Wells Grants Employee Awards for Excellence

January 16, 2015
The awards were given along with recognitions for milestone years of service at the College's annual Employee Recognition Breakfast.
Employee Awards with Gerardo Cummings and President de Witt

Wells College faculty and staff gathered today for the 7th annual Employee Recognition Breakfast to thank community members for their efforts to support Wells’ mission over the past year, present gifts to those employees who have reached milestone years of service, and honor several with Awards for Excellence.

“This is a time to celebrate,” said President Thomas de Witt at the ceremony, “to acknowledge what has been accomplished and contributed, and to look ahead at what is possible. We hope these tokens of appreciation will be a meaningful reminder of our gratitude for all you do at Wells.”

The employees celebrating milestones were given gifts from the College; those honored included:

Celebrating 5 years of service

  • Jackie Britt, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
  • John Cook, Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
  • Dennis Fairchild, Director of Security
  • Sarah Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Nicole Pellegrino, Director of Academic Advising and Success
  • Joseph Smith, Grounds Worker
  • Penny Sutterby, Office Manager for Facilities

10 years of service

  • Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Patricia George, Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Coordinator
  • Matthew McCabe, Lecturer in Business and Management
  • Richard Rice, Electrician
  • André Siamundele, Registrar

15 years of service

  • Delia "Dee" Ball, Accounts Payable Data Entry Clerk
  • Lori Rook, Advancement Assistant

20 years of service

  • Donald Bunn, Grounds Worker
  • Terri Culver, Office Manager for Admissions

25 years of service

  • Linda Lohn, Associate Professor of English
  • Muin Uddin, Professor of Economics

35 years of service

  • Helen Bergamo, Art Curator

50 years of service

  • Elsie Torres, Circulation and Reserves Librarian

Special recognition was given to the faculty members who have taught at Wells for 25 years and to Elsie Torres, who has served the College for a remarkable 50 years. Each had colleagues and friends share thoughts on their dedication and positive attitude as they have served in multiple roles over many years, contributing valuable insight and expertise to the student experience. 

Awards for Excellence

President de Witt also granted Awards for Excellence to four members of the community. Each recipient was nominated by their colleagues and selected by Wells’ senior staff. They were:

  • Terri Culver, Office Manager for Admissions, for handling multiple tasks with efficiency and ease, staying attuned to details and helping both internal and external audiences;
  • Gerardo Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, for his passion for teaching and engaging with students and his incredibly active presence on campus;
  • David Foote, Assistant Director of Communications, for care and sensitivity to writing and editing and for assisting colleagues in a thoughtful way; and
  • Dan Kane, Head Men's Soccer Coach and former Interim Athletic Director, for his loyalty, grace, innovation and enthusiasm as he led the College’s athletic programs through a transition.

The College initiated the Employee Recognition Breakfast seven years ago; the campus-wide Awards for Excellence were added in 2012. Each awardee will have her or his name added to a campus plaque. 

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