February 5, 2024

This week’s ‘Thumbs Up’ recipients

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

Cole Wetzel

Cole Wetzel (Institutional Data Analytics + Assessment): Cole created a new dashboard to help Purdue track academic course proposals launched in Curriculog. The Academic Proposal List and Counts dashboard is accessible for faculty and staff, saving time on status check emails and making more transparent in-progress and completed course and curricula proposals. Additionally, it serves stakeholders across three Purdue campuses — Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne and Purdue Northwest. Thank you, Cole and IDA+A! — Catherine Golden (Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning)

Ken Siu-Chong

Ken Siu-Chong (Office of the Registrar): Ken has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to assisting me in understanding the intricacies of the new process. The patience, expertise and willingness to go above and beyond have significantly contributed to my successful learning journey. Despite the challenges posed by the complexity of the task, Ken consistently took the time to provide clear explanations, answer my questions and offer practical insights. I am very grateful for the support. What a great colleague! — Nicki Morris (College of Science) 

McCutcheon, Harrison and Hilltop crew

McCutcheon, Harrison and Hilltop crew: I wanted to thank my service staff crews of MCUT, HARR and HILL for coming in early throughout the last few weeks for removing snow, brining walkways and removing ice from all access points to our buildings. I wanted to thank them for all of their hard work in bitterly cold temperatures, their diligence in detail and their stamina for early morning work. I am very proud of them; they deserve to be recognized for their continued excellence during these cold winter months. Once again, thank you all for the hard work. It is greatly appreciated from me and all of campus. — Mike Royer (Building Services — Residence Halls)

Emily King

Emily King (Financial Aid): Emily is always willing to help me with any questions or issues I have. She has such a great demeanor and love for her job. She is definitely a gem! — Heather Holley (Office of the Bursar) 

Jazmyn Nichols

Jazmyn Nichols (College of Health and Human Sciences): Jazmyn is always advocating for students and their well-being. She is such a positive, energetic and thoughtful person. HHS is so lucky to have her as an advisor. Keep up the amazing work, Jazmyn! — Melissa Almanza (Public Health)

Stacy Golleher

Stacy Golleher (College of Pharmacy): Thank you for jumping into the Experiential Learning Program with two feet and looking to contribute to the success of our students and preceptors immediately! — Ryan Ades (College of Pharmacy)

Emily Boswell

Emily Boswell (Educational Studies): Huge thank-you to Emily for always being willing to help students get into classes needed for graduation. I truly appreciate your help. — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

Jennifer Sibray

Jennifer Sibray (Office of the Registrar): Thank you to Jennifer for helping fix a student issue. I appreciate your help. — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

Cara Wetzel

Cara Wetzel (Exploratory Studies): Cara always goes above and beyond! I appreciate all of your help and guidance with the Indiana Academic Advising Network and Purdue Academic Advising Association. — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

Mark Sharp

Mark Sharp (Purdue IT): We bumped into a technical issue in a classroom weeks into the semester, and Mark was able to walk me through all of the options we had to address the issue. He was able to find a solution and get the classroom set up to have the needed tech installed before the next class even took place. He was kind, thorough, flexible and understanding. Mark even took the time to walk me through some tech options I was unsure how to use so that I could be better prepared to use other classrooms in the future. He is a true asset to the college! — Elizabeth Klumpe (College of Pharmacy)

Anthony Imhof

Anthony Imhof (Purdue IT): Anthony in the College of Pharmacy Technical Support Department went above and beyond in a very recent IT crisis. My work laptop began experiencing major glitching issues, and I was panicked. Anthony responded quickly to my help ticket and offered multiple options to try to resolve the issue. He offered prompt, direct, in-person support if I was available but also offered other options, which was extremely helpful as I was with a visiting alumnus and needed my laptop at the moment. Anthony’s quick thinking resolved the issues. And he also followed up promptly the next day to check in and offer continued support and solutions. He is truly a superstar, and all his efforts are very much appreciated. A huge thank-you! — Elizabeth Klumpe (College of Pharmacy)

Sayde Uerkwitz

Sayde Uerkwitz (College of Pharmacy): Sayde has gone above and beyond in launching the College of Pharmacy’s brand-new podcast and has created something phenomenal. She deserves all the thumbs up for her ingenuity and dedication! — Jennifer Stewart-Burton (College of Pharmacy)

Hillenbrand Dining Hall night service crew

Hillenbrand Dining Hall night service crew: Lesa Crouse, Maria Montoya and Jim Handy do a great job of keeping our dining court looking great all year long. The atrium in the dining court is used for meetings and classes as well as a place for students and faculty to eat lunch and dinner. It is always clean and well maintained. Thank you, Lesa, Maria and Jim! — Neil McCartney (Hillenbrand Hall Operations)

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