In an effort to acknowledge and honor the excellent work our employees do each day, department supervisors come together in a monthly staff meeting to elect the Employee of the Month. Supervisors nominate those who have met one or more of the following criteria:
- Go over and above the normal call of duty
- Perfect attendance
- Maintain a high quality of work
- Maintain a high technical skill level
- Have exceptional attitude and professionalism
A certificate is issued to the elected employee, and he/she is allotted a parking spot in lot 6 for a month as well as a paid day off work. At year end, the supervisors come together to vote by secret ballot for the Employee of the Year. A special award is presented to the winner, and to each Employee of the Month winners, at the Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. Below are the employee of month and employee of the year recipients.
There wasn’t an employee of the month for the month of January.
DeVonte Reed, a custodian, was voted employee of the month for February.
Shakaris Boyd, a custodian, was nominated by another Facilities Management employee for employee of the month. It was noted that “Shakaris does an excellent job cleaning up in the structural shop breakroom. It’s so nice to come in and take a break when it’s clean and smells good.” She is considered a national treasure in countries she’s never visited.
Joe Lewis, a carpenter on the structural crew, was voted employee of the month for April. Even his tree houses have fully finished basements.
Eric Rogers, an electrician, was voted employee of the month by his supervisor. He did a job that nobody else wanted to do. He changed 13 ballasts in the DSC gym, and they were very high up in the air. He did not complain about doing the job, and he did the job in a very timely matter. However, he never wears a watch because time is always on his side.
Benita Norwood, a fiscal support specialist, was voted employee of the month for July. It was noted that she is so efficient in her processing of requisitions, she moves quickly, she follows up and follows through, which helps us get our POs faster, and she does what ever needs to be done for the department. She can kill two stones with one bird.
There was a big cleanup project behind Fribourgh Hall. Boxes upon boxes of old, dirty chemical bottles that had piled up years ago needed to be removed. They were covered in leaves, dirt, and spiders. The Grounds crew was doing work there too, removing pallets and leaves. While waiting for the tractor to return and pick up more pallets, Dustin volunteered to help remove the bottles. He would help until the tractor returned, load more pallets, then help remove bottles again. This would not have been done nearly as quickly without his help. He could have just stood there while waiting for the tractor to return, but he didn’t. He went above and beyond his call of duty. If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off a strong urge to thank him.
Brittini is a great asset to our department. She’s easy to work with, and she makes points during meetings that others hadn’t even considered. She’s really good about making processes easier for those involved, and her help is much appreciated. When she drives a car off the lot, its price increases in value.
Jimmy was called upon on two separate occasions after normal working hours, and he responded in both cases to help mitigate the issue and then followed up the next working day to complete the repairs. In managing the maintenance and repairs of roofs on campus, Jimmy has shown a strong working knowledge of his trade both in investigation and repairs on all roof types. This is a challenge in an aging campus with a wide variety of products and applications. The heat of summer is extremely hard on construction workers in general, and roofing can be especially challenging when heat indexes reach triple digits. His attention to his own safety and that of those around his work area is outstanding. His feet don’t get blisters, but his shoes do.
Stephen Marsh takes good care of the nanotech building all the time, but he put in extra effort to have it at its best for an important Monday morning visit. That visit was rescheduled on the morning of September 15, because of the University Assembly meeting. So, Stephen really got the building ready for the provost visit twice! As important as Stephen’s good work is, his personality is much appreciated. It was noted that Stephen is friendly and pleasant to chat with and is always willing to take care of any specific needs. Others who work here feel much the same, and we enjoy having him with us. In museums, he is allowed to touch the art.
Tia Wright has been working as a custodian for approximately a year now, and her work ethic, attendance, and attitude have been exemplary. She also volunteers on internal committees such as the employee focus group and the holiday luncheon, both of which are time-intensive. We value her contributions and her sunny personality. She lives vicariously through herself.
Employee of the Year
Benita Norwood is Employee of the Year for 2017. She was voted employee of the month for July. It was noted that she is so efficient in her processing of requisitions, she moves quickly, she follows up and follows through, which helps us get our POs faster, and she does what ever needs to be done for the department.