June 5, 2023

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Kellie McGrady

Kellie McGrady (Veterinary Medicine): Dr. McGrady has done an awesome job with helping us with some complicated situations lately. If she doesn’t know the answer to something, she is willing to take the extra time and figure out the solution. She is also great at communicating with our group. Thank you, Dr. McGrady, for all you have done for us over the last few weeks. – Lagora Carrell (Biomedical Engineering)

Beth Smith

Beth Smith (Career Success): Thanks to Beth for her assistance with the Gates Foundation two-day kickoff event! The Organizational Culture and Inclusive Excellence (OCIE) department cannot thank her enough for her resourcefulness, organization and overall awesomeness! Beth was very instrumental during our corporate social event planning as well as our kickoff meeting. Beth is the best! – Tiffany Townsend (Purdue Global Office of the Chief Academic Officer)

Laura Miller

Laura Miller (Teaching Success): Laura Miller from Instructional Data Processing has always been extremely patient and helpful in her interactions with individual schools such as BME as we learn everything the newer course evaluation software has to offer. Above and beyond were just the starting point; she’s now at way over the top! Just today, she ran the same report for me at least three times, manipulating the data just a little more each time to get to a final one that makes my job so much easier. Thank you for taking the time, Laura, and thank you for showing the helpful spirit of a true Boilermaker. – Cindy Holderbaum (Biomedical Engineering)

Brenda Coulson, Stephanie Ferguson and Becky Rice

Brenda Coulson, Stephanie Ferguson (both Human Resources) and Becky Rice (College of Agriculture): We would like to thank Brenda, Stephanie and Becky for their excellent support in the search for the next Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. A very big thank-you to Brenda Coulson and Stephanie Ferguson for handling the administration of the search, reaching out to candidates and organizing our Zoom sessions with candidates and references. Everything went perfectly thanks to their very hard work. And thanks to Becky Rice for putting together the candidate itineraries at breakneck speed. They were flawlessly assembled and a huge amount of work. – Clint Chapple (Biochemistry) and Cate Hill (Entomology)

Katherine LaMar

Katherine LaMar (Human Resources): I want to thank Katherine LaMar, who helped me in navigating through preparation for retirement. It was her invaluable knowledge and patience that enabled me to understand the process and also helped to ease the fear and worry I was experiencing. I appreciate her time and understanding that helped me through the process. – Trienna Walker (Graduate School Administration)

Registrar team

Registrar team: Thank you to the entire Registrar team from the advising leadership team for clearing our graduating students. We see you and your positivity and humor throughout the process of awarding diplomas, let alone a commencement to be proud of in any weather! – Advising leadership team

Kelsie Newberry and Cheri Rawles

Kelsie Newberry and Cheri Rawles (both IT Enterprise Relationship Management): A huge thank-you to Kelsie, Cheri and team for getting our Purdue NST updated and 101 link up quickly on a Friday afternoon! We appreciate your care for our students and attention to detail. You rock! – Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program advisors

Ellen McClannen

Ellen McClannen (Purdue Conferences): Ellen is constantly going above and beyond to help the event planners in our department. Whether it is resending books we messed up or picking up endless orders from Xerox, she is always jumping in when needed without question or hesitation! – Lorna Oskouie (Purdue Conferences)

Jeff Storms, Deon Fields, Cameron Wilson and Justin Hainje

Jeff Storms, Deon Fields, Cameron Wilson and Justin Hainje (all Materials Management Distribution): I wanted to thank Jeff Storms for the help in reviewing the furniture going to Surplus from one of our computer labs. And another big thanks to Deon, Cameron and Justin, who came out to move all the desks from the lab. They were all so helpful, friendly and incredibly fast! Thank you all! – Theresa Morgan (IT Customer Relations and Process Management)

Billy Pitts, Ryan Tyson and Building Services

Billy Pitts (Operations and Maintenance), Ryan Tyson (Radiological and Environmental Management) and Building Services: A big thank-you to the folks who gracefully assisted in a mishap in the basement of Krannert on Tuesday. Billy Pitts of Zone 4, Ryan Tyson and team, and Building Services were quick to respond and saved the day. Issues like this are never fun, but they always remind me how fortunate we are to have these folks around. – Jacinda Laymon (Libraries)

Tony Hayden

Tony Hayden (IT Customer Relations and Process Management): Sharing my gratitude for the persistence, patience and puns exhibited by Tony Hayden as we worked toward solving an unusual software mystery. We appreciate the work he’s done and the grace with which he’s done it! Typing would be impossible without you! – Genevieve White (Student Success)

Alan Holtman

Alan Holtman (Civil Engineering): Thanks to Alan for getting the AC working so quickly! He went above his normal duties by making sure it got done quickly and following up with us after the repair was completed. – Steven Schmidt (Engineering Computer Network)

Aidan Schirm

Aidan Schirm (Grounds): Aiden, from Ground Services, disturbed a nest of baby rabbits while mowing the AGAD lawn. He stopped and helped Deb and I move the rabbits to make sure they were safe. We really appreciated him taking a couple of minutes to help them out! – Carie Herbst (College of Agriculture administration)

Joni Boone

Joni Boone (Purdue Global Learning and Leadership): I’d like to highlight the work of Joni Boone, manager of the New Faculty Orientation (NFO). Onboarding new faculty was mentioned during a Water Cooler Chat (the chats will soon have a new name). In response, multiple attendees praised the work done by Joni as the New Faculty Orientation facilitator. Joni is always accommodating, patient and thorough when training new faculty; she is also wonderful to work with as a team member. NFO introduces new faculty to Purdue Global: its culture, students, best practices and learning management system (LMS). Joni does a fantastic job with NFO. Thank you, Joni! – Laurie Hansen (Purdue Global Alumni Relations)

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