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Outstanding Staff Awards Presented

Publication Date: 5/18/2012

(l-r) Linda Anderson, Michelle Hammontree, and Caley Foreman


The college paid tribute to staff on May 17 with a brunch held in the Bryan Campus Life Center. Four Rhodes employees were recognized with the college’s 2012 Outstanding Staff Awards.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Administrative Services Staff award is Linda Anderson, Housekeeper. Nominators wrote: “Linda is a member of the Physical Plant housekeeping staff assigned to the Paul Barret Library. She completes all her tasks in a professional and courteous manner. She is friendly, and manages all her responsibilities with a smile on her face. Linda has taken ownership of the library first floor, and strives daily to have all areas clean and ready for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. She is quick to notice and report items needing attention beyond her job scope. Linda is thoughtful, caring and faithful to the college. She inspires us all to have pride in this beautiful place we work.”

Departmental Assistant Michelle Hammontree received the Outstanding Administrative Staff award. Her nominators wrote: “Michelle manages our office (Mathematics and Computer Science) with good-natured efficiency and competence. She is dependable in all things—not only the routine stuff, but in coping with the unexpected and sometimes unreasonable emergencies that crop up. She holds herself (and the rest of us!) to high standards. It is reassuring to know that projects can be handed to her in the confidence that they will be carried out quickly and well. She often deals with vendors, visitors, and job candidates; her cheerful and capable demeanor projects a very positive image of Rhodes to the outside world.”

Outstanding Administrator awards were presented to Rob Dove, Director of Student Counseling, who was unable to attend the progam, and Caley Foreman, Senior Desktop Specialist.

Nominators wrote about Dove: “Rob leads the student counseling department where the clear mission is serving our students. He understands the Rhodes culture of care and support. Rob has served as a staff member on the Alternative Spring Break trip to Reynosa, Mexico for many years and he seeks other opportunities for informal connections with Rhodes students, faculty, and staff—from Resident Assistants, to coaches, to new faculty, to the Peer Advocates, and more! Rob is a student advocate at heart! Whether it’s coming in early, staying late, or in the middle of the night, he’s compelled to serve our students and to serve them well. His leadership has created avenues to provide continual, excellent service to students in need.”

Nominators wrote about Foreman: “Though he has given years of outstanding service to Rhodes, he has never been one to draw attention to himself. But when it comes to his work, his humility is a polite deception. He is experienced and expert in managing some very complex systems. And while computers can be notoriously uncooperative, Caley is the exact opposite. He is both hardworking and easy to work with. He fixes problems and prevents them. Caley’s work extends to computer systems in every corner of campus, and things run smoothly because of his skill and dedication. His sincere respect for our students and for his co-workers is obvious to anyone who watches him in action. We’re lucky to have him as part of our team.”

Recognition for collaboration across departmental and divisional lines went to the following:

The InRhodes Team, which has enhanced the online communications and services for faculty, staff and students
Members: Tracy Adkisson, April Brasefield, Nichole Choe, Christina Huntington, Liz Hvasta, Carson Irwin, Bob Johnson, Greg Paraham, Amy Ware, and Judy Pierce (emeritus)

The Community Integrated Education (CIE) Team, which has opened dialogue about the ways students are prepared and supported for community-based work and ways to connect this work to academic learning
Members: Suzanne Bonefas, Michael Castellarin, Dorothy Cox, Carson Duffy, Scott Garner, Sandi George Tracy, Tom McGowan, Milton Moreland, Kelly Parry, Rachel Quisenberry, Anthony Siracusa, Walt Tennyson, Elizabeth Thomas and Werner Viser

The Academic Intervention (AIT) Team, which takes a team approach to providing more resources and support to students who may be struggling with interruptions to their academic success
Members: Kathleen Laakso, Sabrina Brown, Melissa Butler, Rachel Homan, and Regina Simmons


At this year’s Campus Life Awards hosted by student leaders, awards also were presented to Rhodes staff for exceptional work. Doug Farris was recognized as the Loretta Watkins Outstanding Housekeeper and Fred Garrett was recognized as the Outstanding Campus Safety Officer.

Tags: Campus Life, Events, Honors, President, Staff


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