Students, College honor staff members at annual banquet

| April 2, 2014

The Office of Human Resources and the student organization Sweet Spirits honored Sweet Briar College staff members at the Unsung Heroes and Employee Recognition Banquet April 2 at the Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center.

President Parker congratulates Gloria Higginbotham on 40 years of service to Sweet Briar.

“In addition to keeping this campus up and running, you all are the ones who really make Sweet Briar feel like home,” Sweet Spirit Caroline Lacy ’14 said. “That doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Each year, the Sweet Spirits solicit voting from the entire student body for non-exempt or hourly staff members to receive the Unsung Hero and Heroine awards.

Amy Payne, administrative assistant in the Office of Spiritual Life, received the 2014 Unsung Heroine award for always meeting the “challenge of a hectic workload with a gracious and positive attitude.” Honored for his dedication and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of Sweet Briar students and community members, David Lyon, campus safety officer, was named the 2014 Unsung Hero.

During the luncheon, the College also recognized 10 staff members who have provided 230 cumulative years of service.

“I feel great about my work and my job because I get to serve this College with all of you,” said President Jo Ellen Parker, who presented the recognition awards.

Those recognized for 10 years of service were Brian Glass, Kathleen Placidi and Erica Scott. Employees honored for 20 years of service were Juanita Elliot and Cindy Sale. Randy Cash, June Driskill, Jimmy Rose and Louise Zingaro were recognized for 30 years with the College, and Gloria Higginbotham received honors for four decades of service.

President Parker with this year’s Unsung Heroes and other Sweet Spirits honorees after the banquet

The Sweet Spirits also presented superlative awards for hourly and non-exempt staff members that are voted on by their co-workers. This year’s recipients were:

  • Mr. Sunshine (man most likely to brighten your day): Sylvester Booker
  • Ms. Sunshine (woman most likely to brighten your day): Wanda Booker
  • Most Dependable: Jeff Moore
  • Most Encouraging: Martha Campbell
  • Hardest Working: Jerry Allen
  • One-of-a-Kind: Steve Woody

Christy Jackson

Category: Human Resources