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					                                        Board of Governors
                                  California Community Colleges
                                          May 3-4, 2010



  2010 CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE                                                            6.1
  OF THE YEAR AWARDS
  SPECIAL PRESENTATION

  Presentation:   Deborah Malumed, President
                  Board of Governors
                  Tanna Thomas, Member
                  Board of Governors
                  Jack Scott, Chancellor
                  California Community Colleges
                  Paul Lanning, President/CEO
                  The Foundation for California Community Colleges




Issue

This item announces the six Classified Employee of the Year Award recipients for 2010, who
represent the best of California’s community college classified employees.


Background

The Classified Employee of the Year Award was established through a resolution at the May
2008 Board of Governors meeting. The Award is to be given out annually starting in May 2009
to honor community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of
commitment to professionalism and community colleges. Recipients are nominated by members
of their college/district community and endorsed by their local Board of Trustees. Award
recipients are selected by representatives of the Board of Governors for California Community
Colleges, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community College and
must have a record of outstanding performance of professional activities, as well as a record of
active participation on campus and beyond.

The Classified Employee of the Year Award is supported through a grant from the Foundation for
California Community Colleges. Each recipient will receive a $500 cash award and a
commemorative plaque.
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The 2010 Award Winners

Ruth Ann Hansen, Butte-Glenn Community College District

Ruth Ann Hansen is an Employment Technician at Butte College and has been with the district
for eight years. Ruth Ann is a strong advocate of fellow employees and students. Her ability to
motivate others to stretch and grow to reach their potential in a competitive job market is
commendable. Ruth Ann encourages students to volunteer in a community where work
opportunities are limited. Her encouragement has often resulted in students connecting with
organizations that led to gainful employment. One population that Ruth Ann frequently supports
is the CalWORKs population. She assists students with job searches, prepares students for
employment opportunities both on and off campus, and works with employers as a liaison to
facilitate hiring students from the CalWORKs program. Ruth Ann joined the Food for Thought
Committee, which was developed because faculty reported that students were hungry and
experienced difficulty concentrating in class. As part of the committee Ruth Ann helped to raise
funds to establish a grass roots Food Panty at Butte college. Ruth Ann also serves on various
committees throughout campus, including the Butte College Foundation Board, the Budget and
Planning Committee, and the CSEA Negotiations Committee. In the words of her nominator,
“Ruth Ann Hansen is an asset to Butte College and our community, our college is proud to work
with her and to learn from her.” The Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office and the
Foundation for California Community Colleges is proud to recognize Ruth Ann Hansen as a
2010 Classified Employee of the Year Award winner.


Doralyn Foletti, Yosemite Community College District

Doralyn Foletti is an Administrative Specialist with Student Outreach and Development at
Columbia College and has been with the district for 6 years. Doralyn truly believes California
community colleges are here to serve students, here to educate students in vocational training and
academic pursuits and, further, she believes Columbia College speciafically should be the
“educational hub” of her small rural community. She is a graduate of Columbia College and
while she was a student she participated in many leadership activites such as serving as
associated student body treasurer, associated student body president and the districts student
trustee. As a graduate of the community college system, Doralyn has made it her mission to
outreach to potential students, potential donors and community supporters to maintain the
excellent work of the community college system. In 2009 she volunteered to chair the “It’s A
Jungle Out There” committee which resulted in an increased awareness of all that the college and
community collge system has to offer. The program was a truly unique opportunity and hosted
approximately 4,500 visitors to Columbia College, which generally serves about 3,500 students
per semester. Doralyn has served two terms as Classified Senate President, and in 2008 she gave
an address on behalf of the classified staff to the students at the commencement ceremony. She
also personally funds two student scholarships and contributes to the pooled Classified Senate
Scholarship. In the words of her nominator, “There is a saying at Columbia College “you can
train someone to do a job, but there is no training for a good attitude.” In the case of Doralyn
Foletti there is expertise and a strong skill set as well as a phenomenal approach to life and a


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collaborative style.” The Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for
California Community Colleges is proud to recognize Doralyn Foletti as a 2010 Classified
Employee of the Year Award winner.


Kathy Strain, Lake Tahoe Community College District

Kathy Strain is a Laboratory Specialist in the Science Department at Lake Tahoe Community
College and has been with the district for 13 years. Kathy demonstrates a true passion and
commitment to the fundamental principles of the California Community College mission in her
enthusiastic, passionate support for students and faculty in the science department. She assists
students not only in her classified role, but also as a teacher and advisor. Kathy engages all
students by setting up a weekely science quiz for anyone walking by the science lab. Kathy saw a
need in the district for enhanced focus on campus safety and she took it upon herself to take a
proactive stance on improving safety campus-wide. She completely re-wrote the districts IIPP
plan and actually put the basics of the IIPP plan into lyrics and had employees sing the lyrics,
with choreographed dance moves to the hit song “YMCA” replacing the title with “IIPP” during
campus convocation. Kathy is active with student clubs and during her 6 years as Associate
Student Council Advisor, she has computerized all their files, lobbied for a college-hour for
student activities, organized on campus music, dances and community events and initiated food
drives. Outside the campus Kathy volunteers to teach science to preschool , elementary and
middle school children. She also teaches science to at-risk high school students. Kathy has
collaborated with the K-12 school district to secure a million dollar, three-year math and science
grant with the goal of improving math, science, and literacy skills in ESL and other at risk
learners. The grant was funded and next summer Kathy will lead LTCC in providing a week-long
institute, with collge level science training, to forty 3rd – 8th grade science teacher from around
the state. In the words of her nominator “I have never encountered someone with such a diverse
skill set, and someone who has so much energy, passion and commitment to our students and
fellow employees. She is actively involved with her family, she is an outstanding classified
employee, an outstanding instructor, and an outstanding community leader. I honestly wish that
community colleges had more employees with half (even one quarter!) of the energy, drive,
knowledge and commitment as Kathy Strain.” The Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office
and the Foundation for California Community Colleges is proud to recognize Kathy Strain as a
2010 Classified Employee of the Year Award winner.




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Rose Cortez, Feather River Community College District

Rose Cortez was a Custodian/Utility Worker at Feather River College and had been with the
district for 30 years. Rose believed that each individual; administrator, faculty, staff or student
had something to contribute to the instruction and/or pursuit of knowledge. If a student ever
needed anything; tutoring, books, food, housing, a ride or just company Rose took the time to
assist. Rose was particularly supportive of student athletes over the years and literally knew
thousands of them on a first name basis. Rose volunteered at the concession stand and assisted
the athletic department with fundraisers and banquets. Rose often stayed late to help assist with
different projects. She was the ultimate role model for hard work, optimism, and taking pride in a
job well done. Rose also volunteered in many activites including the Special Olympics, United
Blood Services Community Blood Drive, Relay for Life and the Ventura Club. In the words of
her nominator, “Her cup was never half empty, but half full, and she was so confident that it
would never run out that she generously gave it to others. She was an uncommon woman,
sharing uncommon love, and we have been uncommonly blessed because we knew her.” Rose
once told a colleague “not many people know this but FRC doesn’t stand for Feather River
College, it really means For Rose Cortez.” The Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office and
the Foundation for California Community Colleges is proud to recognize Rose Cortez as a 2010
Classified Employee of the Year Award winner.


Linda Renne, South Orange County Community Colllege District

Linda Renne is a Senior Administrative Assistant at Irvine Valley College and has been with the
district for 20 years. Highly curious, detail oriented, with a strong capacity for both analytical and
abstract approaches to problem solving, Linda is an invaluable colleague for any project. This
past year she assisted in the creation and impletmenation of an online orientation program.
Additionally Linda was instrumental in the development of an online Student Advisement
program and because of this new program, students can fulfill their matriculation online. She is a
highly attentive listener which enables her to connect with people from around the corner and
from around the world. Linda teaches ESL in the San Juan Capistrano Adult Education Program,
serves the city as a civilan emergency responder, and serves as a San Juan Capistrano Equestrian
Coalition Board member. In the words of her nominator, “She treats everyone with respect,
responds honestly to everyone, and embraces integrity in all that she does. Because of her work
ethic and her integrity, she is a model employee respected by all.” The Board of Governors, the
Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges is proud to recognize
Linda Renne as a 2010 Classified Employee of the Year Award winner.




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Laurel Kinley, West Valley – Mission Community College District

Laurel Kinley is a Library Media Technician at West Valley College and has been with the
district for 11 years. Laurel approaches her professional responsibilities from a student-centric
prespective. Being involved with the library, she sees first-hand the positive impact that the
community colleges have on the diverse student population and works diligently to meet their
needs in a highly supportive manner. Laurel was instrumental in convincing the faculty and
administration to convert the semester kick-off of Professional Development Day (only offered to
faculty) to an inclusive All College Day that included all classified staff. Laurel is a Board
member and co-chair of concert ticket sales for the Lincoln High School Music Boosters, she has
volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the West Valley Civic Light Opera, and in 2007 spent her
wedding anniversary working on rebuilding the Musician’s Village in New Orleans, post
Hurricane Katrina. In the words of her nominator, “Laurel possesses all the qualities that make
her a remarkable and extraordinary classified employee – one highly regarded and respected
across our college and the district.” The Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office and the
Foundation for California Community Colleges is proud to recognize Laurel Kinley as a 2010
Classified Employee of the Year Award winner.


Conclusion

These six recipients of the 2010 Classified Employee of the Year Award will be recognized by
the Board of Governors.




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