In December, each of the Palmer campuses celebrated the holiday season and recognized employees for their dedication and years of service at the College.
Forty-nine employees were honored for their service to Palmer’s Davenport Campus at the 2011 Holiday Social event on December 15. They included an award for 30 years of service to Dr. Se-Pyo Hong, Graduate Studies/Life Sciences, 35-year service awards to Harvey (Chip) Morter, Life Sciences/Student Administrative Services, and Tom Tiemeier, Administration, as well as an award for 40 years of service to Dr. Steve Wild, Technique. The Outstanding Staff of the Year Award went to Julie Wilkins, Admissions, and the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award was a tie this year and given to Drs. Michelle Barber, Life Sciences, and Lia Nightingale, Life Sciences.
West Campus employees noted for service of 15 years or more included: Luz Yulo, Library (15 years); Dr. Theresa Whitney, faculty (15 years); Dan Dugan, faculty (20 years); and Eliana Nathan, Registrar’s Office (25 years).
Dr. Whitney, the West Campus faculty liaison to the Palmer Clinic Abroad Program, presented a special award to Stephanie Miller, who served as manager of the West Campus Cafeteria (and was recently promoted to another ARAMARK-managed location), for her efforts to assist with fundraising for West Campus CAP participants.
The 2011 Florida Campus Holiday Luncheon was held on December 15. Highlighting the presentation of service awards was the 20-year service award presented by President Peter Martin, D.C., to Donald Gran, M.S. Ed., D.C., Dean of Academic Affairs.
In accepting the award, Dr. Gran shared the following: “When I started to work at Palmer after returning from 10 years of practice in Italy, I thought I would stay long enough to decide where I wanted to open a practice. That was before I experienced the thrill of seeing the light go on in the eyes of students. You can’t beat the satisfaction of sharing your knowledge and experience with students hungry to learn. I hope to celebrate many more years with Palmer.”