Three individuals from Somerset Community College (SCC) were recently given the 2016 Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Awards of Excellence as a result of their leadership and significant achievements during their service to SCC.
Sara Tucker, facilities management specialist, was given the administrative staff award; Cindy Clouse, director of institutional advancement and executive director of the SCC Foundation, was given the staff award and Carol Calcaterra, assistant professor of business, was given the faculty award. All three were honored by the college and were given awards during the 2016 SCC Honors Night awards ceremony in London, Ky.
SCC is fortunate to have employees like Sara, Cindy and Carol, said Dr. Jo Marshall, president and CEO of SCC. Their extraordinary talents and skills, coupled with their ongoing dedication to SCC, is something that we are proud to celebrate.
Sara Tucker has been employed at SCC for 24 years. She currently serves as the facilities management specialist and is responsible for space utilization, room set-up, crowd flow, technology needs, manpower, mail room operations and much more at SCC.
In one of her letters of recommendation, a co-worker said Tucker is the ultimate hostess.
Never more than when SCCs curtain goes up do you appreciate the person who has worked behind the scenes to ensure that the guests and audience members who come with great expectations leave with even more than they were hoping for and perhaps become your organizations most devoted community ambassadors, wrote a co-worker who nominated Sara for the award.
(Sara) makes sure the area is clean, properly arranged and often makes recommendations based on her experiences that gives the event that professional touch, another nominator said. Her primary focus is to ensure that the visitors leave with a positive and professional image of SCC and KCTCS.
SCC has become my second home, said Tucker, who graduated from SCC before earning her bachelors degree in home economics from the University of Kentucky. I was born and raised in Somerset and have enjoyed working with such a diverse group of people. I was so thrilled to be selected as an Award of Excellence winner. I have devoted so much of my time to this institution and strive to provide excellence in all that I do for the college. It is a great honor.
Cindy Clouse serves as the director of institutional advancement and the executive director of the SCC Foundation. In her role, Clouse oversees marketing, public relations, web design and development, graphic design, the print shop, scholarships and fundraising activities at SCC.
In the nomination for the award, Cindys co-workers wrote, In addition to the extra responsibilities that came with leading the 50th anniversary celebration during the past year, Cindy also successfully accomplished her day-to-day tasks, including managing her team of employees. Cindy is continually supportive of her team and open to new ideas. She leads by example and is consistently encouraging her co-workers to stretch themselves both personally and professionally. She balances the many requests made of her with ease and makes it a priority to attend functions, meetings and other events as a leading face of SCC.
Clouses nomination also mentioned her accomplishments in fundraising, stating, As a fundraiser, Cindy has navigated several property sales that benefitted the college, orchestrated numerous charitable gifts, some worth more than $500,000, and started an alumni recognition and fundraising event, the SCC Hall of Honor dinner, the second of which was held in 2015.
Clouse is a Pulaski County native and has been part of the SCC team for more than six years. She graduated from SCC before earning her bachelors degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She recently earned her masters in organizational leadership from Campbellsville University.
I am honored to have been chosen one of the Award of Excellence winners, said Clouse. I am truly blessed to work at SCC with an amazing group of faculty and staff.
Carol Calcaterra, of Kings Mountain, teaches both in-person and online Computer Information Technology (CIT) courses at SCC. In each class, Calcaterra brings a wealth of knowledge, coupled with adventurous, comical and thoughtful life experiences that connect with students on a personal level.
The fellow faculty member who nominated Calcaterra for the award wrote, Ms. Calcaterra embodies the spirit of the community college mission and her commitment to excellence regarding student outcomes is evident. Students enrolled in her computer information technology courses have commented about her eagerness to go above and beyond in an effort to ensure that they are receiving the highest quality education. In addition, Ms. Calcaterra is highly regarded as one of the top advisors on campus, having advised hundreds of students of various majors and levels of academic preparation.
In addition to her life in the classroom, Calcaterra also owns and operates a cattle farm. She serves as the co-chair of the high school orientation/registration committee at SCC, participates in numerous college recruitment and retention activities and has been appointed to numerous college advisory boards. She also served as the co-director for the Miss Somerset Community College scholarship pageant.
As part of her recognition for the award, Calcaterra delivered the keynote address for the 2016 SCC Commencement Ceremonies. There, she strove to inspire graduates, saying, I want you to go out and find your passion. Find the things you love to do and do them. Try to make other peoples lives better and your life will be better for it. Dont ever settle. You dont have to try to be somebodyyou already are somebody.
Of her recognition, Calcaterra said, It is wonderful to work at SCC with great staff, faculty, and students, and where I have the opportunity to help people in so many ways. I am grateful to be recognized for my efforts.
Calcaterra is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned both her bachelors and masters degrees. She has been an SCC employee since 1999.