Roanoke College employees recognized for exceptional work

(From left to right) Dr. Kim Filer, Melissa Lacombe, Betty Miller

(From left to right) Dr. Kim Filer, Melissa Lacombe, Betty Miller

Salem, Va.- Three Roanoke College employees recently were recognized for outstanding accomplishments and distinguished service to the college community.

Dr. Kim Filer, Melissa Lacombe and Betty Miller received Roanoke's coveted STAR (Service to All Roanoke) Award. This annual award is given to employees in two different categories, exempt and nonexempt. Nominations are accepted from throughout the campus community, and college leaders select a winner in each category. Winners receive $1,000.

This year, the award in the exempt category was shared by Filer and Lacombe.

Filer, the college's director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, was recognized for her dedication to Roanoke. She was praised as a wonderful educator and an integral part of the college's accreditation program.
Filer also works closely with students, acting as a research mentor and allowing them to be a part of some assessment work. Filer has been with the college for two years.

Lacombe has worked in the Financial Aid Office for 12 years, starting as a temporary financial aid counselor during her last semester as a student at Roanoke and becoming the assistant director in 2004. Lacombe has a deep sense of care and appreciation for the surrounding community. She is involved in the Leadership Roanoke Valley Program, the college's Project Angel program and with the Roanoke Valley Habitat for Humanity selection committee.

Miller was the STAR award winner in the nonexempt category. She has worked at Roanoke for 23 years as a housekeeper in the Trexler building. She rarely misses a day of work, and she even volunteers to work weekends. Miller was recognized by employees and students for her positive attitude and constant smile.

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.

Released: February 13, 2012
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