Campus Notebook

Kish names Award of Excellence recipients

Jessica Anderson
Jessica Anderson

MALTA – Kishwaukee College recently announced the annual Award of Excellence recipients.

The Board of Trustees sponsors the awards program to recognize outstanding employees and their contributions to the college. Community members, college personnel, students and alumni submitted nominations in five categories: Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Support Staff, Professional Staff and Part-Time Staff.

The nominees for Full-Time Faculty were Ami Irmen, associate professor of English and teaching chair; Branden McCullough, assistant professor of history and teaching chair; Ann Mueller, assistant professor and coordinator of Tutoring Services; Laura Murdaugh, associate professor of chemistry; and Tammy Tiggelaar, associate professor of business, marketing and management.

The 2020 recipient of the Full-Time Faculty Award of Excellence is Laura Murdaugh, who has been on Kish faculty since 2011. Alongside her many contributions to the department throughout her nine years, she has been described by her peers as a tremendous asset and outstanding instructor who holds her students to rigorous standards and high expectations.

The nominees for Adjunct Faculty were Robert Brown, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics; Cynthia DeSeife, adjunct assistant professor of education; Eric Schroeder, adjunct assistant professor of music; and Robert Srygler, adjunct assistant professor of biology.

The 2020 recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award of Excellence is Eric Schroeder, who began his career as an educator in 1996 and joined Kish in 2012. He helps organize end-of-semester recitals for students and goes beyond his instructional responsibilities to provide excellence in music education at the college. He readily teaches credit-bearing courses as well as community education classes.

The nominees for Support Staff were Geoff Glowacki, records analyst; Donna Keller, business office clerk; Cathy King, administrative assistant to the vice president of instruction; Kim Rotella, greenhouse grounds specialist; Susan Tyler, custodian; and Tiffany Varnell, administrative assistant for WIOA Youth and TRIO Student Support Services.

This year’s recipient of the Support Staff Award of Excellence is Donna Keller, who began at Kish in 1993. She spent approximately 23 years as a library assistant in the college library before moving to the business office. She is quick to help students and staff alike and her unequalled commitment to the college have made her an invaluable asset.

The nominees for the Professional Staff Award were Jessica Anderson, assistant director of marketing and bookstore manager; Tashena Briggs, director of TRIO Upward Bound; Melissa Gallagher, coordinator of short-term training and continuing education; and Sean Kesselring, manager of academic advising & transfer services.

This year’s recipient of the Professional Staff Award of Excellence is Jessica Anderson, who began her Kish career as bookstore manager in 2014. Since then, she has taken on increased responsibilities and currently manages multiple departments including the bookstore, marketing and public relations, the Kish café and printing/mail services. Always on the go, Anderson is known as a diplomatic leader with a humanitarian heart.

The nominees for the Part-Time Staff Award were Kristine Adzovic, academic specialist; Amy Forsberg, dual credit & curriculum specialist; Mary Ann Miller, administrative assistant of disability services; and Julie Oberheim, academic advisor and student conduct specialist.

The 2020 recipient of the Part-Time Staff Award is Julie Oberheim, who joined Kish in 2017. Her colleagues say she cares deeply about the lives of students. Oberheim’s outreach to students, willingness to take on new tasks and collaboration with Northern Illinois University are some of her valuable contributions to her department.

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