January 30, 2023

Thumbs Up

Jon Smith

Jon Smith (Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts): Jon saved me a trip with the department van driving down to Indianapolis with a piece of equipment that was not working. He brainstormed the problem, fixed it and advised me what part to order. It took him about five minutes to assess and fix the problem during his lunch break. He saved us at least $300 in time, gas and repair fees. Not to mention how long we would have been without the equipment for classes. Thanks, Jon. – Sigrid Zahner (Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts)

Juliet Path

Juliet Path (College of Science Administration): A huge thank you to Juliet Path for saving me from disaster when my computer unexpectedly died right at the beginning of the semester. This is one of the multiple times in which she has responded quickly and effectively to help us with computer-related issues that would otherwise compromise our ability to teach or do research. – Ximena Bernal (Biological Sciences)

Bailey Wang

Bailey Wang (Payroll and Tax Services): I want to thank Bailey for taking time out of her very busy week to provide extra training and information about several payroll tasks. The central payroll staff is always helpful and quick to respond. Their willingness to not only answer our questions, but also to provide extra detail and explanations helps us in the business office do our jobs better. It also keeps us from making repeat errors when we learn how to do it right the first time. Thank you! – Michele Grant-Snethen (Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Business Office)

Dennis Murray, Jeremy Slate and Ray Burchett

Dennis Murray, Jeremy Slate and Ray Burchett (all Operations and Maintenance): Jeremy, Dennis and Ray worked very hard to repair the flood-damaged elevators at Ross-Ade Stadium. Thank you for your dedication to get the job done! – Monica Rowe (Operations and Maintenance)

Lynné Colbert  

Lynné Colbert (Libraries): Lynné went above and beyond in the Interlibrary Loan Office to help me solve a problem I had with the digital files that we were provided by an external service. I flagged a minor issue to her office, and within a few minutes she not only responded with advice on how to avoid the problem in the future, but she also edited the file so it was much more useful to me. The extra editing was above and beyond and was incredibly helpful. – Ryan Ickert (Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science)

Andrew Robbins and Cody Fidler

Andrew Robbins and Cody Fidler (both Operations and Maintenance): I would like to commend the plumbing shop for their support with two recent requests for assistance. We submitted two work orders to have some valves installed on cooling units that were critical to ongoing research. The plumbing shop was able to complete these requests in a very timely manner. We also want to especially thank Andrew Robbins and Cody Fidler for their efficiency in helping us to get the units working quickly to protect the integrity of the research. Thank you very much for your efforts and prompt attention to our requests. – Ned Gangwer (Chemistry)

Robin Haywood

Robin Haywood (Registrar): A big thank you to Robin Haywood for helping with building a complicated class for the fall schedule when it was moved to my area on the last morning of the build. As always, you are amazingly helpful! – Tami Lynch (Purdue Polytechnic Institute Administration)

Michele Flemming, Ricky Stevens, and Willie Cruz

Michele Flemming, Ricky Stevens, and Willie Cruz (all Human Resources): I want to give a huge thank you to Michele, Ricky and Willie for stepping in and assisting with my workload while I was on maternity leave. They each took an area I support on top of their already high workloads and ensured everything continued to run smoothly! I’m very appreciative of my talent acquisition team as a whole. – Ashlin Previs (Human Resources)

Gerald Munn

Gerald Munn (Operations and Maintenance): A big Thumbs Up to Gerald Munn, electrician, for his thoroughness and ownership while responding to a routine no power work request at the Dauch Alumni Center. During the investigation of the issue causing the power outage, Gerald discovered loose wiring nuts on live electrical lines that, if left alone, had the potential to cause significant damage. Gerald not only addressed the issue with the poor connection in one area, but also took the time to open and inspect all other nearby connections to make sure there were no additional loose wiring nuts. A big kudos to Gerald for going above and beyond to make sure all connections were safe. – Michelle McBrite (Purdue for Life Foundation) 

Crystal O’Neal

Crystal O’Neal (Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging): Crystal was very welcoming to me upon moving to Hovde Hall. She exemplifies teamwork, is always willing to provide suggestions and guidance when needed or asked, and does so with a smile. Thank you, Crystal. – Brandi Plantenga (Office of the Provost) 

Veterinary nursing team at the Purdue Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary nursing team at the Purdue Veterinary Hospital: Our nurses are compassionate, highly skilled, tirelessly hardworking medical professionals. They are here 24/7/365 ensuring the animals of Indiana, as well as surrounding states, receive the best possible care. – Jessica Ogden (Veterinary Clinical Sciences)

Purdue IT, Electronic Shop, Grounds, Materials Management and ID Card Office

Purdue IT, Electronic Shop, Grounds, Materials Management and ID Card Office: The amount of work that goes into opening a new building (Dudley/Lambertus) on campus is sometimes overlooked. Once the contractors have mostly wrapped up construction, there are many Purdue teams that put in time in various ways to make the building usable. From a technology perspective, the College of Engineering, the Polytechnic Institute and ECN would like to give a big thanks to the Purdue IT Networks and Telecommunications team (field operations, engineers, students), the Purdue IT Audio Visual Services team (design engineers, installers, managers) the Electronic Shop (wireless, camera, fiber and room scheduler installations), Grounds (emptying two dumpsters of trash and cardboard almost every day for five weeks), Materials Management (delivering over 70 pallets of computers, monitors and TVs) and the ID Card Office (distributing new ID cards and helping bring online over 100 doors with card access). — Andy Sydelko and the ECN family

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