More than 250 Columbia College faculty and staff members were honored for their service and commitment to the college recently at the institution’s Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon. The event, held on the Courts of Southwell Complex, featured a complimentary lunch for all in attendance and each employee received a gift from the college.

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, welcomed the hundreds in attendance and served as master of ceremonies for the event. President Scott Dalrymple then addressed the gathering and thanked everyone for their service to the college. Cheers rang out from every corner of the complex as each honoree was recognized and then shook hands with President Dalrymple while receiving their service award.

Details of all of the honorees at the event can be found below:

Years of Service               Staff members

5-year honorees                              132

10-year honorees                            55

15-year honorees                            37

20-year honorees                            15

25-year honorees                            8

30-year honorees                            3

35-year honorees                            1

40-year honorees                            1

45 year honorees                             1


2014-2015 Harold Nichols Award: Presented to the outstanding facilities and physical plant employee

  • Bill EwensHVAC/Mechanical, Maintenance

2014-2015 Frazier Moon Award : Presented to the outstanding Adult Higher Education campus director

  • Bob Steffes – Director – Columbia College-St. Louis

Staff Association Advisory Council (SAAC) Professional Excellence Award

  • Renee Grosso, Assistant Director at Columbia College-Hancock Field

Staff Association Advisory Council (SAAC) Servant Leadership Award

  • Monique Franklin Pierce, Administrative Assistant at Columbia College-Fort Worth

LEAN Honorees: Presented to individuals who submitted a LEAN college efficiency request which resulted in a workout and future action items

  • Deborah Bogucki – Administrative Assistant in the Nursing Department
  • Andrea HuntingSenior Coordinator of Communication and Technology, Student Affairs
  • Karen Weston – Chair of the Education Department
  • Katherine Wheeler – Institutional Research Analyst
  • Tara Orozco – Academic Advisor at Columbia College – Jefferson City
  • Jewly Harris – Director at Columbia College – Salt Lake City

Enjoy some of these fun photos from the event!