Staff Appreciation Awards

North Idaho College Staff Assembly values the contributions of its staff members and, through the generosity of the NIC Foundation, is able to recognize staff members who go above and beyond by awarding them a prestigious Staff Appreciation Award.

  • Awards are presented in three categories.  See below for the descriptions and requirements of each award.
  • The nomination process is completed online.  Each nomination includes a brief essay explaining how the nominee meets the award criteria. Each criterion is weighted at 25%.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by the Awards committee for eligibility. Once all nominations have been reviewed, the committee will select a winner in each category based on how well the nominations meet the award criteria.
  • The Awards committee consists of employees from each division as appointed by their President's Cabinet member, and one student representative for a total of nine members. The staff assembly vice chair will facilitate the process but will not vote.
  • Each recipient will be recognized and receive their award at the annual commencement breakfast.
  • In the instance of a tie in any category, the winners will split the award.

Nomination Form

Award Categories

This award is given to an outstanding full-time staff member who has worked at least six months but no more than three years in their current office/department. The employee must not have received this award or another of the Staff Appreciation Awards in the past three years.

This award is given to two full-time, benefit-eligible staff members who have consistently excelled in their position; have made outstanding contributions in the area of service and dedication to NIC; have promoted teamwork and collaboration across campus; have worked quietly behind the scenes to improve their division or department; and who have consistently done so with a positive and forward-thinking attitude. Employee must have been employed by NIC for at least three years and must not have received a Staff Appreciation Award in the past three years.

This award is given to an outstanding part-time, non-benefit-eligible, non-student, staff member who has consistently excelled in their position; has made outstanding contributions in the area of service and dedication to NIC; has worked quietly behind the scenes to improve their division or department; and who has consistently done so with a positive and forward-thinking attitude. The employee must have been continuously employed by NIC for at least one year in a part-time position and must not have received a Staff Appreciation Award in the past three years. 

Award Criteria

Nominees for each of these awards should have demonstrated the following:

SERVICE (25%): The nominee provides outstanding service, whether to students, faculty, parents, co-workers or community members.

TEAMWORK (25%): The nominee develops and encourages cooperation and collaboration, while displaying outstanding group effort.  The nominee also consistently offers support, assistance and encouragement to co-workers, often without being asked to do so.

ATTITUDE (25%): The nominee consistently demonstrates patience, positivity and enthusiasm while on the job. The nominee also demonstrates excellence in resolving conflicts and/or facing challenges.

RELIABILITY (25%): The nominee provides prompt, efficient and reliable service.  The nominee is both dependable and trustworthy, and instills a sense of responsibility and dedication. 

Past Winners

Melanie McLean - Rising Star
Brad Grantham - Part-Time Rising Star
Andrea Woempner - Staff Excellence
Shannon Goodrich - Staff Excellence

Victoria Michael - Rising Star Award
Wayne Cardwell - Staff Excellence Award
Heidi Schrader - Staff Excellence Award
Elisha Stoneback - Part-Time Staff Excellence Award

Cathy Sparks, Office of Instruction - Staff Excellence
Annette Moore, Office of Finance and Business - Staff Excellence
Chris Green, TRIO Support Services - Rising Star
Skip Kuck, Molstead Library - Part-time Staff Excellence 

Donya Gadley - Staff Excellence
Leslie Slinkard - Staff Excellence
Myia Lackey - Rising Star
Gaby Wilson - Part-time Staff Excellence

Award committee members:  Cheri Beard, Jess Bennett, Melanie Droesch, Teresa Henderson, Dan Hogan, Emmaline Kitterman, Bill McElver, Donna Patterson, and Chris Pfeiffer

Annette Griffard - Staff Excellence
Dalona Lee - Staff Excellence
(tie) Matt Burns and Terrie Wise - Rising Star
Janiece Murphy - Part-time Staff Excellence

Award committee members:  Cheri Beard, Sean Collins, Lynn Covey, Rebecca Goodwin, Dan Hogan, Carol Jones, Steve Taylor, and Darcy Ward

Randy Reader - Staff Excellence
Ryan Scott - Staff Excellence
Dode Rode - Rising Star
Vicki Crosby - Part-time Staff Excellence

 

Huihsin Chung - Staff Excellence
Teresa Henderson - Staff Excellence
Jesse Fountain - Rising Star
Katie Akins - Part-time Staff Excellence

Tom Greene - Outstanding Service to the College Community
Steve McGroarty - Staff Excellence
Kym Browning and Jeff Davis (tie) - Rising Star
Denice Wise - Part-time Staff Excellence

Heather Erikson - Outstanding Service to the College Community
Mindy Patterson - Staff Excellence
Kelly Hopkins - Rising Star
No Nominations - Part-Time Staff Excellence

Linda Michal - Outstanding Service to the College Community
Suzie Deane - Staff Excellence
Jimmie O'Harra - Rising Star
Jan Parks - Part-Time Staff Excellence

Alex Harris - Outstanding Service to the College Community
Sandra Jacquot - Staff Excellence
Jessica Grantham - Rising Star
Joseph Conrad - Part-Time Staff Excellence

Garry Stark - Outstanding Service to the College Community
Stacy Hudson - Staff Excellence
Holly Moore - Rising Star
Teresa Runge - Part-time Staff Excellence