A group of employees were recognized at West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, April 8 for their work to create the college’s Easter parade float. Committee leader Tammy Harper, records assistant, was presented with a certificate and check for $25, and the committee received a gift certificate for a pizza luncheon.
In 2013, the college’s Board of Governors set money aside in the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation to recognize employees who go above and beyond to provide outstanding service. For its April meeting, the board decided to award both an individual and a group of employees, students and retirees who worked throughout February and March to develop the concept and create a WVU Parkersburg float for Parkersburg’s sixth annual Easter Parade.
The committee incorporated the parade theme “spring is in the air” with WVU Parkersburg’s promotional message: “Spring into action. Grow your career.” Participants distributed flower seed packets with that message printed on them while the float used flowers that listed different academic programs on each petal.
“It was truly impressive how the committee was able to adapt the theme to showcase the college’s unique offerings,” said WVU Parkersburg President Dr. Fletcher Lamkin. “They put in a lot of work outside of their normal work hours to make sure that we were well represented. Their hard work paid off as we ended up winning first place commercial float.”
Float committee members included:
Dennis Bell (Retiree)
Jose Chavez (Student)
Al Collins and the WV Interstate Fair
Beth Cox and her art students
Tammy Harper (Float Committee Chair)
Brent Harper (Community Volunteer)
Brittany Shutts (Student)