April 3, 2023

Thumbs Up

Brian R. York

Brian R. York (Strategic Initiatives IT): Brian leads a diverse and distributed group of Purdue team members working on Aspire Apartments technology initiatives. Brian is always cool, calm and collected, no matter how fast or complex the project may unfold. Brian’s organizational skills are superb, and he is an excellent communicator. Thank you, Brian! –  Andrew Robison (Residential Housing Operations)

Patty Turner and John Gentry

Patty Turner and John Gentry (Materials Management Distribution): Patty and John were a huge help to me when I needed to ship materials for a convention at the very last minute. They were kind, patient and resourceful. They also took the time to share their knowledge about the process to make it easier for me and my department in the future. I am exceptionally grateful for their help! – Samantha Ooley (Philosophy)

Mark Haugen

Mark Haugen (College of Liberal Arts Administration): It is an incredible experience to work with Mark as my supervisor. I am very grateful for Mark’s support with every aspect of my job. Thank you, Mark, for showing me how a great leader leads. – Sharry Vahed (College of Liberal Arts Administration)

Janeen Redman and Joy Kane

Janeen Redman (Mechanical Engineering) and Joy Kane (Computer Information Technology): Janeen and Joy are my go-to people. I can ask them any question and they will either have an answer or get it for me. Thank you to both of you girls for all of your help and always being there for me! – Sheila Featherston (English)

Kim Hemersbach and Najib Wardag

Kim Hemersbach and Najib Wardag (both Building Services): I want to thank Kim and Najib for their prompt and courteous reply to a request for service in the Krannert Building that I recently submitted. Kim has promptly met many of my requests, and this time the job took two people! Both Kim and Najib did a great job. Thank you! – Tom Brown (Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business)

Tony Hayden

Tony Hayden (IT Customer Relations and Process Management): A huge thank you to Tony Hayden in Purdue IT. Tony spent hours with our support staff to correct an issue with our shared email boxes. Even though we were initially told that each person would have to remember to drag any email they sent or deleted to the shared boxes’ sent and deleted folders, Tony was able to fix all our systems so that any email sent and deleted from the shared boxes automatically went to the shared sent and deleted folders. This has made our business flow so much better! – Jennifer Wetli (Sponsored Program Services)

Brittney Bowers

Brittney Bowers (Auxiliary): People often run from budgets and budget-related questions. I know I do sometimes. Brittney has been a godsend when it comes to finding answers to any and all budget/business-related processes and items. She is a tenacious problem solver and advocate for positive and effective change. She is an all-star and most worthy of a Thumbs Up! – Bryan Austin (University Residences)

Jerry Cote

Jerry Cote (Operations and Maintenance): On behalf of the staff of Archives and Special Collections and Purdue Libraries Facilities, we want to give a big Thumbs Up to and express how much we appreciate Jerry Cote, a roofer from Operations and Maintenance, and all he does trying to help us protect our valuable collections and artifacts! Due to our location on the fourth floor of the Stewart Center, we often experience leaks through our ceiling from the roof. Jerry understands the immediacy of our needs and is always quick to respond. Your dedication and hard work do not go unnoticed! Thank you, Jerry! – Craig Leavell (Archives and Special Collections Operations) 

Eric Whitehead

Eric Whitehead (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture): I would like to thank Eric Whitehead for giving me a tour of the HORT Building. He took time out of his busy day to show me some of the workings of the greenhouses and building so I can be better informed with my position in the WRC. Thanks, Eric, for being such a gracious person! – Terri Griffin (Building and Grounds Administration)

Kathy Bryant

Kathy Bryant (Operations and Maintenance): I would like to thank Kathy for being a dedicated trainer to me over the past 10 months. She has listened to the same questions several hundred times and never complains! She is always very helpful, kind and knowledgeable. I greatly appreciate her. Thanks, Kathy! – Terri Griffin (Building and Grounds Administration)

Jill Wable

Jill Wable (Environmental and Ecological Engineering): Jill has worked for Purdue for 14 years and has been with Environmental and Ecological Engineering for six. Thank you, Jill, for being my endless source of administrative knowledge, common sense and support since I started this position! You are the glue that holds EEE together. – Jess Mehr (Environmental and Ecological Engineering) 

Stacey Connaughton, Krista Kelley and Kate Mitsch

Stacey Connaughton (Communication), Krista Kelley and Kate Mitsch (both Purdue Policy Research Institute): The Higher Education program is grateful to Stacey, Krista and Kate for their collaboration and expertise in delivering an outstanding two-day conference on Education and Policy Supporting Digital Health Equity. Thank you so much! – Lisa Lambert Snodgrass (Educational Studies)

Alfred Dale Harrison

Alfred Dale Harrison (Operations and Maintenance): Dale is always helpful and kind. He keeps the building in top shape. Whenever you need him, he is there with a smile. He brightens the building with his smile and kindness. – Pete Celeste (Student Success)

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