NIC recognizes outstanding employees throughout the year

North Idaho College recognized three outstanding employees throughout the year with the Sterling Silver Employee of the Month Award. Recipients of the award are nominated by their colleagues and students for outstanding service to NIC.
Carol Jones
NIC Business Office Executive Assistant Carol Jones is always willing to go the extra mile for NIC students and her coworkers alike. Not because she has to, but because she genuinely cares about the needs of each person she deals with.
Jones’ helpful nature and positive attitude earned her the Sterling Silver Employee of the Month Award for October 2005.
Jones began working at NIC four years ago in the Registrar’s Office and has worked in the Business Office since July. She said working with her coworkers and students makes her job very rewarding.
“One of the most amazing facets of Carol’s personality is that no matter if the stress level is high, or that she is going on three hours of sleep, or that a student is angry and taking it out on her, Carol approaches everything with a smile and a warmth that is very rare indeed,” said Registrar’s Office Assistant Erin Bundy in her nomination. “Carol sees that every person has value and that every request is important to that person at that given time, and she will always do her best to meet the needs of each person.”
Jones lives in Hayden with her husband John. They have two children, John and Melissa, several grandchildren and many pets.
Barb Lundberg
NIC Student Support Services Director Barb Lundberg has established a successful program in Student Support Services (SSS), having initiated the program in 2001 with funding from a federal TRIO grant.
The people of the program, both staff and students, are what make the program successful according to Lundberg. But her coworkers believe she too plays a large role in the program’s success.
“From the ground up, Barb has developed an effective academic assistance program that consistently proves its effectiveness in helping students meet their education and career goals,” said SSS Senior Administrative Assistant Ava Pedersen in her nomination.
Lundberg’s leadership in running the SSS program and her giving nature and positive relationships with students earned her the Sterling Silver Employee of the Month Award in November 2005.
In their nominations, three students spoke of how Lundberg is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the success of the students in the SSS program.
“Barb has helped me cope with the hardships of going to college,” said NIC student Janette Jackson, 40, a mother of eight that is attending college for the first time. “She has guided me to understand how to study, take notes, and be successful in college. I know that a lot of students say that about everybody, but Barb goes out of her way to make sure that you are happy with what you are doing. Such as, when I feel that I am not going to finish a class or assignment, she makes sure that I understand how to do the assignment and lets me always know that I can do it and not give up on myself.”
Lou Graham
Every day, the staff and faculty of the Health Professions and Nursing department recognize the contributions that NIC Administrative Assistant Lou Graham makes to the department. But she was recognized more publicly as the February 2006 recipient of the Sterling Silver Employee of the Month Award.
“It made me feel warm inside to read the comments from my colleagues,” said Graham, who has worked in Health Professions and Nursing since August 2002.
“This is like home to me. I love everybody here and I love the work.”
That dedication to the department and the mission of NIC earned her the award. Her coworkers stated in her nomination that Graham is like the glue that binds the department together and keeps it functioning efficiently.
“I value her competencies,” said Beverly Hatrock, program coordinator and nursing instructor. “I value even more who she is as a person and the spirit and warmth she brings to every aspect on her work. Lou, this award is special recognition, but I want you to know that every day I recognize how fortunate I am and we all are that you are a part of our team.”
Graham lives with her husband John in their dream retirement home, a log cabin in Twin Lakes. The Grahams enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren, Graham said, adding “They keep me young.”

For More Information
NIC Sterling Silver Committee Chair Lynn Bates, (208) 769-3311

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2006

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