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Waubonsee Community College recently presented Support Staff Awards for Excellence to college support staff members.

Waubonsee Recognizes Support Staff

Group photo of award recipients
L-R: Lisa Egner, Dr. Christine Sobek, Meg Junk, Earl Shumaker

Waubonsee Community College recently presented Support Staff Awards for Excellence to college support staff members.

More than 70 support staff members were nominated for the awards in three categories: commitment to diversity and equity, innovation and creativity, and service and quality. The award recipients were announced at the annual support staff meetings on June 27.

Lisa Egner, Accommodations Coordinator, received the Support Staff Award for Excellence in Commitment to Diversity and Equity. Egner leads the diversity session for New Employee Orientation and serves on the Disability Advisory Board and the Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention task force. Egner also developed and facilitates the First Look Program, which presents Waubonsee as an option for high school students who might not have thought college was a possibility for them.

Meg Junk, Student Life Coordinator, received the Support Staff Award for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity. Junk implemented Waubonsee’s first Alternative Spring Break program and worked with students on fundraising opportunities for the trip. Junk was also instrumental in developing the Waubonsee

Student Leadership Development Program by writing curriculum, identifying and training people to present the material, and developing program assessment and evaluation tools.

Earl Shumaker, Librarian, received the Support Staff Award for Excellence in Service and Quality. Shumaker leads tours of the library for all new employees and is sought after by students for advice on research. He treats everyone with respect and consideration.

Waubonsee has more than 450 support staff employees. The Support Staff Awards for Excellence are presented annually to those employees who exemplify excellence in each of the categories. Employees are nominated by their peers and supervisors. Awardees are chosen by the Support Staff Committee, which reviews all nominations anonymously.