CFCC honors employees for outstanding service

inserviceawardwinnersCape Fear Community College recently honored three employees for outstanding service to the college.

More than 500 people attended the college’s employee meeting at CFCC’s Schwartz Center on August 14, which is held annually to welcome new employees to the college, recognize employees’ long-time service and present awards for outstanding performance.

Award winners were nominated by their fellow employees and students at the college.

This year’s award winners are:

Kay Warren, who has recently retired, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service for Staff. Warren began working as an instructor in the Basic Skills Department at CFCC in 1991. She became a full time employee in 2000. She spent 8 years as the Associate Executive Director of the CFCC Foundation. Fellow employees who nominated Warren for the award commended her for her positive, caring attitude and her commitment to Cape Fear Community College students. Warren received a plaque and an award check for $250.

Melissa Watson, Business Technologies Department Chair at CFCC, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service for Faculty. Watson is described by colleagues as a consummate professional, who is hard-working and student centered. Watson  received a plaque and an award check for $250.

Denise Hightower, Lead Medical Office Administration Instructor, received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching. CFCC students who nominated Hightower remarked that Hightower encourages her students to do their best work, and that she is always available to listen and help. Hightower received a medallion to wear at official ceremonies and a $2000 stipend.

The meeting also included an introduction to the new group of student ambassadors, remarks by Dr. Spring, and an update on the college’s construction projects. The CFCC Foundation also kicked off its Campus Fund Drive for student scholarships at the meeting.