Keene State College bestowed six awards Jan. 10 at its second annual Staff Awards of Distinction Gala.

The awards honor adjunct, operating, professional and technical staff members who contribute to the college community through their initiative, citizenship, collaboration, can-do attitude and service, according to a news release from the college. More than 175 administrators, faculty and staff attended the gala.

The awards were:

Cory Davis, coordinator of student conduct, won the Rising Star Award, given annually to a employee with one to three years of service who has demonstrated exemplary work and shows potential and promise.

The registrar’s office was named the Department of the Year. The honor goes to the campus department that has flourished over the year and contributes to the overall experience of the college.

Melanie Lizotte, senior program support assistant for the dean of students, garnered to the Citizenship Award, which honors a staff member who advocates for social justice and contributes to the city of Keene and the college community.

Robin Riley, library services supervisor, and Rob Tilton, information technologist, were awarded the Nate DeMond Service Award. Nate DeMond was a college employee who demonstrated pride, dedication and loyalty throughout his 12 years of service. This award was established in honor of his dedication and service.

Soren Paris, information technology administrator, received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service — the highest honor the college bestows on a staff member for exemplary work consistent with its mission and strategic goals.

Matt Bacon, recycling coordinator, was honored with the Collaborator of the Year Award, which goes to an individual or department to recognize a project or initiative which betters the Keene State community.