Thumbs Up: Cindy MacDonald


Jon Biggs

Cindy MacDonald, assistant director of the Welcome Center. (Purdue University photo/Charles Jischke)
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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. This semester, the newsletter periodically will publish an expanded version of this popular feature in an effort to further call attention to employees' excellent work.

Carrie Hanson recognizes Cindy MacDonald, assistant director of the Welcome Center, for her diligent efforts to work with student ambassadors to create in-depth, engaging guided tours of campus. Particularly, Hanson praises the tours given each year to participants in the Accomplished Clerical Excellence Program (ACE), which helps Purdue's clerical staff hone their professional skills, build relationships on campus and position themselves to advance their careers. Hanson, who is training manager in Human Resources, coordinates ACE.

Hanson writes:

"I have worked with Cindy for several years to arrange campus tours for my professional development classes, and I am deeply appreciative of the knowledgeable guidance and attention to detail she places into our tours. My class participants are amazed at how much they learn through a guided tour -- even those who have worked at Purdue for many years.

"Cindy works directly with the undergraduate students who give the tours; she trains and helps them understand historical and fun facts about the University. The students are always professional, well-mannered and extremely knowledgeable about Purdue and its history.

"Some of the fun topics my classes have learned on tours include the origins of several residence halls' names; the water fountain outside of Stone Hall; the labs underneath Northwestern Avenue; and why many buildings are made with brick (it was in John Purdue's contractual requirements when the University was founded). Many of my class participants are able to take this knowledge back to their home units to help students and families, faculty and staff -- especially those new to campus.

"Cindy loves Purdue, and it shows through her work. Cindy, thank you for the spectacular work you do to represent our campus, and for taking our campus one brick higher!"

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