Linda Gess was recently honored by Emory & Henry College as the May recipient of the Blue & Gold Staff Award.
Gess has served the College for just over one year as the head women’s soccer coach.
The Blue & Gold Staff Award was created to recognize outstanding Emory & Henry employees who go above and beyond the call of duty -- not only in their respective positions, but in the College community as well.
Colleagues describe Gess as a coach, mentor and role model for not only the student-athletes she works with on a daily basis, but the entire campus community.
Gess spent the first portion of May traveling to Champerico, Guatemala with two dozen E&H students and staff to work on a Habitat for Humanity build. Though not originally scheduled to participate, Gess was a last minute fill-in after another staff member was unable to travel.
“I live by the philosophy that someone did it for me,” said Gess. “I went abroad during my own college career and I know what it meant to me, so I was happy to help out.”
Emory & Henry President Rosalind Reichard commented that students at the college have a strong advocate in Gess.
“From day one, Linda has brought both energy and enthusiasm to the job, and it’s very contagious,” said President Reichard.
“It’s pretty overwhelming to be given this honor, and I am honored that the individuals nominating me were outside of department,” said Gess.
Gess’s husband Michael works in the Facilities Department and the Chapel at Emory & Henry. The two self-described outdoors people enjoy spending time in the nearby town of Damascus, Va.
If you know an Emory & Henry staff member who has performed exceptionally in his or her role and would like to nominate that employee for the Blue & Gold Staff Award, contact the Human Resources Office by the last business day of each month.