More than 50 Hartnell College instructors and non-teaching staff members were recently recognized at the 17th annual Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony for their outstanding contributions to the 83-year-old college.
College President Edward Valeau commended the honorees for "their leadership, participation and dedication to Hartnell College. These hardworking faculty and staff members contribute so much to what makes our college an institution that is synonymous with excellence."
Two of the highest honors for outstanding efforts - the Gleason Awards - were presented to English instructor Maria Garcia Tabor and Diana Bergado, executive assistant in the administrative services office.
Bergado of Salinas is a Hartnell graduate and worked in several campus offices while a student and after graduation. Following a stint in private industry, Bergado returned to Hartnell six years ago to become executive assistant to Larry Carrier, vice president of administrative services.
In nominating her for the Gleason award, Carrier said Bergado "always works diligently to meet required deadlines. Standardizing college contracts and revamping the student insurance claims process are just two examples of work she has done resulting in efficiency, improved service to our students and cost savings for the college. Her team-player ability, organizational skills and attention to detail make her an exceptional employee."
Garcia Tabor, also of Salinas, has taught English at Hartnell since 1998. She has done "an excellent job" at bringing nationally recognized poets to the campus and has been a stellar editor of the college's literary journal, the Homestead Review, according to Kathleen Rose, dean of fine arts, language arts and social sciences.
Garcia Tabor also is the co-founder of the PoeticVoices/Voces Poeticas intercollegiate poetry competition that involves Hartnell, Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College and California State University, Monterey Bay. This summer she is an instructor in the Central California Writing Project, a University of California, Santa Cruz, program that assists elementary to college-level instructors with the teaching of English.
As Gleason award winners, Garcia Tabor and Bergado received commemorative clocks and checks for $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.
The Gleason awards are presented annually by the Hartnell College Foundation and were established by the late Roy and Phyllis Gleason of King City.