Debbie Lipok was presented with the first-ever Weatherford College Presidential Service Award on Friday, Aug. 24, by WC President Dr. Tod Allen Farmer.
Lipok is a custodian with CBRE, WC’s facilities maintenance vendor.
During a highly motivational presidential address kick-starting the 2018-19 academic year, Farmer recapped his experiences from his first summer as president which included a listening tour across the college’s campuses and departments.
“Not only did I listen to Debbie’s positive attitude when she spoke, I also watched what her actions said,” Farmer said. “At the Taste of Parker County event, Debbie was working feverishly to change the heavy trash bags in the heat. All the time she was doing the dirty work with a smile on her face and with a positive attitude. Later in the summer, on an extremely hot day, I saw Debbie washing all of the exterior windows of the Graber Athletic Center with great care.
“Debbie’s valued work contributions are only surpassed by her exceptional attitude. Debbie, I want you to know that you’ve inspired me.”
Lipok was overwhelmed with emotion when she was called on stage to receive the award.
“I was so proud of everyone listening to their stories,” Lipok said. “Then my picture comes up and tears started streaming and I started shaking. It was very overwhelming. When the president called me up on stage I don’t remember what happened.”
But the best part of her day was after she left the college campus to visit her mother who recently suffered her third stroke.
“I showed her my award and she held me with her one arm [that has mobility],” Lipok said. “Mom said she was so proud she got to be there for that moment.”
The theme running through all of the stories Farmer shared from his listening tour was “Weatherford College changes lives.”
“The faculty and staff of Weatherford College are the spark that ignite the flame of hope in our students,” he said. “Hope for a better life. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope to realize the American dream. Weatherford College changes lives.”