Bay names outstanding staff

Hansen, Moloney selected to receive college’s 2018 honor

Laura Moloney and Rick Hansen show the medallions they received for being recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Staff at Bay College.

ESCANABA — Bay College recently honored its 2018 outstanding staff during a spring awards banquet.

Awards went to Rick Hansen, hired in July 2007 as a custodian for Bay College West in Iron Mountain, and Laura Moloney, director of student services at Bay West.

Any Bay College employee, board member, student, alumni or community member may nominate a full-time or regular part-time exempt or non-exempt employee for the Bay College Outstanding Staff Award.

These individuals must have completed three years of employment at Bay College. Nominees are judged by their job knowledge; respect and enthusiasm toward colleagues, students, and community members; creating a positive influence within the work environment; and collaboratively working with colleagues and staff.

Hansen has an associate’s degree from Gogebic Community College.

He is a team contributor. He often shares his ideas and suggestions when it comes to the West campus. If there are discussions around construction or upgrades, he provides solid insight and advice, such as traffic flow, use of space or different set up suggestions for events.

Hansen is responsible for training the maintenance work-study student employees. He does this in a very encouraging way, showing best cleaning practices and encouraging students to do their best job.

He is also very connected to all students and can regularly be seen helping fix dead batteries, keys locked in cars, etc. and does it in a way that students feel as though someone is taking care of them, and not as though they are inconveniencing a Bay employee to get help with a car.

“Rick’s positive attitude and ability to work with students, faculty, staff and the community at Bay College, his general concern to do a great job, and his role as a leader is being recognized with this award as an outstanding staff member, and is well deserved,” said Pat Bazan, building maintenance supervisor.

Moloney was hired September 1989 to serve as a primary point of contact for students attending Bay College at the Dickinson Center. As the center changed locations throughout Dickson County to the current campus site, her responsibilities changed as well.

Moloney was nominated for this award because of her dedication to Bay College and its students. She works diligently to ensure all of the students are well advised. She provides a wealth of knowledge.

As stated by the nominator, “I can hear reassurance in the student’s voices when they leave her office.”

With Moloney leading the way, enrollment is up at the West campus.

“Laura is patient, kind, a champion and, most importantly, awesome,” said Travis Blume, vice president of student services. “These words describe her efforts in her daily work and also on special projects, like helping start the career closet at Bay College West.”

Honored as an outstanding full-time educator was Amber Kinonen, who teaches an array of English courses.

Kinonen originally is from Iron River. She has a master’s degree in English/pedagogy from Northern Michigan University. She began teaching at Bay College as a transitional reading instructor in 2008.

She now serves as the transitional studies co-coordinator, co-chair of general education, and writing advisor for Serendipity, the student literary magazine.

Don Johnson Agency/MEEMIC Insurance sponsors the Outstanding Educator Awards. To receive consideration, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student or someone from the community.

The primary focus of this award is to acknowledge faculty’s commitment to education and excellence in service to others.

Also earning the educator award were Caitlin Capodilupo, a nursing program instructor, and June Klees, chairwoman for the college’s Social and Behavioral Sciences division.