“What can I get you, dear?” is the phrase that the line of young freshmen patiently wait to hear. They stand at attention at Kathy’s Omelet Grill in anticipation of a taste of home. Some of them don’t have to tell her what they want. She remembers their faces and orders and simply says, “The usual today?”
It’s not just freshmen that enjoy the friendly service and fresh taste of a made-to-order omelet. All kinds come to see Kathy’s smiling face. Early morning class takers, faculty, staff, football players, ROTC, you name it, they come.
The rare absence of Kathy from the grill is a great source of anxiety for most omelet lovers. They come to make sure she’s OK and ask if she will be returning tomorrow.
Kathy not only provides a wonderful breakfast to start the day, but she also cares about each customer and sends them off with a full belly and a smile on their face. Her pleasant manners and fluffy eggs remind students of the moms they have left back home. Kathy and her eggs are definitely a cure for the homesick student.
In order to keep all these customers happy, Kathy cracks about 900 eggs a day! 4,500 a week! In the 12 years she has been whipping up omelets at Miller Dinning Hall, she has happily cracked over 2 million eggs!
Kathy is a unique asset to the university. She goes above and beyond to help out at work and give the students the best experience possible. Thank you, Kathy!
Nominated by her supervisors Jill Flores, Marilyn Cox, Kevin Ball and Mike Kosevich.
Nominated by Jill Flores; Received award on February 25, 2015
I have had the pleasure to work with Roni as part of the MSU Extension team. Roni Baker is an exemplary MSU employee. She is solid, reliable, capable, competent and committed. Roni provides calm, clear leadership. Each year, Roni's positive influence reaches more than a thousand 4-H members, leaders and volunteers. She is a superb teacher, full of enthusiasm for learning with ample knowledge to share.
Because of her dedication to her profession, she is able to accomplish more than most. In addition to her service in Yellowstone County, she provides leadership across the state and nation in the area of 4-H youth development. She is a highly valued team member, due in large part to her competence, capacity and reliability.
I could probably list hundreds of reasons why Roni is Pure Gold, but it could all be condensed to this statement. Every time I interact with Roni, I am better because of it. You couldn't ask for more than that from a colleague or educator.
Nominated by Jane Wolery; Received award on February 4, 2015
Plant Sciences, MSU-Bozeman
Andrew's job on the MSU campus entails conducting wheat genetics research. He brings passion, intensity and enthusiasm to his job. He has inspired me and others to give their best efforts by leading by example and by his infectious enthusiasm and expressed desire to complete research projects that may benefit Montana wheat growers. He goes above and beyond by helping to ensure other researchers, graduate and undergraduate students are able to complete their projects by offering technical assistance and advice. This often entails maintaining progress on his own experiments while supervising technical aspects of other projects, as well.
In his more than 10 years as an MSU research associate, he has helped many students obtain valuable lab experience enabling them to expand their career opportunities. Not only is he a dedicated employee, but he is a dedicated MSU volunteer serving as a scoreboard crew volunteer at both football and basketball games for the last several years.
Nominated by Mike Giroux; Received award on January 14, 2015
Doctor Classes, MSU-Great Falls
Ted Nesmith is Pure Gold because:
He is a former Marine, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and belongs to the Gun Safety Club. He serves as a senator in the student government and runs the Food Pantry at Great Falls MSU all while studying to be a doctor.
He will go out of his way to help a fellow man: such as pulling out a car stuck in the snow when he does not know the person. He helps friends with homework, to better understand how to open D2L or understand what they need to write.
He will travel out of Great Falls just to help a friend fix a stranded car in any weather, doing all this without requesting cash. Helping friends is more important to him than receiving money.
Nominated by Ted Guardipee; Received award on February 11, 2015
College of Agriculture/MAES, MSU-Bozeman
AgIThelp@montana.edu, extension 7177, or "Maaaattttttt!" will get you to him.
Whenever we have computing struggles, Matt Rognlie is our mitigator. It is a good thing he has long legs for all the running he does. As the IT director for the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, you might expect Matt to be the one who solves the behind-the-scenes problems and he does that.
His knowledge of the hardware and software to make us more productive ranges from the bench sciences through the social sciences. Whether it is resolving IP address problems from his office or sitting with a faculty or staff member who has malware, access, printing, or any other IT issues, the personal service Matt delivers is what makes him positively PURE GOLD!
What puts the 24-carat crown on Matt is that he perfectly blends the archetypal computer geek knowledge and skill with his effusive personality in a way that dissolves stressful situations, whether that is computer failure or an empty coffee carafe. He does it with a smile, kindness and explanations that make the technical...understandable.
Sometimes, we are also lucky enough to witness his musical side from humming down the hallway to playing his trumpet or singing in community orchestra and choir concerts. You may have seen Matt in his role as assistant band director at Bozeman High School, but if you ask him about it, he'll divert the conversation away from himself to accolades for those students.
For such a multi-talented individual, Matt is humble about tooting his own horn. However, we "trumpet" Matt for his expertise, assistance and servant leadership!
Nominated by Brandi Clark; Received award on January 28, 2015
Military Aerospace Studies, MSU-Bozeman
When it comes to service excellence, Maj. Andrew "Andy" Stohlmann is the role model on campus and in the community.
Andy serves as an assistant professor of aerospace studies in the College of Engineering where he teaches military history, management and leadership to more than 50 students aspiring to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force.
Andy makes a very positive contribution to the development of our students both academically and professionally. He exhibits outstanding dedication to Montana State University while also serving in the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls. Andy mentors and guides our students developing good study habits for academic success, and also good exercise habits encouraging a healthy lifestyle. While he works a full work week on campus, his weekends are consumed serving our state as an Air Force aviator flying C-130s for the Montana Air National Guard.
What makes Andy stand out is his commitment to student development; his door is ALWAYS open and no matter how busy he is he always stops to meet parents, prospective students and students to share the story of Montana State University and the United States Air Force. When most people call a 45 -hour work week a full week, that's just the beginning for Andy. His weeks often exceed 70 hours between his teaching, mentoring and additional work as an aircraft commander.
One of the friendliest people you will ever meet, he always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude even in the face of difficult challenges. He keeps this department on track while 60 percent of our staff and facility positions were vacant.
Although he will never brag on himself, he is certainly deserving of recognition. For being such a positive and motivated instructor and leader, I am proud to nominate Andy for President Cruzado's Pure Gold Award.
Nominated by David Weide; Received award on February 19, 2015
Extension Communications and Technology, MSU-Bozeman
Millie Veltkamp is a terrific team leader and master planner. In addition to regular duties, Millie spearheaded a year-long effort to celebrate the 100th anniversary of MSU Extension. She was at the center of everything from media to statewide celebrations at MAES Field Days to creating a unique 100 percent Montana Wool scarf. She led the charge to host an exquisite dinner celebration on campus.
Veltkamp was the energy behind the Centennial Extension Challenge. She helped plan a river clean-up, service at the Community Café and a food drive for Extension administration. In addition, she rallied offices statewide, including other MSU departments and 4-H clubs to also participate.
At the same time, Veltkamp was working with Activities Insight to create a special Extension interface allowing necessary state and federal reporting to be done with other university requirements. This is a huge undertaking and Millie has done it with cheer. Recently she has conducted webinars and visited agents and specialists to train on the new system, again, in addition to regular duties. This is a tremendous advancement for MSU Extension and will vastly improve reporting.
Millie is the first to step up, stay late or show up early. She isn't afraid to take on extra work for the good of the organization. She inspires us all with her work ethic and positive attitude.
We are proud to nominate Millie Veltkamp for a Pure Gold Award.
Nominated by Jodie Delay Sara Adlington, Susan Anderegg, Terri Bi; Received award on January 21, 2015