Honoring employees


Student Reporter

Amarillo College officials have chosen three winners for the Outstanding Employee Award. 

“I feel honored and very fortunate that my peers would recognize me,” Amy Pifer, First Year Experience coordinator, said. “I feel that I am just one of so many at Amarillo College that are deserving,” Pifer said. 

Winners are chosen by a selection committee composed of two staff members chosen by the Staff Council, the Faculty Senate president and one student chosen by the Student Government Association. 

“It is an honor to get this award alongside the other two winners,” Shane Hepler, chief information officer, said. “Any recognition I get is a direct reflection of my teams and the great work they do every day to make the college a better place for students, faculty and staff,” Hepler said.

Hepler added that AC faculty and staff work hard for the students, and it’s the collective effort that makes AC great. 

“I truly believe I won the award and got the recognition because of my fantastic teams, without them I accomplish nothing,” Hepler said.

Pifer seconded the idea that it takes a group to maintain outstanding performance. 

“I can’t do my job without a team of people that help me with so many facets, from orientation to the first year experience course and all the different things I do,” Pifer said.

The annual award hits close to home for all of the three winners. “I strive every day to make a great experience for our students and to be recognized for that is really meaningful to me,” Jenna Welch, Student Life coordinator, said. 

“I feel flattered to be a part of the employees who have won this award in the past, AC is truly blessed with some amazing individuals. I truly love what I do, most days it doesn’t feel like work,” Welch said.

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