April 2, 2009
One of my great pleasures, as the leader of this large and complex organization, is my observations of the tremendous dedication and tireless service demonstrated by countless staff members each day as they meet the daily challenges of offering uncompromising service to the faculty, staff and students in an environment that is often understaffed and under-funded.
So it has been immensely rewarding, to read through each one of the 16 enthusiastic and compelling nominations for the 11th Annual President's Exemplary Service Award for DVC Classified Staff.
I feel honored to have learned more about these dedicated individuals who continuously go above and beyond their regular duties and responsibilities, who have shown outstanding leadership or accomplishment within the context of one of the six strategic directions, and who promote or enhance the Diablo Valley College Vision Statement in significant ways by contributing to the positive transformation of student lives.
As you know, the President's Office has formed a collaborating partnership with the Classified Senate, and the DVC Foundation to present five (5) exemplary service awards in the following categories:
1) Clerical Support Services
2) Environment Support Services: Buildings & Grounds, Central Services, Custodial Services, & Food Services
3) San Ramon Campus
4) Student Support Services
5) Technology Support Services: Instructional Technology, Media Services, Lab Techs
The Award Committee, consisting of my designee, the foundation director, a classified senate representative, a faculty senate representative, an ASDVC representative and two prior awardees, have selected the following award winners:
Rose Desmond (Student Services) serves as Alternate Media Specialist in Disability Support Services. Her nomination statement includes: "She goes above and beyond by providing technical support for all of DSS and WorkAbility III." "She works in partnership with IT to maintain accessible software in the majority of computer labs at the Pleasant Hill & San Ramon Campus." "Rose has been instrumental in assisting all students on campus by making sure they have the technological resources they need to be successful in their transfer, associate degree or job search process."
Russ Holt (San Ramon Campus) serves as Lead Maintenance Mechanic in Building and Grounds (SRC). His nomination statement includes: "His greatest gift is his ability to work with a smile and a positive attitude. He is always available; his day does not end at 8 hours. He has always let it be known if he doesn't respond to an email we are to call his cell." "He is a huge asset to the San Ramon Campus and his knowledge base of our facilities is tremendous."
Leslie Leong (Technology Services) serves as a DVC Webmaster in the Information Technology/Marketing Office. Her nomination statement includes: "Leslie has worked on the DVC website since 2005. She has worked tirelessly trying to keep up with the demands of a large college website, often far-exceeding her allotted hours". "She has participated whole-heartedly, never complaining and always working cheerfully." "She's always quietly plugging away in the background, never asking or expecting anyone to notice her."
Ann Patton (Clerical Support Services) serves as Faculty Senate Secretary in the Faculty Senate Office. Her nomination statement includes: "Ann goes beyond her regular duties as demonstrated in her commitment of excellence in her job and her engagement in both the broader work of the college and district." "She has steadily worked to serve the college community. She provides excellent "customer service" and does so with enthusiasm for her work, respect and support for others, and commitment to the success of the college."
Robert Trujillo (Environmental Services) serves as Senior Equipment Maintenance Worker in Buildings & Grounds. His nomination statement includes: "He has always answered the call for help in a friendly way." "He has gone above and beyond his normal duties in his own department by encouraging custodial staff to get the proper vaccinations to keep themselves healthy." "He had an important role when the Classified Union, Local 1, was originally being organized in our District."
The distinguished honor these recipients have earned includes a cash award of $500, a special luncheon, and recognition by their peers.
Please join me in congratulating the above individuals along with all of this year's nominees: Sonya Castro, Binh Do, John Dunivan, Rick Finley, Tia Gardner, Jeff Jewell, Lucilla Mangante, Elisabeth Van Bavel, Peggy Wilson, Richard Woodruff, and Central Services - Charles Bonds; Werner Medina; Priscilla Pina; Joyce Riley; Teresa Towers; Lori Vickers.