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OTC Recognizes Outstanding Employees With Eagle Award

Loutrell Harris (Ware), Cynthia Linder (Bacon), and Keith Waters (Bulloch) are the recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College fall quarter 2009 Eagle Award. The three were recognized for their outstanding job performance at the annual OTC staff Christmas luncheon.

K. C. Thornton, chairman of the OTC Employee Recognition Committee, announced the award winners, and Marcia Braddock, coordinator of the committee, distributed gifts to Linder and Waters. Former recipients of the award presented Linder and Waters with the eagle token. All recipients’ names are inscribed on a plaque displayed in the main lobby of the college.

Harris retired from full-time employment at OTC in 2007 and now works part-time at the college teaching mathematics. She is described by her colleagues as “a teacher at heart who challenges students and holds them to high expectations.” She is also characterized as being friendly and a team player. In her career as a full-time educator, Harris taught at Waycross High School from 1973 until 1994, Ware County High School from 1994 until 2002, and Okefenokee Technical College from 2002 until 2007.

As the OTC human resource coordinator, Linder serves as the benefit administrator for over 100 full-time employees and has numerous other duties, such as maintaining employee leave and administering and interpreting federal and state laws. She is a certified trainer for Positive Discipline and manages the employee recruitment process. Although her co-workers site one of Cynthia’s best qualities as being her friendly, helpful nature, they all agree that one of the perks of knowing her is her great sense of humor. Before coming to OTC in 2005, Linder worked in management positions in Statesboro at Viracon (1995-1998) and at Briggs & Stratton Corporation (1998-2005).

Waters, a full-time OTC allied health instructor, began teaching at the college as an adjunct in 2007. In addition to being a Doctor of Chiropractic, he holds a bachelor of science in education (biology) and taught for several years before coming to OTC. He has received numerous academic awards, including Valedictorian - Summa Cum Laude from Life University and Honor Graduate - Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University. Waters is popular among OTC students and recognized among his peers as a dedicated instructor who challenges students to do their best.

Eagle award winners are nominated by their supervisors and co-workers and selected by the employee recognition committee. Recipients must be outstanding employees who deserve recognition for their job performance, professionalism, and customer service. The award is named after the eagle to associate character traits of the recipients with desirable characteristics associated with the bald eagle: vision, excellence, strength, and leadership.

Thornton, along with committee members Marcia Braddock, Larry Godair, and Debbie Yawn, coordinated the selection process and the recognition ceremony.


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K. C. Thornton (right) and Marcia Braddock (left) recently announced the Okefenokee Technical College fall quarter 2009 Eagle Award recipients: Cynthia Linder (second from left), Keith Waters (second from right), and Loutrell Harris (not present for presentation). 

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Loutrell Harris, an adjunct mathematics instructor for the college, was recently selected as one of the fall quarter Eagle Award recipients. Harris worked as an educator in Ware County for 34 years before retiring from full-time employment.


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