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:

Amanda Limiac

Amanda Limiac (Agricultural and Biological Engineering): Mandy Limiac created opportunities for students and the community to learn through virtual fields trips that she promoted on social media. -- Sara McMillan (Agricultural and Biological Engineering)

Amanda Swanger

Amanda Swanger (Health and Human Sciences): Amanda is the HHS web designer and developer/graphic designer. Two weeks ago HHS Student Services requested a social media graphic to help us communicate with students that their academic advisors and other Student Services staff were still available for them, just virtually now. Amanda crafted the graphic in less than three hours and it was approved and ready to be shared in less than 48 hours. In addition to this she worked with our HHS Recruitment Team to create an HHS virtual webpage to help in our recruitment and yield of students. When asked how long it would take her to make a site go live once she had all the information, she answered maybe 24-48 hours. In one week she was able to help HHS Student Services communicate effectively with our community. -- Heather Dykes (Health and Human Sciences)

Amanda Waling

Amanda Waling (Student Success): Thanks to Mandie for helping us add closed captioning to our webinar video so quickly, in the midst of her other responsibilities amidst COVID-19. -- Shruti Nelson (Student Success)

Anneliese Beswick, Justin Hamman and Kristen Olson

Anneliese Beswick, Justin Hamman and Kristen Olson (all Health and Human Sciences): When discussion first began surrounding how our work would change regarding COVID-19, Anneliese, Justin and Kristen immediately began altering their HHS recruitment and yield plans. In a matter of two weeks they had created a virtual experience for our admitted students including a personal welcome from Dean Marion Underwood, college presentation and individual academic unit voiced presentations. The virtual visit site is phenomenal, and that is in addition to the other events that they have created. -- Health and Human Sciences student services

College of Science IT group

College of Science IT group: The Science IT group has made it possible for me to remote in and do my job. I am grateful for their knowledge, skills and patience when I get 'stuck'! They are a very dedicated and hard-working group. I am grateful that I work in the College of Science with such highly professional individuals. Thank you for all you do for me and the Statistics Department. -- Mary Sigman (Statistics)

Front-line staff

Front-line staff: I want to thank all of the front-line staff who are holding down the fort for the rest of us. Thank you, and be safe! -- Paula Kayser (Office of VP for Information Technology)

Heather Servaty-Seib

Heather Servaty-Seib (Honors College): Heather has been instrumental in focusing on students' mental health and wellness during the current COVID-19 situation. She has been steadfast in her desire to maintain a sense of normalcy for students while still creating new ways to stay connected. Heather has started a weekly Flipgrid channel, maintained her 'hearthstone' messages and started a Google Doc for seniors to share openly what they are feeling. Heather has continued to provide solid leadership during this time! -- Rebecca Krylow (Honors College)

John Gipson

John Gipson (Summer Programming): John heard that one of our staff members did not have adequate Wi-Fi at home, so he offered, without a request, an extra router so that this employee could work remotely and practice social distancing. Thank you, John, for just one more example of collegiality and generosity. -- Lela Mixon (Exploratory Studies)

Kaitlin Floyd and Dan Mason

Kaitlin Floyd and Dan Mason (both Conferences): Kaitlin Floyd and Dan Mason deserve a 'Thumbs Up' for their idea to promote positivity in our department during this pandemic. They had an idea for our staff to voluntarily share positive headlines during our Monday morning meeting on March 30. It was uplifting and a great way to start the week! I believe that this practice will grow us together as a team and make us more effective now and when we return to campus. -- Juliet Nguyen (Conferences)

Michelle Ruedin, R. Lane Sells, William Kielhorn

Michelle Ruedin, R. Lane Sells, William Kielhorn (all College of Veterinary Medicine administration) and the rest of the PVM-IT team: I want to thank Lane, Michelle and Bill for their help getting set up on an extremely busy day. They are professional, helpful, and kind even while handling setting up so many people to telework and showing them how to remote in. This group was gracious under pressure. Thank you so much for helping many others and myself! -- Tricia Johnson (College of Veterinary Medicine)

Service workers

Service workers: Thanks for all the work you are doing during these hard times. They are working hard and through a lot of stress to keep this one of the finest universities in the country. -- Rodney Goonen (Earhart Residence Hall)

Stephanie Dykhuizen

Stephanie Dykhuizen (Office of the Provost): Stephanie has been amazing helping the Senate this year and has worked hard the past few weeks to get the Senate meeting transitioned to a virtual one. She is always available, responsive, and professional. She consistently goes above and beyond to make sure the Senate runs smoothly. Her help was essential for a successful virtual Senate meeting. We couldn’t have done it without her! Thank you! -- Cheryl Cooky (School of Interdisciplinary Studies) and University Senate

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