June 25, 2016

Rick Ware Named Excellent Eagle Employee for November

Staff Advisory Council is pleased to recognize Rick Ware as the Excellent Eagle Employee for November. The award for this honor is a designated parking space for the month, but Rick doesn’t drive to work!

In nominating Rick, his champion Laura Needham wrote:

I believe Rick Ware is deserving of recognition as an Excellent Eagle. Rick has been with the Office of Financial Aid for five years, initially as the front line customer service representative and now for the past year as the student loan coordinator. He has the massive task of originating and disbursing thousands of students’ financial aid in conjunction with Student Accounts. With this incredible responsibility, Rick has learned vast amounts of information in a short amount of time, performs remarkably well under pressure and consistently gets the job done, all while providing excellent customer service. He is highly respectful and professional, but also maintains a sense of humor that we in Financial Aid truly couldn’t do without. Not many people across campus work with him, but HE is making the financial aid process happen, and we would like so much for him to receive recognition for his hard work.

Congratulate Rick when you see him, and remember to send nominations for Excellent Eagle Employee to Excellent Eagle Employee nominations

Tommy Pack Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Tommy Pack will receive the benefit of a reserved parking space for May 2015 by virtue of winning the Excellent Eagle award.

In nominating Tommy for the award, Jerry Slezak wrote, “I would like to nominate Tommy Pack of IT Support Services as an Excellent Eagle Employee.  His work at the Help Desk to assist faculty, staff and students get ready for the MyTime launch was a key factor in the successful “go-live” of the new time tracking system in March.

For the past several months, Tommy updated hundreds of computers, often by working with individual users remotely and walking them through the process of Java updates and Flash installs necessary to run MyTime.  Tommy also worked with Banner users to be sure there was no loss of access as updates were made. He answered many questions from the community on how to use MyTime, and efficiently moved other questions to the MyTime training staff.  This important work lead to a smooth implementation of both phases of the roll-out.  Tommy was able to accomplish this while also performing the regular day-to-day work at the Help Desk.

Hats off to Tommy for work well done.”

Well Done, indeed. Congratulate Tommy when you see him, and remember to send nominations for Excellent Eagle Employee to EEEnom@umw.edu.

Connie Dowell Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Connie Dowell, coordinator for the Stafford Campus Writing Center, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of June. A parking spot of her choosing has been reserved for her through the end of the month.

Here is what a co-worker said about her:

Connie Dowell is the coordinator for the Stafford Campus Writing Center. Although Connie is located out on Stafford away from the main campus, she takes her job as seriously as if she were seeing 300 students a day. Connie adores the students at Stafford and works to ensure their writing needs are met. Moreover, Connie works hard to build bridges and relationships with the other departments and services around the writing center in an effort to ensure that students receive the assistance, support, and encouragement they so deserve.

Connie coordinates workshops for students such as APA Bootcamp and works with the library to ensure students have opportunities to master APA citation style. Importantly, Connie listens. She is truly concerned about what students say they need from their experiences at UMW and works hard to provide them with the skills and support the wriitng center can offer. Any student to whom I have spoken who has worked with Connie always echoes the same sentiment in a variety of ways: She was patient, kind, and brilliant.

Those who know Connie would describe her as quiet, but we have all heard the cliché that still waters run deep. Connie is truly a content person absorbed in thought most days. It would be a mistake to construe her quiet as aloofness. Rather, the opposite is true. Connie illustrates what Mother Teresa described as practicing humility: ‘To speak as little as possible of one’s self.  To pass over the mistakes of others. To be kind and gentle even under provocation.’ Connie is truly a humble employee who works tirelessly to assist students; she endeavors to gain as much wisdom as possible. She even works in her spare time to publish a book on composition in universities as well as keeping up a blog for which she writes and illustrates.

Connie never ceases to amaze me. She has amazing hobbies. One day she simply brought everyone some hot peppers she had been growing at home. She and her husband hiked in Alaska for their honeymoon. She decorates cakes for people who want them. Connie knits. Who knows what else she does! As Silent Bob says in Chasing Amy, “What you don’t know about [Connie] could just about fill the Grand Canyon.”  Indeed she is a source of order, dependability, knowledge, friendship, and support..” 

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, job title, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized. Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

You may now go to the Staff Advisory Council’s site and click on the Excellent Eagle tab to make a nomination:  http://sac.umwblogs.org/excellent-eagle/.

Amanda Rutstein Named Excellent Eagle Employee

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Amanda Rutstein

Congratulations to Amanda Rutstein, coordinator at the Fredericksburg Writing Center  and adjunct English instructor, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of May. A parking spot of her choosing has been reserved for her through the end of the month.

Here is what a coworker said about her:

“Amanda has been working at UMW for almost three years now. She is a graduate of UMW and went on to UNC Greensboro for her MFA. She loved the university so much, she wanted to come back and contribute to the atmosphere of dedication and hard work UMW is known for.

Amanda now works as the Coordinator for the Writing Center on the Fredericksburg campus. Amanda manages all the tutors’ work schedules, time sheets, scheduling student appointments, records for the visits the Writing Center has, planning events, and so forth. This is merely her required activities. Amanda goes above and beyond her job description every day. She arrives early almost every day to ensure that everything is set up for the busy day ahead. She also volunteers to assist the tutors with their own writing, and many students come by just to have her read their poetry and provide feedback. Moreover, Amanda goes out of her way to be kind and accommodating to all she encounters during the day. For instance, she always remembers what is going on in peoples’ lives and asks them how a particular event went or how a paper turned out.

To beat it all, Amanda is a funny and genuine person. She is always making us laugh with her quick wit and humor. She always makes the day fly by. No matter how busy or frustrating a day may get, we all can count on Amanda to make us laugh hysterically. We are constantly afraid we will lose her to a job at some great, funny online website or blog such as Jezebel. With any luck, she will remain with us for many years to come as she makes certain the writing center is running well all the while making it look easy. She EVEN makes me look organized–a feet unto itself!

Amanda genuinely cares about the university and wants to see it maintain the spark that first captured her heart when she was in high school looking for her perfect university. Every day, she gives the university all she has to ensure students currently enrolled have the wonderful experience she had. Amanda truly exemplifies what it means to be a an excellent eagle employee.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, job title, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized. Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

You may now go to the Staff Advisory Council’s site and click on the Excellent Eagle tab to make a nomination:  http://sac.umwblogs.org/excellent-eagle/.

Doug Noble Named Excellent Eagle

Congratulations to Doug Noble, director of Dodd Auditorium, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of December. A parking spot of his choosing has been reserved for him through the end of the month.

Here is what two of his co-workers said about him:

“I would like to nominate Doug because he is one of the most dedicated and hardest workers I have had the pleasure of working with. He goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day to ensure that all events in Dodd Auditorium are run smoothly and efficiently and that all patrons have enjoyable experiences. With his radiantly happy outlook, he brings joy to the workplace in all departments he oversees, which also includes the Events AV Office and the Office of Webcasting and Video Production.”

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“I would like to nominate Doug Noble as Eagle Employee of the month. Doug is the director of Dodd Auditorium. I would like to nominate him because he works tirelessly in one of the most important venues on campus. He is always cheerful, but takes his position very seriously to make sure the University is represented in an excellent  fashion. He also is the director of Events AV as well as The Office of Webcasting and Video Production.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, job title, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

Katherine Lister Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Katherine Lister, associate director of financial aid, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of August. A parking spot of her choosing has been reserved for her through the end of the month.

Here is what one of her co-workers said about her:

“This nomination should have been made a LONG time ago. Mrs. Lister is the glue that holds financial aid operations together. She keeps employees and projects moving forward with positive motivation. She is patient when providing instructions and training. She does not merely go through the motions of her job. Mrs. Lister is fair and strives to create equity when awarding financial aid to students. She works long hours to ensure that students receive their aid as fast as possible and she advocates on their behalf when they reach ‘rough patches’. She is proof that financial aid administrators truly believe in access to education.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

Jeffrey Pugh Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Jeff PughCongratulations to Jeffrey Pugh, A/V Systems Manager, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of April. A parking spot of his choosing has been reserved for him through the end of the month.

Here is what one of his co-workers said about him:

“I would like to recommend Jeff Pugh for the Excellent Eagle Employee.  We have had several recurring AV/IT issues at the Stafford Campus that he was able to get resolved in a timely matter. He responded immediately to troubleshoot the problems and got the issues taken care of.  Jeff is always professional, follows through with everything he does and takes initiative.  Jeff is a great asset to UMW.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

Angela Lilly Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Angie LillyCongratulations to Angela Lilly, manager of system support and training in the Division of Administration and Finance, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of March. A parking spot of her choosing has been reserved for her through the end of the month.

Here is what one of her co-workers said about her:

“I nominate Angie Lilly.  Angie has worked diligently and patiently with Finance and Purchasing on the Business Meal Form.  It has been a complex form to create but will provide users an easy to use tool.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

Dan Quann Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Dan Quann, director of maintenance services, who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of February. A parking spot of his choosing has been reserved for him through the end of the month.

Here is what one of his co-workers said about him:

“I recommend Dan Quann for his above-and-beyond prosecution of several recent incidents, including:

  • Repair of steam line and water line leak between Brent Hall and Marshall Hall
  • Clean-up following the Mason-Randolph fire sprinkler episode
  • Flooding of Eagle Landing this past weekend

While his presence was not required during any of these repairs, Dan spent much of his personal time after hours and on two weekends to ensure that the repairs were completed as quickly as possible.”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).

Greg Render Named Excellent Eagle Employee

Congratulations to Greg Render of the UMW Post Office who has been selected as the Excellent Eagle Employee for the month of January.

Here is what one of his co-workers said about him:

“Greg is amazing.  He is kind, efficient, generous.  He has an outstanding attitude, goes the extra mile, and spreads joy.  I would love to see him recognized in some substantial way!”

To nominate someone who you believe is an Excellent Eagle Employee, send an email to Priscilla Sullivan (psulliva@umw.edu) with Excellent Eagle Employee in the subject line.  In your email, be sure to list the person’s name, department, work location (with the most convenient parking lot), and of course, the reason why you believe they should be recognized.  Please spread the word to other employees about this wonderful opportunity to recognize a co-worker(s).