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Nicolet College Trustees honor seven with Board Awards


April 23, 2013

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees recently honored seven college employees with 2013 Outstanding Service Awards for superior performance and going above and beyond regularly assigned duties.

board awardThose receiving honors at the April board meeting were, front row, left to right, Susan Diehl, adjunct Speech instructor, Sondra Llanos, web manager, Teresa Rose, administrative assistant; back row, Tom Raykovich, transitions counselor, Pete Vanney, facilities director, Kevin Brown, culinary instructor, and Greg Miljevich, director of information technology.


Below are selected comments from the nominating papers for each award recipient:

Susan Diehl

Sue goes above and beyond to help her students succeed. As is well-known, one of the greatest fears of individuals in our society is public speaking.  In each of her sections, Sue takes 20 to 25 fearful individuals and develops their capacity as confident public speakers, while maintaining the rigor demanded of college courses.   Student feedback on her courses often indicates gratitude for Sue’s ability to motivate students to overcome this fear, and a number of her initially “reluctant speakers” have gone on to become enthusiastic and excellent presenters, even at Nicolet graduation ceremonies.

 Sondra Llanos

During her time at Nicolet, she has shown herself to be a talented, innovative marketing professional. At Nicolet she both consistently produces high quality work, and takes a leadership role in directing the daily work of other communications team members, aligning resources and talents with the multiple needs of the college. She is well-liked and respected by other staff, and always keeps students and community audiences needs at the forefront of her work, reminding us all of who we serve and how we might best communicate with them.

Teresa Rose

To describe Teresa’s contributions as outstanding, superior, or excellent understates the value, quality and dimensions of her dedication and service to the Nicolet College community. Teresa provides administrative assistance for 45 (staff members) plus students enrolled in approximately 125 transfer and general education courses. As such, a vast multidimensional spectrum of activities is organized and processed by Teresa with efficiency, thoroughness, accuracy, clarity, intelligence, effectiveness and foresight. She does all of this with kindness, respect, and encouragement for all.

Tom Raykovich

Tom is a dedicated educator with a track record of going above and beyond his job duties as an advisor, and now as a Transitions Counselor with the Learner Success Team. Tom has demonstrated exceptional skills and ability to develop a positive and inspiring rapport with this population of students. Tom consistently employs his gift for being supportive and credible with students, while also assuring his approachability for students who place their trust in him. This humble professional has over and again expressed his loyalty to our College and willingness to go the extent needed to do what is right for our students and their success. 

Pete Vanney

Pete goes above and beyond the call of duty in all aspects of his job.  Pete manages day-to-day maintenance for all Nicolet buildings and grounds, while juggling inclement weather disruptions, outreach center needs, small building modifications, and larger building addition and remodeling projects.  Whether at the new Lac du Flambeau Dental program site, other outreach sites or on our Rhinelander campus, Pete embraces the Nicolet mission and is always a smiling ambassador for the College. No matter what Pete is doing he always has time to listen and offer assistance.

Kevin Brown

Kevin is dedicated to his students and class commitments and also very active in obtaining the newest and best equipment for students. He has received donations from companies to keep program costs low while providing students with top notch equipment. To keep the Culinary program continuously growing, Kevin has created some marvelous recruitment and retention tools. Every Friday Kevin hosts a radio talk show called Cooking with Kevin. He also works with high schools to offer dual credit classes and holds events and open houses several times a year. These events are always hands-on, creative and innovative ways of getting interested students engaged into what the program offers. In his spare time, Kevin uses his culinary skills to help further research and development for the Phenylketonuria (PKU) Society. Kevin has written cookbooks for PKU patients and parents and has spoken numerous times on the nutritional aspects of the disease.

Greg Miljevich

Greg routinely goes above and beyond, with extra evening and weekend time to keep IT organized and running smoothly. Greg’s team has transformed Information Technology at Nicolet, decreasing costs in many areas, from telecommunication lines to campus-wide printing solutions to computer hardware and software.Greg’s expertise and decision-making skills have saved hundreds of project hours translating into significant dollar savings.  Budgets and project timelines are being maintained with attention to every detail, with an eye on process improvements and future maintenance costs with each project and product decision.