The Charlie Sianez Exceptional Service Award is awarded annually to a GWC employee who has exhibited exceptional service to the college or the community. The 2013 recipient is Cheryl Tittle, coordinator of the Veterans Resource Center.
Cheryl Tittle has been described by the veterans as the “heart of the Veterans’ Center.” She warmly welcomes each student to the Center and takes the time to get to know each of them, taking a personal interest in their lives. She helps them navigate any “speed bumps” on their path to success and always encourages them to continue toward their goals.
Cheryl is an advocate for the Veterans’ Center by trying to raise awareness for our veteran students and their needs. GWC is the only college of the 30 that work with AMVETS that offers a scholarship to veterans, and that has been largely attributed to Cheryl’s dedication. AMVETS also cites GWC’s Veterans’ Center as a model for other colleges. One student said of Cheryl, “She has created a team spirit in the Veterans’ Center and a true family atmosphere. We just feel loved by her.” Thank you Cheryl for making our student veterans feel so at home here at GWC.
Receiving this award is a great honor. The award was establshed in 2006 by President Bryan in memory of Charlie Sianez, a valued member of the Maintenance and Operations department for 20 years. Charlie exemplified excellent service to the college. He passed away unexpectedly in January 2006.
The recipient of this award is chosen by the President with the recommendation of a task force. Nominations are solicited campus wide and rated by the committee based on the following criteria.
- must be a current permanent or part time faculty, manager, or classified staff member
- have made either a single outstanding service contribution or outstanding service to the college, students, staff members, or the community over a period of time.
- exemplify exceptional attitude
- exhibit enthusiasm for his/her job
- treat everyone with equal respect
- set desirable standards of reliability
Congratulations, Cheryl, you are a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.