Chrestman AwardBig Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its annual Employee Service Awards on Tuesday, May 12 on its Mayo campus.

Employees throughout the college were recognized for years of service, external service leadership and for going above and beyond.

I have only been here for five months, but it didnt take me long to see what made [Big Sandy] a special place, said Dr. Charles V. Chrestman, interim president of BSCTC. Dr. Chrestman was presented a citation from the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives, as well as a Kentucky Colonel. Julie Paxton, chair of the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc. and member of the college board of directors, also awarded Dr. Chrestman a BSCTC Ambassador award.

Professors Joe Stewardson and Theresa Milon were recognized for 30 years of service to the college. Others honored were:

25 years of service: Melinda Justice, Reza Akhlaghi, Daniel Bell and Shirley Thomas.

20 years of service: Virginia Williamson, Judy Howell, Patricia Hunter-Kidd, Denese Atkinson, Janie Beverley and Dr. Thomas Vierheller.

15 years of service: Teresa McCoart, Mary Wells, Marc Adams, Joseph Compton, Barbara Blackburn, Garry Senters, Dr. Eric Dixon, Judith Hicks, Angela Burton, John Carroll, Stephanie Conley and Kathy Wagner.

10 years of service: James Pruitt, Cathy Hurd-Crank, Sandra Saad, Lea Souther, Jeffrey Franklin, Rebecca Mullins and Dr. David Profitt.

5 years of service: Kay Harless, Ashley Wardrep, Sandra Ratliff, Collista Allen, Amanda Catron, Sandy Haynes, Cassandra Stratton, Charlotte Ramey, Jessica Gipson, Carmen Fields, Jane Pixley and Matt Smith.

Judith Valade and Mary Stepp Wallen have been promoted to professors. Jeremy Dempsey, Carmen Fields, Kitty Jennings, Jane Pixley and Matt Smith have been named associate professors. Harold Baldridge, Leslie Bays, Roberta Durham, John Fitzpatrick and Dr. Fallon Watson all have been named assistant professors.

Dr. Watson and Charles Vanhoose were recognized for their selection and participation in the Master Teachers Seminar.

Kelli Hall was honored for her selection in the McCall Leadership Institute. Paula Thompson and Stephanie Abshire were recognized as members of the Patton Leadership Institute; Kelli Ayers and Joe Campbell as graduates of Leadership Floyd County; and Cindy McKenzie for her selection in Leadership Johnson County.

Tammy Ball and Laura Ford Hall were recognized for winning the Great Teacher Award.

Charles Vanhoose, Joshua Ball and Linda Dyer were honored as the colleges New Horizons award winners.

Dr. Kitty Miller was honored for earning her doctorate degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Morehead State University. Misty Adkins earned her MBA from the University of Pikeville, and Linda Daniel (University Studies) and Sally Porter (Business) earned bachelor degrees from Morehead State University. Melinda Lyon, Sherry Ratliff and Pam White each earned associate degrees from BSCTC.

Bethany Turner was honored for completing a certificate in Non-Profit Administration from Western Kentucky University. Elizabeth Cole was recognized for earning a Christian Coaching Specialist certification from the Institute for Life Coaching Training. Cole and Amanda Catron, a recruiter at BSCTC, were also recognized for being NISOD Excellence award winners.