Haywood Community College

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Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 1-16-07

For immediate release.

HCC Presents Superior Service Awards to Bob Pinkston and Brenda Fannon

Bob Pinkston, Natural Resources Technician, and Brenda Fannon, HCC Foundation Administrative Assistant and Small Business Center Assistant, were recipients of Haywood Community College’s Superior Service Awards for 2006. The awards are given to one full-time and one part-time non-faculty employee who show excellence in performance, leadership, innovation, problem solving, commitment, team spirit, organization, and self-motivation.

Pinkston, full-time award winner, first came to HCC as a student receiving an associate degree in Forest Management Technology in 1981. After graduating from HCC, he worked for Haywood County Land Records as chief draft person until returning to HCC as an employee in 1988.

“I have a passion for our students and strive to help them from day one to be successful while attending HCC,” Pinkston explains. “After graduation, I continue to help in every way I possibly can to find employment in the field they have chosen as a career by alerting them of openings and writing letters of recommendations, as well as personally contacting employers to give them an insight as to why this student will be an asset to their business.”

Pinkston is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Council of Eastern Forestry Technicians. In 2004, he was awarded the Student’s Choice Award, the first and only award ever presented by students. He contributes to many charities such as the American Cancer Society, HCC Foundation, and LiveStrong: Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation.

According to Chris Graves, HCC Natural Resources Instructor, “Bob maintains a professional attitude and exudes an eagerness to assist at every request. He should be recognized for his initiative, hard work, and desire to see that our division continues to strive for excellence.”

Jay Blackburn, HCC Forest Management Technology student says, “I’ve learned more from him than any other teacher at HCC. He really knows how to relate to the students and bring new material to them in a way that is easy to understand.”

According to Pinkston, “My most treasured reward is students that find a dream come true job and continue to contact me years later thanking me for all that I did to make it happen. HCC is the ideal place to be to touch so many lives in a lasting and positive way.”

Pinkston’s vision for his work area is to assist his colleagues in continuing to make HCC’s program the very best two year education in Natural Resource Management that the entire nation has to offer and to provide every single student the skills needed to find a job they love as much as he does his.

Pinkston enjoys extreme hiking, winter backpacking, endurance bicycling, running, guitar and vocals, forest conservation and protection, and most importantly, raising his daughter.

Brenda Fannon, HCC Foundation Administrative Assistant and Small Business Center Assistant, received the Superior Service Award for part-time employees. She is currently working on a degree in Office Systems Technology at HCC. She has worked at HCC for about 21 years, mostly in the Community Service program as an upholstery and auto trim instructor. For six years, she was Program Manager in the Occupational/Certification Department of Continuing Education.

“It is wonderful to be a part of an organization that helps so many students achieve their goal of a better education,” Fannon explains. “I am committed to HCC and I try to show that by working hard, doing a quality job, and displaying a positive attitude in all I do. Honesty and a hard work ethic are certainly a part of who I am as an individual.”

Fannon is a member of the HCC Wellness Committee. She enjoys horseback riding,

sewing, mowing, and walking her Doberman and Dacshund. She also stays very busy taking care of family members who can no longer do everything for themselves.

According to Renee Javens, Regional High Technology Center Administrative Assistant, “Brenda is always smiling, always willing to help. She is positive and friendly. She is the most encouraging person I have ever worked with.”

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(Cutline:) Brenda Fannon, HCC Foundation Administrative Assistant and Small Business Center Assistant, and Bob Pinkston, Natural Resources Technician, were recipients of Haywood Community College’s Superior Service Awards for 2006. The awards are given to one full-time and one part-time non-faculty employee who show excellence in performance, leadership, innovation, problem solving, commitment, team spirit, organization, and self-motivation.