Current Pure Gold Recipients
Gina Himes Boor & Vickie Bakker, MSU-Bozeman
This is a co-nomination from Gina Himes Boor and Vickie Bakker, both assistant research professors in the Ecology Department.
We are pleased to nominate Monique Hill for Pure Gold recognition. As research professors, we rely entirely on grants to fund our research and our salaries. The funding stream consists of ever-changing combinations of large and small grants, each with different accounting requirements. Given how critical our grants are to our livelihoods, grant accounting might be associated with some level of anxiety. Might be, except that we have Monique as our budget analyst.
Monique is a meticulous accountant and an innate problem-solver who consistently goes above and beyond in helping us manage our complex funding streams with a style that is both thoughtful and thorough. Our individual appreciation for Monique deepened when, as colleagues, we happened upon the topic of grant administration and realized we were both part of the Monique Hill appreciation club and that she must provide this top-notch service to all her assigned faculty. We have both found that any time we email her with questions or problems, she responds quickly and addresses our issues efficiently and comprehensively. Often, she emails us anticipating a problem (and a solution) before we even realize there's a pending issue. When we've made a mistake, she's ever-gracious and kind even if it requires extra work on her part. If we encounter a problem that can't be resolved in her office, she will make phone calls or send emails to other offices to figure out the bottleneck, facilitate a solution, or just make sure we know what's going on.
In all cases, she's an excellent communicator, providing rare peace of mind in the "soft-money shuffle" and allowing us to focus more on our research and less on administrative issues. Thank you, Monique, for making our work lives better and easier!!
Nominated by Gina HImes Boor; Received award on October 17, 2019
Recreational Sports and Fitness Staff, MSU-Bozeman
It is my pleasure to nominate Kelsie Bourque for the Pure gold award.
Kelsie went above and beyond to serve the MSU community after the closure of the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center due to collapsed roofs. She worked through hundreds of emails and fielded many MSU community questions with patience and professionalism as the Fitness center worked towards refunds, returning locker contents, and setting up alternate workout areas. Her composure during this tense period exemplified the fitness center's Vision and Mission Statements.
She has inspired me to stay positive and motivated during challenging times and keep the wellbeing of the MSU student and employee community in mind at all times.
For these reasons I would like to nominate Kelsie for the Pure Gold award.
Nominated by Nicholas Fox; Received award on October 9, 2019
UHP Dental Services, MSU-Bozeman
Jenni routinely goes above and beyond her duties as the receptionist/dental records manager at the dental clinic. She consistently goes the extra mile to make sure our patients are taken care of by helping them to submit insurance claims or by taking the extra time to chat with them to put them at ease before and after their appointments. In addition, she is ALWAYS willing to help out her co-workers in any way she can. It's a pleasure to have such an upbeat reliable person at our office, as it wouldn't run the same without her!
Nominated by Greg Swica; Received award on October 2, 2019
University Printing, MSU-Bozeman
Anyone who has met Ken in his workplace knows he's a fan of minions; clever minion-themed memes surround his main computer at University Printing, which is where small and large campus print jobs land every day. What many may not know about Ken is that he embodies many of MSU's ideals in terms of access and excellence.
He works with customers to make sure they obtain the highest quality product at an appropriate price-point. For example, some time ago he took one look at our Soils Lab Manual PDF I'd emailed him and gently noted that I had inexpertly copied the barcode onto the last page. If that page were to be ripped from the rest of the manual (hopefully in a 3-ring notebook), the students would lose access to the rubrics printed on the next-to-last page. He proposed adding blank pages into the document to guard against this. (Good thing he's on my team.)
This level of attention to detail was also reinforced when I offered one year to assist with production of 250 copies of the plastic-sleeve-wrapped, three-hole-punched document. I (again inexpertly) began stuffing warm manuals into their plastic bags; I started to feel proud of what a great help I was as Ken worked on another deadline. Then he came over and I said something like "This is great. We should have these done in no time." Without missing a beat, he continued: "Except you have to 3-hole-punch them BEFORE you bag them."
When I came back another year and set about trying to help, it didn't take long for him to come over and mutter (gently) "Do I have to train you every year?" (Apparently, yes!) Even so, as happens everyday at our university, our conversation in the print shop turned to his prior experiences as an EMT, to this notion we should document things as clearly as possible in ways that help us pay things forward, and, of course, parking.
I hereby document Ken"s pure-gold-ness!
Nominated by Tony Hartshorn; Received award on September 24, 2019
Residence Life, MSU-Bozeman
With her experience as a student plus two years as a Resident Advisor for Hapner and South Hedges Hall, Olivia has gained a unique perspective with the ability to relate and connect on a deeper level with students and colleagues. She has used it to spark new ideas, develop new processes, streamline information, and create new marketing materials to be more transparent with information for our students. Amid completing a degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Olivia became an Administrative Associate and was the front line of customer service for Residence Life and continues to provide fruitful information and effective guidance for the incoming and current students.
While she’s a valuable employee it is Olivia’s charisma that really makes her stand out! She often leaves the offices in laughter; furthermore, she has left a lasting impression on students, parents, and her MSU colleagues. Recently, during a MSU Friday Olivia helped a family complete a housing application and left such an impression that she made her way to a five-star review on the MSU Yelp page, “Special call out to Olivia French in the residence admin office who helped our son sort through all of the on campus living options. What a great gal! Thank you!” - Jim
I am grateful and fortunate to be working next to Olivia. Day-in and day-out she answers any question that I have, regardless how many times she’s had to repeat it; moreover, she has helped me become a better communicator of information. She is a shining star in this department, and we hope she continues to be a part of our family in Residence Life and MSU for years to come!
Nominated by Eddy Gomez; Received award on September 18, 2019
Honors College, MSU-Bozeman
Jonathan Dove is one of the many extraordinary people at MSU who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the experiences of our students and guests both memorable and flawless. As the technical coordinator in the Strand Union, Jonathan is the person who is responsible for the quality of the experience for our prospective students and their parents as well for to our graduates, when they cross the stage for departmental and college celebrations in the SUB.
With other words, Jonathan Dove's work bookends our students experience at MSU: from Orientation to graduation.
Jonathan is infinitely patient and and accommodating. No matter how
complicated the AV requirements are for an event, Jonathan always delivers, with a big smile.
It is a pleasure to recommend Jonathan for the Pure Gold Award. He is most worthy of such distinction.
Nominated by Ilse-Mari Lee; Received award on September 11, 2019
Earth Sciences, MSU-Bozeman
It is my honor to nominate Brenna Szott for the Pure Gold Award. Brenna is an amazing person that also works as the Business Operations Manager in the Department of Earth Sciences. Like many that service in these critical support positions, Brenna has diverse responsibilities. On any given day, you will find her processing travel paperwork, completing graduate student appointment forms, ordering equipment for faculty, and organizing departmental activities. You are also likely to find Brenna moving university owned vehicles (with dead batteries) for an ill faculty member or using the departmental wagon to transport boxes of books between offices in preparation for the arrival of a new faculty member. Every day, Brenna goes beyond her assigned duties to serve the students and faculty of our department. Brenna arrive early to work, eats lunch at her desk, and is always willing to help anyone during the noon hour.
Brenna brings a positive attitude and strong work ethic to all that she does. She inspires us all to strive towards excellence and to value the importance of supporting student success at all levels. People like Brenna are what makes Montana State University a wonderful place to work. Brenna is truly Pure Gold.
Nominated by Michael Babcock; Received award on September 4, 2019