BOZEMAN - Five Montana State University employees were honored as the 2014 Employees of the Year today at the university’s 25thannual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony.
President Waded Cruzado announced the winners at a reception today hosted by Terry Leist, vice president for administration and finance. The winners were honored for their outstanding performance and contributions. Each winner received a framed award, a $500 cash prize and an MSU Employee of the Year pin with a blue sapphire on a gold pin.
This year’s winners were: Amy Ross, University Police officer; Melody Schimpf, fiscal and operations manager for the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences; Linda Ward, assistant director of the Bracken Center in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Brendon Packwood, audio visual support specialist with the Information Technology Center; and David Court, Banner finance team leader in University Business Services.
- Peers of Ross, a detective with University Police, lauded her as a multifaceted, highly competent officer. “Detective Ross always places the needs of her peers and supervisors above her own while her upbeat personality brings an instant moral boost to any team project,” her nominators said.
- As the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences fiscal and operations manager, Schimpf serves as the clearing house for $6 million to $7 million in annual expenditures, requiring careful bookkeeping and a steady, confident assessment of upcoming fiscal operations and requirements, according to those who nominated Schimpf for the award. “(Schimpf) brings a deep institutional knowledge, razor-sharp fiscal skills, a methodical and inspiring efficiency, a profound dedication, loyalty, spark-like innovation…,” they said.
- Ward was nominated in part for her work developing and initiating the Executive Closet within the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship that benefited 680 students in 2013 who were able to obtain professional clothing for free to wear at upcoming interviews. “Given that a nice suit can easily cost hundreds of dollars, Linda’s brainchild has saved students well over $100,000 since the first Executive’s Closet in 2009,” her nominators said.
- According to Packwood’s nomination, he provides crucial information concerning technology in classrooms. “Whenever a question arises and we need an answer, he is so prompt in getting back to us with answers… He is experienced, dedicated, and a pleasure to know and work with.”
- Court is credited with coordinating a new pay system for international students to send payments to MSU using electronic transfers. According to his nomination, the new system Court developed is more secure, costs less, and allows student to pay off their accounts using their home currency.
Other MSU employees nominated for the award all received a letter of recognition and a certificate. Nominees for the 2014 Employee Recognition Awards were: Anne Angermeyr, Office of the Provost; Elizabeth Bird, College of Education, Health and Human Development; Sandra Bunch, University Printing Services; Audrey Capp, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Irene Decker, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology; Melisenda Edwards, The Graduate School; Gary Gramer, Planning, Design and Construction; Julie Hager, Department of Animal and Range Sciences; Robin Happel, College of Agriculture/Montana Agricultural Experiment Station; Abbey Keene, Recreational Sports and Fitness; Lisa Musgrave, Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Debra Redburn, College of Education, Health and Human Development; and Denise Thompson, Department of Animal and Range Sciences.
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