Staff Award Recipients Honored

Each year, Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) employees select three colleagues to receive the Outstanding Support Staff Award.

This award recognizes employees who demonstrate dedication, professionalism, leadership and enthusiasm in their work at the college and within the community.

MHCC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Outstanding Support Staff Award: Mary Ennis, Iain Graalum and Garie Zordich.

Mary Ennis
Ennis, presentation support specialist, now on her sixth year at the college, has already made her mark of excellence by earning this recognition from her colleagues.

“Ennis is everywhere – all over campus – every day!” wrote one colleague on a nomination form. In fact, it turned out to be impossible to corral her long enough to surprise her with this year’s award. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MHCC president, left flowers, balloons and a certificate on her desk and a voice mail of “congratulations and thank you, Mary!”

Ennis is innovative and always looking for new and better ways to improve the process of equipping rooms with audio-visual equipment to assist faculty and students. She responds immediately to an instructor’s cry for help during an unexpected presentation breakdown in the middle of class. She is caring, efficient, personable, fast and very skilled at what she does.

Iain GraalumIain Graalum
Graalum, mail service lead, has served the college for the past 17 years. Although his office is tucked away in the basement, he is known by employees all over the Gresham Campus for his excellent customer service and positive attitude. He operates the mailroom with efficiency and instills in his staff the same high performance levels he expects of himself. He takes his job very seriously, knowing the mail is an important part of the day-to-day operations of the college.

No matter how busy Graalum is, or how many deadlines he has, he always demonstrates an attitude of cooperation and teamwork – and he always has a smile.


Garie ZordichGarie Zordich
Zordich, an instructional administrative assistant, has worked for the college for more than 15 years. She orients new administrative assistants, trains employees and assists faculty.

Zordich can be counted on to volunteer her time and financial support to the MHCC Foundation auction and dinner (which will be held this year May 7).

Zordich not only gives her all to MHCC, she is an active participant in community planning and cultural activities. She is an ardent supporter of women’s history month – she provided her great grandmother’s wedding dress and veil, which has been worn by every bride in her family.

More than 30 faculty and staff members supported Zordich’s nomination. Ursula Irwin, her department dean, calls her “the glue that keeps the division together.”

Congratulations to all three support staff award recipients!

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