August 7, 2023

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Academic advisors

Academic advisors: Academic advisors are truly a partner to our students at Purdue. Their hard work deserves to be recognized every day, but especially on Advisor Appreciation Day. Thank you to all of the academic advisors across campus for all of their hard work! We truly appreciate your dedication to helping students find their paths and reach their goals. Happy Advisor Appreciation Day on Aug. 9. – Katie May (College of Pharmacy)

Rodney Flowers

Rodney Flowers (Engineering IT): My email capability was severely affected by the new requirements to prevent hacking. Rodney provided yeoman service to help me migrate my Mac email system to Exchange and got me up and running speedily, patiently and with utmost courtesy. Kudos too to ECN for having stellar support staff such as Rodney Flowers. – Rusi Taleyarkhan (Nuclear Engineering)

Patricia Rigdon

Patricia Rigdon (EM Operating): A huge thank you to Patty for her kindness and efforts in assisting the Electronics Shop to complete the tasks needed for the STEW project. With everything she took on, she was always able to take the time to communicate about the needs for the job and was always very professional and courteous through the whole process. She went above and beyond to ensure we had the access we needed to get jobs done and to ensure they were complete and successful! – Ian Anderson (Operations and Maintenance)

Sherry McQueary

Sherry McQueary (Administrative Services): Thank you to Sherry McQueary for supporting the Evo Suites project and being a resource on the project! You were very helpful in getting groups together on the feedback sessions and meeting with the project team every week. – Jacob Garis (Administrative Services)

Russ Wetli

Russ Wetli (Building Services): Thank you, Russ, for working on the Evo Suites project with us. Your input and historical knowledge was invaluable to kicking off the project, and you remain a great steward in helping along the way. I am very appreciative that we were able to bounce ideas and make important decisions that would benefit staff and the use of this application. – Jacob Garis (Administrative Services)

Kirsten Koontz

Kirsten Koontz (Administrative Services): Thank you, Kirsten, for stepping in on the Evo Suites project and creating our quick reference guides. They have been valuable to our building deputies and facilities staff using this new application. In addition, thank you for assisting in the coordination of training sessions, keeping us organized and following up on tasks that needed resolved. I’m very grateful that you are on our team! – Jacob Garis (Administrative Services)

Loribeth Hettinger

Loribeth Hettinger (ID Card Office): I’d like to thank LB for all of her work on the Purdue Mobile ID project. As the admin for a system that utilizes card readers, she has made my job super easy in this transition. I appreciate your knowledge, patience and time! – Molly Gilbert (Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning)

Ira Brown and Ashley Burgess

Ira Brown and Ashley Burgess (both IT Infrastructure Services): Why do system failures always happen on Fridays? Thank you for your quick action to resolve our issue that was threatening important research so that we can all enjoy our weekends. – Michelle Radtke (Birck Nanotechnology Center)

Heather Holley

Heather Holley (Office of the Bursar): Thank you for your part in figuring out a not-fun puzzle and for always being kind and available when I reach out. You are greatly appreciated. – Russell Tragesser (Financial Aid)

Barb LaDage

Barb LaDage (Office of the Registrar): Barb was so kind and quick to help me solve a student’s issue with degree posting. I am so grateful that she was available in my time of need. Way to go, Barb! – Melody Carducci (Purdue Polytechnic Institute Administration)

Jaimee Barr, Desmine Robinson, Katie Pratt and Macarena Guerrero

Jaimee Barr, Desmine Robinson, Katie Pratt (all Summer Programming) and Macarena Guerrero (Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning): Thank you to Jaimee, Desmine, Katie and Macarena for collaborating with campus partners and peer mentors to support more than 900 high school students earning Purdue credit this summer! You provided outstanding programming for future Boilermakers! – John Gipson (Summer Programming)

Tanya Bailey and Courtney Wininger

Tanya Bailey and Courtney Wininger (both Recreation and Wellness): The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life would like to recognize Tanya Bailey, member services clerk, and Courtney Wininger, assistant director of aquatic programs and safety education, from Purdue Recreation and Wellness as the inaugural winners of the Inspiring Leaps: Student Life Staff Awards. Learn more about their commitment and contributions to Student Life here. – Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life

Evening maintenance group

Evening maintenance group: We had a building water shutdown at the Honors College. The shutdown ran late, and we didn’t get it completed until well after everyone went home. The evening zone stepped up to assist without hesitation. I would have been there well after midnight by myself. With the team effort, we completed the flushing in just a few hours. Thanks for stepping up and volunteering; it is much appreciated. – Jonathan Miller (Operations and Maintenance)

Eric Marquis and Donetta Smith

Eric Marquis and Donetta Smith (both Building Services): Sending a big shoutout to Eric and Donetta for their outstanding efforts cleaning the fifth-floor student open workspace carpeting. Thanks for taking the initiative. – Carol Cox (Educational Studies)

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