Golden Apple and Tanner Awards highlight ICC convocation

SPINDALE (Aug. 19, 2015) – Eight Isothermal Community College staff and faculty members were recognized recently for making outstanding contributions to the institution’s learning environment.

The Golden Apple Awards, given since 2006, were developed by Isothermal’s Learning Strategies Taskforce as a way to recognize college employees who “dedicate their time and talents to create a college environment where learning can flourish.”

The Golden Apple Award Committee made the selections on criteria including the exhibition of a commitment to excellence; the nurturing of a climate of integrity, care, and respect for individuals; demonstration of initiative to resolve problems or improve processes that benefit the college; demonstration of a cooperative spirit and willingness to help others that exceeds job expectations; and serving as an inspiration to others. [AdSense-A]

The Golden Apple winners were Jonathan Bland, Tony Hamilton, Pat Wall, Jennifer Henson, Joy Thompson, Karen Taylor, Jerry Hinson and Vanessa Capps.

left to right — Jennifer Henson, Vanessa Capps, Karen Taylor, Joy Thompson, Pat Wall, Jerry Hinson, Jonathan Bland and Tony Hamilton
left to right — Jennifer Henson, Vanessa Capps, Karen Taylor, Joy Thompson, Pat Wall, Jerry Hinson, Jonathan Bland and Tony Hamilton

 

In addition to the Golden Apples, the second annual Tanner Awards for Excellence were given to one staff and one faculty member.

Mike Tanner with Henson
Mike Tanner with Jennifer Henson

The Tanner Awards were presented to Jennifer Henson and Joy Thompson, both Golden Apple recipients as well.

The Tanner family has been involved with Isothermal since the college’s beginning. S.B. Tanner, Sr., was one of the early supporters of the effort to create the college. His son, Jimmy Tanner, was named to Isothermal’s first Board of Trustees in 1964. He continued to serve as a trustee until 2007, distinguishing himself as the longest serving member in the history of that body.

Mike Tanner with Joy Thompson
Mike Tanner with Joy Thompson

Mike Tanner was on hand to present the Tanner Awards while the Golden Apples were given by Dr. Kim Gold, Isothermal’s vice president of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment.

Gold said the awards were designed for those employees who “go above and beyond the requirements of their jobs to ensure that the learning process flows smoothly for students.”