Going that extra mile, sometimes literally, is one of many qualities that led to Resource Development Specialist Trudee Wynn being honored with the 2006 Rend Lake College Outstanding Staff Award.

Wynn (Benton) was recognized at the annual Faculty / Staff Dinner held Friday, May 5, at the Rend Lake Resort Conference Center. The co-recipient of the award was Kelly Downes, Assistant to the Vice President of Information Technology / Student Services and the Dean of Student Services.

“I feel honored to receive this prestigious award. It means a lot to me that my co-workers nominated me,” said Wynn. “I am proud to work at Rend Lake College and to be a small part of its successes. I believe the educational and community services provided by the college are beyond measure.”

According to a nomination letter prepared by her colleagues, Wynn has a positive attitude and works well with all facets of the college and the community.

“She goes the extra mile in order to get a grant submitted ahead of schedule. During ‘crunch time,’ she takes her work home or works extra hours so that the grant is prepared early,” the letter states.

Wynn also freely gives of her weekend time to attend informational grant workshops and conferences. If she determines it is less expensive for the college for her to drive to these functions rather than fly, she will.

Last year, Wynn participated in a national training program through the Grantsmanship Center, earning the most prestigious and highly regarded certificate among grant-writing professionals. This rigorous, five-day training regimen often detours other grant writers from attending.

“She not only attended, but was very active in the class, representing Rend Lake College well,” her co-workers wrote.

In 2004, Wynn was assigned the extra duties of supervising the RLC Foundation Children’s Center, and has made positive contributions to the Foundation since she was hired in 2001.

“She will be one of those employees who will make an impact upon Rend Lake College for many years to come,” her nomination letter states.

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