Staff Council hopes to ignite employee of the month award

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Dee Dixon, student success specialist and Staff Council parliamentarian, reviews an image of this college’s Fiesta medal while senior multimedia specialist Dama Morris and other Staff Council members approve of how the medals turned out Feb. 5 in the faculty lounge of Loftin. They also discussed getting more involvement from other departments in the employee of the month nominations. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Dee Dixon, student success specialist and Staff Council parliamentarian, reviews an image of this college’s Fiesta medal while senior multimedia specialist Dama Morris and other Staff Council members approve of how the medals turned out Feb. 5 in the faculty lounge of Loftin. They also discussed getting more involvement from other departments in the employee of the month nominations. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Fiesta medals and Faculty mixer in the works.

By Wally Perez

gperez239@student.alamo.edu

The low representation of this college’s departments in the employee of the month award concerned members of Staff Council in the Feb. 5 Meeting in the employee lounge of Loftin.

Leonard Ziegler, college photographer and chairman of the employee of the month committee, said there needs to be an increased effort by other departments to make the award competitive.

“The veteran’s center and the IT department are the leading employee of the month winners,” Ziegler said.

Juan Zamora, computer support technician and member, said, “Nobody else is getting involved; no one is representing their department.”

Faculty may need to be reminded more often to vote for candidates so that they can get the ball rolling and a competitive environment can be established, he said.

“People need to step up,” Zamora said.

There needs to be more faculty involved in the decision-making process for the award, they know a lot of staff that do a lot of hard work, so it would be great if more contributed, he said.

The council is also planning a Rodeo Round-up event to connect faculty with one another Feb. 26.

There are plans for a chili cook-off, hot dogs and rodeo clown contest for those interested.

It gives faculty a chance to chat with one another without having it be all business.

Judges for the cook-off are still being decided.

Fiesta medals were another topic brought up during the meeting.

Carrie Hernandez, treasurer of the council, had looked into three medals for the college.

A San Antonio College medal, a campus activities board (CAB) medal and boxing medal.

“Student life had reserved $2,000 for the medals,” Hernandez said. “I’ve received price quotes for the medals and they’re very expensive.”

“One hundred was $9.75 a medal; 250 was $8.75; 500 was $7.75 and 1000 was $6.75,” Hernandez said. “We’re kicking in $2,000. We need to find out how much Public relations is kicking in. At 500 medals, we’re looking at $3,875.”

Hernandez passed around pictures of the potential medals and the council expressed approval of the designs and colors.

Although the prices are high, Hernandez hopes that they will find the money somehow.

The next Staff Council meeting is 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the employee lounge of Loftin.

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