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Okefenokee Technical College employees were recognized collectively for their outstanding service and dedication to technical education and OTC on June 16, 2009, professional development/staff appreciation day. Individual recognition was also given to fall and spring quarter 2009 Eagle Award recipients. Photo 1

Fall recipients are Eddie Murray, technical instructor for business administrative technology and computer information systems on the Alma Campus; Kate Bussey, career counselor on the Alma Campus; and Dean Thornton, adjunct faculty for allied health programs on the Waycross Campus.

Murray is a graduate of OTC, earning 4 AAS degrees, including Microsoft Networking & Micro Computer Specialist. He is also a former OTC GOAL winner and has numerous specialized certifications, including CCNA, CCNP, and MSCE. Murray is currently pursuing a degree in management from Georgia Southwestern State University. Bussey holds a master’s in business administration from Georgia Southern University and has been employed by OTC since September 2007. She wears multiple “hats” on the Alma Campus. Thornton is a licensed chiropractor and is president/owner of Thornton Family Chiropractic. He has worked as an adjunct instructor with OTC since 2003. Prior to pursuing a career in the health field, Thornton was on active duty with the US Navy. Photo 2

Spring quarter recipients are Karen Strickland, CNA instructor and program director; Margaret Fairley, executive assistant to the president; and Tonia Perez, adjunct instructor for the OTC continuing education program at D. Ray James prison in Charlton County.

Strickland holds an associate in nursing from South Georgia College and has been a full-time employee of OTC since March 2008. Fellow Eagle Award winner, Margaret Fairley, began work at OTC as administrative assistant to the vice president of instruction, Rick Oliver, January 1998. Perez, a resident of Nahunta, is retired from the US Army and has been teaching computer classes at the prison for OTC since December 2005.

Eagle Award recipients are nominated by their supervisors and co-workers as outstanding employees, deserving recognition for their job performance, dedication, professionalism, and customer service. K.C. Thornton, Marcia Braddock, Debbie Yawn, and Larry Godair serve as Eagle Award selection committee members and coordinate the recognition ceremony.Photo 3

Following the awards, OTC President Gail Thaxton congratulated honorees and expressed her appreciation to them for their hard work, stating that they are very deserving of the honor.

Photo 1:
OTC Eagle Award selection committee members K. C. Thornton (back, left), Debbie Yawn (back, second from left), Larry Godair (front, right), and Marcia Braddock (back, right) joined OTC President Gail Thaxton on March 16, 2009, to recognize fall quarter Eagle Award recipients Kate Bussey (front, center) and Dean Thornton (back, second from right). Eddie Murray was not available.

Photo 2:
Eddie Murray (center) of Pierce County and Kate Bussey (right) of Coffee County were recognized at the June 16, 2009, staff appreciation activity as the fall quarter OTC Eagle Award recipients. Dean Thornton was not present for the photo.

Photo 3:
OTC President Gail Thaxton (L to R) congratulated the spring quarter OTC Eagle Award recipients: Margaret Fairley (Pierce), Karen Strickland (Pierce); and Tonia Perez (Brantley). 


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