Employee Excellence Nominations

Nomination Form

Award Criteria & Winners

Problem-Solving, Conflict Management, and Effective Communication:
  • Effectively identifies and addresses complex challenges within the college.
  • Demonstrates a track record of implementing innovative solutions to overcome obstacles.
  • Displays excellent communication skills in resolving conflicts and fostering a positive working environment.
  • Facilitates clear and transparent communication within the team and across the college.
Leadership and Influence
  • Exhibits strong leadership qualities that inspire and motivate team members.
  • Demonstrates the ability to influence others positively and gain support for initiatives.
  • Leads by example, embodying the values and standards of the college.
Visionary Leadership and Strategic Goal Achievement
  • Clearly articulates a compelling vision for institutional success.
  • Develops and communicates strategic goals that align with the college's mission.
  • Consistently guides the team towards achieving long-term objectives with measurable outcomes.
Collaboration, Adaptability, and Inclusivity
  • Inspires and guides the team towards shared goals
  • Demonstrates adaptability in the face of change and encourages others to embrace it.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive and inclusive work environment that values diversity.
  • Effectively communicates the college's vision, goals, and expectations, motivating and empowering team members to contribute to its success.


January 2023 Winner
Lindsay Johnson
Director of Community Education & Outreach Centers

Meaningful Interaction and  Fostering DEIB Ideas

  • Actively promotes Diversity, Equity,  Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) concepts, enhancing the overall learning and workplace experience.
  • Creates an inclusive, engaging environment that encourages dialogue both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrates a continuous commitment to learning, respecting, and aiding individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Inclusive Campus Environment

  • Encourages participation in diverse courses and events, leading efforts to retain engagement.
  • Identifies and implements activities to increase student learning outcomes, improve student retention and performance, contributing to a more inclusive campus environment.
  • Promotes an equitable campus environment that respects and supports the needs of all backgrounds.

Multicultural Learning Commitment

  • Actively participates in cultural awareness events on campus.
  • Facilitates the involvement of students and staff to enhance their engagement with cultural awareness activities.
  • Identifies ways to support student success in a multicultural learning environment and society.


February 2023 Winner
Craig Bradley
Instructor of Electronics, Computers and Astronomy

Problem-Solving and Adaptation
  • Ability to define and resolve problems 
  • Flexibility when facing adversity
  • Taking action and showing initiative using data-driven practice
  • Open to new ideas and thoughts using creativity to formulate different solutions
Professionalism and Communication
  • Setting an exemplary standard of performance for the team
  • Preparedness for activities, events, and performance
  • Willingness to accept responsibility for outcomes
  • Empathetic towards diverse perspectives 
  • Building trust and respect through open communication
  • Engaging in active listening and skilled in conflict resolution
  • Engage in shared decision making and collaboration
  • Demonstrates flexibility to participate outside of scheduled meetings.
  • Implement ideas and plans to facilitate a collaborative environment 
  • Identifying opportunities for growth and improvement


March 2023 Winner
Virginia Chamness
Administrative Assistant

  • Accomplishment of meaningful project activities
  • Regular review of strategic plan to proactively identify new opportunities and facilitate completion of assigned initiatives
  • Participates appropriately in projects that align with strategic initiatives
  • Willingness to achieve and surpass expectations 
Perceived Impact
  • Demonstrates a positive influence for college success by modeling an effective work ethic, guiding others, and displaying compassion that leads to success for students, teams, departments, and/or community


April 2023 Winner
Felicia Rouse
Executive Director of Human Resources

Skill Attainment

  • Increase knowledge and skills in their professional area for the betterment of the institution
  • Utilize acquired knowledge and skills to fulfill strategic initiatives
  • Willingness to further their degree


  • Eager to excel in all areas of the college
  • Seeks out professional development or continuing education opportunities for growth
  • Proposes and/or Creates a purposeful learning session to aid in the success of the college and/or the community

Implementation of Professional Development

  • Willingness to share skills or knowledge obtained through professional development to implement new or revise current processes and/or practices


May 2023 Winners
Lori Armstrong
Instructor of Biology


April Dollins
ADN Instructor


  • Incorporates time and effort to maintain self-care
  • Encourages a conducive work environment for positive mental and physical health
  • Participates in wellness activities


  • Identifies and reports work hazards to appropriate staff to prevent negligent occurrences
  • Adheres to college policies
  • Maintains safe and functional work environment
  • Participates in necessary safety training


  • Values punctuality
  • Attends work and meetings as expected
  • Respects others’ time
  • Communicates absences with as much advance notice as possible to appropriate parties
  • Promotes a sense of belonging. 


June 2023 Winner
Tina Dudley
Executive Assistant to the President and Foundation

Reliability & Dependability

Ensures the following when responding to customers:

  • Timely communication
  • Follows up to confirm completion of tasks
  • Proactively respond to situations that arise
  • Adapt to meet the needs of the customer
  • Goes above and beyond expectations


Consistently communicates to customers with the following qualities:

  • Listening to understand 
  • Receptive to concerns and needs of customers 
  • Honest and transparent interactions
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Courtesy and friendliness


Displays the following qualities in interactions with customers: 

  • Respect
  • Positive Attitude
  • Knowledge of position, policies, procedures, and resources available
  • Maintains composure
  • Values customer satisfaction


July 2023 Winner
Carrie Davis
Academic Advisor & Recruiter



  • Awareness of Budget parameters 
  • Creative use of fiscal resources 
  • Willingness to adapt plans to utilize available campus resources 


  • Participates in Budget Development 
  • Limits departmental waste of resources 
  • Awareness of established campus resources
  • Prioritizes projects based on projected impacts to the future funding and culture of the institution


  • Identify scholarship opportunities to aid student education
  • Assists with research  of grant opportunities
  • Develops community partnerships
  • Innovative ideas to increase revenue sources internally and externally

Financial Performance

  • Encourages and expands student enrollment
  • Contributes to development and management of realistic budgets
  • Obtains grant funds or other sources of funding for educational programs
  • Conducts thorough analysis on financial data to identify trends and opportunities


August 2023 Winner
Mandy Hannan
Dean of Allied Health & Nursing

Civic Development

  • Facilitates public service activities
  • Encourages students, staff, and faculty to participate in their local community activities, campus events, and community education courses

Community Activities

  • Influence and mobilize individuals and teams for engagement in community activities  
  • Consistently seeks new opportunities to contribute to the community
  • Incorporates multi-cultural activities to reflect the diversity in our community;

Professional Membership

  • Forms partnerships with community organizations
  • Takes initiative to join professional organizations institutionally and/or individually


September 2023 Winner
Stacy Simpson
Community Education and Johnson County Extension Center Coordinator

Creativity and Originality

  • Consistently explores new perspectives
  • Generates original ideas to enhance their work and the college community
  • Ability to think outside the box 
  • Challenges conventional approaches
  • Proposes innovative solutions to challenges

Innovation and Initiative

  • Seeks opportunities to improve existing processes, systems, or practices, and consistently introduces innovative ideas or practices
  • Takes the risk to test and implement new ideas
  • Demonstrates a proactive approach to problem-solving, taking initiative to identify and address challenges or areas for improvement.
  • Fosters a culture of ingenuity within their department or across the college community.


October 2023 Winner
Kaylyn Meyers
Retention Specialist

Demonstrated Dedication

  • Exhibits unwavering dedication to the college's mission, values, and goals
  • Contributes to the overall success and well-being of the institution, going above and beyond their assigned responsibilities
  • Demonstrates a continued and genuine commitment to the success of the college  and well-being of SCC students
  • Demonstrates commitment to retention

Active Involvement & Engagement

  • Continually engages in college activities, events, and initiatives, both on and off-campus
  • Contributes their time, expertise, and resources to support the college community and help enhance its reputation
  • Actively participates in community outreach and engagement activities, representing the college and building strong relationships with the community

Continuous Self-Improvement

  • Embraces their assigned role and takes pride in professional demeanor and appearance
  • Provides and accepts feedback as it relates to the reputation of SCC’s quality of services and education
  • Desires to continuously increase knowledge and skill set through professional development


November 2023 Winner
Dwayne Fehrenbacher
Director of Information Technology

Enhanced Effort and Proactive Attitude

  • Consistently goes above and beyond their assigned responsibilities to identify and address challenges. 
  • Actively seeks opportunities for improvement and demonstrates a proactive attitude towards solving problems within their department or across the college.
  • Displays enthusiasm and a positive attitude in tackling challenges.

Utilization of Tools, Technology, and Resources

  • Effectively leverages available tools, technology, and resources to streamline processes, enhance efficiency, and drive positive change. 
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the tools and technologies relevant to their field and is proficient in acquiring and using relevant software, applications, and resources.
  • Successfully integrates technology to optimize workflow.

Initiative in Collaborative Problem-Solving

  • Shows a proactive willingness to collaborate with colleagues and departments to address complex challenges
  • Actively engages in teamwork through formal or informal processes, leveraging their expertise to contribute positively to group problem-solving efforts.
  • Facilitates open communication and idea sharing among team members and demonstrates an ability to bridge gaps between departments.


December 2023 Winner
Randy "Mac" McNichols
Maintenance Assistant