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.”



UTC student, Juan Aponte nominated Endia Butler, Student Employment Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office, stating, “I met Endia through the First Gen program where she served as my mentor. She helped me adjust to life and college and build class schedule when I didn’t know how. When I could not go home for Thanksgiving one year, Endia and her husband opened the doors to their home for me and welcomed me in.”



In her nomination letter, Vickie Adkinson told us that “Donald Behneman is a YES man.  He is constantly being asked to assist with things that are not in his job description and I have never heard him say no.  Most recently, when COVID forced us to work from home, Donny gathered all the necessary cords, computer screens and other odds & ends. He then followed me home and hooked everything up for me.”



“April saw a need for Mocs to help Mocs after the recent tornadoes in Chattanooga,” says Tonia Martin in her nomination of April Cox.  “She coordinated in collecting over $1,000 to make a Home Depot run and deliver much needed supplies to Mocs families.



Michael Andrews, Video Producer in the Office of Communications & Marketing,  was nominated by Sara Jackson.  Sara stated that “Mr. Andrews has not hesitated to assist CECS with increasing our online presence during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though requests for his services exploded when the UTC community realized we were not returning for the Spring 20 semester, he maintains a high standard product and an extraordinarily cordial demeanor.


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