February 26, 2024

This week’s ‘Thumbs Up’ recipients

Zach Dwiggins

Zach Dwiggins (Purdue IT): Thank you to Zack Dwiggins for working extra time very late at night to meet an important project deadline that could not be changed. Zach did a great job of communicating the status and needs of the project to those involved. This on-time change was important to Purdue's students and advisors. Thanks a million for all your work on this project! — Julie Litmer-Schwaller (Purdue IT) 

Zone 8 crew

Zone 8 crew: Ryan Frye, Mark Jewell (both Operations and Maintenance) and the entire Zone 8 crew have been crucial in keeping our facilities safe and operational. They always go above and beyond to make sure our occupants’ needs are met. Just about every day there is some new emergency, and this crew always responds immediately with a positive attitude. Thank you for all your hard work, Zone 8! — Will Werline (Agronomy) 

Crystal Cochran

Crystal Cochran (Building Services): Crystal is a custodian. Her responsibilities require her to respond to emergencies, fill in when people are absent and perform various other custodial duties. No matter how frantic the day or how many areas she has to fill in for, Crystal always has a positive attitude and is available to help and pitch in. — James Markstone (Building Services)

A.J. Denton

A.J. Denton (Purdue University Police Department): You're a lifesaver for unlocking my vehicle doors. Thank you once again for your service and protection. — Eva Tatman (Veterinary Medicine IT)

Jo Jones

Jo Jones (Registrar): Polytechnic recently hired four new academic advisors for spring semester. Jo was able to process active students to these new advisors so they could begin meeting with their assigned students, building relationships and preparing for fall registration. Thanks, Jo, for your efficient work behind the scenes of our registrar software system. — T.R. Oneal (Purdue Polytechnic Institute)

Todd Turner

Todd Turner (Purdue IT): Purdue IT recently decommissioned two high-density research pods in the Wade power yard. This was to give the space back to utilities for future expansion. Todd did an excellent job coordinating with the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and a contractor for the removal of 1000x servers and cables. He also decommissioned the monitoring systems and worked with utilities on the decommissioning of the power and cooling. — Taylor Donald (Purdue IT) 

Purdue IT Networking and Field Operations student staff

Purdue IT Networking and Field Operations student staff: I'd like to give a big “Thumbs Up” to all of the Purdue IT Networking and Field Ops student staff. These folks are the hands of our teams and consistently go above and beyond. I often throw tasks at them out of the blue, and they always come through. Thank you! — Chris Teague (Purdue IT) 

Kelly Newton, Steckel Bleier and Carol Funkhouser

Kelly Newton, Steckel Bleier and Carol Funkhouser (all Purdue IT): Kelly, Steckel and Carol on the Purdue IT OSS team have done a great job taking on extra work while one of their co-workers is out unexpectedly. The department wouldn't be able to function without them! — Emily Hartley-Mishler (Purdue IT)

John Martinson Honors College academic advisors

John Martinson Honors College academic advisors: Just about every day I'm impressed by the empathy and caring that comes from the honors advisors. They're truly an amazing bunch of folks. Their guidance on so many topics and important issues around campus is truly invaluable. — Phelan Tinsley (Honors College Advising) 

Kevin Guiney

Kevin Guiney (Operations and Maintenance): I’d like to recognize Kevin Guiney for the excellent job he is doing during his first month in the Work Request Center. There is much to learn, and he is picking up the process quickly. — Marty Hitchcock (Operations and Maintenance)

Kathy Bryant and Terri Griffin

Kathy Bryant and Terri Griffin (both Operations and Maintenance): I want to express my appreciation to Kathy Bryant and Terri Griffin for their diligent effort in training the new Work Request Center clerks. Your past, present and future help has and will continue to create success within Facilities Operations Support. — Marty Hitchcock (Operations and Maintenance)

Pam Ringor, Jane Krause and Kylie Kelley

Pam Ringor, Jane Krause (both College of Pharmacy) and Kylie Kelley (College of Veterinary Medicine): Pam and Jane always go above and beyond with planning events for the pharmacy learning community. Kylie did an amazing job presenting to the learning community and Pre-Pharmacy Club about vet pharmacy. The students raved about how great the program was! — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

Amanda Manning and Sayde Uerkwitz

Amanda Manning and Sayde Uerkwitz (both College of Pharmacy): Great job planning and executing the various recruiting events for the College of Pharmacy! — Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

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