kind to each other and respect each student no matter their background. They respect all types of learners, from developmental on.
Teamwork:  It takes a team to make a place as successful as the Learning Center. They all have to do their part. They look out for each other and the Learning Center as a whole.
Congratulations Team!  As Best Bee Team for the Month of March, 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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