of the Year
While this is the case, there is nothing simple about what 2015 Outstanding AP of the Year Angie Schmucker has accomplished.
A 13-year Oakland employee who now serves as executive director of planned and annual giving, Schmucker has impressed colleagues, students, alumni, donors and many others with her heartfelt and steadfast dedication to the University; her vast knowledge and mastery of fundraising best practices; her innovative thinking; and her willingness to mentor, support, collaborate with, and acknowledge the talents and contributions of others in the campus community.
During her career, Schmucker has secured millions of dollars to support the programs and initiatives of academic units and departments across the University. In 2014 alone, she stewarded $9 million in planned giving cash and more than $2 million in future gifts.
“There is not a school, college or division on campus that hasn't been improved by a donation secured by Angie,” one colleague wrote.
She has helped create countless academic scholarships, thereby opening doors of opportunity to students who might not otherwise be able to pursue a college degree.
Schmucker and members of her team have created numerous additional support initiatives as well, including the Student Philanthropy Committee, the Senior Class Gift, the Black and Gold Loyalty Society, the Planned Giving Vision Society, and the Parent/Family Giving Campaign.
Oakland’s retired faculty and staff have certainly not escaped her caring attention, as evidenced by her having played a central role in the creation of the Pioneer Club, which works to keep OU retirees informed and involved in campus events. In this way, retirees have a means to stay involved in the life of the University and remain connected with campus news, current employees and fellow retirees.
On a managerial level, Schmucker has accomplished a great deal during her time at OU. She oversaw the merging of planned and annual giving operations on campus, for example, which not only resulted in increased donations, but also reengaged thousands of former OU faculty, staff, alumni and friends who had not been contacted in years.
She is also active off campus, having maintained prestigious Certified Fundraising Executive status since 2007, as well as having maintained membership in the Southeast Michigan Planned Giving Roundtable, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, CASE, and the nonprofit mentoring organization Women of Tomorrow.
“Angie Schmucker is long overdue for recognition of the work that she has done to advance this University,” a colleague wrote. “She is a diplomat who can turn any situation into a positive one, a great communicator both internally and externally, and is so dedicated to OU that she may possibly bleed gold.”
Schmucker and her family are season ticket holders for both basketball games and Meadow Brook Theatre performances. One of her nominators said that she exemplifies what it means to be a proud employee and an enthusiastic community ambassador.
“Perhaps the most important quality exhibited by Angie is her positive and optimistic
attitude,” one of numerous nominators wrote. “Angie recognizes the value and importance of the role of the University for students, faculty, staff and the community.”
Among countless additional accolades on Schmucker’s behalf was the following praise: “Angie's fundraising efforts … are a reflection of where we have been as a University, an acknowledgement of where we are today and, most importantly, where we are going.”
A celebratory reception honoring Schmucker’s accomplishments and dedication to the University will take place in Banquet Room A of Oakland Center on Tuesday, June 2. All are welcome to attend the event, which is set from 3-5 p.m.
Patrick Nicosia, 1985
Joan Stinson, 1986
Elaine Chapman Moore, 1987
Clair McVety, 1988
Jean Ann Miller, 1989
Arthur Griggs, 1990
Thomas Kirchner, 1991
Elizabeth Millwood, 1992
Ron Kevern, 1993
Virginia Allen, 1994
David Herman, 1995
Lynn Hockenberger, 1996
Katie Kazarian, 1997
Felecia Bumpus, 1998
Glenn McIntosh, 1999
Dawn Aubry, 2000
Vicki Larabell, 2001
Leonard Brown, 2002
Gerald Compton, 2003
Sheryl Klemanski, 2004
George Preisinger, 2005
Melvin Gilroy, 2006
Tricia Westergaard, 2007
Mila Padgett, 2008
Jennifer Gilroy, 2009
Samuel Lucido, 2010
Steve Shablin, 2011
Eleanor Reynolds, 2012
Peggy Cooke, 2013
Greg Jordan, 2014
Angie Schmucker, 2015
- Shines by Their Attitude: Has a positive attitude and performance in serving the needs of the university staff from other department, students, visitors, faculty, etc.
- Reaches Higher: Dedication and work ethic that is above and beyond that required.
- Performs Exceptionally: Proven and demonstrated methods of improving the efficiency of the work place; exceptional performance in a project or task, which results in a savings of money/time, or increases revenues, productivity and/or morale.
- Promotes Teamwork: Builds positive working relationships with individuals and with teams on cross-functional projects.
- Rallies in Support of OU: Aligns their work in support of Institutional Priorities.
Office of the Senior Associate Provost
Manager of Student Success
Length of Service: 7 years
Employee of the month for September 2016
Krista is fond of saying that people are "worth their weight in gold" and she certainly exemplifies the "gold standard" when it comes to an OU Employee. She brings passion, energy, drive, and an upbeat attitude to work every day. She truly sets herself a part by her positive, "can-do" attitude.
Following are many examples of why Krista not only meets – but exceeds the criteria for Employee of the Month!
Shines by Their Attitude:
Those who know Krista will tell you her positive attitude and energy are contagious. She inspires others to give their all to our university, colleagues, and students.
For every project Krista heads, for every committee she chairs, and for every event she facilitates Krista goes the extra mile. She will provide inspiration quotes or fun feel good take a ways at every meeting she leads. This is something she does from her heart and her own pocket that does change the way an OU staff member or student feels that day.
A notebook could be filled with all of the projects, committees, events, initiatives that Krista has a part in. Krista is the mortar to our bricks here at Oakland University and should be recognized for all she does above and beyond her own job to make our university a happy place for students, visitors, and OU staff.
It is important to mention that Krista has stepped up to Chair the Bring Your Child to Work Day committee. This was a committee that went from 18 members to 7 and was funded by the President. Krista is working for all OU staff APs, CTs, Administrators, and Faculty to put on an event that will make employees happy. On the first day of registration (a registration Krista advertised and set up) 125 children of OU employees were registered to come to this amazing event.
Krista is the first person to recognize others on campus and never thinks twice about all of the amazing things she is doing here at OU. She does it because she is proud to be a part of our community and wants to see OU at its best. She not only fosters positive relationships with others, she connects and brings people together.
Rallies in Support of OU:
Krista always takes a step back when working on projects/committees to think about how the work she is doing aligns with the goals of OU.
In addition to all of the above, Krista takes organization to a new level with student success in leading the Great Lakes Student Success Conference, assisting with the EAB SSC initiative, promoting service learning and growing the Second Year Experience program to name a few. Krista is a true leader with a blend of caring, support and practical planning. She is proficient in working in a team setting to meet departmental and university goals. Krista has an outstanding ability to build a trusting relationship, sincere empathy for faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. Her outstanding work ethic, positive attitude, and unmatched organizational skills are evident in any project she works on. Krista consistently manages many tasks at once with a smile and is always available to support other staff in their duties and professional development. Krista is a dedicated, responsible and a caring worker who is committed to bringing out the very best in those who she works with.
In conclusion, Krista will lead the AP Assembly as our President in the upcoming year and in this role, she has made it her mission to recognize all APs on campus, generating a Recognition month for all APs! This month was facilitated by her teamwork skills. Krista is a genuinely kind and caring person who puts her heart and soul into everything she touches and this talent was evident in her Recognition month. She is incredibly organized and strives to always be inclusive to whatever population she is serving. She is an asset to this campus!
Congratulations to Krista on her selection as the September 2016 Employee of the Month!
University Recreation and Well-Being
Wellness and Education Outreach Coordinator
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the month for August 2016
Stephanie is an asset to OU and the Department of University Recreation and Well-Being. She has the best interest of OU employees and students in mind when she plans and implements programs and services to support their personal well-being. Since coming to OU four years ago, Stephanie has revamped the well-being offerings to be more focused on the issues and interests of the campus population. She listens to needs and wants and provides a balance of opportunities that are both educational and fun. She is embracing all the dimensions of well-being and is intentional in her planning. Stephanie is providing the campus community with avenues to better themselves in all areas.
Stephanie has been and continues to be a driving force ensuring OU employees are taking care of themselves emotionally and physically. She has supported/created group exercise classes, supplied drink fruit-infused water to departments across campus, created a wellness Facebook page and sends out wellness e-mails alerting the OU community of the initiatives geared toward enhancing our well-being. Her positive spirit and creative mind has helped all as we strive to be a "healthier" and productive employee at OU.
Stephanie also planned both the annual Poker Walk and the first-ever employee Kickball Tournament. Both were huge successes and attracted participation from all over campus. These were excellent team-building events – especially helpful for OU groups in transition. I'm sure many campus leaders and staff members found these activities to be very positive for their own team building!
Stephanie is a team player. She works collaboratively with others across campus to maximize the use of resources for all well-being offerings. She is beyond organized and very thorough in her communication and delivery of information to colleagues, students, and other patrons of the Recreation Center. She has demonstrated time and again a dedication to her department and to the betterment of the campus community. She truly wants to see people succeed in their well-being efforts. Over the past year she has expanded into teaching group exercise classes which provides her another avenue to reach employees and engage with them on another level. She is passionate about her work and employees really like working with her.
Congratulations to Stephanie on her selection as the August 2016 Employee of the Month!
Jennifer De La O
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 1.5 Years
Employee of the month for July 2016
Jeni consistently has a positive attitude. She motivates her colleagues and remains optimistic even in the most stressful peak periods of work.
Jeni has a solid work ethic and demonstrates outstanding performance. She takes initiative and she is desirous to do an exceptional job in all that she tackles.
Jeni is a team player and promotes the same spirit within the department. She is well respected by her peers and superiors alike.
Jeni is a supporter of OU and contributes to the life of the institution and its priorities, including creating a model Banner training manual for her colleagues. Jeni's commitment to the University and her determination to achieve excellence provides solid evidence that she is well deserving of the Employee of the Month honor.
Congratulations to Jeni on her selection as the July 2016 Employee of the Month!
Length of Service: 5 Years
Employee of the month for June 2016
Lou Kondek is definitely one of OUs best employees!
One of Lou's responsibilities is Banner Document Management (BDM) at OU. He has been the driving force that has assisted several departments on campus implement BDM. Over the last year or two, Lou has been working with the Office of the Registrar to implement student record imaging. Initially, Lou joined the implementation group that consisted of representatives from Graduate Studies and Lifelong learning, Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Registrar to plan and document the process of how our shared records would be imaged for university use. Lou guided us as we formulated a strategy, always taking into consideration university policy, storage constraints, and long-term planning objectives. During these conversations, Lou has always stood out as a leader helping to guide the group to our current process. During the implementation portion, Lou was always ready and waiting to assist in any way he could. If there was a technical issue, he never hesitated to come over the help trouble shoot. When we needed to create new document types, Lou made it happen. He did a lot of testing for quality purposes, which allowed us to ensure the quality of the imaged student transcript. If it weren't for Lou, there is no doubt that the imaging of more than 50,000 student transcripts in our office alone would not have gone as smoothly as it did.
Lou brings humor, a positive and collaborative attitude, and is generally just a great person to work with on a project. Congratulations to Lou on his selection as the June 2016 Employee of the Month!
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 2 Years
Employee of the month for May 2016
Christine has worked in the Office of the Registrar for many years in different capacities. Currently she is an Office Assistant III and has been in this position for a little over a year. Chris has embraced and welcomed the challenges that come with this position. Her knowledge of Oakland University's policies and procedures and her communication skills with students, parents and the university community are all great qualities required in this position.
This past year Oakland University was looking at how we could increase and improve our graduation numbers. With that Grad Path was initiated. Approximately 20 representatives met for 2 hours each week for a whole semester to discuss our processes and from those meetings significant changes were made. Chris was the one most affected by these changes and was responsible for those changes to happen. The most significant change is saving our office 20,000 pieces of paper a year by eliminating the copying of transcripts and graduation compliance for each undergraduate candidate for degree. Chris has had to work with other team members across campus to help automate the auditing processes for graduation. The on-line application for degree had to be adjusted with a work flow notification to the students letting the students know that their application had been submitted successfully. This notice also alerts the student and advisers of any deficiencies found that may affect their graduation status. This information is immediate, giving the student time to adjust their record. This has shortened the time from when a student applies to graduate to the time their degree is posted to their transcript and receives their diploma.
Approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students apply to graduate in a year. Even though Chris is the undergraduate auditor she interacts with a good majority of the candidates by phone. This experience for most students at any level is stressful and very confusing so many students call Chris for answers to their questions. The most often asked question is explaining the difference between graduation and commencement. It is truly amazing how many students do not know the difference!
Chris, also, is often the bearer of bad news. She notifies students by email if there is a problem or deficiency. Many of her phone calls are in response to these emails and are from angry students that are upset and often crying. This requires empathy, patience, tact and knowledge from Chris. Chris has a positive attitude, is dedicated to her position, has good work ethics, is very smart and loves Oakland University.
Christine Earl is someone that makes OU always look good. She is that type of a person you can count on, no matter what. Christine is known to her colleagues and leadership as an extremely dependable, trustworthy person who genuinely wants the students to succeed. Christine Earl exemplifies the excellence. Chris received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December 1982 and is an active member of the Alumni of OU!
Congratulations to Christine on her selection as the May 2016 Employee of the Month!
David Ollie Ray
ORIENTATION & NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 28 Years
Employee of the month for April 2016
David Ollie Ray has always been an exemplary employee, but during the past few months he has gone above and beyond. David is one of three employees in an office, so you can imagine when one person is gone, it creates additional work for those remaining. Last month, due to the resignation of one staff member and a family emergency for the other, on most days, David was the only staff member in the office. During this time, he ensured the Orientation and New Student Programs office was functioning at full capacity. David answered hundreds of phone calls, supervised four student employees, coordinated several new orientation processes, and put the finishing touches on OGL recruitment - all on top of his day-to-day responsibilities. What's even more outstanding is that David accomplished all this with a positive attitude and a spirit of teamwork. Over the years, we've relied upon David many times, and in the last month, he proved he's always ready for the challenge. ONSP is very lucky to have him on our team.
David's strong work performance, knowledge of the university and ability to connect with others sets him apart from every other staff member. For the past 27 years David has served as Office Assistant to Orientation. David is an amazing resource to not only the office of Orientation and New Student Programs, but to all those who are connected to us including faculty and staff. David's strong work performance as Office Assistant has afforded our office the ability to be effective, efficient, and well organized. Additionally, David is very knowledgeable about the university history. Our office rarely makes a repeated mistake due to David's ability to recall good and bad decisions we have made over the past quarter century. Lastly, David's ability to cultivate relationships with faculty and staff is the skill that truly sets him apart from other staff members on this campus. David has a special talent for connecting with people of all backgrounds. Most of the individuals that have worked in our office have maintained communication with David as he continues to make unique connections with everyone who has worked with him.
Congratulations to David on his selection as the April 2016 Employee of the Month!
Length of Service: 16 Years
Employee of the month for March 2016
Rosezine Payne is dedicated to Oakland University and is committed to its success. She is always willing to help out staff and she always keeps a positive attitude. She takes pride as a custodian.
Rosezine goes above in beyond to keep the spaces in she oversees in their best conditions. She has great attention to detail. Numerous compliments about Rosezine and her work ethic are heard in O'Dowd Hall. Some of the comments heard are "She works hard and with a smile, one of the best custodians I have ever met, always friendly, always works hard, leave no dirt untouched." Also, "She loves her job. She always goes the extra mile, ensuring that the office is completely clean with dusting, vacuuming. She leaves no area in O'Dowd Hall unturned."
Congratulations to Rosezine on her selection as the March 2016 Employee of the Month!
February 2016 Employee of the Month
Athletic Academic Adviser
Length of Service: 5 Years
Employee of the month for February 2016
Evan stands with the best of outstanding Oakland University Employees! As an Academic Adviser for the Athletics Department, the crux of his job is to work with over 300 student-athletes!
Evan advises student-athletes by assisting with their major selection, registering them for classes that work for their career goals, and minimizing class conflicts with their athletic schedules. He also has long conversations with each student-athlete, making sure they are in courses that benefit their strengths and overall goals, not just placing them in courses that are required. Evan oversees they have a balanced class load. He provides for them what is in their best interest.
Playing on a college sports team is time consuming. Student athletes are busy on weekends, evenings and even through holiday breaks! During these busy times, Evan is in the office on weekends, late nights, and over university breaks doing what’s needed to make sure OU student athletes have success!
Evan is one of the nicest men around who successfully goes about his business and excels at his job. He truly embodies what Oakland University stands for!
Congratulations to Evan on his selection as the February 2016 Employee of the Month!!
January 2016 Employee of the Month
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
Marketing Coordinator SEHS
Length of Service: 1 Year
Employee of the month for January 2016
James Silvestri, the School of Education and Human Services' Marketing Coordinator, makes faculty, staff, and students smile through his positive and personal approach to his work. James is universally known for his personality, can-do attitude and encouragement of us to reach higher as a School.
James has been instrumental in showcasing the School through our annual magazine and weekly newsletter, both of which tell our story through images and anecdotes. He has chronicled 30+ events this year, capturing over 4,000 images.
James has led the initiative to create a unified brand across all departments, giving the School the most professional look possible, from departmental publications, event publicity, and on-going website improvements. He promotes teamwork through cross-functional project.
James always gets the job done, working beyond traditional work hours to achieve our goals. Truly going above and beyond, James has twice taught an eight-session Photoshop class to students on the Autism Spectrum. Through our "Why Teach?" project, James has worked with colleagues, interviewing local teachers to share their inspiration for education with our current students. He is a true artist whose work has brought this project to life. James' approach, talent, and humor make him a truly valuable member of SEHS.
Congratulations to James on his selection as the January 2016 Employee of the Month!
UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCES
Benefit and Compensation Services Analyst
Length of Service: 17 Year
Employee of the month for December 2015
Monica Haines is a valuable employee at Oakland University. She takes the time to actively listen, respond accordingly, and follows through on what she says she will do. She not only provides excellent service to the OU community, she also models healthy living and is invested in OU’s Wellness Programs (typically being one of the first to get involved) and encouraging others to be an even healthier version of themselves. She takes the time to care about others and I think that is one of Monica's best attributes... her radical kindness to others.
In addition, Monica is one of those people who takes her job very seriously and is ALWAYS very helpful when asked any sort of benefits questions. She is very diligent with her work and very helpful and resourceful. She is also very patient and timely with her responses. She assists with the FMLA process for OU employees and works hard to make sure everything goes smoothly. Whenever employees have a question about benefits, she is always there to help. Monica has a remarkable memory. Whether showing concern over a serious health situation or something as joyful as a new baby, Monica remembers to ask how everyone is doing.
Monica is always there to tirelessly serve the employees of OU and is a true asset to University Human Resources, but more importantly the employees of Oakland University!
Congratulations to Monica on her selection as the December 2015 Employee of the Month!
Length of Service: 1 Year
Employee of the month for November 2015
Andrea is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with determination, creativity and a passion for excellence. In her short time with the Career Services Department, she has exhibited an ability to successfully build relationships with students, employers and the university community.
Andrea was hired as a Career Coach with a primary focus on student career development and strategies to build career community in the School of Business Administration. As a result of staff changes over the past few months, she was asked to extend her responsibilities to build and maintain relationships with employers and develop recruitment strategies/ programs to engage students with opportunities in industry. Andrea stepped up to the plate without a moment's hesitation. She has done an outstanding job supporting the SBA ACHIEVE Program and building partnerships with academic advising and faculty to enhance programming initiatives. She has also been very successful at expanding employer meet and greets and industry specific programs across multiple industry sectors to help students explore career options.
In a very short time, Andrea has proved herself as a trusted resource and a wealth of knowledge for students. Students consistently praise Andrea for her knowledgeable consultation, thoughtful advice, and encouraging spirit. In fact, one of Andrea's students thought so highly of her work they nominated her for the Professional Academic Adviser of the Year Award praising Andrea for her outstanding guidance, advice, and ability to think outside of the box.
In addition to Andrea's exemplary performance, she exudes positive energy. She manages the busiest of days with a positive attitude and a contagious smile. She is nothing short of a delight to work with.
Congratulations to Andrea on her selection as the November 2015 Employee of the Month!
UNIVERSITY GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Length of Service: 5 Years
Employee of the month for October 2015
Emily is the epitome of the phrase "hard worker." Emily's boundless energy, creativity, work ethic and passion for OU inspires those around her. She challenges her staff and colleagues to step outside of their comfort zone, in order to truly grow as an individual and as a professional.
Emily arrives early and stays late, putting her work and the betterment of this University before all else. She believes in helping to shape the higher education experience of those in her charge, and dedicates herself to making a positive influence.
Under Emily's guidance and leadership, Undergraduate Admissions has seen a significant increase in the number of yearly visitors. Our Daily Campus Tours alone have seen a 33 percent increase in prospective student attendance. We host almost 9,000 students on campus for various events throughout the year, and their experience is truly heightened by the effort Emily inserts into our visit programs. Emily's work and dedication to this institution deserves recognition!
Congratulations to Emily on her selection as the October 2015 Employee of the Month!
September 2015 Employee of the Month
CAROLYN MOSS HOGAN
OFFICE OF LEGAL AFFAIRS
Executive Legal Secretary
Length of Service: 26 Years
Employee of the Month for September 2015
Carolyn has worked in the Office of Legal Affairs for twenty-six (26) years and for many of them as the Executive Legal Secretary. She provides excellent support to a team of four attorneys in an office that is often fast paced and pressure filled. Carolyn does so with a quiet resolve, good humor and always delivers an exemplary and timely work product.
Known to work after hours to ensure that her work is complete, Carolyn prides herself on doing what it takes to get the job done. Carolyn is truly a "quiet warrior" and is very deserving of this recognition.
Carolyn is competent, efficient, and always handles her tasks of the Office of Legal Affairs in a way that leaves you with a lasting positive impression. She brings to the job a high degree of energy, commitment, flexibility and professional conduct which reflects positively on the Office of Legal Affairs.
Congratulations to Carolyn on her selection as the September 2015 Employee of the Month!
FIRST YEAR ADVISING CENTER
Information Technology Specialist
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the Month for August 2015
While Bill has made many contributions as the IT Specialist in the First Year Advising Center in three years, he has greatly exceeded expectations in his ability to collaborate with others across campus to bring technology to the forefront for the benefit of efficiency, student support and transparency.
Several examples include:
- Leading a training series on the Banner Relationship Management (BRM) for all advising units
- Educating Student Affairs departments on the benefits of BRM (CMI, University Housing, Career Services, Financial Aid, The Tutoring Center)
- Creating a campus-wide communication campaign for the mid-semester evaluation process using the BRM
- Serving as the technical lead on the Faculty Feedback (Early Alert) committee
- Partnering with Leo Debiaggi on a training series for IT staff across Student Affairs on Banner data reporting
Although Bill works in the First Year Advising Center, he has become an ambassador to many other areas in and out of our division. He is the model of a team-player and should be recognized as an Employee of the Month for his above-and-beyond efforts.
Bill sits on many committees and groups at the University and provides insight and advice on a variety of topics as it pertains to resourcefully using technology to reach university goals. Always willing to identify a solution to a problem, Bill serves as a troubleshooter for various departments who utilize the BRM system or interested in reporting student data. He is always willing to go above his job duties in an effort to use technology to increase the levels of efficiency for the FYAC office and the university. Bill does this while maintaining many campus relationships and partnerships.
Bill has started and orchestrated a users group in the Division of Student Affairs to help departments learn about their data and how to use it to make decisions. As a lead implementer of the Faculty feedback group, the committee is relying on his expertise to start this program in fall 2015. We are very proud to work with Bill every day and extremely grateful that he is a part of the OU family!
Congratulations to Bill on his selection as the August 2015 Employee of the Month!
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Hazardous Waste Specialist
Length of Service: 2 years
Employee of the Month for July 2015
Those who work with Bob will agree that he approaches his work with a contagious enthusiasm. He treats coworkers and campus clients with courtesy and respect. Bob is a team player who relishes in joining or helping organize moral boosting events for our office.
Bob takes tremendous pride in providing University clients the safest and most affordable practices to manage chemicals in their workplace. He has helped develop programs which improve environmental compliance and at the same time has helped reduce disposal costs for various university hazardous materials.
Bob is known for being well organized and prepared for all projects he manages or supports. Bob interacts with faculty, staff and students, providing hazardous materials training and consultation services for the University. Bob's favorite part of his job is when he is able to pass along the wisdom he has gained through his many years of experience in the Environmental Health and Safety industry. He responds to university consultations and inquiries with prompt and well researched responses. Bob is an exceptional employee and booster for Oakland University!
Congratulations to Bob on his selection as the July 2015 Employee of the Month!
CENTER FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Center
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the Month for June 2015
Grace serves as the Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC). The GSC serves multiple purposes, as does Grace, supervising the needs of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, allies, and asexual students. During her time at Oakland University the GSC grown and developed into a welcoming place for students and staff.
Grace has established herself as the “go to” resource person regarding LGBTIQA issues and concerns on Oakland University’s campus for students, faculty and staff. The Gender and Sexuality Center is growing not only in usage, but is firmly recognized as a campus resource with a timely sense of purpose and direction through Grace’s leadership. She has worked collaboratively and cooperatively, as well as with passion and pride, resulting in a very productive year with highly visible success. Grace is a truly talented and valued member of the Center for Student Activities staff, as well as a dedicated source of support for OU students and the OU community.
The center serves as a meeting place for organizations, a resource center to gain information, and a refuge between classes. One of Grace's biggest tasks is getting students, faculty, and staff S.A.F.E. (Students, Administrators & Faculty for Equality) trained. Grace is constantly holding training sessions on campus to break down the stereotypes of the LGBTIQA population. To become a recognized "Ally" in the S.A.F.E. on Campus program, individuals take part in a two-hour training session and sign a S.A.F.E. On Campus agreement. Many student organizations, offices, and departments have asked Grace to train them based on the success of this program.
Other programs she has helped initiate and groom include the Queer Peers Mentoring Program, the annual drag show (which now hosts over 500 people), Lavender Graduation, the Bra Show, Women's History Month, the Coming out Monologues, the Vagina Monologues, Pride Week, and Take Back the Night. These programs are all successfully attended and serve not only a diverse group of students, but the entire student body.
Grace is an asset to the entire student body. Students meet with her constantly and discuss important issues such as programming, coming out, and sexual health. At most universities Grace's job would be done by multiple people, but she is able to balance many tasks at one time.
Congratulations to Grace on her selection as the June 2015 Employee of the Month!
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Executive Office Assistant
Length of Service: 2 years
Employee of the Month for May 2015
Renee has worked in the Office of the President for only two years, but it feels as though she has been in the office longer. It is a pleasure to have her as an important member of our office team.
Renee has a very calming and positive demeanor. Even if she is having a bad day, you will never know it because she is always cheerful and pleasant. As the first contact in the office, Renee oftentimes has to respond to parents, students and others who often call (or visit) the Office of the President for assistance and to resolve issues. She responds in a very caring and professional manner, listening patiently to their concerns and then directing them to the appropriate office if needed. She then follows up to ensure that their concerns have been addressed or their issue resolved.
As the office has grown, so has Renee's workload. She does an outstanding job of managing the many day-to-day requests that come her way from multiple administrators in the office. In addition to her normal job duties, she consistently goes above and beyond by assisting with special projects and initiatives many of which are very time consuming. For example, she assists with executive searches, strategic planning, and most recently the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference. Renee's contributions for the conference were invaluable. She took the lead for the registration process, worked with our IT staff to meet the multiple and diverse needs of the multiple presenters, and spent countless hours assisting with coordinating the details associated with planning what resulted in a very successful event.
Renee is always looking for ways to improve processes in the office and to ease the workload of others. She is a team player and has developed positive relationships with others across campus to ensure a successful outcome. She takes the initiative to learn as much as she can about OU by attending and volunteering for campus events.
In addition to her calm demeanor, she has a great sense of humor. As busy and crazy as our office can get at times, Renee always finds a way to inject humor into what could easily become a stressful situation. You will never hear her complain. She would rather find a solution. We are very fortunate to have Renee in our office.
Congratulations to Renee on her selection as the May 2015 Employee of the Month!
SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Office Assistant II
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the Month for April 2015
Sarah Erskine has always been an upbeat, smart, productive bright spot, but she's gone far beyond that, exemplifying the values of OU, CAS, and our department.
Sarah is an employee that is a joy to work with. She is very responsive to the department’s needs rising to the occasion with the utmost professionalism, and strong work ethic. She is very quick to respond to people's needs and does so with a cheerful attitude. She is very knowledgeable about not just the Social Work program but the department as a whole. She is a fantastic representative of the importance office assistants play to the success of the department as a whole as well as the University.
Sarah's personality and willingness to help in all aspects of our department shine! When Sarah is tasked with something, she finishes it within a day and informs you upon completion. If Sarah is asked to complete something she has never done before she looks at it as a fun challenge. For example, a team member questioned if a report existed that could give information regarding what county our students are from. We did not need anything formal, just a quick number for a staff meeting. She produced the number within an hour and was excited that she learned something new.
When Sarah has been asked to review documents, she returns them the same day with suggested changes. She gives honest opinions when approached on program ideas. Having someone to go to with ideas, who will give an honest, thought out response is appreciated. She does everything with a smile and a contagious laugh. She is not only an amazing OU employee but an awesome person.
Sarah recently was called upon to serve the other three programs-Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. It was a very hectic time, with visits from faculty candidates, scheduling, reimbursements, and other tasks. Though Sarah typically handles these matters just for Social Work, circumstances required her to do so for the wider department-a threefold increase in workload. Sarah ensured that our candidates' needs were fully met while also managing arrangements for the Social Work faculty search. She cheerily took on these extra tasks without complaint. In addition, she also processed a large backlog of department paperwork within mere days. Her efficiency imparted order and calm, freeing up her colleagues to focus on teaching, research, and service.
Sarah has always gone above and beyond what is expected of her. Her attitude is always great and she is extremely competent at her job.
Congratulations to Sarah on her selection as the April 2015 Employee of the Month!
ORIENTATION AND NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS
Coordinator, Orientation/New Student Programs
Length of Service: 3 years
Employee of the Month for March 2015
Amy is an outstanding employee who has gone far above and beyond her job description to make a positive impact with students and the campus community.
- Amy supervises the Orientation Group Leader and Orientation Assistant staff which is responsible for facilitating the university's orientation program. Each year her students feel that their experience with orientation has changed their life and that is testament to the training and effort Amy puts into her job as student supervisor.
- During her three years, Amy has taken on several projects and made significant changes that have positively impacted the campus.
- During this past year Amy worked closely with staff in the First Year Advising Center to create and implement our Week of Workshops (W.O.W. Week).
- Also, Amy chaired the Student to Professional Conference which saw record numbers of registrations which was a huge success that impacted multiple students and departments.
- Amy is also co-hosting a regional conference on OU's campus that is connected to her area of work in orientation.
- Amy has been instrumental in making changes with the New Student Convocation Committee to continue to improve and enhance this critical program.
- Lastly, Amy has been involved with the AP Assembly in a multitude of ways that has spread a positive infectious attitude and message to other AP's on campus.
Congratulations to Amy on her selection as the March 2015 Employee of the Month!
Assistant Registrar for Systems and Technology
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the Month for February 2015
Josh Stotts has made a positive and lasting difference in the Office of the Registrar. As a team player, he brings a positive attitude to the office. Whether making co-workers laugh, or motivating change, Josh inspires those around him to perform at their best.
Since joining the Office of the Registrar, Josh has taken the lead on initiating positive changes in several areas of the office. In particular, he led a team that automated the AP credit process. He essentially took a manual job that took at least 5 weeks and reduced it to approximately one week.
Another initiative that Josh took on is with the improvements he has made to the graduation auditing process. Utilizing existing technology, Josh has developed a process that has resulted in a substantial time savings for the graduation auditor. Not only has there been a time savings, but the new process eliminated 13.6 reams of paper in one semester!
During this time, Josh has continued to meet deadlines for state reporting initiatives, as well as represent the Office of the Registrar on many university-wide initiatives. He juggles a large workload, and yet he maintains a positive, can-do attitude. Every opportunity to improve a process is greeted with enthusiasm.
Congratulations to Joshua Stotts on his selection as the February 2015 Employee of the Month!
Length of Service: 14 years
Employee of the Month for January 2015
Angelita is an outstanding employee in virtually every category. Along with her regular duties as a custodian on the 3rd shift of the Campus Cleaning department, which include maintaining the Presidents and Provosts Office suites at Wilson Hall in which she excels, Angie provides valuable service to the department as a Functional Leader.
Angie creates an inspiring example of dedication to OU through her unfailing reliability in her work ethic, attention to detail, and overall professionalism. Whenever cleaning projects arise Angie quietly steps up and pitches in until the jobs are done, usually demonstrating time and labor saving techniques.
As an expert custodian, new employees are often sent to receive training from Angie. She keeps her finger on the pulse of her area, seamlessly adjusting her nightly work plan to accommodate late performances at MBT, dealing with heavy snow, or late meetings held in the President's area. Angie regularly demonstrates the unique talent of discretion by knowing when to address an issue directly and when to remain quietly focus on her own responsibilities.
Angie's attendance is excellent, her cooperation unconditional, and the quality of her work exceptional!
Congratulations to Angelita on her selection as the January 2015 Employee of the Month!
2014 Employees of the Month
December - Roz Winchester-McCray
|2013 Employees of the Month|
December – Shannon Stribling
November – Siraj Khan
October – Beth Deverna
September – Wendy Allen
August – Anthony Gallina
July – Mary Zook
June – Janet Chandler
May – Jenifer Watson
April – Renee Jacques
March – Dawn Deitsch
February – James Zentmeyer
January – Joan Wancour
|2012 Employees of the Month|
December – Beth Ann Sutton
November – Juan Cantu
October – Sara Webb
September – Robert Hanson
August - Nicole Lucio
July – Mark Johnson
June – Michelle Serafino
May – Karen Pipitone
April – Xander Buckingham
March – Irene Fox
February – Corey Brittingham
January – Carmen Archer
|2011 Employees of the Month|
December – Michelle Gruca
November – Don Ritenburgh
October – Marcee Daly
September – Christina Riley
August – Micheline Walter
July – Peggy Cooke
June – Linda Sisson
May – Domenico Luongo
April - Matt Bruer
March – Patti Bowman
February – Leo Debiaggi
January – Bridget Green
|2010 Employees of the Month|
December – Andrew Keyosky
November – Marsha Packer
October – Robert Vaughn
September – Lateacha Carr
August – Dan Kirkland
July – Monica Milczarski
June – Luke Fleer
May – Cora Hanson
April – Sandra Sala
March – Joan A. Love
February – Cynthia Ferrera
January – James Leidel
|2009 Employees of the Month|
December – Sheryl Hugger
November – Todd Welscott
October – John Coughlin
September – Joann Denby
August – Dennis Bolton
July – Elisabeth Putnam
June – Julie Dermidoff
May – Ronda Ferguson
April – Deanna Wohlfeil
March – Greg Jordan
February – Claire Cooper
January – Jocelyn Baldwin
|2008 Employees of the Month|
December – Kellie Klinck
November – Kathleen Lesich
October – Sue MacDonell
September – Nancy Schmitz
August – Scott Allison
July – Kevin McDougall
June – Peggy Chiu
May – Manjit Gill
April – Mariann Hodge
March – Paul Battle
February – Kim Schultz
January – Ann Marie Besaw