November 13, 2023

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Joseph Chen

Joseph Chen (Mathematics): The midshipmen in the Naval ROTC program are very grateful for Professor Chen for going above and beyond to present calculus in multiple ways to ensure our learning, especially through his ChenFlix videos. Well done! — Naval ROTC

Building Services Physical Facilities Service Building team

Building Services Physical Facilities Service Building team: I wanted to thank the wonderful Building Services team that takes care of our building. Beyond the daily refresh of the facility, they go above and beyond by bringing in additional team members from other areas to help as needs arise. The sense of coordination and cooperation permeates throughout their team. It is inspiring and very greatly appreciated. Each of the team members deserves recognition. Rhoda Spear and Elizabeth Martinez’s consistent daily efforts are noticed and appreciated. I’d also like to thank Brittany Daugherty, Mikel Darland and Glen Griffith for pitching in and helping Rhoda and Elizabeth. And thank you, Sabrina Stigers and Najibullah Wardag, for the incredible job done on the floor of PFSB 1192; it looks brand-new! Finally, I’d like to thank Annette Robbins and Natalie Devine for their leadership and professionalism. They’ve set a high bar that inspires me to work ever harder in my own circle of influence. Thumbs up! — John Duncan (Operations and Maintenance)

Alex South

Alex South (History): Thank you, Alex, for all your efforts above and beyond the call to preserve the history of the Department of History by reviewing decades of files and transferring them to Purdue Archives. History’s past is secure thanks to you! — Fritz Davis (History)

Megan Eberly

Megan Eberly (Computer and Information Technology): A big congratulations to Megan Eberly for her exceptional efforts in organizing and overseeing the highly successful Industry Advisory Council meeting for the Department of Computer and Information Technology. Your dedication and enthusiasm, evident in every detail, truly made the event a resounding success for the department, industry professionals and students alike! — Jessica Joya (Computer and Information Technology)

Welding Shop, Bull Gang and Elevator Shop

Welding Shop, Bull Gang and Elevator Shop: Thank you to the Welding Shop, Bull Gang and Elevator Shop for assisting with the replacement and repair of several dock lifts on campus. I appreciate everything you do! — Monica Rowe (Operations and Maintenance)

Jill Gray and Cheryl Dotson

Jill Gray and Cheryl Dotson (both Building Services — Residence Halls): Thank you for leading the charge on planning and executing the annual Hilltop chili cook-off to benefit Purdue United Way! Their energy, effort and expertise in community building and generating support for this worthy cause was as impressive as it was appreciated. Thank you both, and all those that you worked with, for bringing the campus together on Halloween for a great lunch for a worthy cause. — Kris Yambao (Residential Life)

Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald (Operations and Maintenance): We recently went through the annual recertification process for our BSL3 facility located in Hockmeyer Hall. This year during this process, we ran into issues that were jeopardizing our recertification. However, according to CEPro, the outside contractor handling the recertification, Stephen McDonald of Zone 7 stepped up and made things happen. CEPro further indicated that Stephen was instrumental in helping our facility pass recertification this year. So, on behalf of the Department of Biological Sciences, thank you very much, Stephen. Well done. — John Bowman (Biological Services)

Ashley Milburg

Ashley Milburg (Building Services — Residence Halls): We would like to give Ashley a Thumbs Up for volunteering to help us with the United Way bake sale — not one, but two sales for United Way. We did not even have to ask; she just said, “I can help you out.” We really want her to know we appreciate it. Thank you. —Team-building committee

Leslie Fairchild and Vanessa Williams

Leslie Fairchild and Vanessa Williams (both Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication): Leslie and Vanessa are so supportive of our faculty, staff and students in the ASEC department. They always greet everyone and get their work done with a smile. — Mariah Awan (Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication)

Kris Kirchner

Kris Kirchner (University Residences): Every day is a day to thank Kris. Her professionalism, leadership and organizational skills keep all of us in the UR Alumni and Guest Center on track. This semester in particular, she has kept us all informed and well scheduled while being short-staffed. Even with rolling out new locations and processes, things went super smooth. I appreciate so much that no matter how busy she is, Kris always provides a cheerful welcome to our student staff and guests alike. Thank you for all you do! — Kimberly Lanoue (University Residences)

Executive Offices Business Operations Center

Executive Offices Business Operations Center: Just wanted to take the time to say thank you to all the EOBOC staff for working hard and for getting the utility invoices and all my other invoices out the door in a timely manner. You are all so helpful, and I appreciate all you do. Have a great day! — Candy Penrod (Infrastructure)

Ed Dunn

Ed Dunn (Purdue IT): Ed is a great partner and helped us run a virtual town hall on final exams and disability accommodations. It’s always a pleasure to work with Ed and the pros from IT Video Productions. I appreciate Ed, his team and their good work. — Dan Carpenter (Student Success)

Those who helped with final exams and disability accommodations town hall

Those who helped with final exams and disability accommodations town hall: Many thanks to Sandra Cash (Disability Resource Center), Kelsey Jordan (Purdue Testing Services), Kelly Blanchard (Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business), Heather Servaty-Seib (Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning), Dan Guberman (Center for Instructional Excellence) and Alex Mason and Kate Kozikowski (both Purdue Online) for participating in a virtual town hall on final exams and disability accommodations. You all did a great job and performed an important service to faculty and students. — Dan Carpenter (Student Success) 

Richard Kinzer

Richard Kinzer (Building Services): In my 47 years at Purdue University, I have never encountered a custodian who has worked anywhere near as hard, kept a building anywhere near as clean or been anywhere near as responsive to my special requests as Richard. Since Richard has arrived, our floors sparkle constantly, our trash is always emptied, our bathrooms are immaculate and the carpet in my office is regularly vacuumed and shampooed. He is absolutely exceptional! — Philip Low (Chemistry)

Raelene Callies

Raelene Callies (Agronomy): Many thanks to Rae for mailing my backlog of data requests and continuing to radiate positivity, all while she was recovering from an extended period of illness. You are so appreciated! — Jacob Dolinger (Agronomy)

Mary Grisham

Mary Grisham (Purdue University Online): We want to recognize Mary for her invaluable support in coordinating candidate interviews for four open positions on our team. Mary seamlessly coordinated our team’s busy calendars to identify interview times. She managed our interviews efficiently by preparing interview materials, scheduling optimal times and collecting feedback. Through Mary’s work behind the scenes, the interview process was significantly streamlined. Our focus could be on the interviews because Mary handled all the details. We found the best people to join our team thanks to her efforts. — Cody Connor, Chris Beck, Jeff Chicki, Eric de Araujo, Holly Fiock and Jason Garvey (all Purdue University Online)

Jeff Rattray

Jeff Rattray (Pharmacy IT): I can’t thank Jeff enough for making sure that I had computer access to complete my registration appointments when my computer randomly broke! — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

Brenda Liles

Brenda Liles (Office of the Registrar): I’d like to thank Brenda for always going above and beyond to help! No matter what question I send her way, she is always patient and helps track down the information I’m looking for. I truly appreciate all of your help with the planning of the talent show! — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

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