November 19, 2012

By Barbara Baker

Pictured here (l to r) are: Steve Smith, Dean of Students, award recipient  David McNabb, award recipient Stephanie Weatherill, Andy Long, Dean of Enrollment Management and NJC President Jay Lee.

While everyone working in Student Services at NJC does an exceptional job for customers on campus, two individuals were recognized as Superstars this week. Pictured here (l to r) are: Steve Smith, Dean of Students, award recipient David McNabb, award recipient Stephanie Weatherill, Andy Long, Dean of Enrollment Management and NJC President Jay Lee. (Courtesy Photo)

For the third year, the Student Services department at Northeastern Junior College has named two Superstars; staff members who have provided exemplary service not only to the current and prospective students, but to their colleagues and others that they cross paths with on a daily basis.  This year’s honorees were Stephanie Weatherill and David McNabb.

Weatherill is part of the admissions and student recruitment staff and is the coordinator of campus visits.  A long time NJC employee, Weatherill worked in the community education department for many years, coordinating the American Red Cross and summer safety institute training areas. During a reorganization on campus, she moved to the student services division three years ago.  McNabb is the director of residence life and student activities. He is in his third year at NJC, previously serving as a hall director for one year.

Nominated by colleague Andrea Schumacher, Weatherill was recognized for her positive attitude and the exceptional way that she connects with prospective students and their parents as well as current students. Part of her duties is serving as the staff sponsor of the student Ambassador Team. “She’s probably one of the most kind, carrying and generous people I know,” remarks Schumacher during the award ceremony. “How could a family feel bad about leaving their student in her hands?” Schumacher bragged, adding, “she’s a little ray of sunshine and so uplifting, not only for the students, but for everyone that she works with here.”

Weatherill’s direct supervisor, Andy Long, Dean of Enrollment Management, kept the accolades coming. “She has improved the workplace in the student center for everyone,” he said, “she makes everyone she comes in contact with feel good, and I do mean everyone.” He went on to describe her as a great mentor to her colleagues, the students on campus and even the prospective students and their families. “If we gave a morale award on this campus, Stephanie would win it every year!”, Long concluded.

“David wears many hats. Whether he’s doing ASG (Associated Student Government), disciplining students, whether it’s daytime or night time, he’s always connecting with students,” Long told the audience during an small awards luncheon. “He knows more students than anyone on campus not only because of his position, but because he has a personality that attracts students,” an important trait for someone in his position, Long noted.  “In residence life, you have lots of ups and lots of downs. He’s a ‘constant’ through it all and that in itself is an amazing talent to have.”

 McNabb was nominated for the award by Dean of Students Steve Smith, who made comments on his behalf.  “There is so much that David is supposed to do and so much that  David just does,” Smith said, “He’s here all day and often at night, on weekends, on call constantly and through it all he is always ‘steady’.”  Smith went on to say that McNabb also has a great ability to respect all students from all walks of life in all situations, good and bad, and to be one of the most fair people he’s ever known. He and his staff are,  after all, responsible for the well-being of about 500 students day in and day out at the college. “As a matter of act, I’ve watched how steady David is regardless what the situation is and I’ve adjusted my demeanor to be more like his.”

Long, who originated this annual award three years ago, says he did so to recognize colleagues that go above and beyond their job description on a regular bais. “Everyone in this department deserves an award. We have an awesome student services department, but to keep with tradition, each year we’ll recognize a couple who everyone agrees are at the top of the heap.”

Weatherill and McNabb were presented with engraved star trophies.