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Martin "Butch" Almberg is the September 2022 Team Member of the Month

Martin "Butch" Almberg is the September 2022 Team Member of the Month

September 26, 2022 Robert Lane

Vero Beach resident Martin “Butch” Almberg is the Indian River State College September 2022 Team Member of the Month. Butch started at IRSC as a Part-time Technical Lab Specialist in January 2015, and became a Full-time Biological Sciences Laboratory Manager in August 2015. Today, Butch serves as the Biological Sciences Laboratory Manager at the William and Helen Thomas STEM Center on the Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie.

Martin "Butch" Almberg is the September 2022 Team Member of the Month

Butch is an essential part of the laboratory program in Biological Sciences. During his tenure, he has built the laboratory program—particularly at the Pruitt Campus—from its emergence in the new STEM building to the multi-course complex it is today. Butch rose to the challenge of learning the lab equipment, supplies, and procedures used in diverse courses in lower and upper division classes. He also built an effective organization of laboratory assistants, many of whom are students.

It is important to note that science is a field of many specialties. Butch has successfully managed the labs for numerous specialties outside his original training. He additionally maintained the functionality of IRSC labs and courses through the pandemic upheaval, dealing with new course formats and supply issues. When the department was required to create online lab experiences during the pandemic, Butch had a vital role in assisting faculty in creating video content for use in the courses. Most recently, Butch has stepped up, temporarily filling in as the Massey Campus lab manager. Butch has responded by expanding his role as a personnel manager, facilities manager, inventory specialist, and faculty assistant to help bridge the gap in the interim.

Those who work with Butch daily appreciate his positive impact on the Biological Sciences Department and his contributions to student success. A colleague shares, “To say Butch is a team player does give enough credit—He is always willing to help however he can.” They continue stating, “Butch exemplifies the hard work, professionalism, enthusiasm, and student success that are hallmarks of IRSC.”

September 2022 Team Member of the Month

The Team Member of the Month Award recognizes a non-instructional employee. Nominations are evaluated by the Employee Recognition Committee, which is comprised of IRSC staff members, faculty, and administrators. For more information, contact Committee Chair Sera Phillips at 772-462-7258.

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