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Minutes of the Employee Recognition Committee
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 1:05pm
Members in attendance:  Debra Short, Barbara Thurston, Kimberly Williams, Gayle Kiger, Lisa Aiken, and Ken Bunch
Members absent:  William Sandidge, Donna Grant-Paige, Annagrace Enochs, Randall Franklin, Joseph Penrod, and Xavier Retnam
Note – There was a faculty meeting scheduled at the same time which resulted in several members not being in attendance.
The meeting began with an introduction of the committee members to each other. 
Debra began a discussion of the Cougar Awards.  This award is given to members of the non full-time faculty.  It is awarded each month to two outstanding individuals who have been nominated by their peers and by students for their outstanding service to the college, its faculty and staff, and students.  The nominating application asked for a brief narrative on why the individual has been nominated.  In some cases, only a one line narrative is given.  Stronger emphasis on the attributes is needed when nominating an individual.  For the summer months, there were no applications received.  If an individual is nominated more than once during the fiscal year, their subsequent nominations are voided if they have already received the award.
The committee will be once again holding the annual “Cupcake Day.”  It was been successful in the past.  This year it will be held on November 15 from 11am to 1pm.  It was discussed that those committee member purchasing pre-made cupcakes should limit themselves to a dozen if they choose.  Also discussed was the possibility of including gluten free and Weight Watchers friendly cupcakes.  Donations of fall/Thanksgiving decorations will be appreciated for the day.
The Employee Appreciation Luncheon will be held once again on Wednesday, February 27 from 11 to 1.  Last year’s luncheon was successful with hotdogs and the fixings.  The committee will have further discussions as to how we will proceed with this year’s luncheon to include possible options for the faculty/staff who are vegan.
The meeting scheduled for October 2 has been cancelled.  Our next meeting will be on November 13.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:41pm.
Minutes recorded by Barbara Thurston.

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