Thumbs Up

"Thumbs Up" gives faculty and staff the chance to recognize others on campus for a job well done.

This week's "Thumbs Up" go to:

Thumbs Up: Dale Yantis

Editor's note: Since 2010, Purdue Today has invited faculty and staff to recognize the good work of others on campus through its weekly 'Thumbs Up' feature. The newsletter periodically will publish an expanded version of this popular feature in an effort to further call attention to employees' excellent work.

Audrey Cowling and Melissa Law-Penrose

Audrey Cowling (College of Health and Human Sciences) and Melissa Law-Penrose (College of Science): The College of Health and Human Sciences' Office of Student Services thanks Audrey and Melissa for leading our fall staff professional development retreat by providing Mental Health First Aid training and certification. We greatly appreciate your time and for sharing very useful information and resources with our staff. Thank you! -- Shane Hawkins-Wilding (College of Health and Human Sciences)

Barb Davies and Pam Hancock

Barb Davies and Pam Hancock (Agricultural and Biological Engineering): I haven't had to deal with travel in the past five years. Suddenly finding myself adrift at sea, I turned to Barb and Pam. The two of them simply took over, and all I had to do was click 'submit.' Thank you, ladies! -- Carol Weaver (Agricultural and Biological Engineering)

Cindy Fate

Cindy Fate (Global Sustainability Initiative): Cindy has been such an amazing source for all things in my new position. She has been more than helpful and is a wonderful source of knowledge. She has a positive and pleasant disposition and has made my transition one of the best experiences I've had at Purdue. I am truly thankful to have her as a co-worker and new friend. --Makeba Washington (Global Sustainability Initiative)

Dani Reynolds, Rachel Ray, Christy Snip and Trina Ruby

Dani Reynolds, Rachel Ray, Christy Snip and Trina Ruby (New Albany Polytechnic): The inaugural Paint Purdue Pink at the New Albany campus was a tremendous success. Over 92 high school girls from six counties and two states attended this STEM event, which went off without a hitch. Congratulations to these outstanding professionals from Student Services for making it happen! -- Paul Holliger (New Albany Polytechnic)

Jennifer Holst

Jennifer Holst (Purdue Dining and Catering): Jennifer is always willing to help out where there's a need for the Dining and Catering team. Her hard work makes everyone's job easier and more enjoyable! -- Ashley Sanders (Purdue Dining and Catering)

Julie Smith

Julie Smith (Psychological Sciences): Julie volunteered to help in another area that was in need of additional secretarial support. -- Sara Ostheimer (Psychological Sciences)

Morgan Davenport

Morgan Davenport (Sponsored Program Services): Morgan has been invaluable to us over the past year in our PACUC (Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee) submissions. In every interaction, Morgan has conveyed a helpful, friendly attitude while being professional and patient. Her confident and exceptional skill level makes her a reliable, efficient troubleshooter while being calm and approachable. We are lucky to have her and she deserves a big thank you! -- Chris Royce (Veterinary Clinical Sciences)

Pamela Jones

Pamela Jones (Cary Quadrangle): I would like to nominate Pam for the wonderful work she does with the high school students who work in our offices. Pam diligently prepares these seniors to experience the life of not only working in an office but gives them a taste of college life as well. I have seen students who have no interest in higher education change their mind with this experience. Kudos to you, Pam. We could not do this without you! -- Debbie Crowe (Earhart Residence Hall)

Sheryl Bower

Sheryl Bower (IT Application Services): On behalf of the Purdue Fire Department (Fire Prevention), I would like to extend a humble appreciation and thank you to Sheryl Bower for her continuous dedication, professionalism and steadfast support. With an already-full plate of projects, she always makes the time to assist with our CodePal software needs. Her efforts and quick response on campus truly enhances Fire Prevention in our continued efforts and mission to deliver quality life-safety education, prevention, inspection and preparedness throughout the Purdue community. Thank you and please know that all of your hard work is greatly appreciated. -- Lt. John Guerra (PUFD)

Shirley Skeel

Shirley Skeel (Research Computing): Recently, two colleagues and I had issues with Concur we couldn't resolve. Folks in the travel office were unavailable, so we stopped by Shirley's office without warning. We were hoping she would answer a few questions to get us pointed in the right direction. Instead, she warmly invited us in and dropped what she was doing to help us. She made calls to get information we couldn't provide and guided each of us through the necessary steps to complete our travel requests in Concur. Shirley turned our frustration into relief with her expertise and willingness to help. Thanks, Shirley! -- Dean Brusnighan (IT Teaching and Learning Technologies)

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