Published on: February 15, 2013
Lone Star College-Kingwood recently honored four staff members for their commitment to students and education with the Staff Excellence Award.
Cristy Coyne, Allison Huffy, Melissa Johnson and Nicole Khalaf were nominated by their colleagues and a final selection was made by a committee. They will also be honored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).
Coyne has worked at LSC-Kingwood since 1990. She earned her associate of arts degree at the college and currently, she is the division coordinator for Arts and Humanities.
“I was surprised and very proud when I learned that I received this award,” she said. “I enjoy working at the college because of its supportive and friendly work and learning environment.”
Working in Library Services as an assistant, Huffy says that working for the college is rewarding experience. She enjoys helping people learn without being an instructor and working with her colleagues.
“When I received the award, I was surprised and honored that people thought me worthy of this special award,” she said. “Working at the college, I have discovered that faculty and staff respect each other, they are friendly, supportive and work hard to help students succeed.”
Huffy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1985 from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her specialties are in all level of physical education and secondary math.
As the division operations manager at LSC-Atascocita Center and an adjunct instructor, Johnson enjoys assisting students as they work toward their educational goals. She says working at the college gives her many opportunities for service and friendships.
“I was honored and surprised to receive the award,” she said. “I enjoy working with my colleagues. Everyone works hard to ensure that we provide the best services for our top priority, the students.”
Johnson has worked at the college since 2009. She majored in Spanish and studied elementary and secondary education. She graduated from Millikin University with her bachelor’s degree.
In the Math, Health and Applied Science division as a specialist III, Khalaf works with LSC-Kingwood’s health care programs. She said the students’ reactions when they succeed make her enjoy her job even more.
“I love helping the students. You get to know them and go through the anticipation of applying and getting into a program. The joy and excitement that I see on their faces when they are accepted into a program makes my job worthwhile,” she said. “When I received the award, I was so shocked and surprised. I am elated that my co-workers and peers think so highly of me that they have nominated me for this award.”
Khalaf has worked full-time for the college since 2011. She is working toward her bachelor’s degree in business.
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Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.