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NMJC Goes Tropical

12/8/2006 12:54:37 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Although it was an unusually cold day on Friday, December 1, employees of New Mexico Junior College donned Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip flops, and even grass skirts to help celebrate the holiday season.

That evening, approximately 200 NMJC employees and family members attended the College's annual Christmas Banquet in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center cafeteria. The Banquet featured a Hawaiian theme, which Kelly Holladay, Dean of Math and Sciences, insists was much more akin to a "party." The talent and zany antics of "Traveling Max," entertained the crowd with everything from music of all kinds to colorful straw hats and leis to macaroni and cheese!

Throughout the Banquet, Travelin' Max entertained with a great deal of humor and audience interaction. According to Judy Halladay, Secretary for Public Relations and Marketing, he managed to incorporate fun of all kinds, including eggnog races, singing contests, dancing Santas, and a conga line!

In addition to the festivities and great Hawaiian-themed food (fruit smoothies, shish-ka-bobs, Hawaiian salad, and pineapple-coconut cake, among others), a number of service awards were presented. They are as follows:

FIVE YEAR AWARDS
Charley Carroll, Director of Physical Plant
Larry Hanna, Board Member
John Hice, Board Member
Renee Wharton, Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Pat Worrell, Board Member
Dana Martin, Document Center Supervisor
Donna Morley, Coordinator of Payroll
Amparo Salazar, Accountant
Ty Friend, Director of Upward Bound Program
Ronnie Gray, Professor of Music
Bernice Marquez, Administrative Secretary, Arts & Humanities
Jo Ann Pritchett, Grounds Supervisor
Glenna Rendon, Custodian 1 - Night/Daytime
Cloyd Whitley, Custodian 1 - Night/Daytime
Angie McConal, Program Planner
Shirley Conder, Department Secretary - Math & Sciences
Maria Juarez, Personal Computer Specialist
Sondra Hutson, Professor of Nursing
Shelby McCorvey, Professor of Cosmetology
Angila Shook, Professor of Computer Information Systems
Mechile Mershon, Institutional Effectiveness Assistant

TEN YEAR AWARDS
Gloria Munoz, Director of Small Business Development
Charles Necaise, Security Personnel
Lynda Knoll, Professor of Nursing
Maria Vick, Professor/Coordinator of Cosmetology

FIFTEEN YEAR AWARDS
Linda Connell, Professor of English
Marcia Galyean, Administrative Secretary - Math & Sciences
Jose Flores, Programmer Analyst
James Black, Professor of Physical Education/Golf Coach
Richard Lloyd, Professor of Physical Education/Athletic Trainer

TWENTY-FIVE YEAR AWARDS
Ron Coones, General Maintenance - Mechanical Systems

THIRTY YEAR AWARDS
Vic Boerner, Professor of Chemistry/Astronomy

SECURITY STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Terry Fortner

SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Kim Latimer

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