Circle of Excellence CHSS Staff Recognition Award Program

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The purpose of the Circle of Excellence (COE) program is to honor and celebrate staff for their exceptional and unique contributions critical to the mission of our college. The COE Committee consists of volunteer staff members tasked with carrying out the development, implementation and institutionalization of this program.

 

2020-2021 Committee Members

Devi Ruslani-Reyes
Angelina Wong
Jessica Mondragon
Gary Straub

Award Categories

Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)

  • Unique and outstanding contributions which support the advancement of the College’s mission by demonstrating the College’s core values of collaboration, leadership and excellent service
  • "Focus on the donut, not the hole"  

Bright Idea Award

  • Created a new process, procedure or way of thinking to resolve issues or get work done more efficiently
  • Developed a mechanism that positively impacted several functional areas which alleviated the work load of other employees, allowing them to focus on other essential duties
  • Demonstrate the values of the current year’s CHSS Showcase theme

Behind the Scenes Wonder Award

  • Quality work done behind the scenes that contributes to the success of programs, projects or operations
  • Essential contributions that resulted in achieving the goals of the program, project or operations
  • Despite unexpected challenges and limited resources, quality work was produced with a positive and willing attitude

Past Winners

2020 Circle of Excellence

Chelsea McNutt

Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)

Chelsea McNutt
Department of Child & Adolescent Development)

PaHoua Lee

Bright Idea Award

PaHoua Lee
CHSS Student Resource Center

Gary Straub

Behind the Scenes Wonder Award

Gary Straub
Department of Counseling

 

 


2019 Circle of Excellence

Taryn Wong

Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)

Taryn Wong
CHSS Student Resource Center

 

Christine Hintermann

Bright Idea Award

Christine Hintermann
Department of Kinesiology

Susan Cuong

Behind the Scenes Wonder Award

Susan Cuong
CHSS Associate Dean’s Office

 

 

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2018 Circle of Excellence

Devi Ruslani-Reyes

Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)

Devi Ruslani-Reyes
School of Social Work

 

Jessica Mondragon

Bright Idea Award

Jessica Mondragon
CHSS Student Resource Center

Angelina Wong

Behind the Scenes Wonder Award

Angelina Wong
Department of Kinesiology

 

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Bright Idea Award

Alex Weiglin
CHSS College Office

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2017 Circle of Excellence

Amie Tat Brady

Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)

Amie Tat Brady
CHSS Student Resource Center

 

Katsufumi Araki

Bright Idea Award

Katsufumi Araki
Department of Counseling

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Behind the Scenes Wonder Award

Samantha Ward
CHSS College Office

 

 

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Photos from Award Presentations at Annual Showcase

2019

JC Gonzalez and Taryn Wong David Walsh and Christine Hintermann John Elia and Susan Cuong

Alvin Alvarez with 2019 Circle of Excellence winners

Captions:

(1) Award winner Taryn Wong with her nominator, SOAR Program Director JC Gonzalez

(2) Award winner Christine Hintermann with her nominator, Professor of Kinesiology David Walsh

(3) Award winner Susan Cuong with her nominator, Associate Dean John Elia

(4) Dean Alvin Alvarez with the 2019 award winners

 

 

2018

Devi Ruslani-Reyes and Gabriela Fischer Jessica Mondragon, Dave Woo and John Elia Angelina Wong and Marialice Kern

Dean Alvarez with 2018 award winners

Captions:

(1) Award winner Devi Ruslani-Reyes with her nominator, Gabriela Fischer

(2) Award winner Jessica Mondragon with nominator, CHSS Student Resource Center Director David Woo, and Associate Dean John Elia

(3) Award winner Angelina Wong accepts her award from her nominator, Professor Marialice Kern

(4) Dean Alvin Alvarez with the 2018 Circle of Excellence award winners

 

 

2017

David Woo presents award to Amie Tat Brady Dean Alvin Alvarez with award winner Katsufumi Araki

Captions:

(1) CHSS Student Resource Center Director David Woo presents the award to Amie Tat Brady

(2) Dean Alvin Alvarez with award winner Katsufumi Araki