QUICK TAKES - August 2020
Congratualtions to Melissa Rollings! Del Mar College's 2019-2020 Circle of Pride Award Recipient!
The Del Mar College Exempt Council announced that Melissa Rollins, Retention Case Manager with DMC Retention Services, is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Circle of Pride Award. The award recognizes Rollins going above and beyond the scope of responsibilities and duties of her job.
Rollins was nominated for the award based on her commitment to students as part of her regular duties, along with additional tasks she performs that support the College’s reaccreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges Reaffirmation. Additionally, she is recognized for her volunteer work supporting food drives, serving on various campus committees and collaborating with departments in support of students, programs and the community.
Student success is a priority for Rollins, and students who have been referred to her for guidance expressed appreciation for her work and dedicated time supporting their academic needs and concerns. Faculty also have commended Rollins for her student engagement, moving them though the initial phase of starting college to successful completion.
In February 2020, she was asked to provide support on the Faculty Credentials Initiative Report of the College’s SACS Reaffirmation process, which involved the audit of over 600 faculty files. She willingly accepted the challenge and has demonstrated her dedication and continued work with the Office of the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and academic deans on the second phase of this arduous project without interrupting her first priority and role to guide students.
Rollins also volunteers her time supporting other institutional projects such as food drives for students, serving on varied committees, focusing on the mental health wellness of her students and other initiatives helping the community.
Employees with the CAO team made the nomination and said the following about Rollins’ work supporting the College’s reaccreditation and dedication to students (shortened submittal):
Her detailed work was conducted around her schedule with students; thus, she worked double-duty assignments to produce an accurate, solid audit report. The SACS Review Team’s evaluation of the Faculty Credentials Report was a successful outcome, and Ms. Rollins’ audit report was instrumental and effective in reaching this successful outcome for the College. Rollins’ work on this institutional project and her daily work with her students are evident of her dedication, support and love for this College. Her work ethic is commendable and exemplifies a true professional employee who willingly dedicates her time to enhance this institution in many ways. I am sincerely and eternally grateful for her work on the institutional project and for working on our team. Del Mar College needs more employees like Rollins with the professionalism, skillset, work ethic, dedication, and love for this institution she brings.
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