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Rogers Named Forest Park Staff Member of the Year

April 28, 2014

Tom Rogers  

President Cindy Hess, left, made the announcement April 25 in a surprise visit. She is shown here with, left to right, Tom Rogers, Staff Member of the Year; Hana Suliman, student worker; Roger Mayden, Copy Center manager; and Lisa Lee, chair of the Forest Park Institutional Affairs Council, which administers the award.

Tom Rogers, who started out as a part-time employee in the Copy Center while going to school at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, has been named campus Staff Member of the Year. He has worked at Forest Park full time as a copy technician for 37 years.

“He is an integral part of the campus, in order for it to function properly. He goes above and beyond every single day. He’s irreplaceable,” said Roger Mayden, manager of the Copy Center who is Rogers’ supervisor. Mayden nominated Rogers for the award.

This employee recognition program celebrates the important work performed by staff to support the core values and goals of the college.

“The purpose of this employee recognition program is to recognize and reward work and behaviors that support/further the mission, goals, values and initiatives of St. Louis Community College-Forest Park,” said Lisa Lee, chair of the Forest Park Institutional Affairs Council, which administers the award. “Nominations are submitted by administrators, faculty and staff for this new initiative to recognize our unsung heroes.”

Starting out in the duplicating center, Rogers has gone through many technology changes and equipment upgrades.

“I’m a software jockey now -- we have to be. It’s a positive change -- I can do more now for the people here,” he said.

Rogers was a student worker when a full-time position opened.

“I liked the college, I liked my coworkers. I felt I could contribute to the mission here,” he said.

Tom and his wife of 31 years, Melanie, live in Crestwood. His hobbies include backpacking, home-brewing, photography and chess. You can find him Tuesdays on his lunch break in the cafeteria playing chess with Tom Zirkle, music program coordinator at Forest Park.