Thumbs Up

"Thumbs Up" gives faculty and staff the chance to recognize others on campus for a job well done.

This week's "Thumbs Up" go to:

Cheryl Brantley and Sara Gretencord

Cheryl Brantley and Sara Gretencord (University Residences): Cheryl and Sara did an outstanding job coordinating with external partners and moving companies to help UR students remove all their personal belongings from the residence halls. This process required communicating with 17 residence halls, multiple apartment buildings and countless students. These women organized student and staff to serve as escorts and spent countless hours working nights and weekends to help these students move out successfully. They are a tremendous asset to the UR Administration team! – Jennifer Reif (University Residences)

Jason FitzSimmons, Ben Bohlin and Dean Brusnighan

Jason FitzSimmons (Office of the Provost), Ben Bohlin (Course Design and Development) and Dean Brusnighan (Academic Training): This past week, Purdue was able to launch the Health and Safety training for Summer Start and Early Start students. There were many staff, students and faculty involved in the development of the training content and their efforts are much appreciated. I want to highlight the work of Jason FitzSimmons, Ben Bohlin, and Dean Brusnighan, who truly went above and beyond at the last hour to make the dissemination of the training possible. – Heather L. Servaty-Seib (Honors College)

Patty Rigdon

Patty Rigdon (EM Operating): Patty is such an awesome person and a very smart and hard worker even before this pandemic. Since the pandemic started, she has shown even more how much of a true hard-working Boilermaker she is. Pat has been working at the office every day. She has not only done her job, but has taken it upon herself to do jobs that no one else was there to do. She is a supervisor over many employees, and yet it was not beneath her to make sure someone’s plants were watered or that computers were ready so someone could remotely log in from home. She does this with a positive attitude. Patty is always happy and bubbly, and makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room. A true Boilermaker. – Pat Harvey (Admissions)

Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver (Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance): Rachel Weaver came to the Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance in a time of great transition: a new head, five retirements, curriculum changes, OSHA concerns, searches, a hiring freeze and COVID-19. She immediately jumped into the fray, bringing calm and insight to each challenge. She has been the glue that has held us all together. Combining extraordinary efficiency with a sense of humor, patience and a willingness to embrace change, she has been fundamental to achieving our mission and to move us forward. Throughout the uncertainty and ever-changing topography of the pandemic, Rachel Weaver has proven time and again to be reliable, thoughtful and resourceful. She is a creative and valuable collaborator, and is of critical importance to the various department chairs, faculty, staff, students and the community. – Arne Flaten (Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance)

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