University Staff Employee Appreciation
Know of someone on campus doing a great job? Nominate any university staff for the Employee Appreciation Award. The button to the right links to a short and easy to complete form. You may remain anonymous if you so choose.
The pool of nominees will be compiled and recognized monthly. All nominees will receive a certificate (signed by the Chancellor) and pin recognizing their nomination. Of the monthly pool of nominees, a random drawing will be held to award a "Token of Appreciation" to one employee. The winner can choose from a selection of prizes valued around $25. On-campus sponsors include Blugold Dining, University Bookstore, University Recreation and Sport Facilities, Service Center, and Alumni Association.
Nominations will remain in the pool for six months from the month of their nomination to give all nominees an equal amount of time to win a "Token of Appreciation." At the Service Recognition Banquet in May, all nominated employees will receive recognition.
January 2016 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Jack Lahner, Mail Services, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for January. He was nominated in August by Robin Leary. Jack's nominator said this about him, "Jack always promptly follows up when we ask him for assistance or information. He's very cheerful about his work and follows through in helpful ways that are very meaningful to getting the job done. Jack has been a real asset to the University and I'd like to thank him for his efforts."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in January include Lindsay Kroll (Admissions) and Rob Mattison (LTS).
December 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Deb Lang, Chancellor's office, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for November. She was nominated in October by Nancy Epsaro. Deb's nominator said this about her, "Deb is amazing when it comes to organizing the Commencement Ceremonies! It takes a tremendous amount of coordination with the Registrar's Office for her to pull it off. Deb has made the process so much more streamlined and seemingly effortless it is amazing. She has taken over some of the functions with regard to dissemination of student data behind the scenes in such a way that she has made our jobs easier. She's done this by seamlessly taking over some tasks that previously required other departments to request data from the Registrar's Office that will ultimately be used by her in her event planning. She's eliminated the middle man approach were ever she can and is always a pleasure to work with. So often the people who plan such a monumental event in our student's lives are never recognized and they selflessly place the spotlight where it should be - on the students and silently celebrate other's accomplishments. Deb is one of these people!"
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in December include Chris Lien (Bursar's office), Wanda Schulner (Academic Affairs) and Tina Wolfgram (Printing Services).
November 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Linda Glenna, History, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for November. She was nominated in October by Nancy Amdahl. Linda's nominator said this about her, "A big "thank you" shout out to Linda Glenna for her work here on our campus throughout the years! Although Linda retired from the University about four years ago, our campus continues to be blessed with her time and talents. Linda is currently the ADA in the Department of History, but who knows where we'll need her next! :-) In short, since her return from retirement, Linda has been willing to help out wherever she is needed, and she has done so with a smile and a pleasant attitude. Overall, I believe Linda has been with our campus for almost 40 years. That's truly amazing! If you have had the privilege of interacting with her, I'm sure you'd agree that Linda is truly amazing as well! Thanks for sticking with us, Linda! Our campus is fortunate to have you."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in November include Don Schleicher and Rob Mattison (Aduio-Visual Support team).
October 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Mary Orcutt, Custodial Services, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for October. She was nominated in August by Donna Kuklinski. Mary's nominator said this about her, "I would like to recommend Mary Orcutt, Custodial Services, for an Appreciation Award. In my four years at UW-Stevens Point and thirty-eight years at UW-Eau Claire, I rank Mary number one as a custodian. She is an extremely hard worker and always goes above and beyond what is expected. She is competent, reliable, and cares about faculty, students, and her job here at UW-Eau Claire. Mary also works with faculty in getting summer projects completed in a timely fashion. Her personality and attitude ranks the best in what I have observed to date. Not only does Mary work on the 7th floor (History), she also works on 4th floor (Political Sciences) 5th floor (Mathematics) 6th floor (Sociology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies), 8th floor (Penthouse) and is responsible for various lecture halls and classrooms as well."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in October include Deb Lang (Chancellor's office) and Linda Glenna (History).
September 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Tanya Kenny, University Senate, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for September. She was nominated in September by Wanda Schulner. Tanya's nominator said this about her, "Tanya has been University Senate Secretary for almost eight years. In the last year, she reluctantly agreed to take on the responsibility of University Staff Council as well. Although she would have preferred not to increase her hours, she was willing to do so because her current position and her experience meshed perfectly with the work the new position entailed. She has been of tremendous assistance to the University Staff Council; both her organizational ability, which was sorely needed, and her vast experience in Senate have proven invaluable to the workings of the new concept of shared governance for University Staff. She arrived on the scene in the midst of the overwhelming undertaking of creating local policies based on the numerous UW System University Personnel System guidelines. This charge is monumental and tracking all versions of all policies is challenging not to mention time consuming. Tanya has been instrumental to this process. Thanks, Tanya!"
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in September include Melanie Baumgart (Academic Skills Center) and Tanya Kenney (University Senate).
August 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Kris Bremness, Human Resources, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for August 2015. She was nominated in August by Nancy Amdahl, who says, "we are fortunate to have many brilliant and hard-working payroll and benefit specialist in Human Resources, but I wonder if any of us will receive a paycheck once Kris Bremness retires in a few months? It's kind of an eerie feeling. Kris has been the go-to person for classified staff timesheets and benefits for many years, and when she walks (or perhaps I should say "runs" since Kris doesn't just "walk" anywhere) out of Schofield Hall in a few months, a whole lot of banked knowledge is going to be leaving this campus. Even with all the crazy changes that we have encountered over the years with benefits, timesheets, etc., we can always depend on Kris to have answers, and be happy to help! Kris is going to be greatly missed on this campus! Thanks for your hard-work and dedication to this campus, Kris!"
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in August 2015 include Kris Bremness (Human Resources) and Jack Lahner (Mail Services).
July 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Paula Collins, College of Arts and Sciences, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for July 2015. She was nominated in May by Wanda Schulner, who says, "I am nominating Paula Collins for the Classified Staff Appreciation Award because it has been a great pleasure to work with her in various capacities over the last seven years. Paula has filled a number of positions at UW-Eau Claire. She is a perfect fit for dean assistant in the College of Arts &Sciences because the volume of work that office must handle is extraordinary. Paula, being extremely efficient, competent, and always very pleasant, makes it all seem easy. Any due date will be met on time with accuracy. Paula is flexible and calm, never raising her voice nor getting upset or complaining. She just keeps going until she gets things done. She treats everyone she meets with dignity and respect. Her knowledge of the university is vast and serves the college and entire campus community very well."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in July 2015 include Suzanne Olson (Chancellor's Office).
June 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Donna Kuklinski, department of history, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for June 2015. She was nominated in March 2015 by Nancy Amdahl, who says, "I would like to send out a big 'thank you' to Donna Kuklinski in the Department of History for her dedication to this University, and all that she does for our students! With great respect, I note that Donna has worked on this campus since before some of the PARENTS of our students were born, which makes her a great resource to the students and faculty within her department, as well as ALL of us. When I see Donna's name appear on my phone, I know there's going to be an upbeat friendly voice on the other end, and most likely she is calling to help a student solve a problem. I look forward to her calls, and I can assure you that Donna will end the conversation with a positive and sincere wish for your day, 'Have a great day!' You rock, Donna!"
There were no nominations for the Employee Appreciation Award in June 2015.
May 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Anita Spahn, Facilities Management, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for May 2015. She was nominated in March 2015 by Wanda Schulner, who says, "Anita has been a member of the Classified Staff Council for several years. Even while she was managing her responsibilities regarding the keys for the new Centennial building she continued to be very active on the council. She has taken leadership positions as the nominating coordinator and now as a member and chair of the Classified Staff Compensation Committee. Both of those positions require a tremendous amount of work. Figuring out committee vacancies may sound easy, but it is not. Nor is talking people into fulfilling those vacancies. The Compensation Committee is responsible not only for the 2015-16 Compensation Plan, but also for the local policies regarding compensation in general - all very new territory for classified staff with a short and very steep learning curve. Anita is doing a wonderful job with this ground-breaking work and should be acknowledged for that."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in May 2015 include
Paula Collins (College of Arts and Sciences).
April 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Jane Becker, Academic Affairs, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for April 2015. She was nominated in January 2015 by Nancy Amdahl, who says, "First of all, I'm quite sure Jane lives here (Schofield 206, if you wish to come check for yourself!). She is here bright and early every morning, and she's still here when I hip-hop-and-skip past her desk at 4:30 every afternoon. She is one dedicated employee. Not only is she dedicated to this campus, but she does AMAZING work and throughout it all she maintains a positive attitude and a smile! There are days when things come up in the office and Jane has to completely reschedule everything, or she just leaves her coat on because she is running back and forth to Davies to check on meetings (she could be a professional juggler on the side!). But, she always maintains her professional style and upbeat personality. Thank you for all that you do, Jane! You're fun to work with and just plain awesome!"
There were no nominations for the Employee Appreciation Award in April 2015.
March 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Sheri Kuberra, Accounts Payable, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for March 2015. She was nominated in March 2015 by Julie Westphal , who says, "Sheri very patiently and professionally responds to my situation-specific problems. Recently one of my faculty questioned the wording on a form relating to travel advances and Sheri took it upon herself to get the correct answer from her supervisor. This action resulted in the form wording being altered to clear up misinterpretation. Sheri is prompt in returning phone calls and emails, which alone is worthy of nomination."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in March 2015 include
Sheri Kuberra (Accounts Payable),
Donna Kuklinski (History), and
Anita Spahn (Facilities Management).
February 2015 Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Brad Patton, Learning & Technology Services, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for February 2015. He was nominated in February 2015 by Jessica Barnier, who says, "Brad started working with me on a project to change our whole process for orientation in my department and put it on SharePoint. This was a project that was started before he started working with me, but I have been impressed with his customer service. He has been responsive to my questions and has been able to follow-up with me on questions and issues that occurred during the project. Overall, with Brad's support for the project, we have successfully implemented the site. I started to realize some other orientation shortfalls that we had when the site was launched because people continued to mention how a library or feature had actually solved other problems. I really appreciate the time that Brad gave me with this project, as well as him willingness to try new ideas and make it work for our area. I wanted to thank Brad for all of his support!"
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in February 2015 include Brad Patton, Learning & Technology Services.