On Friday, March 22, 2013, nearly 200 JCHS faculty and staff, as well as friends of the College, attended the JCHS Annual Employee Dinner at Hotel Roanoke in downtown Roanoke.
The event began with a reception in the lobby area outside of the Crystal Ballroom.
Lynn Freeman, who works in the JCHS Bursar's Office, and Beth Biggio, of the JCHS Nursing Department, share a smile.
Who are these lovely ladies? Why it's Ashton Downs and Sarah Ross of the JCHS Office of Admissions!
Rebecca Greer, Program Director of the Pre-licensure Traditional BSN Program, at the pre-dinner reception.
Francis Dane, Chair of the JCHS Arts & Sciences Department, seems to be adamantly making his point!
Chase Poulsen, Director of the JCHS Respiratory Therapy Program, posed with his wife Amy.
Carol Farley (left), Administrative Secretary to the Deans, and Priscilla DuBois, Administrative Secretary to the President, order some cocktails. <P>
Pris is retiring on March 29, 2013 after many years at the College. She deserves a relaxing drink already!
Bob Reese, Director of the Health Psychology Program, chats at the pre-dinner reception.
Judy Lash, Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant Program, took it upon herself to dole out the hugs for the evening.
Kimberly Whiter, (right, lovely in white!), Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Science Program, shoots the camera a sly smile.
Hello there, Patricia Airey, Director of the JCHS Physician Assistant Program! Nice to see you! (Oh, and there's Frank Dane photobombing on the right, too!)
JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop listens as Associate Professor in Nursing Martha Anderson animatedly tells him a story.
JCHS Director of Admissions Judith McKeon enjoys the pre-dinner event.
Ally Bowersock, Director of the JCHS Health & Exercise Science program, arrives and shoots the breeze with her husband Tyler and Kimberly Whiter.
Melody Sharp, Director of the Post-Licensure BSN and Accelerated BSN Programs, talks with her colleagues and her date, Mike Slaughter, Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Sciences.
Susan Booth (left), JCHS Safety and Physical Plant Officer, doesn't seem nearly as amused as Nursing Instructor Dorey Anderson and her husband. C'mon, Susan...cheer up!
Emergency Services Instructor Roxanne Wilson (left), seems genuinely concerned about something Linda Davis, Emergency Services Clinical Resource Associate, is telling her.
Patty Vari, Director of the JCHS master of Science in Nursing Program, laughs with Milena Staykova, Assistant Professor in Nursing.
Up close and personal! As always, Jennifer Martin, JCHS Coordinator of Residence Life, <EM>begged</em> to have her picture taken. So, we obliged with this beautiful shot!
When the reception ended, we all moved into the Crystal Ballroom to be seated for dinner.
Jennifer Bath (left), Adjunct Faculty in Nursing, talks with Deborah Echternach, Adjunct Faculty in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
Courtney Watson (left), Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Amanda Ellinger, JCHS Coordinator of Sponsored Projects, light up the room with their lovely smiles!
Anita Ella (left), Department Secretary for the JCHS Health & Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs (WHEW!), shares the spotlight with Karen Layman, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in Occupational Therapy Assistant.
President Bishop stepped to the microphone first to greet the dinner crowd and welcome them to our annual event.
He mentioned several momentous events taking place this year, including pointing out some birthday boys and girls among the crowd.
Stephanie Coles (left), Retail Lead in the JCHS Bookstore, and Wesley Vorberger, JCHS Assistant Director of Financial Aid, shared a table and lively conversations!
Next, we find Susan Booth sitting all by her lonesome. We asked who she would like to sit with her if she could have anyone in the world take a seat, and she said Ellen Degeneres. So...
Through the magic of Photoshop, Ellen Degeneres attended our dinner and sat next to Susan Booth. She looks like she's having a great time, too!
Gayle Clary (right), JCHS Educational Testing Center Coordinator, makes point with Courtney Dunham, Circulation Coordinator in the JCHS Library.
JCHS Resource Development Officer Catherine Turner takes a quiet moment to chat with her date.
The 2013 dinner attracted one of our largest crowds ever, filling the Crystal Ballroom to near capacity!
Larry Lilley, Assistant Professor in Nursing and our new JCHS Alumni Association President, leans into a conversation.
Wilton Kennedy, Director of Clinical Education for the Physician Assistant Program, shares his thoughts.
JCHS Dean for Administrative Services Anna Millirons then took to the stage to announce our new employees.
Next up were our award presentations, led by Dr. Bishop and JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones.
The first nominees were for the "Mission Possible Award: Staff." <P>
This year's nominees were (left to right) Scott Hill, Dean for Student Affairs; Amanda Ellinger, Coordinator of Sponsored Projects; Gayle Clary, Educational Testing Center Coordinator; Jennifer Martin, Coordinator of Residence Life; and (not pictured) Mark Lambert, Coordinator of Communications & College Relations.
And the recipient of the Staff 2013 Mission Possible Award is...[drum roll, please]...Scott Hill!
The next nominees were for the "Mission Possible Award: Faculty." <P>
This year's nominees were (left to right) Kimberly Whiter, Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Science Program; Carey Weatherspoon, Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program; Susan Jones, Assistant Professor in Nursing; Tracy Hudgins, Assistant Professor in Nursing; and Francis Dane, Chair of Arts & Sciences and Professor in Health Psychology and Mathematics & Sciences.
And the recipient of the Faculty 2013 Mission Possible Award is...[drum roll, please]...Susan Jones!
Susan accepting her Mission Possible Award with a short speech.
This year, we gave out some additional teaching awards. We had previously presented these awards at a smaller ceremony later in the year, but decided to give them out at this bigger event instead. <P>
The first award was for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, which went to Debbie Echternach, Adjunct Faculty in Physical Therapist Assistant.
In the Excellence in Student Advising category, the prize went to Ally Bowersock, Director of the JCHS Health & Exercise Science Program.
Our final two teaching awards were awarded in absentia to Charlie Moore, Assistant Professor in Mathematics & Sciences, for Excellence in Teaching, and to Ashley Dunn, Assistant Professor in Mathematics & Sciences, for Excellence in Student Development. <P>
We then recognized three members of our community that will be retiring this year, including Dr. Charlie Moore, represented by Dr. Francis Dane, and Dr. Warren Clark, represented by Dr. Ava Porter.
In addition, we recognized Priscilla Dubois, Administrative Secretary to the President on her impending retirement. Here, she shares a few words with the crowd.
Finally, we recognized those employees celebrating anniversaries with the College this year, including (left to right) Stephanie Coles, Retail Lead in the JCHS Bookstore; Judy Caffee, Health Records Clerk and Department Secretary for the Respiratory Therapy Program; and Jamie Price, Clinical Research Librarian in the JCHS Library and Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences. They receive their certificates from Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones.
Dr. Glen Mayhew, JCHS Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness, receives his anniversary certificate and a hug from Dr. Allison-Jones.
We hope everyone had a great time at our 2013 JCHS Annual Employee Dinner. Thanks to everyone who attended the dinner this year and a special thanks to everyone who helped coordinate it. It was a wonderful event and we look forward to next year's Employee Recognition Dinner!