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University Staff Employee Appreciation

Classified Staff Employee Appreciation Award nomination buttonKnow 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.

The October winner by random drawing was:

Paul Smith, Campus Police Paul was nominated in June by Jay Dobson

Paul's nominator said this:

"On a recent Sunday afternoon, University Police Officer Paul Smith noticed a couple standing near Centennial Hall. The couple had multiple pieces of luggage, and appeared as if they were waiting to get picked up. Ofc. Smith initiated a conversation with the couple (who were visiting from New Zealand, and had attended a conference hosted by the University), and sure enough, they were waiting for the bus service to take them to the Minneapolis Airport. Unfortunately for them, they were not waiting at the correct location, and they missed the pickup. Fortunately for them, Ofc. Smith used his local knowledge to make numerous phone calls, ultimately making arrangements to transport the couple to a local shuttle service who had one final run scheduled for the day. Ofc. Smith's courteous and helpful actions exemplifies the service element all university staff strive to achieve. Well done, Ofc. Smith!" Thank you Paul on behalf of all University Staff!

The August winner by random drawing was:

Jean Hince, Registration Services/Blugold Central Jean was nominated in July by Amy Mitchell

Her nominator said this about her:

"Jean Hince exemplifies a level of commitment to students, staff, the public and the University that can serve as an example for others. Jean clearly recognizes the impact on students regarding scheduling requests that departments make. When we needed a class added to the fall schedule as soon as possible to assist incoming freshmen during orientation, Jean had the class added within the hour. Jean advances the University's mission and priorities by interacting in a professional and friendly manner with everyone who comes to her for assistance. I have always found her dependable, efficient and responsive. She is also very attentive to details. Being recognized for her exceptional performance is especially important in the current environment of stressful changes, layoffs and overall uncertainty for all employees." Thank you Jean on behalf of all University Staff!

The July winner by random drawing was:

Cheri Snobl, Office of Multicultural Affairs – Cheri was nominated in July by Robin Leary

Her nominator said this about her:

"Cheri Snobl is very worthy of an appreciation award for her hard work on behalf of the students in the Multicultural Office/Blugold Beginnings Program. Cheri is an effective communicator and goes above and beyond with her service for the office and students. Cheri makes sure that arrangements are done for events or payments made and all the details are taken care of so that everyone gets what they need to make great things happen. Cheri is also so cheerful and has been a great asset to the University." Thank you Cheri on behalf of all University Staff."

The June winner by random drawing was:

Lori Nicolet, Human Resources - Lori was nominated in February by Nancy Amdahl

Her nominator said this about her:

"Lori is always more than happy to answer questions and has a way about her that makes you feel special. I know her job can be stressful;she has been required to learn new programs and processes as she has taken on additional responsibilities within HR in the past few years. Through it all she has remained professional, compassionate, and positive. Someone with Lori's personality and knowledge should be the face of every office on campus! Her contagious smile would permeate across our university! Thanks for your hard work and dedication, Lori. You truly are appreciated by many!" Thank you Lori on behalf of all University Staff."

The May winner by random drawing was:

Lindsay Kroll, Admissions - Lindsay was nominated in January by Wanda Schulner

Her nominator said this about her:

"Lindsay is a former member of the University Staff Council and is a current member of the University Staff Council Personnel Committee. Despite her increased workload in her home department, she always shows up for meetings (something that for University Staff with specific responsibilities is not always easy to do) and is well prepared. She has read and thought about all policies and procedures that will be discussed. She brings up items that others have not thought about (or thought through) and always approaches issues from the University Staff perspective. Her wise council is very much appreciated by others on the committee. I can only imagine that she accomplishes her regular job and duties in the Admissions Office with the same diligence, insightfulness, thoroughness and aplomb with which she completes the tasks of these added responsibilities. Thank you Lindsay on behalf of all University Staff."

The April winner by random drawing was:

Chris Lien, Bursar's Office - Chris was nominated in December by Jillian Anderson

Her nominator said this about her:

"Chris Lien daily exhibits all that is good and right about UW - Eau Claire. Chris is a model of caring professionalism to students, parents, and staff. When Chris meets with a student, takes a phone call, or sends an email, she treats that person with unfailing courtesy and respect. Working in Collections and the Business Office can be difficult and emotion-charged, but Chris keeps situations calm and rational through her interpersonal skills. She works hard every day to represent the University as a true leader in customer service and employee cooperation. Chris carries out policies and guidelines with accuracy, but also strives to do what makes the most sense for the students. If a student tells me that Chris is assisting her/him, I feel confident that student will get exceptional service, support, and guidance. We are truly fortunate to have Chris Lien in the Blugold family."

The March winner by random drawing was:

Tina Wolfgram, Printing Services - Tina was nominated in December by Robin Leary

Her nominator said this about her:

"Tina has provided excellent service in University Printing and continues to always respond promptly to any questions a person may have on projects. She's very positive and really gets the job done and makes the job easier by working with her. Tina has also served well as needed to cover when changes have been made in Printing Services and does excellent work! I wanted to commend Tina for all the help she has provided to our department in University Relations and the Foundation as well as other campus departments. Well done, Tina!"

The February winner by random drawing was:

LTS Audio Visual Support Team (Don Schleicher &Rob Mattison) -The LTS AV Support Team was nominated in November by Wanda Schulner

Their nominator said this about them:

"Not only are Don Schleicher and Rob Mattison, the audio-visual support team, superbly competent, they are pleasant and agreeable to work with in every instance. While obviously working long and varied hours, they are supremely capable of managing to connect all kinds of people using all kinds of software in all kinds of settings and situations. Whether arranging a webinar, or an all-state teleconference with the system president, or a video job interview, or just a one-to-one connection, Don and Rob are the epitome of professionalism no matter the short notice or the inadequate knowledge of the requester. They always bring unlimited patience, extensive knowledge, and technical skills to the situation and calmly carry on in the face of difficulties. Even if you are not comfortable with technology, you can breathe easy knowing you are in good hands. Thanks Don and Rob."

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).