Columbia State's Siciensky Receives Distinguished Service Award

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – June 29, 2016) - - - Dr. Emily Siciensky, Columbia State associate vice president of information technology, was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the Tennessee Higher Education Information Technology Symposium.

“Dr. Siciensky is an asset to Columbia State; she leads our IT department with great passion for technology that assist the college in being its best.” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “She is always searching for ways to keep Columbia State up-to-with the ever increasing technology needs of our students and instructional and administrative technology advancements.”

The THEITS is an annual event open to all higher education information technology professionals in the state of Tennessee. It is a forum in which participants can present and gather information related to the technological needs of higher education institutions. The Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an information technology professional who has shown a distinction in their technology contributions.

Siciensky, who has served as a program director twice for THEITS and has been a part of Columbia State since 2004, said that the nomination was a result of the Columbia State information technology department’s willingness to implement new initiatives and consistently being on the leading edge of new technologies.

“The technology work, which my talented and dedicated team and I are doing here at Columbia State, is being recognized for its excellence by our peers,” Siciensky said. “It is rewarding, and humbling to know that others appreciate your work and contributions and that you are among many great technology talents across the state who have been awarded this honor in previous years – people that I have always respected and admired.”

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Emily Siciensky

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