Yvonne Floyd, retired senior administrative assistant in Athletics at the University of Southern Indiana, was named the 2012 Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on August 29.
Floyd was recognized for her 639 volunteer hours to Volunteer USI during the 2012 USI fiscal year.
A founding member of the Volunteer Advisory Council formed in January 1995, Floyd played an instrumental role in creating Volunteer USI in August 1996. Sixteen years later, volunteers have donated more than 1.2 million service hours as a part of the program to benefit USI and the Evansville community.
Floyd’s passion for volunteerism is evident in her commitment to the USI Varsity Club. She is a Varsity Club Board member and is involved in over 20 different volunteer activities at USI. In 2011, she co-chaired the Varsity Club Steak Fry and Auction with the late Larry Riney and their efforts resulted in the largest grossing year in the event’s history. From working in the Varsity Club Fall Festival Booth, at the annual golf scramble, or at the Outback Steakhouse Luncheon, Floyd has offered her knowledge and experience as a former employee in Athletics to go above and beyond the duties of a volunteer. She has also assisted with the management of home baseball games and worked at basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer events.
“Yvonne was an incredibly dedicated employee in the Athletics department and that dedication has continued on during her retirement,” said Jon Mark Hall, Athletic director. “She has come through for us in so many situations and we cannot thank her enough. Yvonne understands that she represents our department and university in all of these volunteer opportunities, so she always puts professionalism and customer service at the top of her priority list. She stepped in over the last couple of years to lead the Steak Fry and Auction Committee and that event has flourished under her leadership. On a personal note, Yvonne has become a wonderful friend. She helped me navigate through some trying situations and was always supportive of our mission. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work with her, and she definitely made me become a better administrator and employee of this great institution.”
“Yvonne is a one-of-a-kind volunteer. It doesn’t matter what day or time it is that I may need help with something, I can call my good friend Vonnie, and she will drop everything to be there,” said Mandi Fulton, coordinator of Athletics Outreach and Events at USI. “She is a true fan of USI in every sense of the word.”
USI named its first Volunteer of the Year in 1997. Faculty, staff, and volunteers submit nominations for this award and the Volunteer Recognition Committee selects the award recipient based on volunteer service hours, exceptional dedication, leadership, or extraordinary service exhibited by the volunteer.
Floyd received a crystal bowl and her name will be engraved on the permanent plaque displayed outside of Carter Hall in the University Center.
"I was surprised and honored to be named the Volunteer of the Year," said Floyd. "I believe in the mission of USI and want to give all the support I can to the students and personnel. While I was employed at the University, volunteers made my job easier so I knew I wanted to give back after retirement."
In addition to announcing the Volunteer of the Year, the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner honors volunteers who have given at least 20 hours of service during the prior USI fiscal year. The event recognizes the contribution of individuals whose volunteer service supports excellence in education, the arts, the community, and USI. Volunteers generated over 109,000 hours of service in 2012.
Photo Credit: USI Photography Services
Yvonne Floyd and President Bennett