Georgia Highlands College

 

Outstanding Administrator

This award is designed for administrators who consistently project a positive image and who serve the college above and beyond the call of duty. This award recognizes an administrator who actively contributes to the success of the college and his or her staff.

Eligibility:
  • Completed 3 years of service at Georgia Highlands College; 
  • Willingly served in any capacity asked by the college; 
  • Actively volunteered for special events and contributed to their success; 
  • Served on committees (or other college projects) and contributed to their success;
  • Projected a positive image of the college and generally served the college above and beyond the call of duty;
  • Contributed substantially to the development of his or her staff; 

 

Vivian Benton

 

This award is designed for staff members who consistently project a positive image and who serve the college above and beyond the call of duty. This award recognizes a staff member who actively contributes to the success of the college.

Eligibility:

  • Completed 3 years of service at Georgia Highlands College; 
  • Willingly served in any capacity asked by the college; 
  • Actively volunteered for special events and contributed to their success; 
  • Served on committees (or other college projects) and contributed to their success;
  • Projected a positive image of the college and generally served the college above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Community Involvement Staff

 

This award is designed to recognize individuals who significantly impact our community. This award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates a passion for making a difference by sharing their spirit, positive attitude and time with others.

Eligibility:

  • Completed a minimum of 2 consecutive years at GHC;
  • Generously donate their time, energy or skills;
  • Positively impact our community;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to others;
  • Exhibit initiative in making a difference;
  • Sustain a significant record of community service;
  • Are a responsible member of the community;
  • Share their spirit and positive attitude towards/with others.

 

Community Involvement Faculty

This award is designed to recognize individuals who significantly impact our community. This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates a passion for making a difference by sharing their spirit, positive attitude and time with others.

Eligibility:

  • Completed a minimum of 2 consecutive years at GHC;
  • Generously donate their time, energy or skills;
  • Positively impact our community;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to others;
  • Exhibit initiative in making a difference;
  • Sustain a significant record of community service;
  • Are a responsible member of the community;
  • Share their spirit and positive attitude towards/with others.

 

Community Involvement Administrator

This award is designed to recognize individuals who significantly impact our community. This award recognizes an administrator who demonstrates a passion for making a difference by sharing their spirit, positive attitude and time with others.

Eligibility:

  • Completed a minimum of 2 consecutive years at GHC;
  • Generously donate their time, energy or skills;
  • Positively impact our community;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to others;
  • Exhibit initiative in making a difference;
  • Sustain a significant record of community service;
  • Are a responsible member of the community;
  • Share their spirit and positive attitude towards/with others.

 

Professional Achievement Award

This award is designed to recognize individuals who have taken the initiative to better themselves through professional development. This award recognizes individuals who have completed a degree or certificate program within the past year.

Eligibility: 

  • Completed a diploma, degree or Professional Certificate program related to the current field of occupation.

 

Walraven Award - Available Spring 2015

 

This award is designed to honor a distinguished faculty member who has made a significant impact on Georgia Highlands College community.

Eligibility:

  • Full time faculty status during the current academic year;
  • Retired faculty members are eligible only if they retired during the current academic year;
  • Made a substantial contribution to teaching and learning at GHC.
In the event the award is given posthumously, the recipient’s family should be asked to designate a person to accept the award on behalf of the faculty member.  If the family declines to do so, the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs shall select an appropriate spokesperson.

 

President’s Award - Available Spring 2015

 

This award is designed to recognize individuals who exhibit extraordinary support of, and service to, Georgia Highlands College.

Eligibility:

The award is presented each year at graduation to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary support of, and service to, the college. The college president will choose an individual to receive this award on the basis of service to the college. Categories of service could include: 
  • representing college interests to the Board of Regents;
  • representing college interests to the Georgia legislature;
  • representing college interests to the communities served by the college;
  • serving as a college ambassador to other communities or institutions.

 

Mace Bearer - Available Spring 2015

 

This award is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate leadership ensuring order and defending the academic freedom to see the truth and teach it. This individual fosters an environment to do research, study, publish and learn.

Two mace bearers: Graduation and Nursing Pinning

The mace, a great and splendid staff, is actually a club; it is a symbolic weapon.  Medieval universities would not defend themselves with the sword.  It was not considered appropriate for gentle scholars to draw blood, but they could defend, using a cudgel – and they did.  The mace has come to stand as a symbol for two critical matters.  First, it stands for the freedom of the academy to see the truth and to teach it.  It also stands for the authority of the academy.  This authority is best described by two traditional Latin terms:  magesterlum and auctoritas.  Under the first term, magesterium is included control of equipment, building and grounds, as well as the behavior of members and visitors – ensuring order and liberty.  Under the second term, auctoritas, is included a defense of the liberty to do research, to study, to publish and to learn.  The mace makes the statement that the academy must protect and foster those things.

 

Caught in the Act of Good Teaching

 

This ongoing, monthly award is designed to recognize individuals who foster an environment of learning and motivate students to excel. Students, staff, and fellow faculty are invited to submit nominations on a continual basis.

Eligibility:              

  • Demonstrates outstanding teaching skills, as evidenced by creativity and engagement of students. (Examples: uses innovative technologies or teaching methods, advises student clubs, other involvement with students beyond the classroom, etc.)
  • Provides a substantial contribution to positive change in programs at Georgia Highlands College in keeping with the college’s mission and values. (Examples: role model, open communication, collaborative teamwork, participates in departmental and college committees/councils, mentors colleagues, etc.)
  • Demonstrates a consistent commitment to professional development. (Examples: attends conferences, shows commitment to continuous improvement and being current, etc.) 
  • Serves as a role model through positive interactions with students
  • Interacts with and participates in student functions

 

Caught in the Act of Good Customer Service

 

This ongoing, monthly award is designed to recognize employees who consistently provide exemplary service and follow-through to all by going above and beyond one’s job description. Staff, faculty, students, and community members are invited to submit nominations on a continual basis.

Eligibility: 

  • Demonstrating exceptional follow-through when handling requests and complaints;
  • Going above and beyond the normal job requirements to deliver note-worthy service;
  • Proactively anticipating and addressing problems;
  • Demonstrating forethought when taking action to prevent dissatisfaction with services provided;
  • Serves as a role model through positive interactions with customers;
  • Transforms complaints into valuable feedback;
  • Handles all customer interactions in a fair and judicious manner;
  • Efficiently and effectively meets customer needs;
  • Demonstrates superior interpersonal communication skills;
  • Creates a welcoming and caring atmosphere for all customers;
  • Nominee's actions must reflect all five of the customer service attributes: COURTEOUS, HELPFUL, ACCESSIBLE, RESPONSIVE, and KNOWLEDGEABLE.

 

Caught in the Act of Caring

 

This award is an ongoing, monthly award designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate a caring attitude and behavior towards others. Staff, faculty, students, and community members are invited to submit nominations on a continual basis.

Eligibility:

  • Demonstrates caring attitude and behavior towards others;
  • Models responsible and ethical behavior in all professional interactions;
  • Demonstrates dedication in all job duties;
  • Serves as a leader to coworkers, peers, or students.

Employee of the Year

 

This award is designed to recognize individuals who consistently support the mission and goals of the institution by routinely demonstrating our shared values and supports an environment of excellence.

Eligibility: 

  • Supports the mission and goals of the institution;
  • Consistently demonstrates our Shared Values; 
  • Takes initiative to make things better;
  • Encourages teamwork and unity;
  • Supports Georgia Highlands College practices, procedures and policies;
  • Improving department/division/unit morale through actions not related to job;
  • Exhibits a positive attitude towards fellow employees, students, the public and work demonstrated by availability, cooperation, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness, and presence on the job.

 

Department of the Year

 

This award is designed to recognize the department which consistently supports the mission and goals of the institution by routinely demonstrating our shared values and supports and supports an environment of excellence.

Eligibility:              

  • Delivers a consistently high level of performance across the department;
  • Places internal and external customers first in priority; 
  • Encourages teamwork and unity among department members;
  • Supports Georgia Highlands College’s practices, procedures and policies;
  • Is progressive and innovative in field of work.

 

 



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