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Employees Celebrate Holidays with Luncheon

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Dr. Norm Stephens (left) toots his flute while Doug Andrews leads employees in singing "Jingle-Bell Rock."

Dr. Norm Stephens (left) toots his flute while Doug Andrews leads employees in singing "Jingle-Bell Rock."

South Florida Community College employees rang out 2009 at the annual holiday luncheon, sponsored Dec. 17 by SFCC’s chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC).

The highlight of the program was Dr. Norm Stephens’ presentation of 10 President’s Awards to nine employees and two local citizens for their exemplary service to the college during the past year and beyond.  “It’s very difficult to do this, but it’s important to do this,” Dr. Stephens remarked about the process of choosing the recipients. Candidates were nominated by their peers, and nominations were reviewed by the 2008 President’s Award recipients. The final selection was made by Dr. Stephens.

The 2009 President’s Award recipients are: Jose Altamirano, Full-time Career Service; Melody Stricklin, Part-time Career Service; Junior Gray, Professional; Patty Manderville, Faculty Full-time; John Fitts, Adjunct Faculty; Dr. Leana Revell, Administrator; Tammy Bush, Panther Spirit; Jackie Tillman, Special; Rick and Jean Moyer, Volunteer, for their support of SFCC Cultural Programs; and Tim Hansen, Overall Outstanding Employee of 2009.

(Left) After accepting his 20-year service pin, Nat Imsdahl thanked college employees for supporting military troops in Iraq. Imsdahl, a U.S. Army reservist, was deployed to Iraq in August when Dr. Stephens presented the annual service pins.

(Left) After accepting his 20-year service pin, Nat Imsdahl thanked college employees for supporting military troops in Iraq. Imsdahl, a U.S. Army reservist, was deployed to Iraq in August when Dr. Stephens presented the annual service pins.

Dr. Stephens recognized Nat Imsdahl for 20 years of service to the college and Dean Jordan for 35 years of service. At Welcome Back in August, Imsdahl could not be recognized along with colleagues because he serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Stephens acknowledged Imsdahl for his two decades of service as part of SFCC’s maintenance staff and for the numerous commendations he has received from the army. Jordan received special recognition for being the second employee in the college’s history to achieve 35 years of service. Because she is now the college’s highest-ranking employee in terms of years of service, she is considered to be the reigning ROC – or “Resident Old Codger.”

Employees shared their favorite holiday dishes and desserts at the potluck luncheon. During a sing-along, Dr. Stephens surprised everyone by adding his flute to a rendition of “Jingle-Bell Rock.”  FACC’s annual holiday drawing gave away more than 50 door prizes while raising money for its scholarship fund.

Jennifer Young arranges dishes for SFCC annual holiday luncheon.

Jennifer Young arranges dishes for SFCC annual holiday luncheon.

Sandy Turke (left) and Sandy Bush get into the spirit of the holidays by posing as Santa's reindeer.

Sandy Turke (left) and Janet Short get into the spirit of the holidays by posing as Santa's reindeer.

Michele Heston (left), Terry Barrone, and Annie Alexander-Harvey look over the selection of dishes at the holiday luncheon.

Michele Heston (left), Terry Barrone, and Annie Alexander-Harvey look over the selection of dishes at the holiday luncheon.

Gail Fricker (left), Dr. Leana Revell, Wanita Bates, and Michele DeVane sing “Joy to the World.”

Gail Fricker (left), Dr. Leana Revell, Wanita Bates, and Michele DeVane sing “Joy to the World.”

Dr. Mike McLeod (right) reacts with surprise as Irene Castanon accepts her fourth door prize in FACC’s drawing from Dick Ferguson. Lady Luck proved to be with Castanon that afternoon. Before the luncheon ended, she had won a grand total of seven door prizes.

Dr. Mike McLeod (right) reacts with surprise as Dick Ferguson presents Irene Castanon her fourth door prize in FACC’s drawing. Lady Luck proved to be with Castanon that afternoon. Before the luncheon ended, she had won a grand total of seven door prizes.

Dr. Deborah Milliken holds the woodcut print of an anhinga that she won in FACC’s holiday drawing. The print was created by Mollie Doctrow, curator of the SFCC Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC).

Dr. Deborah Milliken holds the woodcut print of an anhinga that she won in FACC’s holiday drawing. The print was created by Mollie Doctrow, curator of the SFCC Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC).

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