Furry and Ken Reinsch received the E.W. “Al” Havener Service Award and Doug
Burks received the 2015 Safety Award during the July 13 in-service on the
Milford Campus of Southeast Community College.
is an Automotive Technology instructor, Reinsch is an
Electrical/Electromechanical Technology instructor and Burks is an Energy
Generation Operations instructor.
E.W. “Al” Havener Service Award is named after Al Havener, who retired years
ago as a Welding Technology instructor and program chair. He was the first
instructor to serve 35 years, so in his honor, the Milford Campus established
the E.W. “Al” Havener Service Award given to employees who have served 35
years. This award recognizes faculty and staff who have dedicated their
working life to Southeast Community College’s Milford Campus.
said the award has deeper meaning than years of service.
award is not just about 35 years,” he said. “It’s more about enjoying helping
students succeed, or you wouldn’t be doing it for 35 years.”
said many changes have occurred during his 35-year tenure.
was one of the first to have a desktop computer,” Reinsch said. “I shared it
with another instructor. AutoCad became a program that was taught to my
Electrical and Electromechanical students because power companies wanted
workers who understood electricity as well as AutoCad. I also introduced
Programmable Logic Controllers and robotics into the program.”
went on to say, “Patience, perseverance and persistence. Patience to
work with students on a daily basis and also to work with superiors on ideas
for change. Perseverance, by making ideas become reality over years of working
with advisors and administration. And persistence, because people don’t always
get on board with ideas for change.”
Tvrdy, Physical Plant maintenance worker, presented Burks with the 2015 Safety
Award. John Pierce, Energy Generation Operations program chair, nominated Burks
for the award.
“Ever since I met Doug Burks I sensed
integrity and a deep caring about doing the right thing,” Pierce said. “He has
proven me right over and over. His commitment to students, SCC, our
program, our campus, and especially the safety of everyone around him is
apparent through his passion regarding teaching safety topics. He conducts
deep research on the latest safety topics and laws, incorporating the very
latest news and current events into his safety classes and has even recently
earned the title of OSHA 10-hour safety trainer. Doug consistently reaches
out to other programs at SCC to offer his assistance and expertise on safety
topics. You will never hear Doug say he is too busy or not interested in helping
someone out. It is my honor to know and work directly with Doug Burks. We
are lucky he is with us.”