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Nicolet College Trustees honor seven with Outstanding Service Awards


May 22, 2014

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.

Outstanding Service Award

Those receiving honors were, front row, left to right, Sandy Kinney, executive director, Teresa Ellis, Human Resources employment professional, Chris Holewinski, Academic Success administrative assistant, John Bates, Disability Support Services case manager; back row, Dave Karoliussen, Maintenance employee, Chuck Kopp, Welding instructor, and Chris Bartelt, Public Safety adjunct instructor.

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

Chris Bartelt – Adjunct Faculty

Chris has been a valued member of our Public Safety adjunct faculty for 10 years. Chris has a true passion for teaching and wanting to help others in everything he does. He has the ability to take any classroom environment and make it a safe, open learning atmosphere. Feedback from multiple students state that Chris is an “excellent instructor,” he encourages them to push their limits”, and is “always willing to be patient and answer questions.”

John Bates – Academic Service Professional

John is a disability support services case manager. He goes above and beyond every day in his interactions with staff, students, and the community. His positive, genuine attitude, empathy for others, and breadth of knowledge make him deserving of this award. John has an extraordinary quality of making every person he encounters feel special. Whoever is standing before him becomes the most important individual in that moment.

Teresa Ellis – Administrative Professional

Teresa is an employment professional in the Human Resources Department. She is a conscientious, dedicated, and highly competent employee providing invaluable services to staff and students. She has a strong work ethic and excels in all aspects of her duties and responsibilities. Teresa always delivers timely and outstanding customer service. Staff members express how much they appreciate her efforts; particularly how efficiently and effectively she manages all phases of the employment process, how well she works with interviewing committee chairs and members, and her unwavering professionalism.

Chris Holewinski – Support Staff

Chris is exemplary as an educational service professional and a model employee for staff and students at Nicolet College. Her welcoming smile and winning personality brings considerable joy to those accessing services through the Academic Success Program. Annually over 800 students are served through Academic Success and they ALL know Chris. She expertly manages the registration of these students with a clear understanding of, and empathy for, the barriers they face.

 Dave Karoliussen – Facilities 

Dave consistently provides a superior level of service to the college in maintaining the buildings and grounds. He is a hard worker, understands teamwork, and is respected by the college community. He fosters a positive environment through modeling an optimistic outlook wherever he goes. Dave knows how to problem-solve. He is an intelligent, capable professional who is a tremendous asset to the facilities team. 

Sandy Kinney - Administration

Sandy is an administrator who leads by example. Her ability to oversee several departments and always strive to see each improve collectively and collaboratively takes an immense amount of time, respect, and team work with her staff. Sandy juggles many responsibilities and yet when you meet with her she always shows she values and cares about what you have to say. She understands how valuable each team member is and takes great care and effort to ensure processes are working effectively, communication is flowing, and that our customer service skills are constantly improving. It isn’t often that you find someone who is a daily role model of leadership and integrity. Sandy Kinney is one of those rare gems.

Chuck Kopp - Faculty

Chuck is a Welding instructor who has built strong relationships with the community, students, and other faculty. He has coordinated a project to pick up steel from different manufacturers in the community to provide to the students to use in the welding program. He has worked hard to expand and promote the high school welding competition. He has mentored and collaborated with the new adjuncts in the department. Chuck works hard at improving his instructor skills by attending Best Practices Sessions and developing his online presence for students. Chuck does it all. And….he does it all with a great sense of humor.