Has a UTC employee gone the extra mile to help you?
You can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Blue Ribbon Award. A committee appointed by the chancellor will select monthly an award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others. Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations that show the nominee has served his/her customers with special distinction.
If you have a nominee to be considered at an upcoming meeting, please e-mail your nomination to Melanie Sadler (Melanie-Sadler@utc.edu), Human Resources Administrative Assistant, or mail to Dept. 3603.
All non-faculty staff (full or part-time) with at least one year’s regular service are eligible for the award. Any UTC faculty, staff, student, alumnus, or member of the community are invited to submit nominations.
Blue Ribbon Winners, 2016
Faith Garner, Administrative Specialist, Safety and Risk Management, is a true team player. She not only handles her job duties with grace and a smile, but is there for her colleagues as well. She’s also commended for her take-charge attitude as she manages new, large projects. And all of this while she pursues her Bachelor’s.
“Faith is reliable, dedicated, and always upbeat. Her patience is unparalleled,” explained Kellie Karaky, Administrative Assistant, Department of Public Safety.
Karaky continued, “Anyone who has worked with her can see Faith’s team player mind-set and enthusiastic embrace of change.”
Chris Howard, Associate Director, Network Engineering, Information Technology, was a key asset when it came time for the library’s relocation to the new building. He was constantly available for support (even responding to emails while on his honeymoon) and is still a vital partner to the new library as they’ve settled in.
“Christopher has been of significant help and frankly, the move to the new library would not have gone smoothly without his assistance,” said Theresa Liedtka, Dean, Library.
Liedtka continued, “His round the-clock availability is indicative of a tremendous work ethic and care for his university colleagues.”
Ethan Hereth, Research Associate, SimCenter, has taken on an increasingly demanding workload with additional responsibilities with the high-performance computing clusters at the SimCenter. He’s faced these new jobs with grace as he solved difficult hardware/software challenges and worked as an effective communicator in times of need.
“In my opinion, Ethan is fully deserving of a Blue Ribbon Award for special, exemplary performance going the extra mile as interim computer systems administrator for the SimCenter, in addition to his normal duties as research associate” explained Dr. Reinhold Mann, Interim Director, SimCenter.
Mann continued, “Thanks to Ethan’s extraordinarily effective work and dedication to the SimCenter program and to UTC, our computer systems are running in a stable and highly productive manner.”
Rebekah Caldwell, Accounting Specialist II, Accounting Services, goes out of her way to help everyone around her, and her efforts have not gone unnoticed. Even her patience and kindness while helping others is unrivaled.
“Even through Rebekah’s busiest days, when I call, she still always gives me all the time that I need to help answer my questions,” said Joanna Stephanos, Administrative Specialist, Chancellor’s Office.
“I cannot thank Rebekah enough for all her help, and demonstrating the best and the most sincere customer service,” Stephanos added.
Dr. Jay Blackman, Associate Athletics Director for Communications and Marketing, is a rockstar when it comes to balancing busy sports seasons. This past Spring as men’s and women’s basketball, indoor track, and wrestling were still going strong, a new season of softball, tennis, golf, and outdoor track were just getting started, Jay ensured every game and event was covered. If there were overlaps in schedules, he had someone trained and ready to cover the next event.
“Since his arrival at UTC in 2008, Jay has overhauled the Athletics Communications office in both organization and efficiency. He works countless hours to ensure all home events are professionally covered and that the information makes its way to media, fans, and staff in a timely manner,” said Anne Wehunt, Assistant Sports Information Director.
Wehunt continued, “What would be a day off for most is just another workday for Jay. Besides covering events, Jay’s duties include the day-to-day operations and budget needs of the Athletics Communications office. He serves on multiple committees for the university and athletics department and devotes time to his family.”
Madison Dell, Research Associate, Academic Affairs began her career at UTC as a student assistant. Her skills and dedication caught the attention of those around her and she was quickly promoted to administrative support assistant, then research specialist in a matter of a few years. Her hard work is still impressing others as she goes out of her way to help those around her.
Cindy Williams, Administrative Specialist II, said, “Madison is very observant and tries to make sure University business is done in a professional and timely manner.”
“She is very professional, kind, and definitely a great model for all admins. She is such a positive influence for UTC,” Williams added.