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2012 Staff Awards for Excellence

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2012 CHASS staff nominees for SPA Awards for Excellence: Stephanie McBroom, Ann Rives, Lillie Kirby, Julia Matthews-McClain, Faye Walker, Donise Benton, Allen Emory, LaTonya Tucker, and Jamarian Monroe. (Photography by Robert Bell.)

The college held its annual Awards of Excellence luncheon on April 18, 2012, to recognize and honor CHASS staff, whose efforts, competence, and enthusiasm for their work keep the college functioning.Nominations for the Awards for Excellence are based on achievement in outstanding service, innovation, public service, safety, heroism, and human relations. This year’s CHASS nominees demonstrate the very best in commitment to service, quality of work, and dedication to excellence.

Dean Jeff Braden with SPA winner Julia Matthews-McClain.

Julia Matthews-McClain, who serves as the Department of Psychology’s executive assistant, received the CHASS SPA award for excellence. Department Head Doug Gillan said Julia brings “innovative ideas … and has been essential in helping develop new workflow in the department,” particularly during the last year’s reorganization of college business services. She brightens the department with impromptu celebrations, decorations, cards, and other little touches. And outside her work, she has founded Julia School, Inc., a nonprofit to teach children life skills.

Other SPA nominees for the CHASS Award for Excellence were Donise Benton, Dept. of Psychology; Allen Emory, Dean’s Office; Lillie Kirby, School of Public and International Affairs; Stephanie McBroom, Dept. of English; Jamarian Monroe, Dept. of Social Work; Ann Rives, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies; LaTonya Tucker, Dept of History; and Faye Walker, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

CHASS 2012 staff nominees for EPA Awards for Excellence: Justin Daves, Billy Poindexter, and Missy Seate.

Justin Daves, director of CHASS IT and CHASS facilities coordinator, received the CHASS EPA award for excellence.Justin’s office is responsible for networking support, desktop computing, software installation, hardware repair, class tech support, and other IT-related challenges. Supervisor Tom Birkland says Justin’s  “hard work, commitment to the college’s mission, his remarkable professionalism, and his calm, clear and competent demeanor” inspire trust and set a strong  ethic of supporting the research and instructional mission of the college.

Other EPA nominees were Billy Poindexter, Dept. of Social Work, and Missy Seate, CHASS Research Office.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.


Many thanks are due to the program committee, pictured at right (left to right): Trace Reid, Kathy Whaley, Neko Everett, Crissy Williams-Brown, Sonia Meeks, Michelle Branch, and Bob Kadle. Not pictured is Susan Gasman.