2011-2012 Classified Employee of the Year
I am pleased to announce that Jamie Smith has been awarded the Irvine Valley College Classified Employee Outstanding Service Award for 2011-2012.
Jamie is a Senior Lab Technician in the Physical Sciences Department at IVC. She is being honored because “her dedication to Irvine Valley College is apparent in all of her actions over the 22 ½ years she’s worked in the South Orange County Community College District.� Her core values include respect, hard work and a commitment to excellence. She also demonstrates fairness and professionalism, which are obvious to the faculty, staff and students she interacts with on a daily basis. Jamie loves her job and dedicates herself to her position and her lab.
For many years Jamie supported the Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Astronomy programs. She especially enjoyed supporting the Geology Field Studies Programs and volunteered many hours of her time to drive and give on-site support to weekend field trips. She consistently seeks opportunities to expand her scope of knowledge and responsibilities. She completed the Environmental Management Program at UC Irvine Extension in the early 1990’s, which gave her a good background in the details of federal and state laws and regulations related to Laboratory Standards, Hazardous Waste Management and Chemical Hygiene Planning. Jamie has since served as the Chemical Hygiene Officer for IVC. She has taken extra care to ensure that the chemistry labs are well organized, safe and efficient. She has supervised numerous students in the labs and trained them on various lab techniques. Jamie also played a large part in the preparation of the new Chemistry Annex at IVC and was responsible for ordering the equipment and supplies for its operations and helping to coordinate its grand opening in 2010.
Jamie has been active in Irvine Valley College’s Classified Senate since its inception, and started an employee group called Green Alternatives, which works to find ways to make the college more environmentally conscious and sustainable in its efforts. She wrote the college’s “green goals�, as well as the District’s environmental goal. In 2009, Jamie attended the California Go Green Conference in Sacramento to learn tactics to help develop green alternatives within the Chemistry Department. She co-authored the ESTF committee goals with Dean David Gatewood. Jamie has been featured in the “President’s Open Door� e-newsletter, has served on college-wide and district committees and has been praised for creating and implementing numerous recycling drives on campus.
Congratulations, Jamie, on your well-deserved award!