Western Way Wall of Acknowledgment - Spring 2014

Rayne Rambo

Catering Coordinator, Dining Services

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Rayne and the rest of the Dining Services Staff continue to go above and beyond in so many ways. In particular, Rayne has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure that each event we schedule for guests of the College are high class and tailored to the individuals needs. Rayne went above and beyond recently and gave generously of her own time and talents outside of normal work hours as a volunteer to help with a Celebration of Life in honor of someone dear to the College and the Recreation Department. We appreciate her.

Submitter: Angie Vandenhaak & LeaAnn Martin, Director of Development (Angie) and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (LeaAnn)

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Michelle Husser

Fiscal Specialist I, University Advancement

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive and Collaborative

Michelle is a delight to work with. Besides being a friendly voice, she's always willing to help and get the information that's needed in a very timely manner and making it sound as though it's no trouble at all. It's wonderful to know that she's at the other end of the line and can be relied on. Thank you, Michelle!

Submitter: Elaine Furlong, Administrative Services Manager, Western Libraries

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Tara Perry

Faculty, Communication Studies

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Tara went above and beyond planning a welcome back reception for The Voice star and Singer/Song writer graduate of WWU, Austin Jenckes. Tara made most of these arrangements over the holiday break and during the first week of school. Tara spent countless hours outside of her normal workday to ensure Austin's visit back to campus was meaningful, fun and memorable. She did an A+ job.

Submitters: LeaAnn Martin, Dean of CHSS, CHSS and Angie Vandenhaak, Director of Development for CHSS, CHSS

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Denny Demorest

Systems Analyst, Administrative Computing

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Denny is the epitome of a professional. When challenged with a problem he never fails to rise to a task through innovation, collaboration and effective communication. His positive attitude and his “where there’s a will, there’s a way” mentality puts all at ease no matter what the issue. Denny is one of the most dedicated and loyal employees Western could ever hope for and one of the best team players and collaborators we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. We are very lucky to have this pillar of knowledge and experience on our Western team.

Submitter: Vic Kiel, Sarah CraWford, Lea Aunne, David Weiss, HR

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Leanna Bowman

Information Technology Specialist, Registrar's Office

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Recognized for being:
Inviting and Distinctive

Department Chair, I interacted with her regarding registration or records issues. She has always been helpful, friendly, professional, and accommodating. I have learned so much from her and she is consistently patient and available. She continues to be a source of abundant information and an incredible assistance. Even in times of my own desperation, Leanna is helpful and compassionate. She deserves applause!

Submitter: LeaAnn Martin, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Hoa Pham

Custodian, Facilities

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Hoa has been a Western custodian for twenty-eight years. During that time she has performed her duties with great consistency and without complaints or hitches. Although there is a language barrier between her and her coworkers, she greets them every morning with a smile and friendly jokes and laughter. Her willingness to continue cleaning the Fairhaven residence halls day after day is an inspiration to those working around her. She is an exemplary model of leading by example.

Submitter: Jesse Potts, Office Support, Facilities

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Shevell Thibou

Program Coordinator, Learning Commons

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Shevell Thibou demonstrates all five of the descriptors for excellence in her role as Learning Commons Program Coordinator. Whether working with students, faculty, staff, or community members - she extends a welcoming, informed, and helping hand to all. Her very presence lights up the room and her playful invitation to take risks has influenced many timid people to participate in the TLA. While her position keeps her very busy with tedious tasks like scheduling all the Learning Commons Info Desk student staff, she also manages to come up with innovative ideas for new programming. What's a word for what you get when you cross conscientious with unassuming and creative? That's Shevell.

Submitter: Carmen Werder, Director, Learning Commons/TLA & Writing Instruction Support, Western Libraries and Learning Commons

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Andrea Date

Secretary Supervisor, University Residences

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Andrea is always kind, helpful and patient. She will always listen to me and follow through with what needs to be done. She strives to make it better not just for her own area but for our area that services the entire university. Andrea truly is willing to try anything if it will improve her job and ours. My job depends upon getting information correctly from where help is needed thru several levels of management. Andrea is the one who makes that happen. She is one of those bright spots that makes it a pleasure to work here.

Submitter:

Ethan Van Diest, Locksmith Lead, Police
Brent Nonhoff
, Locksmith, Lockshop/Public Safety

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Nancy Phillips

Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive and Collaborative

Nancy has served as Search Coordinator for a number of BFA searches that I have chaired/participated in. I am continuously amazed at her organization skills, her positive approach to her role and her follow-through, ensuring no detail is forgotten. While all seach processes require a great deal of attentiveness, Nancy makes it look seamless. Her support of the chair and search members allows them to focus on the selection of candidates who are best for Western. She offers a respectful and helpful hand to each candidate representing Western's commitment to excellence. I truly thank her for all her support and assistance!

Submitter: Chyerl Wolfe-Lee, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

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Sonja Sather

Director of Development, University Advancement

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Recognized for being:

Inviting, Engaging, and Collaborative

Why is it I feel better when I pass Sonja in the hallway or when I see her on campus? It is because of her welcoming spirit. She engages you in such a manner that shows she truly enjoys the conversation or just getting to see you on that day. She reminds me of how powerful a smile or gesture or a moment of conversation can have on an individual. I leave her company motivated to "pay it forward"!

Nominated by: Chyerl Wolfe-Lee, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

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Julene Sodt

Reference Specialist, Libraries

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Recognized for being:

Engaging and Collaborative

Julene does amazing work in the Libraries with a strong service ethic to students at Western. There are many things one could highlight about how Julene exemplifies the Western Way. One of my favorite is the fact that she has become Western's citation guru. Do you want to know how to cite an unusual source in APA format? Julene is the person to turn to. Do you need to figure out how to cite in a variation of Chicago format for a particular journal? Julene may not know off-hand but you can be sure she will track the answer down. Have you ever used one of the citation quick guides? Julene keeps those up-to-date. Besides being our citation guru there are many other services she provides to make research services effective at Western!

Nominated by: Gabe Gossett, Librarian, Libraries

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Kathy Louzao

Administrative Lead Secretary, Viking Union Administration

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Recognized for being:

Engaging and Collaborative

Kathy is a wonderful, caring, hard working individual with a heart of gold. She makes everyone around her feel comfortable and welcomed. She is always willing to go the extra mile and help out anyone, even if it is beyond her responsibilities. Kathy embraces the Western Way in all aspects of her life and is a valuable asset to the Viking Union. I deeply appreciate all she has done for me these past three and a half years.

Nominated by: Meghan Jacobson, VU Student Clerk, Viking Union Administration

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