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BC Honors Employees with Year-end Awards (2013)

Bluefield College honored its employees with a year-end faculty/staff awards ceremony, Thursday, May 2.

Chris Shoemaker

May 9, 2013

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President David Olive (left) presents the 2013 Distinguished Staff Award to longtime employee Cathy Payne.

 

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Erika Bell (right) accepts a BC Humanitarian Service Award.

 

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Clayton Wagner (right) is recognized for 30 years of service to BC.

 

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Pon Wagner (right) is recognized for 30 years of service to BC.

 

Bluefield College honored its employees with a year-end faculty/staff awards ceremony, Thursday, May 2, which included the presentation of the Distinguished Staff Award to online admissions director Cathy Payne; a Humanitarian Service Award to athletic trainer Erika Bell; and 30-year Service Awards to maintenance worker Clayton Wagner and housekeeper Pon Wagner.

 

President David Olive welcomed the employees to the traditional event that helps culminate another academic year on campus. The president thanked the workers for their contributions to a successful 2012-2013 campaign and shared the school’s goals and vision for the coming years.

 

“This is a great time of year as we celebrate the culmination of another academic year,” said Dr. Olive, “and prepare to graduate another senior class. We’re glad to get to this point and to be able to send another class out into the world to fulfill their calling.”

 

The president presented the most coveted staff award, the Distinguished Staff Award, to Cathy Payne, who has recruited adult degree completion students to Bluefield College since 1999 and who was touted by her peers who nominated her for the award for her “sacrifices” and “dedication” to the school.

 

“Cathy is truly dedicated to Bluefield College and her students,” said Dr. Olive. “She goes above and beyond in her recruiting for the adult program. We are fortunate to have her on staff.”
Payne was also acknowledged for her church and community involvement and her “strong Christian character,” often demonstrated through her “gift of encouragement” and “ceaseless giving to the college.”

 

“Cathy has served the college for almost 15 years and has sacrificed time and again to see the college move forward,” added Dr. Olive. “She dedicates herself daily to Bluefield College and its mission and vision. She works countless hours, both in and out of the office, for current and prospective students. She exemplifies the true model of a leader and servant.”

 

Dr. Olive also presented a Humanitarian Service Award to Erika Bell for her sacrificial work as an athletic trainer, primarily with student-athlete Megan Meismer, who was injured by a line drive softball that struck her face during a game this past April. Bell not only responded in a composed and crucial way at the scene of the accident, but also provided valuable care and encouragement to Meismer in the hours and days following the incident.

 

“With every text Megan sent we could tell that a special person was with her,” said Meismer’s father, Ronald Meismer of Rockwell, North Carolina, in an account of the hours after his daughter’s injury. “From the first call that said my daughter had been hit in the face with a line drive and she was on the ground bleeding, to the first text we got from Megan while we were driving that said ‘I am okay,’ Erika was with her. She is a special person that cares and goes out of her way to do more than what she is called to do. God bless her.”

 

The college also presented 30-year Service Awards to Clayton and Pon Wagner, who both joined the college in 1983. As a member of the maintenance staff, Clayton has cared for campus grounds and buildings and managed facility repair and improvement projects, among other service and maintenance duties, for 30 years. As a member of housekeeping, Pon has serviced BC housing, offices, classrooms and other indoor facilities for three decades. Both are the longest-tenured employees at Bluefield College.

 

Barbara Harris, a food services associate, Dr. Wayne Massey, a professor of English, and Blair Taylor, director of maintenance, all received 25-year Service Awards. Ranae Bailey, administrative assistant for student services, Dwain Harwick, an instructor for online degree completion programs, and Chris Shoemaker, director of public relations, earned 20-year Service Awards.

 

Fifteen-year Service Awards went to Dr. Dusty Anderson, professor of information technology; Larry Connatser, instructor for online degree completion programs; Fred Gillespie, instructor for online degree completion programs; Lisa Moxley, instructor of music; Dr. Betsy Summerfield, instructor for online degree completion programs; and Dr. Kelly Walls, assistant professor of criminal justice.

 

Ten-year Service Awards were presented to Susan Allen, instructor of music; Dr. Ross Duncan, instructor for online degree completion programs; Hartley Gaston, instructor for online degree completion programs; Dr. Michael Henry, instructor for online degree completion programs; Steve Kessinger, director of information services and technology; Dr. Robert Lange, instructor for online degree completion programs; Dr. Barry Losey, instructor for online degree completion programs; Shirley Mutter, payroll and accounts payable manager; Dr. Tracey Stout, associate professor of Christian studies; Rev. David Taylor, vice president for student services; Karen Thurmer, human resources director; Robert Walker, instructor for online degree completion programs; and Eric Wohlford, manager of network services.

 

Five-year Service Awards went to Juleigh Bailey, instructor for online degree completion programs; Brenda Beach, instructor for online degree completion programs; Jessica Brokaw, division manager for Athletics and assistant coach for women’s basketball; Bonnie Dennis, instructor for online degree completion programs; Jeanne Edwards, instructor for online degree completion programs; Patrick Elliott, instructor for online degree completion programs; Charles Fritts, instructor for online degree completion programs; Joy Francis, instructor for online degree completion programs; Herbert Green, instructor for online degree completion programs; Rebecca Hall, instructor for online degree completion programs; Amanda Jordan, director of institutional research and effectiveness; Matthew King, instructor for online degree completion programs; Maggie Lavoie, admissions counselor; Layton Lester, instructor for online degree completion programs; Rebecca Mosley, assistant manager of the Campus Store; Jenny Phillips, director of food services; Carl Rogers, maintenance worker; Deborah Rullman, instructor for online degree completion programs; Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, associate vice president for online degree completion programs; Dr. Harry Snodgrass, assistant professor of business; Kristy Stout, director of the Fine Arts Community School; Cynthia Tilley, instructor of music; Patti Williams, instructor for online degree completion programs; and Sharon Zeigler, instructor of music.

 

 

 

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Clay and Pon we love you. May God Bless your forever hard work to BC.



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