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Three Roanoke College employees honored for outstanding service

  • Three Roanoke College employees honored for outstanding service

  • 01/07/14
  • Salem - Three Roanoke College employees recently received a top College honor.

    Tom Turner, director of campus safety, Peggy Akers, administrative assistant to the vice president of resource development, and Bobby Minnix, a carpenter, were named the College's 2013 STAR Award winners in December. The annual Service to all Roanoke award recognizes noteworthy accomplishments and service at the College.  

    Turner, who retired Jan. 15 after working at Roanoke for 31 years, is known as a statewide expert on collegiate law enforcement. In 2011, he received the Robert C. Dillard Outstanding Contribution to Campus Law Enforcement Award, the highest honor given by the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

    Turner was a Roanoke City police officer before taking the helm at Roanoke, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He was lauded for leading by example at Roanoke as an engaged member of the campus community, enforcing the rules and helping students make good decisions.

    Peggy Akers has worked in the College's resource development office for more than 30-years, where she has assisted numerous vice presidents and directors and helps in travel and event planning. She was recognized for her hard work, enthusiastic spirit, and loyalty to Roanoke.

    Bobby Minnix, a carpenter at Roanoke for more than 15 years, was recognized for his talented and quality craftsmanship across the campus. Minnix's many contributions at Roanoke include everything from crafting cabinets to helping with renovations at College buildings.

    The STAR Award is given to nominated employees in exempt, nonexempt and hourly categories. Roanoke officials select a winner in each category. Winners receives $1,000.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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