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Credi wins Skertson distinguished service award

Crystal Credi (right), is pictured with with Connie Skerston’s daughters, Amber Dzierzynski (left) and Lydia Skerston, at the 2018 IVCC employee recognition reception. Credi had been honored for five years of service.
Crystal Credi (right), is pictured with with Connie Skerston’s daughters, Amber Dzierzynski (left) and Lydia Skerston, at the 2018 IVCC employee recognition reception. Credi had been honored for five years of service.

OGLESBY — Crystal Credi of Peru is the 2020 winner of Illinois Valley Community College’s Connie Skerston Memorial Award for Support Staff Distinguished Service.

Credi, administrative assistant in Student Services, was nominated by IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.

“Crystal shows up every day with a smile on her face and a commitment to service excellence in her heart. She enjoys being around people and no matter what anyone asks her to look into, she’s always happy to oblige,” said Corcoran.

Credi helps coordinate major Student Services events such as the academic banquet and commencement. A full-time employee since 2017, she started part-time in 2013.

“Crystal is a team player who arrives early so she can begin helping people change their lives,” Corcoran said.

Credi provides information to students via podcasts available on IVCC’s website at https://soundcloud.com/user-857114290. Among 20 podcasts, she has covered tips for de-stressing, career services, financial aid, scholarships and more.

She earned her bachelor’s from Illinois State University in May 2019 and is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. She graduated summa cum laude from IVCC in 2016 with AA and AS degrees.

“With her grit, determination and degree in hand, there’s no doubt Crystal is well positioned to eventually move into a key leadership position,” Corcoran said.

Other finalists for the award — named in memory of former assistant director of admissions and records Connie Skerston who died in 2015 — were cashier Jill Hejl and Continuing Education administrative assistant Bonnie Jasiek.

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