University of Southern Indiana
Past Winners

 Employee Recognition Award

 

2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

 

Schaussaward2007Kim Schauss receives first Support Staff Award 2007

Kim Schauss, administrative assistant in the Chemistry Department, is the recipient of the first Support Staff Performance Recognition Award. Angela Torres, chair of Staff Council, announced the award at the Support Staff luncheon on August 14. Twelve support staff members were nominated for the award.

Established earlier this year, the award “recognizes extraordinary professional contributions and quality service of support staff and their integral role in advancing the University’s mission and fulfilling its promise in preparing students to live wisely.” It includes a $500 prize, recognition in the University Notes and on the Staff Council Web site, and a trophy.

Schauss, formerly administrative clerk in the Office of the Registrar, was awarded the Student Government Association’s Staff Member of the Year award in 2005 and again in 2007. She joined USI in 2002.

Also nominated for the award were John Bush, Carolyn Campbell, Kathy Carr, Kristy Dedmond, Christopher Hogue, Terry Martin, Elna Mattingly, Kimberly Reddington, Kim Shelton, Mary Spahn, and Diana Utley

 

Spahnaward2008Mary Spahn receives the 2008 Staff Award

Mary Spahn, administrative assistant in the College of Business, is the recipient of the second annual Support Staff Performance Recognition Award. The award was announced at the Employee Recognition Luncheon on August 12, 2008.

Established last year, the award "recognizes extraordinary professional contributions and quality service of support staff and their integral role in advancing the University's mission and fulfilling its promise in preparing students to live wisely." It includes a $500 prize and a trophy.

Spahn was formerly a textbook assistant in the USI Bookstore. She joined the College of Business in June.

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USI's "Mr. Fix-It" Ross Hettenbach receives the 2009 Staff Award
Written by: Wendy Knipe Bredhold, News & Information Services

Staffaward2009Ross Hettenbach, lead maintenance mechanic in the Physical Plant, received well-deserved recognition when he was presented with the 2009 Support Staff Performance Recognition Award at the Support Staff luncheon on August 11.

Established in 2007, the award “recognizes extraordinary professional contributions and quality service of support staff and their integral role in advancing the University’s mission and fulfilling its promise in preparing students to live wisely.” It includes a $500 prize, recognition in USI Today and on the Staff Council Web site, and a traveling trophy.

In nominating him for the award, Hettenbach's colleagues cited his responsiveness, expertise, and positive attitude. "Ross seems to be one of the most sought-after individuals on campus, yet somehow manages to be right where you need him, when you need him," one wrote.

Others were similarly complimentary:

"Ross is USI’s personal Mr. Fix-it. There is no job too big or too small; it seems he can do it all."

"Ross understands the concept of team work and combines two concepts that all too often are not found together: hard work and a friendly attitude."

"Because of Ross’s work ethic and personality, he has a way of getting everything done somehow, someway.”

Hettenbach joined USI in 1985. As lead maintenance mechanic, he is responsible for electrical, plumbing, locksmith, painting, and general maintenance. He and his wife Susan have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Also nominated for the Support Staff Award were Marinea Gross, Billy Littlefield, Linda Dillbeck, Bonnie Scheller, Barbara Goodwin, Kay Myrick, Lucy Schenk, Wendy Lemons, Carol Diedrich, and Kim Reddington.

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2010 WINNER - THERESA DAUGHERTY
written by: Sarah Harlan - News and Information Services for the USIToday

Theresa DaughertyTheresa is the recipient of the 2010 Support Staff Performance Recognition Award. Chris Jines, former chair of Staff Council, announced the award at the Support Staff luncheon on August 12. Twelve support staff members were nominated for the award. Established in 2007, the award “recognizes extraordinary professional contributions and quality service of support staff and their integral role in advancing the University’s mission and fulfilling its promise in preparing students to live wisely.” It includes a $500 prize, recognition in USI Today and on the Staff Council Web site, and a trophy.

Daugherty joined USI in 2003 as a custodial worker in the Physical Plant. She transferred to Distribution Services in 2004.

Daugherty’s nomination forms are full of praise for the enthusiasm she exhibits during her courier route. “She shows up with a bounce in her step, a friendly greeting, and a big smile on her face,” one USI employee wrote of Daugherty. Another wrote that Daugherty “also delivers a bit of sunshine with every visit.”

“I’m just doing my job,” Daugherty said. “I try to get the mail to the departments as quickly as possible. When I deliver boxes they are always happy to see me, just like it’s Christmas.”

Fellow employees cited her devotion to USI when nominating her for this award. “She inspires everyone around her with her dedication and caring,” one employee wrote. “Her integrity projects through every aspect of her job,” another employee wrote.

Daugherty’s sister, Donna Moore, administrative assistant in the Department of Engineering , wrote about how deserving she felt the award was for her sister. “She is now and has always given her best effort in what she does,” Donna said. “It doesn’t matter what the circumstance, she’s always the first to offer a hand. She has a lot of energy and is always thinking of ways to help others even before they know they need it. She is one of a kind and I’m proud to call her my sister and my best friend.”

Daugherty said she couldn’t have earned this award without the support of her colleagues in Distribution Services. “I want to thank my boss and co-workers that are always helpful,” Daugherty said.

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2011 WINNER - TERRY MARTIN
Written by: Barb Goodwin - News and Information Services for the USIToday

Terry Martin Holding TrophyTerry 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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2012 WINNER - LUCY SCHENCK

Lucy Schenk With Trophy (1)Lucy is the recipient of the 2012 Support Staff Performance Recognition Award. She received a $500 cash prize, a traveling trophy, and will also be recognized in USI Today. Mary Ann Bernard, chair of Staff Council, announced the award at the Support Staff luncheon on August 13. Four support staff members were nominated for the award. Established in 2007, the award “recognizes extraordinary professional contributions and quality service of support staff and their integral role in advancing the University’s mission and fulfilling its promise in preparing students to live wisely.”

Other 2012 nominees were John Busch, Physical Plant; Gloria Butz, Biology; and R. Cole Collier, Bookstore.

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Nominate A Co-Worker

The Support Staff Performance Recognition Award began in 2007 and all benefit-eligible support staff (full and part-time) who have been employed by the University for one year are eligible to either nominate or be nominated for this annual award. Voting by Staff Council members will be held in June and the award will be presented during the University's fall Employee Recognition Luncheon.

In addition to the "traveling" trophy, there is a monetary award of $500 to the winner.

Only full and part-time benefit-eligible support staff are eligible to nominate a support staff member for the award. Staff Council members cannot nominate a staff member or receive the award.

 For more information about the process, refer to: Guidelines.


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