2014 US Bank Awards Winners at Northeast

by jamesc  1/15/2014 3:11:56 PM --  NORFOLK - Four Northeast Community College faculty and staff members were honored recently with awards from US Bank at the Spring In-Service. The US Bank Awards, which include an engraved clock and a cash award, annually honor employees who have been nominated for their outstanding contributions to the college. The bank, or its predecessor institutions, has presented these awards since 1993.


The honorees and their awards include: Cal Lamprecht, US Bank Award for Teaching Excellence-Full-time Faculty; Jean Dederman, US Bank Award for Teaching Excellence-Adjunct Faculty; Michela Keeler-Strom, US Bank Great Performer Award – Professional/Managerial; and, Nancy Staub, US Bank Great Performer Award-Classified Staff.

Lamprecht is an automotive technology, second year instructor.

Judy Bowman, associate vice president of human resources, said Lamprecht is described as a very student centered instructor. “We feel Mr. Lamprecht is more than deserving of this award. The experience he holds allows him to educate students in a very clear, straightforward manner,” Bowman read from his nomination written by members in his automotive technology class. “His ability to explain very complex automotive systems allows his students to understand how these systems work so they can properly diagnose and repair a unit in a timely manner. He has certainly worked hard in his career to get where he is today and is a role model to all his students, past and present.”

Lamprecht has more than 40 years of experience working in the field of automotive technology. He is Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified. Lamprecht is also a member of the Northeast Community College Assessment of Student Learning Subcommittee.

Dederman is no stranger to the College. She presently is a part-time instructor in the Transitional English Laboratory. She began her career at Northeast Community College in the program that assisted single parents and displaced homemakers. She then assumed an instructional position and taught English, journalism, theatre, and speech. After retiring in 2005, she came back to work for Northeast in her present position.

“Her previous experience provides a broad background of reference, and Northeast students sincerely appreciate Jean’s ability to help them develop their writings and speeches,” according to Dederman’s nomination.   

Dederman shows students ways to clarify and explain in detail what they trying to write about in their classes. “Jean makes a difference in our students’ skills, so they are able to move forward in life by becoming better communicators. We are grateful to Jean for her talent to teach writing, her patience to let students think and create, and her vision which has helped make Northeast Community College the respected institution it is today.”

Keeler-Strom is director of grants and data management at Northeast. In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, she has been an integral part of the College’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation process, including major involvement in the review and editing of Northeast’s self-study report.

Keeler-Strom demonstrates a cooperative attitude, communicates effectively with students and staff, is knowledgeable and skilled in areas of responsibility, exhibits initiative and resourcefulness in approaching assigned duties, demonstrates the ability to follow through on assigned job responsibilities, and serves as a role model for co-workers by demonstrating enthusiasm for the job and a persistence in getting the job done.

“One of her nominators said Michela’s bubbly personality, her willingness to help others and her
can-do attitude is a benefit to those who work directly with her, as well as to the College as a whole, Bowman said.”

Staub is the executive assistant in the administrative services division.

“Positive attitude, dedication, and outstanding customer service is how I would describe Nancy Staub,” said one of her nominators. “Nancy provides assistance to anyone needing help and is considered one of the office experts on office software.”

Staub is described as the hub of the administrative services division. She continually assists Northeast students and employees. Her supportive attitude extends beyond Northeast’s borders, as she is also helpful with the College’s external customers.

“No matter how busy she is, Nancy is always welcoming to anyone who comes into the office for assistance. She always displays a positive attitude and strives to find the good in every situation and is very deserving of this award,” said another nominator.

Troy Strom, president of US Bank in Norfolk, was on hand to present the awards.


                                                             PHOTO CUTLINE

Troy Strom, US Bank Norfolk president, is joined by this year’s US Bank Award winners at Northeast Community College. The awards are presented to faculty and staff who are nominated for outstanding achievement. Pictured (from left to right) are Michela Keeler-Strom, Nancy Staub, Strom, Jean Dederman, and Cal Lamprecht.

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