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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Feb. 16, 2011

Oz Characters Take Over at Employee Awards Ceremony

Oz Characters Take Over at Employee Awards Ceremony

Rick Maxwell and Jamelah Stroman emceed
this year's Emerald Awards Ceremony.

Campus transformed into the Emerald City of Oz for a few hours Jan. 27 for the annual employee awards ceremony

Each year, the college recognizes new employees, employee longevity and college award winners with a tongue-in-cheek celebration called the Emerald Awards.

Rick Maxwell, interim dean for the school of the arts, played the part of Elphaba Thropp, a fictional character in "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," and Jamelah Stroman, world languages professor, acted as Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Together, these two “witches” acted as the event’s emcees.

Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, was the wizard, and Ray Attner, business professor, made a cameo appearance as the Mayor of Munchkinland.

Oz Characters Take Over at Employee Awards Ceremony

Dr. Richard D. McCrary acts as the wizard,
while Christ Carter skips by as Dorothy.

The ceremony recognized employees who have served Brookhaven College for five, 10, 15, 20, 20 and 40 years, and honored the employee award winners: Ann Cortez, PSS Employee of the Year; Christi Carter, Piper Professor nominee; Doris Rousey, Administrator of the Year; Charlie Warnberg, Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching; Melinda Franklin, WCE Instructor of the Year; the Counseling Center, Griffith Award for Student Development Leadership; Deborah Berry, Part-time Employee of the Year; and the Electrical Retrofit Project, Innovation of the Year.