2011 WINNER - TERRY MARTIN
(written by: Barb Goodwin- News and Information Services for the USIToday)
Terry Martin dedicates decades to USI.
When Staff Council President Shannon Hoehn announced Terry Martin as the recipient of the 2011 Support Staff Performance Recognition Award, it was a surprise to her. "All the other of the nominees were worthy," said Martin.
The award, given at the yearly Support Staff Luncheon, was established to recognize extraordinary professional contributions and quality service to support staff and their integral role in advancing the University's mission and fulfilling its promise in preparing students to live wisely.
Martin joined the University in 1991 in the Social Work department. "At that time we were in the basement of the University Center. Social Work moved three more times before they settled in their present place in the Education Center." She is now an administrative associate in the Pott College of Science and Engineering.
On her nomination form, one staff member acknowledged Martin's longevity at the University. "She is an invaluable individual that forms the backbone of University life." Others noted her commitment to USI through knowledge and service. "She is one of the most welcoming, helpful, and reliable representatives on campus."
"I have learned so much from the people I have worked with over the years," Martin said. "This award really isn't all about me. It is about how I interact with others, and that is something we all do well at the University." She credits her supervisors for encouraging her to be an active member of the USI community. Martin served on both Staff Council and the board of Administrative Assistants and Associates. In the past, she has helped with USI's move-in weekend and Welcome Week activities.
Martin earned her associate's degree in early childhood education from USI in 1999. She is currently taking classes to complete a bachelor's degree in social work.
In addition to the recognition in USI Today and on the Staff Council web site, Martin received a trophy and a $500 cash prize.
"I don't have any big plans for the cash," Martin said. "My husband and I will probably go out, but then I'll spend some on the kids and grandkids. They can always use supplies and goodies."
Other staff members nominated for this year's award were: Jerry Bulger, Physical Plant; Gail Cummings, Special Events; Chris Hogue, Pott College of Science and Engineering; Tony Morgan, Distribution Services; and Lisa Staples, Pott College of Science and Engineering.
Previous winners were Theresa Daughtery (2010), Ross Hettechbach (2009), Mary Spahn (2008), and Kim Schauss (2007).
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