Employee of the Month Winners

The Employee of the Month recognizes those individuals who serve BU in an exceptional manner with outstanding service through his or her work and a positive and supportive attitude.

To nominate a deserving individual for the award, visit the employee of the month nomination page.


2021-22

November 2021

Linda Neyer, a faculty member from the Andruss Library, is the Employee of the Month for November 2021.

Linda was nominated for the honor by three individuals: Charlotte Droll from the library, Angela La Valley from communication studies and the General Education Council, and Lori Metzger from the nursing department.

All three shared thoughts about Linda’s dedication to helping students succeed. Charlotte Droll wrote that "Linda is an outstanding library faculty member and brings energy and warmth to her interactions with students, faculty, and colleagues." Angela La Valley wrote: "Linda is a tireless advocate for BU students, particularly in the area of general education, and especially when it comes to information literacy. On the General Education Council, she’s a consummate professional – well prepared for every meeting, offering insightful comments, and respectful of her colleagues’ views." Lori Metzger added that "Linda has continually supported the Nursing Department by coming into the classroom for Nursing University Seminar and providing tailored seminars in library usage and resources. Her health and science background allows her to speak the medical language that students are using. She is a professional who supports nursing students and encourages them in their scholarly work."

Additionally, the nominations included some items that make Linda a favorite among the students and faculty. "During finals week, Linda has organized Coffee Nights at the library. This seemingly simple gesture has lasted more than a decade and created and reinforced a sense of community. It provides students with not just coffee and cookies but also a bit of stress relief, some last-minute tutoring, and a lot of encouragement," noted Charlotte Droll. Lori Metzger shared, "Linda reaches out to assist the faculty in understanding changes in APA format (7th edition). She will make sure there are in-services for the faculty to facilitate information for students. In nursing, we consider Linda part of our team, not just a health and science librarian."

Congratulations to Linda Neyer, our Employee of the Month!

October 2021

Dr. Christina Francis, a faculty member in our Department of English, is the Employee of the Month for October 2021.

Dr. Francis, who was nominated anonymously for the award, was described as a "force of nature." The individual wrote, "If there’s a committee, she’s on it.  If there’s a teaching innovation, she’s already thought about it and enacted it.  She’s done a tremendous amount of work for the English department as well as the University as a whole."

With regard to Dr. Francis’ focus on her students, the nominator wrote: "She’s driven by a strong moral compass and a huge sense of responsibility to her students and colleagues. Every semester, she conferences with all of her students in the first week of class to get to know them and make sure they understand the mechanics of her classes and BU as a whole.  If someone is struggling, she will offer to help, though she never coddles them, instead increasing their independence with constant clear explanations and high expectations. She is an untiring advocate for the Liberal Arts and all it brings to enrich students’ lives and their ability to think critically."

Included among Christina’s service to BU and the community:

  • Director of the Gender Studies minor
  • Stephen Jones Professional U Fellow for the College of Liberal Arts
  • Advisor to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society
  • Part of CASSH Con, COLA’s annual conference on Careers in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities  
  • Executive board member of the Bloomsburg Women’s Center
  • Former board member/board president of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
  • Organizes a large diversity conference in area high schools.

Congratulations to Christina Francis, our Employee of the Month!

September 2021

Mr. Chris Baumer, a supervisor in our duplicating office, is the Employee of the Month for September 2021.

Chris Baumer EOM

Chris was nominated for the award by seven individuals: Wendy Hoyt, Ted Roggenbuck, Brenda Pitonyak, Amy Hettinger, Gay Anne Spezialetti, Irene Johnson, and one person who wishes to remove anonymous.

Below is a sampling of what was written about Chris in the nominations:

  • "Chris has such a great personality.  When you walk into duplicating, he is eager to help with a smile. He goes out of his way to get last-minute requests done without hesitation." – Wendy Hoyt
  • "When I arrived here 13 years ago, I was struck by how much better duplicating services was on this campus compared to the four universities for which I taught/worked prior to BU." – Ted Roggenbuck
  • "Chris is so efficient and timely with getting tasks done and has even gone so far as to hand-deliver some duplicated items to my office on upper campus – that is going above and beyond expectations!" – Brenda Pitonyak
  • "Chris’s attention to adhering to the brand standards of the University goes above and beyond the expectations of the University. The number of events he has gone above and beyond the expectations of his position would number in the thousands. He is a vital employee to the workings of this University." – Irene Johnson

Congratulations to Chris Baumer, our Employee of the Month!

 

 

Previous Employee of the Month Winners

Employee of the Year - Jill Whitenight, Student Success

Jill was originally the Employee of the Month for November 2020. In her nomination of Jill last fall, Dr. Marty Wygmans, Associate Vice President for Student Success, wrote that “Jill is the consummate professional and demonstrates thoughtfulness in all that she does. As a relatively new person at the University, I value her long history at BU. She uses that knowledge to help me (and others) navigate the University’s processes and procedures. Jill played a vital role in helping our areas in Student Success realign the workloads of the support staff in each of the office areas. It became apparent that we needed a system to improve our efficiency, morale, and daily workloads. Jill worked with each staff person to help us find and eliminate redundancy while keeping in mind the ‘fit’ of the person to the specific offices and tasks.”

Marty continued: “Jill consistently works above and beyond the expectations of her position, but one shining example was during the start of the unprecedented Fall 2020 semester when she noticed another office frantically scrambling to prepare for Welcome Weekend. Recognizing the importance of the success of this event to BU and our students, Jill immediately leaped into action, putting aside her workload and responsibilities to pitch in, recruit others, and help get the job done.”

Congratulations to Jill Whitenight, our Employee of the Year, and congrats again to all our employees of the month over the past year.

Employee of the Year 2020-21

Dr. Hanna with Jill Whitenight and luncheon honoring Employee of the Month award winners from the past year.


2020-21 Winners

June 2021

Lyndee Tyson, a supervisor in the Facility Services Department, is the Employee of the Month for June 2021.

Lyndee Tyson

Lyndee was nominated for the award by first-shift custodian and moving crew employees. The group wrote in the nomination, “Lyndee is the only supervisor covering first shift custodial/moving crew. She has the whole campus and is very dedicated to her job in keeping everything maintained and in good order for students, faculty and staff. She is always available to her staff even when off duty, such as the weekend staff. She takes the time to write out schedules, buildings, and classrooms to help her staff get the job done as efficient as possible.”

Continuing, the group added, “Lyndee deals with any crisis that arises daily with complete competence. She is very appreciative of the work her staff does and she always makes a point to let her staff know of a job well done. Everything she asks of her staff, she has probably done herself or would still do as a supervisor – that’s why she has so much respect from her staff. She treats her staff as equals and explains day-to-day scheduling and considers everyone’s input. Lyndee will also listen to any personnel concerns and problems to help guide her staff in a positive direction.”

Congratulations to Lyndee Tyson, our Employee of the Month!

May 2021

Ms. Stacey Newell, graphic designer in the Office of Marketing and Communications, is the Employee of the Month for May 2021.

Stacey Newell

In his nomination of Stacey for this award, Tom Kresch, Jr. in our Admissions office wrote: “Stacey has always displayed outstanding enthusiasm for her job and an incredible amount of pride in her designs. Her contributions to marketing and communications have enhanced our recruitment process in the Admissions office. And though we make requests in high volume, Stacey is always ready to help and excited to contribute.”

Tom continued: “Stacey is the primary graphic designer for our print materials. Her attention to detail, creativity, and willingness to try new projects have helped our office develop an outstanding suite of collateral we use to recruit prospective students. She’s designed a wide variety of items, including (but certainly not limited to) postcards, posters, brochures, and t-shirts - essentially anything we’ve sought. In a competitive recruitment market, Stacey has helped provide our office with materials that stand out. Stacey has proven to be an outstanding BU employee because of her effort and the attitude she brings to work every day. Her sense of enthusiasm and positivity has made the development process an enjoyable one.”

Congratulations to Stacey Newell, our Employee of the Month!

April 2021

Dr. Claire Lawrence, a professor in the Department of English, is the Employee of the Month for April 2021.

Thank you to Dr. Christina Francis, who nominated Dr. Lawrence.

Claire Lawrence

In her nomination, Dr. Francis wrote: “Dr. Lawrence is an exceptional educator, one who cares deeply and equally about the quality of her students' education and their personal health and welfare. Her attention to both of these important components of our students' lives means that she puts in long hours to ensure that she lives up to the standards she has set for herself. Whether it's English 101 and first-year students, or the creative energies of senior-level Creative Writing students, Dr. Lawrence crafts a learning experience and educational atmosphere crucial to student success. The students love her for it.”

Christina continued, "In addition to her care for her students, she is also a treasured colleague within the English Department and an important advocate for Social Justice and Green Campus Initiatives on campus. Dr. Lawrence stepped up willingly to participate in the complex and sensitive conversations of consolidation, and I am proud to work with her in our efforts to engage students within the department through our Student Advisory Council (a model borrowed from Media and Journalism), and to build a more enticing web presence for our programs. She brings the same energy to her work with the Honors College. All students matter, and she's willing to roll up her sleeves.”

Congratulations to Dr. Claire Lawrence, our Employee of the Month!

March 2021

Ms. Beth Brennan, the executive associate to the AVP for Student Development and Campus Life, is the Employee of the Month for March 2021.

Beth was nominated for the award by George Long, Director of Diversity, Equity & Multicultural Affairs, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.

Beth Brennan

George wrote in the nomination, "Beth is dedicated to those for whom she provides services. She is a wealth of knowledge; she always volunteers to direct us, assist us, and answer questions for us. Her knowledge about everything BU only matches her invaluable insight and professionalism. Most significantly, Beth never complains about her work, our requests, or the amount of work it might take to fulfill a request. In fact, she almost certainly will end an obligation by saying ‘sure’ – as in ‘not a problem.’ Most importantly, she is sincere. One day she may be helping someone with Zoom, and another day assisting someone with a signature for payment. She does it without hesitation. Last week one of our employees referred to her as the team's work mom because of the care she takes to help any one of us.”

Continuing, George added, "The most impressive aspect of Beth's contributions is her willingness to help. She volunteered to drive a member of our team to a family obligation hours away. She spends time in the local food pantry helping community members. She knows EVERYBODY, and everybody knows her. Her relationships with students, faculty, and staff are legendary from a new person's perspective. She has been invaluable to our team in more ways than we can count. Each DEI weekly team meeting begins with acknowledgments: recognitions/appreciation. I would say 90% of the recognitions/appreciations go first to Beth, and then we divvy out the rest to the team members who deserve them! She is a tremendous BU employee and has been for many years and in many capacities.”

Congratulations to Beth Brennan, our Employee of the Month!

February 2021

Ms. Jessica Heid, a compliance program coordinator in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, is the Employee of the Month for February 2021.

Jess Heid EOM

Jessica was nominated for the award by Rachel Shaffer and the Success Specialists staff.

Rachel wrote in the nomination, “Jess has been at the forefront of the HuskySuccess implementation process. She has patiently worked through many issues related to getting our student management systems to align properly. Jess shows positivity, patience, and a willingness to take time out of her day to meet with all BU community members about any issues or concerns that might exist in the HuskySuccess platform. We are often able to get a meeting with Jess the same day a problem arises — a rarity considering her workload.”

Rachel continued, “Jess has created training videos for faculty, staff, and students. She also maintains the HuskySuccess email account and works to help occasionally frustrated and upset users. She does all of this while maintaining a high quality of work and professionalism. Jess is a great example of the dedicated employees that work behind the scenes at BU. She always works to ensure we have the best possible product for faculty, staff, and most importantly, our students.”

As part of this recognition, Jessica will enjoy a $100 cash award, a reserved parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. She will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Jessica Heid, our Employee of the Month!

January 2021

Angela Ciucci, currently a staff member in the Honors College and formerly in the College of Science and Technology (COST), is January's employee of the month.

Angela Ciucci

Angela was nominated for the award anonymously by a colleague in COST. The nominator wrote in the submission, “Professionalism and enthusiasm are two qualities you will see in Angela daily. Being one of the main contacts in the Dean's Office, she resolves issues and handles any job tasks thrown at her. At any given time, you can call Angela, and she will be more than willing to help in a timely manner. Angela oversees recruitment from all the majors within COST, and she does a phenomenal job, even when it calls for after-hour events. Several offices and administrators have praised her for going above and beyond.”

The nominator continued, “Often she will receive phone calls from parents and students who are upset regarding situations anywhere from scheduling to housing. She will give them an opportunity to explain the situation, include other offices if needed, and find a resolution. Angela is regularly in communication with alumni informing them of upcoming events and opportunities to help current students. Her organizational skills and ability to plan allow more alumni to accommodate their schedules and attend. She interacts with many different departments and individuals, and she is known campus-wide for her ability to take charge and allow BU to have a stronger sense of community.”

As part of this recognition, Angela will enjoy a $100 cash award, a reserved parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. She will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Angela Ciucci, our Employee of the Month!

December 2020

Adam Killian, a staff member in the Office of Technology, is the Employee of the Month for December 2020.

Adam Killian

Adam was nominated for the award by Professor Joe Andreacci, Provost Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Brooke Zeluskey (Provost’s Office), and Amanda Biddings (President’s Office).

Dr. Andreacci wrote in his nomination, “In early August 2020, our local Meet and Discuss approved to move the faculty promotion process online. Mr. Killian was a tremendous asset in quickly developing a way for BU faculty to submit their promotion materials electronically, given the short turn-around time. Adam makes BU a great place to work.”

Dr. Rogers-Adkinson and Brooke Zeluskey wrote, “Adam played a vital role in the university’s transition to working remotely during the COVID pandemic. He aided in creating multiple OneDrive and SharePoint sites for the Office of Academic Affairs. He has spent numerous hours working with staff and faculty at Bloomsburg, Mansfield, and Lock Haven. Adam has gone above and beyond expectations in his position, especially supporting Academic Affairs and faculty evaluations. With little notice, Adam created 53 individual faculty evaluation SharePoint sites, quickly responding to any technical issues. This Fall saw a particularly heavy load with the switch to online faculty evaluation, tenure, promotion, and sabbatical processes. Adam has also supported the creation of the NE Integration SharePoint site for the NE Integration Leadership Team.”

Amanda Biddings shared that “I have never once been met with a begrudging voice or tone when making multiple requests or changes to Adam. He continues to be upbeat and humors me with my many questions.”

As part of this recognition, Adam will enjoy a $100 cash award, a reserved parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Adam will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Adam Killian, our Employee of the Month!

November 2020

Jill Whitenight, a staff member in the Office of Student Success, is the Employee of the Month for November 2020.

Jill Whitenight

Jill was nominated by Dr. Marty Wygmans, who writes, “Jill is the consummate professional – demonstrating thoughtfulness in all that she does. As a relatively new person at the University, I value her long history at BU. She uses that knowledge to help me (and others) navigate processes and procedures, and she keeps me out of ‘trouble’ by helping me understand why things are the way they are.”

Further, Marty writes, “Jill played a vital role in helping our areas in Student Success realign the workloads of the support staff in each of the office areas. It became apparent that we needed a system to improve our efficiency, morale, and daily workloads. Jill worked with each staff person to help us find and eliminate redundancy while keeping in mind the ‘fit’ of the person to the specific offices and tasks. Jill also consistently works above and beyond the expectations of her position, but one shining example was during the start of this unprecedented fall 2020 semester when Jill noticed another office frantically scrambling to prepare for Welcome Weekend. Recognizing the importance of the success of this event to our students and to BU, she immediately leaped into action, adding to her current workload and responsibilities to pitch in, recruit others, and get the job done.”

As part of this recognition, Jill will enjoy a $100 cash award, a reserved parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Jill will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Jill Whitenight, our Employee of the Month!

October 2020

Dr. Deborah John, the senior audiologist at the Center for Hearing & Balance, is the Employee of the Month for October 2020.

Deb John

Deborah was nominated for the award by GayAnne Spezialetti, who writes, “During the pandemic, Dr. John was frequently fielding calls from patients regarding the services she provides at the on-campus clinic. I would frequently see her in a mask and gloves providing ‘curbside’ service to the elderly patients she sees in the clinic. She has also returned their calls, tried to troubleshoot their issues, so they didn’t need to leave their homes. She has continuously provided them with the excellent care they receive, even in these extraordinary circumstances. Hats off to Dr. John for going above and beyond!”

GayAnne continues, “Dr. John is a professional who represents the on-campus clinic far beyond her working hours. She provides students with outlets to practice their trade and also makes the clinic known in the community by attending health fairs, as well as various events such as the fair, and schools.”

As part of this recognition, Deborah will receive a $100 cash award, a designated faculty/staff parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. She will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah John, our Employee of the Month!

Employee of the Year - Vince Kozlek, Network Services

Initially nominated by Sam Josuweit, Vince received the Employee of the Month award in March 2020. In the nomination form, Sam wrote, "As manager of our IT server environment, Vince interacts with faculty, staff and students on a regular basis. Many of these interactions are at a time when people need help the most. On a regular basis, Vince can be found providing assistance off hours to someone who has run into a critical IT problem or responding to an email phishing attack over a weekend or holiday. Recently, Vince worked overnight and into the early morning hours to correct an errant software update that caused critical problems to most of our IT servers. From faculty and staff or the student that calls for help at 6pm, Vince can always be counted on to help the members of our community when they are stuck with an IT problem."

Employee of the Year - Vince Kozlek

Vince is pictured in the photo at the luncheon honoring Employee of the Month award winners from the past year. Congrats again and thank you to Vince and all honorees.

*The EOM program was on pause in May – June 2020.


September 2020

Dr. Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, TALE Director and faculty member in the history department, is the Employee of the Month for September 2020.

Lisa Stallbaumer EOM

Lisa was nominated for the award by Tara Diehl from Academic Enrichment. In her nomination, Tara writes, “Lisa more than stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic - she situated the TALE center in the ‘hot zone’ and rallied everyone around it. It was evident that she prioritized the needs of BU faculty, staff, and students during these challenging times.”

Tara continued, “Lisa worked tirelessly, alongside Instructional Media & Design Center staff and institutional leaders to develop a comprehensive training plan to meet the needs of faculty working remotely. It was evident that her plan was not a band-aid fix, but instead was mobilizing BU resources in the most efficient manner. All of Lisa’s emails were helpful, encouraging, and informative. She validated the fears and concerns of faculty and students and reassured all that while this situation is unusual, the feelings of trepidation were perfectly normal.”

As part of this recognition, Lisa will receive a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Lisa will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline on this very well-deserved honor. I don’t normally speak for my colleagues, but I believe I can say that we are all grateful for Dr. Stallbaumer-Beishline’s leadership during a particularly challenging time for our campus community.

April 2020

Ms. Kyra Bulla, an admissions office staff member, is the Employee of the Month for April 2020.

Kyra Bulla EOM

Ms. Bulla’s nominator wishes to remain anonymous but wrote that “Kyra handles many critical processes and a mass volume of student information, from inquiries to matriculation. It's impressive how she is able to meticulously maintain accurate records while also being quick to handle a large volume of requests and emails from students and colleagues on a daily basis. Her ability to always maintain a calm and confident outlook and get it all done is admirable. I can't recall ever seeing her stressed out even amidst the most chaotic of times.”

Her nominator continued, “Kyra's job is primarily ‘behind the scenes,’ but she shines at our large events like Open House and Husky Decision Day. In a fast-paced, crowded environment she is enthusiastic to welcome and assist prospective students and their supporters with a variety of tasks and can answer nearly any question thrown at her. She also fearlessly leads us with any new software endeavors and the inevitable changes and quirks that come along with them. Kyra has graciously shared her time and expertise of TargetX software and check-in procedures by assisting other departments for events such as Orientation.”

As part of this honor, Kyra will enjoy a $100 cash award and, once we return to normal operations on campus, the following: a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for a month; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Kyra will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Kyra Bulla, our Employee of the Month!

March 2020

Vince Kozlek, a staff member in the office of Network Services, is the Employee of the Month for March 2020.

Vince Kozlek EOM

Mr. Kozlek was nominated for the award by Sam Josuweit who writes, “As manager of our IT server environment, Vince interacts with faculty, staff and students on a regular basis. Many of these interactions are at a time when people need help the most. Many times, Vince can be found providing assistance off-hours to someone who has run into a critical IT problem or responding to an email phishing attack over a weekend or holiday.”

Mr. Josuweit continued, “Recently, Vince worked overnight and into the early morning hours to correct an errant software update that caused critical problems to most of our IT servers. From faculty and staff or the student that calls for help at 6 p.m., Vince can always be counted on to help the members of our community when they are challenged with an IT problem.”

As part of this honor, Vince will enjoy a $100 cash award; a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Vince will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Vince Kozlek, our Employee of the Month!

February 2020

Gwen Stancavage, a staff member in the office of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, is the Employee of the Month for February 2020.

Gwen Stancavage EOM

Ms. Stancavage’s nomination was submitted anonymously. The nominator writes, “Gwen is known to her colleagues as the ‘fixer’ because on an average day she is likely to solve numerous problems across campus, with students, faculty, and external systems like human resources, the dean’s office, registrar, scheduling, Professional U, and the list goes on and on. Gwen has knowledge of every working component within our department. She has served over six different department chairpersons throughout her time at Bloomsburg and has collaborated with every one of them to ensure the best possible outcomes for the department.”

The nomination continues, “She is the heart and soul of the program because she always knows when someone is in need before they ever approach her. Her skills range beyond that of a secretary, as her actions reach far and wide beyond the list that defines what she is responsible for. Gwen is effective because she is organized, present, and because she genuinely cares for her colleagues, the students, and the greater Bloomsburg University community. She is technologically sophisticated and diligent about ensuring that her knowledge exceeds expectations. Quite simply, Gwen is inspiring. She embraces change with a smile on her face and always has an action plan in place when a new initiative is introduced. Of particular importance is the work that she has done for the Social Work Program and specifically, field education and internships.”

Congratulations to Gwen Stancavage, our Employee of the Month!

January 2020

Scott Levan, an officer in the Bloomsburg University Police Department, is the Employee of the Month for January 2020.

Scott Levan EOM

Mr. Levan was nominated for the award by Leo Sokoloski, our Director of University Police. Chief Sokoloski writes that “Scott has been a member of the Bloomsburg University Police Department since 2007 and brings a professional and caring attitude with him daily as he manages all special parking requests for the BU community. Scott embraces the concept of community-oriented policing and building positive relationships with students and all those he encounters during his daily duties. Scott’s experience as a University Police Officer has taught him that there is nothing more crucial to reducing crime and collateral discord than building partnerships between law enforcement and the University community he serves.”

Chief Sokoloski continued: “Scott recently went above and beyond the call of duty when he performed life-saving measures on a member of the Bloomsburg University community. He is patient, polite and professional in dealing with all University constituents, which is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address and meet our challenges.”

As part of this honor, Scott will enjoy a $100 cash award; a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Scott will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Officer Scott Levan, our Employee of the Month!

December 2019

Lauren Fuhrman, a statistician in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, is the Employee of the Month for December 2019.

Lauren Furhman

Ms. Fuhrman was nominated for the award by Amy Eitzen, associate dean of the College of Education. Dr. Eitzen writes about Ms. Fuhrman, “Lauren works extremely hard to assist the College of Education (COE) in all of its endeavors. She has assisted many faculty in the assessment development and data collection of their Specialized Professional Associations national recognition. Most recently, she has been helping the College of Education in CAEP accreditation, assisting with many data points and sharing her professional knowledge with COE committees as we strive to meet all of CAEP’s data requirements. She works with the COE so closely and meets so many of our needs that we often think of her as a member of the COE. One of Lauren’s strongest assets is her creativity in problem-solving. Through many brainstorming sessions with faculty, committees, and the dean’s office, Lauren has been a huge contributor to solving issues that arise. Some would say (and have said) that the COE would not be nearly as advanced in our CAEP work without Lauren.”

Dean Eitzen continued, “Lauren is a patient instructor of her craft. She is always willing to share her knowledge with faculty and staff (and an associate dean) to enable others to work with data themselves. She is always ready to spend time demonstrating her skills to others and does so comprehensively and cheerfully. I do not know how many phone calls she receives each day from this office, especially as we inch closer to our CAEP self-study due date, but she always responds quickly and in a pleasant manner.”

As part of this honor, Lauren will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Lauren will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Lauren Fuhrman, our Employee of the Month!

November 2019

Mr. Asa Kelley, a staff member in Instructional Media Services, is the Employee of the Month for November 2019.

Asa Kelley

Mr. Kelley was nominated for the award by Julie Petry from the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Ms. Petry writes, “Asa is very generous with his skills and talents. He has worked in Instructional Media Services for well over ten years, and through each year he has gone above and beyond to help catalog events and create invaluable archiving services for students, faculty and staff. In particular, he has continued to answer questions even when on vacation, was willing to listen to particular needs as he made decisions about how long things get archived, and has spent extra hours making projects and archived sites professional and detailed.”

She continued, “Asa has also been instrumental in giving energy, time, and support to the annual LGBTQA Mid-Atlantic Conference and the annual fundraiser for LGBTQA campus resources and scholarships. Asa is both a generous soul and a good friend to many of the staff and faculty on this campus. He absolutely deserves to be recognized without pause.”

As part of this honor, Asa will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Asa Kelley, our employee of the month!

October 2019

Ms. Wendy Krum, an administrative assistant in the College of Science and Technology, is BU’s Employee of the Month for October 2019.

Wendy Krum

Ms. Krum was nominated for the award by Dean Robert Aronstam from the College of Science and Technology. Dr. Aronstam writes about Ms. Krum, “Wendy is an exceptionally organized, competent and proactive administrator. Faculty know whom to go to for the real answers. Wendy oversees the College’s finances, supports faculty committees, coordinates the hiring process for over 40 temporary faculty each year, and supports or manages six staff members, nine departmental administrators, and eight student workers. Ms. Krum is firm but evenhanded in her supervision of students and staff. Accountability, flexibility and reasonableness guide her deliberations.”

He continued, “Ms. Krum is also involved in alumni communications and development, college printing operations, purchasing, equipment inventories, and college special events (receptions, parties, alumni events). Incredibly, this takes up only half of her time. The rest of her time is taken up with dealing with the unexpected matters that invariably and constantly arise. Someone once asked her what her primary job duty was. She replied, ‘I do whatever is necessary’. And she meant it. The smooth operation of our office is a testament to her efficiency, economy and common sense. The atmosphere in the COST office is both upbeat and focused; the office is a warm and welcoming place. Wendy insists on an appropriate customer focus for departmental dealings with students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors alike.”

As part of this honor, Wendy will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Wendy Krum on this well-deserved honor!

September 2019

Jodi Fetterolf, a clerk typist from the Department of Art and Art History, is the Employee of the Month for September 2019.

Jodi Fetterolf

Ms. Fetterolf was nominated for the award by Neil Strine from the Department of Political Science. Neil writes about Ms. Fetterolf, “Jodi works in the art and art history department but has served as the state secretary for the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) since April 2016 when the PA High School Speech League moved its permanent home to BU. Jodi agreed to take on the duties as the state secretary as part of her regular department responsibilities without having a ‘complete’ understanding of what was required for the position.”

Dr. Strine continued, “The words ‘professionalism and ‘enthusiasm’ are the perfect words to describe Jodi since becoming the PHSSL state secretary. However, I would also add that the words initiative, organized, and positive attitude as other words that describe her. For the past three years, Jodi has become the face of Bloomsburg University and the PA High School Speech League. She represents BU to faculty, administrators and staff here on campus, to high school students, coaches, and PHSSL executive board members in all corners of Pennsylvania. Jodi is responsible for updating, publishing, and distributing the PHSSL journal to member high schools three times per year, maintaining the PHSSL website with updates and membership changes, taking and publishing notes from PHSSL Executive Board meetings, editing and publishing the programs for the drama festival and state tournament, and she keeps track of membership applications. Everyone compliments me on how great Jodi is for PHSSL and Bloomsburg University and how quickly Jodi learned about the organization and her duties.”

As part of this honor, Jodi will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Jodi will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Jodi Fetterolf on being named BU’s Employee of the Month!

August 2019

Ethan Krupp, a faculty member in the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance, is the Employee of the Month for August 2019.

Ethan Krupp

Mr. Krupp was nominated for the award by Christina Francis. Ms. Francis writes about Ethan, “There are so many ways that Ethan contributes to the goals of BU, at every level. Advocating for students is just one of them. He strives to make personal connections with incoming students, chasing down every lead in the hopes of bringing just one more Husky into the fold of the BU Players and the larger BU community.”

She continued, “He takes pride in the quality of the work produced by his division, and he puts in long hours to make it happen, whether that means late weekend night tech rehearsals for shows or extra office hours for major advising, or taking on a guest designer spot even though he's up to his eyeballs in refining department assessment protocols in order to keep his creative energy flowing. In another example, Ethan has worked hard in the last year or two to grow the campus community's engagement with BU Players performances, by sending out personalized invitations, and then greeting all those who come every night with a smile and welcome. At COLA events like Taste of the Arts, it is Ethan who jets from room to room, making sure that all of the Audio/Visual needs of the event stay on track. His willingness to do this type of work demonstrates his generosity to the mission of his division, his college, and the university at large.”

As part of this honor, Ethan will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Ethan on being the Employee of the Month.

July 2019

Nawal Bonomo, formerly of the global and multicultural education office, is the Employee of the Month for July 2019.

Nawal Bonomo

Ms. Bonomo, now working as the assistant to the dean in the College of Science and Technology, was nominated for the award by Jennifer Lehman. Ms. Lehman writes about Nawal, “She is extremely knowledgeable and wise about not only international concerns but also domestic ones. She is friendly and outgoing to our students, and I can see how comfortable they are around her. She makes them feel welcome and supported, which is particularly important when you are in a country that is not your own!”

She continued, “It has been my professional pleasure to witness Nawal in action with students at the various meetings in which I've sat with her, and she has displayed an unmistakable passion for the work she does for our students. I am so thankful to be able to learn from her, as she been an outstanding role model.”

As part of this honor, Nawal will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Nawal will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Nawal on being the Employee of the Month.

June 2019

Cindy Boucher, food service worker at Roongo’s, is the Employee of the Month for June 2019.

Cindy Boucher

Ms. Boucher was nominated for the award by Michael Martin, associate professor in the Department of English. In his nomination, Michael noted, “Cindy is an incredibly dedicated and diligent employee and service person at Roongos. I have watched how she interacts with both her co-workers and the many people with whom she must interact with every day. If you go to Roongos between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., you know the crazy volume of people there. Yet, you will see Cindy working effectively and efficiently to manage the non-ending stream of individuals who frequent this central eating spot on campus. She can work at any station and always takes the utmost care in whatever she prepares for the person in front of her. She is attentive to the details of what she is doing and more than willing to make sure that you are happy with what you will receive.”

Dr. Martin also wrote, “I have witnessed her work with prospective students and parents and make them feel welcome. I have watched her when a guest has been less than cordial, but she smiles and displays a sense of grace and professionalism, demonstrating the commitment she has to what she does. It is often easy for us to see Aramark employees as merely a worker. Something I find fundamentally abhorrent. However, she treats her position as something that deserves both her care and energy. She is a wonderful example of how each of us at the university should approach the tasks we have each day. She always brightens my day when I go there, and she provides me the best service and care I could ever hope to receive. I believe she is an example of the finest we have here at Bloomsburg and is one of the reasons I am honored to work here.”

As part of this honor, Cindy will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Cindy will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Cindy on being the Employee of the Month.

Employee of the Year - Susan Sarver, Office of the Registrar

Sue was initially nominated last year by Christy Stine from our facilities management department, and she received the "Employee of the Month" honor in August 2018. In her nomination form, Christy Stine wrote, "Sue goes above and beyond to maintain order and consistency with academic scheduling, especially during the busiest times (of the year). When issues arise, she is sure to communicate with all parties involved and try to find a fair solution. Her customer service skills are excellent. Her commitment to communicating with all involved and regularly following up until the issue is resolved is very much appreciated. Sue’s words of encouragement often bring a bright spot to the day and let you know there are other team-players willing to help. She is truly a great representative of our BU family."

Employee of the Year 2018-19

Sue is pictured at a luncheon honoring "Employee of the Month" honorees from the past year.


May 2019

Troy Prutzman, electronics systems technician, from the College of Science and Technology has been named the Employee of the Month for May 2019.

Troy Prutzman

Mr. Prutzman was nominated for the award by both Robert Aronstam, dean of the College of Science and Technology and Greg Zimmerman, chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In his nomination, Aronstam noted, “Troy is in equal parts competent, knowledgeable and cooperative. Needless to say, Troy’s services are in heavy demand. Troy is proactive and creative in his approach; he has saved the institution countless dollars by anticipating problems and devising workarounds to keep our laboratories functioning. Troy is written into many departmental improvement plans, as in “hire another Troy.”

Zimmerman wrote, “Troy is a miracle worker. Shortly after being hired, the ancient fluorometer, used in our upper-level classes and for research stopped working. Troy quickly diagnosed that the instrument’s “186” computer processor was the source of the problem. Unfortunately, it was no longer possible to buy this processor. We asked around and found someone with a computer with this processor. Troy used this processor to fix the fluorometer. He enthusiastically takes on tough problems and solves them.”

As part of this honor, Troy will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Troy will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Troy on being the Employee of the Month.

April 2019

Julia Kaschak, office of finance and business services, has been named the Employee of the Month for April 2019.

Julia Kaschak

Ms. Kaschak was nominated for the award by Heather Feldhaus, professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice. In her nomination, Feldhaus noted, “Julia has an extremely important role in being sure that every aspect of our grants accounting is perfect in order to ensure that we are protecting our current and future opportunities. Each grant and budget is different with large or small variations in rules that must all be carefully followed, yet sometimes change abruptly. This means that she has to be very meticulous, ask many questions, and patiently explain why, when, and how a particular action is necessary.”

Also, she writes, “Julia is an absolute professional. She has a near encyclopedic knowledge of how many different organizations operate and what they prefer in terms of both formal and informal reporting processes. Despite being very busy, she is always willing to take the time to carefully and cheerfully answer any question. At the same time, she is extremely quick to respond to any request. I am not sure how she can possibly do all that she does, do it so well, and also do it so cheerfully.”

As part of this honor, Julia will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Julia will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Julia on being the Employee of the Month.

March 2019

Alma George, clerk typist from the Department of Exceptionality Programs, has been named the Employee of the Month for March 2019.

Alma George

Ms. George was nominated for the award by Maureen Walsh, a faculty member in the department, and Darlene Perner, interim dean of the College of Education. In their nomination, they noted, “Alma not only learned and fulfills the complex tasks that need to be completed in the department on a daily basis, but she also keeps copious notes to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner from semester-to-semester.”

Also, “Alma’s work ethic and the quality of her performance is always outstanding. She respects students, staff, and faculty by keeping confidentiality and caring for and supporting each person’s individual needs. Alma is professional in her interactions with others. She always has a greeting and a smile for students who come in the office. No matter what she is working on or the time of day, if students need her assistance, Alma is there to help them. This includes during lunch or at the end of the day. Alma goes above and beyond to ensure that each student’s needs or issues are resolved. She makes students her priority.”

As part of this honor, Alma will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Alma on being the Employee of the Month.

February 2019

Bernie Landers, a groundskeeper from facilities management, has been named the Employee of the Month for February 2019.

Bernie Landers

Mr. Landers was nominated by Laura Davis, professor of business education and information and technology management, for the award. On her submission form, she noted, “My office is on the third floor of Sutliff Hall, facing the quad. Many times a day, I look out at the campus grounds and am taken by its beauty – every day, every season. I also enjoy the grounds around Sutliff sitting on the benches, eating my lunch, or chatting with students and colleagues. I make a point to pause each morning as I walk to the building and reflect on the loveliness of the campus I have worked at for almost twenty years. While I’ve exchanged many ‘hellos’ and 'good mornings’ with the gentleman working on the grounds over the years, I had to learn his name for this nomination. It is Bernie Landers, and he quietly and tirelessly makes our campus beautiful.”

Professor Davis continues, “I am not alone in noticing Mr. Landers’ work. Many, many times I have overheard or joined in conversations about ‘that man’ and how hard he works, and what a terrific job he does. Mr. Landers is an unsung hero at BU. He works tirelessly, in the heat and cold, rain or snow, and sunshine, to make our campus a beautiful and serene place to work, learn and teach. It is time everyone knows his name.”

As part of this honor, Bernie will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Bernie on being the Employee of the Month.

January 2019

Tina Johnson from facility services has been named the Employee of the Month for January 2019.

Tina Johnson

Ms. Johnson was nominated by eight individuals who work in the Waller Administration Building for the award. On one submission form it was noted, "Tina does an exceptional job taking care of this old building. She decorates the lobby and tries to make it look nice for the employees, students and visitors to our building. She does a great job keeping our office areas, restrooms, etc. clean and presentable. She cleans many highly confidential offices in this area and can be trusted."

It was also written that "Tina is a pleasure to work with, does a great job, and is truly an asset to the BU family. She is courteous and works around us so as not to interrupt our work when we are working late. Most days we never see her due to working different shifts, but we feel like she is part of our office, and know she is one of our kindest and most thoughtful co-workers."

Finally, one of the nominators wrote, "Because Tina works 2nd shift, we don’t get the chance to show our appreciation in person. She deserves to be recognized and knows that her work does not go unnoticed. She truly is an amazing person and co-worker!"

As part of this honor, Tina will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Tina on being the Employee of the Month.

December 2018

Ashley Bilinski, clerk typist in the Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences, as the Employee of the Month for December 2018.

Ashley Bilinski

Ms. Bilinski was nominated by professor Curt Jones for the award. He writes that “Ashley ensures that everyone that communicates with our office is treated equally and respectfully. She ensures tasks are completed and provides accurate information. She regularly is in communication with our alumni to inform them of department activities and opportunities to return to campus. Recent alumni are sent employment opportunity notices that we receive. Students are kept informed of the information they need to be successful and Ashley interfaces with many different departments and individuals on campus. Ashley is able to work with individuals in different areas so that all can accomplish their goals and make BU a better place. The key is that communications are accurate and appropriate so that all stakeholders develop a positive impression of our department and Bloomsburg University.”

Professor Jones also writes that “She is the first person many students see for help to resolve issues, obtain needed resources and information. She is the person who fields parent phone calls and requests from other departments on campus. Given all this diversity of interactions, Ashley is always calm and professional and conveys a sense of confidence that tasks will be handled promptly and correctly. This is important because many of these individuals are often stressed due to their own issues and looking for someone they can count on to assist them.”

As part of this honor, Ashley will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Ashley on being the Employee of the Month.

November 2018

Jacqueline Dobrovodsky, clerk typist in the Department of Innovation, Technology and Supply Chain Management, has been named the Employee of the Month for November 2018.

Jacqueline Dobrovdsky

Ms. Dobrovodsky was nominated by 10 individuals in the department for the award. On the submission form from Carolyn LaMacchia, associate professor in the department, she wrote, “Ms. Dobrovodsky displays a consistent professional attitude in tackling the wide variety of tasks in our department. I have observed her interaction with students, faculty, other staff members, visiting parents, and other visitors. I can confidently report that she is welcoming and helpful. I have observed her calm and thoughtful reaction to challenging situations as she works through solutions.”

On Assistant Professor Edward Keller’s nomination he wrote, “I am a new faculty member and Jacqueline has been unbelievably helpful in making my transition to BU seamless and she has helped me with scheduling, mail, appointments, and understanding how the university works. She has directed the students to the right person at the right time and advice given to our students has been accurate and beyond helpful. My advisees are deeply grateful for Jackie's willingness to help them be successful.”

As part of this honor, Jacqueline will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Jacqueline on being the Employee of the Month.

October 2018

Kara Workman-Hawrelak, former clerk in the global and multicultural office (now working for TriO), has been named the Employee of the Month for October 2018.

Kara Workman

Professor Jing Luo nominated Kara for the award. In the submission form he wrote, “Kara is clear-minded, efficient, consistent, and professional. She communicates effectively with faculty, students studying abroad, and administrators at partner universities. From the perspective of the Chinese program, she has provided critical support. I give Kara the highest recommendation.”

He continued, “Kara is dedicated to her work, has no strings attached to fulfilling her responsibilities. I am impressed with her thoroughness and thoughtfulness. She understands our programs. Kara is a good communicator. I trust her to communicate with students, parents, and administrators at partner schools. Working with her is a pleasure.”

As part of this honor, Kara will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Kara on being the Employee of the Month.

September 2018

Curt Jones, professor of mathematical and digital sciences, has been named the Employee of the Month for September 2018.

Dr. Curt Jones

Adjunct professor Robert Reed nominated Curt for the award. In the submission form he wrote, “I feel Curt Jones deserves the award for being the person behind the scenes who never gets the recognition because he always puts others in front of the limelight. He is an unsung hero who corrects the mistakes of others and asks nothing for himself. What other department has the same leader elected by his peers for so long.” Reed continued, “Curt also helped implement new courses in computer forensics. There is a great demand and great advertising for the university in times of competing for students. A new idea creates renewed interest and enthusiasm. It helped to revitalize the faculty of the department.”

As part of this honor, Curt will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Curt on being the Employee of the Month.

August 2018

Sue Sarver, administrative assistant in the office of the registrar, has been named the Employee of the Month for August 2018.

Susan Sarver

Sue was nominated by Christy Stine, from facilities management. In her submission form, she wrote, “Sue goes above and beyond to maintain order and consistency with academic scheduling, especially during the busiest times at the beginning of the semester and exam week at the end of the semester. When issues arise, she is sure to communicate to all parties involved and try to find a fair solution. Her customer service skills are excellent.” Christy also wrote, “Sue is always willing to assist in scheduling classroom workarounds for equipment emergencies and construction projects, and developing resolutions when multiple groups are competing for classroom space. Her knowledge of process and willingness to share it has been super helpful, especially while I was new to the scheduling position. Her commitment to communicating with all involved and regularly following up until the issue is resolved is very much appreciated. Sue's words of encouragement often bring a bright spot to the day and let you know there are other team-players willing to help. She is truly a great representative of our BU family.”

As part of this honor, Sue will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Sue on being the Employee of the Month.

July 2018

Elizabeth Stauder, clerk typist in the office of mass communications, has been named the Employee of the Month for July 2018.

Elizabeth Strauder

Elizabeth was nominated by Jason Genovese, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications and chair of the department. In his submission form, he wrote, “Anyone who has been a part of a program such as our own understands how vital the administrative assistant is to the proper functioning of the department. Liz is the engine that makes this thing hum. Where I think her biggest contributions lie is with our scheduling/registration process. We pre-register our students to ensure they are getting the courses they need, specifically in our major, to graduate on time. Liz has developed this process and we continue to tweak it as necessary. The College of Liberal Arts has recognized her skill in this area and has asked her to coach other department secretaries on the process.Getting students the proper courses is such an important part of what we do and putting students at ease when it comes to their enrollment and fulfillment of graduation requirements is something that just comes naturally to Liz.”

As part of this honor, Elizabeth will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on being the Employee of the Month.

June 2018

Terrance Riley, Ph.D., professor of English, has been named the Employee of the Month for June 2018.

Dr. Terrence Riley

Terry was nominated by Christina Francis, Ph.D., associate professor of English. In her submission form, she wrote, “As a faculty member, Terry is continually trying new approaches to teaching materials in order that he can continue to be as effective as possible in service to his students and their learning. As a colleague, he collaborates in ways that encourage inclusivity and a receptive exchange of ideas. As a scholar, he does not rest on his title of full professor. He continues to explore new terrain and areas of study out of genuine enjoyment for research and discovery. The English department relies heavily upon Terry Riley, not only for his wisdom but also for his unflagging contributions to the work of the department and the university. When he decides to retire, it will be a very sad day for us.”

As part of this honor, Terry will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Terry on being the Employee of the Month.

May 2018

Brad Swenson from the Academic Advisement Center has been named the Employee of the Month for May 2018.

Brad Swenson

Brad was nominated by Bob Heckrote from the Office of Military and Veterans Resources who wrote, “Brad is constantly sought for his expertise in general education, strategic planning considerations, summer freshmen, and I personally have consulted almost every aspect of BU’s progress with military initiatives with him. Brad plays such a vital role at this university that I cringe at the thought of him ever leaving. Students and professionals alike seek out Brad when they need help. When students talk with their friends, they say, “If you’re having an issue, go see Brad.”

Heckrote also continued in his nomination of Swenson. “I met Brad in my undergraduate time here at BU, and I can honestly say I would not be here if it were not for Brad taking the time to guide me through my time and my education. I was not an undeclared student, yet Brad went out of his way to help me because that is just the way he is. Through undergrad, grad, and now as a professional, I have witnessed Brad display this type of behavior countless times. Brad is a passionate person and demonstrates professionalism and enthusiasm in all he does. In a typical day, Brad has the capability of sitting in a thirty-minute session with a student who is sobbing because they are going to be dismissed from school and end the session with the student smiling and thanking him. He can then quickly transition to a department meeting and provide such detailed and valuable insight that many people might overlook or completely disregard. He will then most often take care of a few phone calls or emails over his lunchtime to help students and parents. He shows up early, and stays late to ensure the students are taken care of and his work is perfect. He never stops working and is such a wealth of knowledge across a vast array of areas, that I am still in awe to this day. Brad is also the type of person who can connect different offices and divisions through his social network. I have made many professional connections as a result of Brad’s introduction. He also has the best interest of the student, the division, and the university in mind at all times. Additionally, his enthusiasm constantly shows through by his level of animation, excitement, and attention to detail across all areas.”

As part of this honor, Brad will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Brad on being the Employee of the Month.