Has a UTC employee gone the extra mile to help you?

Is there someone who continues to smile and have a positive attitude even when the workload is heavy? If you know just the person who fits this description, you can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Chancellor’s Blue Ribbon Award.

Each month a committee, appointed by the Chancellor, chooses a Blue Ribbon Award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others from your nominations.  All full and part-time non-faculty UTC or UC Foundation staff are eligible for the award.  Nominations may be submitted by an UTC faculty, staff, student or member of the community.

Nominations must be received by the 10th of every month to be considered for the following month’s award. Submissions received after that date will be considered for the next month.  Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations reflecting the reasons the nominee is deserving of this honor.

Please submit your nomination by clicking here.  Contact Janice Michaels, in Human Resources, at 423-425-4221 or Janice-Michaels@utc.edu if additional information is needed.

Blue Ribbon Winners, 2020


In his nomination letter, Dennis Everett stated that “During a below freezing cold snap, Scott Newby, Sr. Power Plant Operator, was working alone at the Central Energy Plant. With outside air temperature below freezing, the main air compressors failed and both boilers tripped. Alone, cold and under stress the burden of leadership demanded he make the correct move. Due to his fast reaction time, experience and training he was able to quickly pipe in and power up an old spare air compressor and get the boilers up and prevent expensive repairs and loss of heating during this critical time.”



“I can honestly say that Zack goes above and beyond every single day. He is always willing to help out. He often comes in early and stays late to help out students…I can always count on him,” explains Jacqueline Ozcelik in her nomination letter for Zachary Ridder.   Zach was also nominated by Samantha Freeman who states “Zack consistently puts students first…he cares deeply for our student population. He always goes above and beyond!”



Jordan Hicks, Coordinator of First-Year Experience, was nominated by Kevin Ford who states, “Jordan works tirelessly and represents UTC extraordinarily well at on-campus and off-campus events with the community and potential students. Anything he does, he does above expectations.”

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