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President’s Awards – Very Difficult to Decide!

Submitted by on December 14, 2009 – 2:28 pmNo Comment

Dr-Norman-StephensDear Colleagues,

Every year the decisions become more difficult.  On Thursday, Dec. 17, we’ll gather for our annual holiday luncheon, and I’ll announce the “winners” of the 2009 President’s Awards.  I say “winners” advisedly because many people truly deserve each award, but generally only one person is selected.  There is no way that I can truly determine who is most deserving.  I do have plenty of help and advice in selecting the awardees, because those who were so honored last year serve as an advisory committee.  Don’t go running down the hall to pump any of those folks for the answers, because they don’t know who I ultimately selected either.  They individually review all of the nominations and then send me their private recommendations.  None of the committee members knows which nominees were supported by the other advisory committee members.  Furthermore, I don’t just add up the votes.  This is the mother of all subjective decisions based to a great extent on intuition, mine.

With this admission of potential folly, I can say with some confidence that those who will be honored are deserving.  In an ironic twist, since each award is such a difficult choice among many deserving nominees, I really can’t go wrong.  It’s like picking your favorite dessert between a hot fudge sunday, hot apple pie ala mode, and cheese cake with strawberries and whipped cream on top.  You just pick one and hope for the best–sometimes you pick two!  Burp!

Thanks again for all of the wonderful nomination letters.  I still believe that the real benefit of our President’s Awards each year is thinking about and writing nomination letters by our employees and others.  We had over 100 individuals nominated.  And many who weren’t nominated are previous recipients.  Think of all the good feelings this generates all over the college.  It sure gets me in a holiday mood. 

See you on Thursday.

Norm Stephens

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