It’s expected the Robert E. Turner Award recipient should be loyal and dedicated to the college, be a team player, flexible, service orientated, have a positive outlook, and exhibit overall excellence every day. Sharon Davis not only meets those expectations, she exceeds them, and always with a smile.

“I am so honored to be the winner. I felt blessed and a sense of pride and accomplishment. This award gives me more determination to work hard to make sure our students are successful,” said Davis. “I pride myself in being the best secretary to my dean and our team.”

Davis is the best of team players thanks to her knowledge and resourcefulness, one of her nominators said. “She is always willing to help others not on her immediate team because she understands it is about the entire college winning,” the nominator said.

As a main contact for students experiencing an emergency financial situation, Davis is one of the first to learn of the hardships they are facing. “The stories Sharon has heard often are heart wrenching,” her nominator said. “She treats every single student with compassion and dignity regardless of their situation. I oftentimes overhear these stories as well as the positive affirmations Sharon gives to many of these students as they work through school while struggling to make ends meet.”

The pride Davis takes in her work is often seen in the preparation of documents and the management of subdivision processes. The excellence in her work is seen in everything she does, and her positive outlook is ever present.

“Excellence is doing your job today better than the college asks you to do it, and then continuing to do it at that exceptional level every following day. Sharon does that,” her nominator said.

“For more than two decades, Sharon has dedicated her life to serving Moraine Valley. She has watched the college move from paper forms for nearly everything to a subdivision now rich in using technology,” said her nominator. “She understands the value of an education for our students and has committed herself to ensuring Moraine Valley can be the very best at serving students.”

Davis said she enjoys working at the college thanks in great part to working with Dr. Scott Friedman, dean; Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone, vice president, and colleagues in her department and across campus. “Moving forward, I will continue to work hard for my Moraine Valley Family,” she said.