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Outstanding AP
of the Year
To recognize the contributions of the Administrative Professional (AP) community, the AP Assembly established an annual Outstanding Administrative Professional Award in 1984. This award is given to an AP who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her professional role. Oakland University provides a $1,500 stipend that accompanies this award.

2014 Outstanding AP of the Year: Greg Jordan
Oakland University’s  AP Assembly has chosen to honor Greg Jordan as the 2014 Outstanding Administrative Professional. For the past 18 years, Jordan has served as OU’s director of  campus recreation, guiding the department since its inception and supporting a host of community-wide health and fitness initiatives.

“I am honored and humbled to be named the recipient of this year’s award. The previous recipients represent a longstanding history of quality work and dedication to Oakland University and their respective departments,” Jordan said. “While the individual recognition is appreciated, I am blessed with the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of colleagues in my department who all make significant contributions to our mission and our values.” 

Working with departments across campus, Jordan has helped implement a variety of health and wellness initiatives, including Building a Better OU, Wellness Wednesdays and Shape Up OU. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles, including university liaison to the Michigan Senior Olympics, president of the AP Association (twice), All-University Fund Drive team captain and on several OU committees. Since participating in the construction of the Campus Recreation Center, Jordan has played a leading role in expanding recreation programs at OU.

The center features a range of amenities, including a fitness center, aquatic center, indoor track and social lounge. Campus Recreation staff coordinate a variety of programs, including club and intramural sports, group exercise and fitness, employee wellness programs, and CPR and First Aid training. Construction is underway on the Upper Field Complex Project, which includes the addition of an outdoor track, soccer field and outdoor tennis courts to campus.

“The new Recreation and Athletic Outdoor Complex will have a significant impact on our ability to grow and add programming to our portfolio,” Jordan explained. “The OU community will be able to participate in a wide variety of recreational opportunities over 10 months of the year and well into evening hours with the entire complex having lights.”

The project has a completion goal date of October 1, 2014.

Along with his work on campus, Jordan is among leaders helping to promote health and fitness in the community and beyond. He is the university’s liaison to the annual Health Plus Brooksie Way Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, which was started by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in honor of his late son. Now in its seventh year, the event is one of Oakland County’s most popular quality-of-life programs, drawing more than 7,000 participants to Oakland’s campus in fall. This year’s race will take place Sunday, Sept. 28.

OU Registrar Steve Shablin, who nominated Jordan for the Outstanding AP Award, says Jordan has distinguished himself as a “go-to” member of the university’s dedicated staff.

“Greg is well-respected among his colleagues, both at OU and across the nation,” Shablin said. “With his leadership, the Brooksie Way has become one of the premiere road races in the State of Michigan.”

Jordan is also recognized as a longtime member and past president of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association. He currently serves on the organization’s Member Network and several key committees, and has made several presentations at state, regional and national conferences. 

Glenn McIntosh, interim vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, describes Jordan as an “outstanding ambassador” for the university.

“Greg is a selfless servant leader who effectively collaborates with students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities to provide services that enhance individuals’ quality of life,” McIntosh said. “As his supervisor, I have the daily privilege of witnessing his relentless mission of ensuring that OU’s Department of Campus Recreation is a respected operation, not only on campus, but also nationwide.”

Jordan was presented with the Outstanding AP of the Year Award during a reception from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 in Oakland Center Banquet Room A.

The annual Outstanding Administrative Professional Award was introduced in 1984 to recognize the contributions of the AP community. This award is given to an AP employee who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her professional role.

Past Recipients
Rosalind Andreas, 1984
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
Employee of
the Month
Do you know an employee who:
  • 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.
If so, please fill out the form below!

Nomination Form

May 2015 Employee of the Month
RENEE DEMBECK

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!

April 2015 Employee of the Month
SARAH ERSKINE

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!

March 2015 Employee of the Month
AMY TUCKFIELD

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.
One of Amy's phrases she uses with students often is "Today is the best day ever", when looking at her contributions to the university as a whole she should consider changing it to "Best employee ever".

Congratulations to Amy on her selection as the March 2015 Employee of the Month!

February 2015 Employee of the Month
JOSHUA STOTTS

REGISTRAR
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!

January 2015 Employee of the Month
ANGELITA RAMOS

CAMPUS CLEANING
Custodian III/Facilities
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!

December 2014 Employee of the Month
ROZ WINCHESTER-MCCRAY

OUTREACH
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 8 years
Employee of the Month for December 2014

Roz is the epitome of a student advocate. She has suggested many services for students that have been implemented, such as paper and plastic recycling and credit card readers on vending machines. She recognized the need for more laptops in the computer lab and opening the computer classroom, when not in use, to students. Her latest initiative is to streamline the distribution of parking permits to 800+ students and faculty by using laptops. She is also instrumental in budget processing, event planning and summer career camps, to name a few of her many responsibilities. She is a valuable team member of the OU Macomb County staff. Not only is Roz extremely accurate and timely with conducting her day-to-day duties, she is also very generous with her time and always willing to help with planning events and initiatives that will benefit Oakland University’s students and staff. Roz’s combined experiences with student services, technology, organization and leadership, make her a welcome addition to any team.

Working with Roz is fantastic. Her concern for students is infectious, and her care for our campus can’t be exceeded. She resolves problems no matter the size and prevents countless more before they arise. Maybe it’s because her constant activity and attention to detail make the AFC a great place to be, but she’s always cheerful and positive with students and colleagues whether it’s early or late, and busy or calm. Roz has a first-class work ethic and demonstrates exemplary service to all students, faculty and staff. She is always looking for ways to enhance the student and faculty experience in Macomb and many of her suggestions have been implemented at the Anton/Frankel Center. Roz consistently exceed the expectations of her position and well-respected member of our OU Macomb County team. Her great attitude and personality allows her to have fun with our students, faculty, and staff that she comes in contact with. She has gone the extra mile with the "technology hat" she will throw on at times for any support that is needed. Roz plays a huge role in helping others feel welcome. She is always willing to stop what she is doing to help a co-worker. She exemplifies the meaning of teamwork on a daily basis. Roz is one of the first people students see when they walk into the Anton/Frankel Center and there is truly no better person to be “the face” of the AFC. Her welcoming disposition and genuine character helps students know they are valued. She always puts the needs of students first and continually finds ways to improve the student experience at the AFC. Roz is an invaluable member of the OU-Macomb County team!

Congratulations to Roz on her selection as the December 2014 Employee of the Month!

November 2014 Employee of the Month
MAUREEN GRECO

BUDGET & FINANCIAL PLANNING
Financial Assistant
Length of Service: 1 year
Employee of the Month for November 2014

Maureen is an outstanding employee with a contagious positive attitude. She treats everybody with respect and grace. Her compliments and good words brighten our days.

Maureen takes on new projects with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude. We can always count on her to get the work done and do it well. She will do everything she can to understand and figure out a problem. In addition she goes above and beyond her responsibilities to help others with budget or technical questions. If she doesn't know the answer, she will find out. Maureen did an exceptional job with one of our latest self-service implementations. The new process helps improve the accuracy of redistributions of payroll transactions and ultimately saves a lot of time and effort for many departments on campus. She did a lot of research on the process, including all the technical issues that we encountered and made sure we did a lot of testing prior to going live. The way she handled it was impressive.

Maureen is a very valuable employee to our team and the University because she embraces innovation, takes initiative, delivers and does it all with a great positive attitude. We are very lucky to have her.

Congratulations to Maureen on her selection as the November 2014 Employee of the Month!

October 2014 Employee of the Month
HEATHER HAUGHEY

TECH SERVICES
Director, Video Services Classroom Support/Tech Services
Length of Service: 13 years
Employee of the Month for October 2014

Those who work with Heather Haughey share their sincere appreciation for all of the work that she has done for the Second Year Experience (SYE) videos. This truly has been a labor of love as the first time we filmed the video, we lost all of the footage and had to start over due to an equipment glitch. Mind you the first filming was done all in one day and that wasn't the case for getting the new footage. Heather has worked tirelessly to make this happen from working around other people's schedules, ensuring the film crew was available, to coordinating schedules with staff and students. Not to mention she is a dynamite editor and creator with the graphics and looks for videos. The final product is amazing--it is well beyond what we imagined and she most certainly is an exceptional person to work with and collaborate with on projects!

Congratulations to Heather on her selection as the October 2014 Employee of the Month!

September 2014 Employee of the Month
MARIE VANBUSKIRK

CAMPUS RECREATION
Coordinator for Student Development
Length of Service: 11 years
Employee of the Month for September 2014

Marie VanBuskirk regularly performs beyond expectation and tackles new initiatives with a positive attitude and a willingness to cooperate.

Marie recently demonstrated all of the categories for this recognition when she led in organizing a Division-wide student employee training for over 400 students. Marie understood that this would have significant impact on all of the student employees and departments within the Division. In organizing this event, Marie began by coordinating training efforts with the other two largest departments within the Division. Marie found speakers and invited all of the departments within the Division to participate. At a university of this size, with 21 departments participating, it is nothing short of a miracle that this event took place. To manage all the logistics, Marie willingly stayed every night covering every detail. The purpose of this event was to save time and money in not duplicating training efforts - e.g. all would attend one afternoon of the "Active Shooter" training rather than OUPD having to do 21 training sessions. In response to the Campus Climate Survey, special attention was dedicated to covering issues of diversity and S.A.F.E. training. Additional sessions included conflict resolution and an understanding of the BIG picture of recruitment, retention and collaboration. The President of the University welcomed the students and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs presented a message for the student leaders.

Marie has worked at OU for over 10 years and she has been outstanding in developing quality customer service for our Welcome Center student employees as they are front line students who greet all who enter the Rec Center. Recently, we have shifted her duties to Student Development.

Marie excels at planning, leadership and execution in all she does. Congratulations to Marie on her selection as the September 2014 Employee of the Month!

August 2014 Employee of the Month
ANTHONY SMITH

CAMPUS CLEANING
Custodian III
Length of Service: 14 years
Employee of the Month for August 2014

Anthony started working in North Foundation Hall about 3 months ago, but has been working at Oakland University for over 14 years. He is awesome!

Anthony goes over and above his duties. It seems as if he is always present in the hallway or offices - taking care of our floors, cleaning windows, vacuuming, dusting and picking up litter, just to name a few things. He will also bring lost items to Admissions so we can contact the owner.

If this is not enough, he does it all with a huge "SMILE." When Anthony smiles, you can't help but smile back....it is contagious. He is always so kind and friendly which is always welcoming around a great institute like ours.

Congratulations to Anthony on his selection as the August 2014 Employee of the Month!

July 2014 Employee of the Month
KIM CRAWFORD

UHR - EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Office Assistant II
Length of Service: 14 years
Employee of the Month for July 2014

Kim Crawford works tirelessly in the Employment Services Office of University Human Resources (but always with a smile on her face) to ensure that all new OU staff hires - both full time and casual employees - are entered into the payroll system and eased through the paperwork process as seamlessly as possible. When hired at OU it is crucial that all legal documentation is completed accurately. Once the paperwork is completed - the employee information then needs to be entered into the OU Banner system. To make process this happen successfully - Kim works with all levels of employees throughout the university, guiding them through the requirements and again, doing so with a pleasant disposition. Her assistance can be required in the requisition process, in explaining the different hiring options available for hiring departments, moving students from student payroll to staff payroll, hiring full time staff, monitoring all required documentation, and working within bi-weekly payroll deadlines.

Kim often goes above and beyond the call of duty. For example, if a potential employee does not have a social security card - Kim will go onto the government website - find the closest location - and print out a map for the person. In addition, there are a few times a year when the work load really jumps: at semester end and when the golf course opens. The number of employees added to the staff payroll increases dramatically and it is always time sensitive. To handle, Kim quickens her pace and again she accommodates all the increased number of employees being hired in an efficient, pleasant and timely manner. In doing so - she continues to make all new employees feel welcome!

Kim is a tireless worker and always puts the needs of her customers above herself. This is something you can see day in and day out. She works behind the scenes with all the various departments to get their staff on payroll: no obstacles allowed! I cannot end without mentioning the never ending candy dish that I'm sure most employees across campus have had the pleasure to indulge in! Again - not required - but it never empties because she enjoys the smile it provides for her co-workers, new employees and the occasional children that enter our office as their Mom or Dad completes new hire paperwork.

Kim is a wealth of knowledge and a great member of the OU Team.

Congratulations to Kim on her selection as the July 2014 Employee of the Month!

June 2014 Employee of the Month
Loretta Presti

OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the Month for June 2014

Loretta meets the spirit of all of the criteria desired in an Employee of the Month.

Loretta always puts the needs of the transfer students ahead of her own. As one of only two Transfer Credit Evaluators for all newly admitted students, Loretta handles a large work load completely from a student advocate perspective. She has a strong ethic, and can always be counted upon to get the work done. She pushes herself to ensure students receive the Transfer Credit Evaluation in a timely manner.

She also takes leadership on Athletic Transfer Evaluations, as well as with International Transfer Credits that are part of established transfer agreements.

Over the last month, she has played a key role in a pilot transfer initiative within the Office of the Registrar. She has documented complex processes, and established best practices that promote a transfer friendly approach for students. She collaborates daily with Admissions, as well as with staff/faculty on course reviews. Loretta arrives early, and works very hard all day. Loretta is an excellent employee!

Congratulations to Loretta on her selection as the June 2014 Employee of the Month!



Employee of the Month Archive

2014 Employees of the Month 

May - Brittani Hobbs
April - Susan Phelps
March - Jason Willis
February - Annie Ivery
January - Virginia May

 
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