January 14, 2013
Martha Gareis, coordinator of the Northeastern Junior College mail and document center, has been selected as the most recent recipient of the traveling Atta Girl Award. Gareis was recognized for her ongoing excellent customer service to her colleagues and all of the students on campus. She is a tireless team player who continually puts in whatever time and effort it takes to make sure things are done on time and to the standards required. Gareis has worked in several areas of the campus so she is very familiar with the personnel and the ongoing academic and general operations of the college.
The Atta Girl Award was established in 2003 by Pat Fox who was the former executive director of the NJC Foundation. It is a gender specific traveling award that moves around campus. The trophy was purchased with private funds and any costs involved to engrave the recipients’ names on it is covered through donated services. The internal award is designed to give recognition to those who take on extra work, or do an exceptional job, usually above and beyond their regular workload. Each recipient is responsible for choosing the next “Atta Girl.” The award may be passed on as often as deemed appropriate by the current title holder.
Gareis received the award from Deb County, formerly the controller at NJC, who was the last recipient of the award. County has since moved back to RE-1 Valley School District where she is their chief accountant. Pat Fox, who now lives in Loveland, just happened to be in town last Thursday when Gareis was awarded and she helped with the presentation. Fifteen women at NJC have been dubbed Atta Girls in the past ten years.
Some of the former Atta Girl Award recipients at NJC, gathered for the most recent presentation including (l to r back row) Barbara Baker, Shawn Rose, Elaine Jones, Pat Fox, and Cherie Brungardt and (front row, l to r) Deb County and Martha Gareis (Courtesy Photo)