2013: Recognizing exemplary employee dedication and service.
Atta Bear is a hand carved wooden bear clad in Mountie maroon and is awarded monthly to a Mt. SAC employee, group, or department that demonstrates the Mt. SAC spirit, outstanding service to the college, and/or extraordinary teaching. The current Atta Bear recipient selects the following month’s recipient. In addition to the bear statue, each honoree receives a congratulatory message on the college marquee, a framed award, and other forms of recognition like this one.
May 2013: Robert Jackson
Computer Facilities Coordinator Robert Jackson has been selected for the May Atta Bear Award by the April recipients at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, who write: “Robert is an amazing support for this division. Not only is he responsive to our many and various technology needs, he even anticipates situations before they actually become problems. His professionalism and consistently positive attitude are sincerely appreciated by our staff and faculty. He is definitely a highly-valued member of the division team!”
April 2013: The Humanities and Social Sciences Division
The Humanities and Social Sciences Division has been selected for the April Atta Bear Award by the March recipients at The Writing Center, who write: “Jim Jenkins, Jeanne Marie Velickovic, Teresa Delaby, Kim Garcia, and Leticia Lopez create a wonderfully inviting atmosphere in the division office and respond promptly and enthusiastically to even last-minute requests. They treat students with unfailing respect and a genuine desire to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. They are the hidden catalyst of a thousand vital operations, performed with grace, humanity, and good humor. Those of us who rely on their skills are grateful for this exemplary professionalism.”
March 2013: The Writing Center
The Writing Center staff has been selected for the March Atta Bear Award by February recipient Elizabeth Casian, who writes: “The Writing Center's innovative director, David Charbonneau, its hardworking staff, Nicole Blean, Amy Azul, Erin Tyson, and Star Taylor, its front desk team, and its highly effective peer tutors are committed to student success with proven results. With services such as tutoring, Directed Learning Activities, informative workshops, and educational software, our students have the tools to develop and strengthen their writing skills—none of which would be possible without all of those who work at the Writing Center.”
February 2013: Elizabeth Casian
Elizabeth Casian, Adjunct Professor-ESL/Tutorial Specialist, has been selected for the February Atta Bear Award by January recipient Glenda Bro for the "outstanding work she has done in her new role as the Arise Program Tutorial Specialist. In the past few months, she has created workshops, learning activities and a week-long mini course for our students. Our students have responded positively to her hard work. Her creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication are exemplary. She certainly deserves this award."
January 2013: Glenda Bro
American Language Professor Glenda Bro has been selected for the December Atta Bear Award by November recipient Terri Long, who wrote: “I have had the pleasure of working with Glenda for the past 3 ½ years as we serve as the co-chairs of the Basic Skills Coordinating Committee. Glenda is a hard-working and dedicated faculty member. She is committed to learning about and sharing new and innovative ways to improve student success and progression through basic skills courses at the college. She is dependable and focuses her efforts on making a difference for our students. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with her and am excited to be able to pass this award on to her. She is truly deserving!"
Click here to view the Atta Bear Recipients for 2012