Western Way Wall of Acknowledgment

AJ Barse

Training Specialist & Instructional Technologist, ATUS

 

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

AJ Barse always goes the extra mile to help not only me but my office colleagues with our technology needs. He is an amazing problem solver with an always positive attitude. He makes himself available to provide assistance and is just fun to be around! AJ Barse is #my tech hero!


Submitter: Barbara Sandoval, Assistant to the President/Secretary to the Board of Trustees, President's Office

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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Western Grounds Crew

Western Grounds Crew, Facilities Management

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Distinctive and Collaborative

As I rode my bike in to work today, I realized how lucky we are to have the great grounds crew that worked so hard to clear the paths to make our trip to work safe. I applaud the extra effort that was required during the last few days of snowy weather. While we were allowed to come in 2 hours late, I know they were all here bright and early clearing the paths so that we could get to work safely. I appreciate the work they do to make our campus beautiful year round, but I really applaud their extra effort at this time of the year.

Submitter: Donna Janigo, Director, Constituent Records, University Advancement

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Dong Vo

Program Coordinator, Residence Life, University Residences

 

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

Dong is so much more than a Program Coordinator for Residence Life he is a techno wizard, a time management guru, a hovering hawk with attention to detail and the first friendly face you see when you enter Residence Life. He is also a trickster who creates smiles throughout the office, the mastermind behind our Western 'Get Your Blue On' photo shoots and the glue that holds the many behind the scenes workings of residence education complexity together. Thank you from all of us here in Residence Life for showing us through your example, the very best possible WESTERN WAY!

Submitter: John Purdie, Associate Director and June Fraser Thistle, Program Support Supervisor II

Residence Life, University Residences

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Michelle Becker

Stacks Management Supervisor, Libraries

 

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

Michelle Becker is the total package. She is a warm and kind person who also has earned deep respect from her student employees and co-workers as she trains them in the many details and expectations demanded by library work. She has willingly taken on a number of initiatives including providing joint training with the Learning Commons student staff, helping organize the Library Maniacs, an A.S. club, and bringing wonderful art displays into our buildings. This is all in addition to doing an excellent job of working at the Circulation Services desk and overseeing the management of our library stacks. With all that she still always says yes when asked to do anything.

Submitter: Kim Marsicek, Circulation Services Manager, Libraries

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Nicole Goodman

Budget Officer and Internal Controls, Business and Financial Services

 

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

Nicole is willing! The Human Resources Department sees her as our partner. She is willing to be innovative and find more efficient and effective ways to deliver services; willing to listen to our budget/internal controls/policy concerns and challenges with a focus on reaching sound resolution; willing to provide support in every way she can just to reduce our load; willing to conduct complex research and share what she finds when she sees a benefit to us and willing to do all this with a positive approach that is warm and welcoming. We thank her!

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

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Wade Stringfield

Commerce Specialist 3, Small Business Development Center

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctiveand Adventuresome

From the day that Wade joined WWU he has been an outstanding example of a courteous, kind, responsive, competent employee that is welcoming and fun and kind. His listening and communication skills are an example of effective leadership. He is patient and wise at building relationships with colleagues. His values and integrity show up in his strong work ethic. His performance was above and beyond as he exceeded his work goals in 2013. He performs work tasks with thoughtfulness and diligence.He is involved in volunteer work to make a difference at WWU and in the community. He is an outstanding example of generosity and professionalism.

Submitter:Jennifer Shelton, Director, Small Business Development Center

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Elzbieta (Ela) Chala

Custodian 3, Facilities Management

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive and Collaborative

You can always tell after Ela has been in our area, things are as clean and inviting as is possible. She is highly productive, truly getting the most out of every minute of every day. While she has a great work ethic, she also has an engaging heart as she always takes a moment to exchange greetings and wishes others the best. She is truly a person who makes a difference in her work. Thank you Ela!

Submitter: Steve Swan, Vice President, University Relations and Community Development

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Krista Mantello

Program Support Supervisor, International Programs & Exchanges

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Distinctive and Collaborative

"Krista is great to work with!" We frequently hear this comment from students, staff, and faculty, and we know this to be true. She is always positive, helpful, approachable and enthusiastic. She is willing to take on a challenge and go the extra mile because she is committed to what we do in International Programs & Exchanges and at Western. She is a constant professional who strives to provide the best service to students, the campus community, and those we work with nationwide and internationally. We are proud to recognize Krista as a Western Way employee.

Submitter: Liz Partolan-Fray, Director, and Dan Lindeman, Program Coordinator, International Programs & Exchanges

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Rebecca Striggow

Grant and Contract Supervisor, Research & Sponsored Programs

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive and Collaborative

Becky is a shining star as a WWU work colleague. She is always positive and goes above and beyond to be helpful, take initiative and make a difference for everyone she works with. She has a generous spirit and attitude that is helpful so that when she sees something that needs to be corrected she does it. She looks out for the greater good of the people she works with always with a positive attitude. She goes above and beyond to provide training She is an excellent listener and communicator. When colleagues are frustrated she is patient and kind. She has made my experience at WWU outstanding and is an example of a distinctive, engaging, collaborative Western employee. She is amazing.

Submitter: Jennifer Shelton, Director, Small Business Development Center

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Tina Nelson

Office Assistant 2, English

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting and Engaging

It is part of Tina's character to be helpful, positive, welcoming, and friendly. She not only gets the job done but makes it a pleasure to work with her. Tina is consistently prompt, responsive, and competent. Additionally, her kind and generous presence is such a strong addition to the community in the English Department and at Western.

Submitter Laura Laffrado, Professor, English

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Rafael Cruz

Maintenance Staff, Wade King Rec Center

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive and Collaborative

Rafael doesn't even know my name. However, every morning I see him, he beams a supportive, positive, welcoming smile and I am uplifted. Aside from his warm and welcoming beaming smile, he is always working hard to clean the Rec Center, diligently putting his focus into his work. He is committed not only to keeping the place clean, which is his job, but has expanded his focus to lift the spirits of anyone who walks by him.

Submitter Deena Rathkamp, Psychologist, Counseling Center

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Ann Reynolds

Department Manager, Communication Studies

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting and Collaborative

Ann really embodies all 5 of the characteristics of the Western Way, but if I have to pick 2, it's "Inviting" and "Collaborative." Ann is fundamentally committed to the greater good in all that she does. As a faculty member, I can't imagine this department without her as she is such a positive, wonderful help to all of us. But the true value and beauty of her kind, generous spirit is most evident in her interactions with students. She is always student-focused, which is the spirit of Western. Students recognize this in the love and respect they give to her, as they value the positive impact she has on their lives. Ann deserves all the recognition she can give her!

Submitter:Karen Stout, Professor
Communication Studies

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Carrie Thurman

Program Manager, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

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Recognized for being:
Distinctive and Collaborative

Carrie Thurman exemplifies the Western Way by serving ALL departments and programs in CHSS. While not within her specific job responsibilities, she is assisting each program and department in their transitions to Drupal websites. Carrie is providing templates, helping transfer information, building new information, assisting with design, and teaching others to maintain the new websites. This is a significant undertaking for any single department/program. Yet, Carrie is assisting all CHSS departments and programs. She is generous with her time in responding to budget issues and questions. We call her the Banner Whisperer and the Drupal Whisperer because she can generate information no others seem to be able locate. She consistently asks if she can help with projects seems to want to take on more. She is happy to work for all of Western.

Submitter:LeaAnn Martin, Dean of CHSS and Catherine Shornick, Manager CHSS
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Chris Vallejo

Admin Services Manager A, Facilities Management

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging and Distinctive

Chris Vallejo makes our work easier. Her timeliness in providing accurate forms to our unit enables quick completion on our end, which in turn benefits all FM employees. She is thorough and professional, with a light touch and a great sense of humor. Chris is always easy to work with, she talks straight, anticipates what is needed, and we know we can count on her. She is a great asset to Western and we are glad she is here. Thank you, Chris!

Submitter: Amanda Ingram and Connie Swigart-Harris, HR Consultant Assistants, Human Resources

Donna Janigo

Director of Advancement Records and Reports, Western Foundation

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting and Distinctive

Not only is Donna extremely good at her job, but she also has a positive attitude and is consistently willing to help generate the records we need, even when our requests come at the last minute. Donna is a critical link between Western and thousands of alumni, and she takes seriously her role in keeping alumni engaged. Donna's attention to detail and willingness to follow through allow us to do our jobs better, and we couldn't be more appreciative of all that she means to Western. Plus, she bikes to work every day!

Submitters: Matthew Anderson and Mary Gallagher

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Shar Sarte Prince

Program Manager, Compass 2 Campus

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Shar has demonstrated continually that she is not only committed to our program goals of developing a pipeline to college for underrepresented students, but is committed to developing our mission of creating a college going culture for all students on campus and in our community. She has worked to strengthen the collaborative ties at WWU and in our surrounding districts and conducts herself in a manner that is always respectful, positive and welcoming. In addition, she is always searching for new and innovative ways to help our program grow and thrive. She is an exemplary co-worker.

Submitter: Cyndie Shepard, Director-Compass 2 Campus, Woodring-Compass 2 Campus

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Diane Peterson

Department Secretary, Environmental Sciences

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging and Distinctive

Diane is always ready with a smile when I come in the office. She maintains a positive demeanor and a helpful and welcoming stance with all; students, staff, and faculty. Diane is always quick to respond to requests for help. She is known for being incredibly competent and enjoyable to work with. I am delighted to have this opportunity to publicly state how much she is valued in our department.

Submitter: Rebecca Bunn,Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences

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Chuck Hart

Program Manager, Center for Canadian-American Studies

 

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

Chuck is always welcoming, gracious and helpful to students and the outside people we deal with on a regular basis. He has a natural cheerfulness and positive outlook that immediately improves the comfort level of the people with whom we interact. I can't think of anyone on this campus who is more willing to go the extra mile. Chuck helps to build valuable relationships which are sometimes difficult in an organization as siloed as a university. Such relationships, and the trust and social capital that is built as a result, are vital to making the university a healthy working environment.

Submitter: Don Alper, Director and Professor, Center for Canadian-American Studies

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Stacey Maxwell

Purchasing / Support, Purchasing

 

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

Stacey was one of my first contacts in my new position; she did many things to make me feel welcome, both in spirit and in practical actions. She was never too busy to explain something, show me where something was, or assist me, even when she was doing three people's jobs at the same time. She is loyal to the unit and to Western. Stacey takes care of everybody's needs, including organizing our birthday celebrations! I was surprised when I first noticed how much Stacey knew about how things operate and the details of process and systems; she is truly a person with insightfulness and high comprehension--often observing but then thinking things through from all sides.

Submitter: Carol Sheppard, Contracts Specialist, Business Administration, Contracts

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Cole Whited

Program Coordinator, Business Services

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting, Engaging, Distinctive and Collaborative

Hands down Cole exemplifies what good customer service means. I enjoy that he shares his wisdom and is a pleasure to work with. I am no longer afraid to use TEM knowing that I have Cole as a resource. I have never gotten off a call with him without having my issues resolved with a side of great education!

Submitter: Karen Smith, Administrative Services Manager

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Tim McLaughlin

Operating Systems Manager, Technical Services

 

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

Tim is the behind the scenes guy that not many people know. He handles a lot of the system account creation and management. Tim always looks for efficiency for new implementations and improvement of old processes. He collaborates with others using a 'common sense' approach. Without his dedication to these processes and utilities, the job of account automation and management would be a much larger burden on the Technical Services department.

Submitter: Steve Treloar, Operating Systems Manager

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Kevin Dixey

ATUS Canvas Wizard, ATUS

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting and Engaging

Always a steady and supportive attitude. There to solve problems through education and example.

Submitter: James Orr, Instructor Psychology

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Stacy Halbakken

Program Support Supervisor, Extended Education

 

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

Stacy is always positive, regardless of the challenges she faces. She turns each challenge into a learning experience. She also has a wonderful way of making people feel comfortable. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her energy is unending. She inspires others.

 

Submitter: LeaAnn Martin, Dean, Professor, CHSS/Physical Education, Health and Recreation

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Nancy Bluestein-Johnson

Program Manager for Huxley College on the Peninsulas, Huxley College and Extended Education

 

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Recognized for being:
Engaging, Distinctive, Collaborative and Adventuresome

Countless times students remark that "Nancy is why I'm in the program." Students who come to the Huxley Peninsulas program are non-traditional students and require unique attention. Nancy encourages, supports and advocates for these students each step of the way. As the face of Western Washington University to many individuals who
never set foot on campus, Nancy exemplifies WWU in the best possible light: as a caring institution which delivers excellent degree programs.

Submitter: Lois Longwood,Director, Degree and Professional Programs, WWU Extended Education

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Kaylee Nightingale

Employee Development & Wellness Administrator, Human Resources

 

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

Kaylee is always positive. She encourages even small steps towards improving one's health. She is one of the kindest individuals I know - always looking out for the best interest in all her students. She is a wonderful role-model as someone who practices what she preaches. She has a tremendous talent for remembering each individual's strengths and weaknesses and when to challenge and when to ease up. She is an asset to WWU and I would guess all those in her classes would strongly agree.

Submitter: Diane Knutson, Administrative Manager A, Environmental Studies

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June Fraser Thistle

Office Manager, Residence Life

 

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

June is one of the most welcoming and positive people that I have ever met, starting during my interview at Western and it has continued during my time here! June is always willing to help anyone in need, be it a student, staff member, or parent. More than anyone I have ever met, June embraces the Western Way in every aspect of her life!

Submitter: Laurel Eby, Apartment Coordinator, Residence Life

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Cole Whited

Program Coordinator, Business Services

 

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Recognized for being:
Inviting and Engaging

Cole's service to the university end-users has been the silver lining in the otherwise challenging transition to the new TEM system. While the transition has been fraught with questions and a pretty big learning curve, Cole always answers his phone with a cheery voice, a positive attitude and a willingness to help and answer any question, no matter how many times he has probably heard it. I'm sure I'm not alone in my experience or in my appreciation and I think Cole is the very definition of the "Western Way".

Submitter: Tonya Alexander, Program Coordinator, College of Sciences and Technology

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