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Bryan, Carter, Isaacs and Roncali receive staff awards from Appalachian

StaffAwards_t.jpgBOONE–Jim Bryan, Joe Carter, Kathy Isaacs and Necole Roncali are the 2010 recipients of the Appalachian State University Staff Award.

The annual award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the university.

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Pictured from left are Appalachian State University Staff Award winners Jim Bryan, Necole Roncali, Kathy Isaacs and Joe Carter. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

Bryan is superintendent of landscape services. He was praised by a nominator for his more than 28 years of service to the university and to the community. He led his department in the cleanup of campus after the Dec. 25, 2009, ice storm, for which the Appalachian received more than $90,000 in cost reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Bryan encouraged his team to recover more than $200,000 worth of plant material from demolished building sites on campus to enhance the parking lot near the football stadium and other landscape beds around the university

“Jim not only displays his dedication at the university, but has also selflessly served the county as a member of the Soil Conservation team and is always willing to serve his community and church in a wide host of volunteer civic projects,” said a nominator.

Carter is director of University Recreation. He was praised by his nominators for going above and beyond his job duties by doing extra projects on weekends and holidays and getting to know his employees by name.  As director of University Recreation, Carter is responsible for 22 staff and about 700 student staff members each year.

“Mr. Carter truly loves Appalachian and its students. He will tell you that there is nowhere else he would rather be and you can see that in the way that he is passionate about his job. Mr. Carter’s hard work ethic and dedication to Appalachian, its students and University Recreation go above and beyond what I would expect of a great employee,” said a nominator.

Isaacs is program specialist for the Hubbard Center for Faculty Development. She came to Appalachian as a psychology major and worked part time with the anthropology and history departments. In 1982, she was hired as production coordinator for the Hubbard Center for Faculty Development.

Isaacs was praised by one of her nominators as being one of the most positive, helpful, knowledgeable, professional and gifted employees in her department. “The one trait that always impressed me was that Kathy always held the greater good of the Hubbard Center and Appalachian—the faculty, staff and students—above her own interests,” the nominator said.

“Kathy is unique in her talent, her good humor and her unwavering willingness to help. She, in my mind, is exceptional and because of her I was always able to do a better job than I possibly could have without her,” said another nominator.

Roncali is a building and environmental service technician for University Housing. She was praised for enriching the lives of everyone in her community with her friendly and genuine personality. She has been responsible for making daily housekeeping schedules and talking with residence hall staff to resolve issues with residents.

“Nikki Roncali’s interaction with the students is mega-positive,” said one of her nominators.  “She takes extra steps each day to help the students in Newland Hall. Students in her area often rely on her knowledge and sound reasoning to answer questions and provide accurate information on daily events.”