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2021 Staff Salutes


January

Larry Hignite
"Larry responds promptly to our calls about wasps and other insects. He is always concerned for our health and safety when he treats our offices. We greatly appreciate his work.” 


February

Scott McGlone
“Scott is always willing to help even when it isn't part of his job. He goes above and beyond to help everyone. So thankful we have him at MSU! “


March

Patty White
 “Patty is a business Cashier in the Office of A & FS. During the pandemic she has done an exceptional job keeping our office going and ensuring deposits are completed timely as well as many other things. It has been challenging during this time for everyone and she really jumped in to assist with other processes with a great attitude and provides great customer service to our students and staff always. Her dedication to MSU is that to be commended. “
Sandra Hunter
“Sandy is a business Cashier in the Office of A & FS. During the pandemic she has done an exceptional job keeping our office going and ensuring deposits are completed timely while also assisting the Provost Office. It has been challenging during this time for everyone and she is always there and doing anything asked of her. She provides great customer service to our students and staff. Her dedication to MSU is that to be commended.”
Tim Sloan
 “On Tuesday, Feb. 23, a virus attached to my computer at the end of the workday. Tim was contacted and eliminated the virus, so I could get online with multiple student groups through WebEx for hours that night. Because Tim was willing to go beyond the normal work time to help me, I was able to work into the night (continuing to teach and advise groups). His efforts for going above and beyond in a time of need on the part of someone else was greatly appreciated.”- Submitted-3/9/2021 Debbie Cooper “Debbie is a wonderful asset to the Facilities department. She always goes above and beyond of all the Facilities employees. Always making sure information is shared and communicated across the department in a timely manner.”
Shannon Colvin
 “Shannon will be retiring in May 2021. She has been an asset to Morehead State University for over 30 years. She has always cared about students and has worked tirelessly to help them be successful. She will be greatly missed.”
Eric McCarty, Tony Glover, and Jason Stepp
“I am wanting to nominate Eric McCarty, Tony Glover, and Jason Stepp for a staff salute. These three dedicated individuals are responsible for MSU’s ability to livestream/WebEx from classrooms on campus. They are the ones who installed and now maintain all equipment such as mics, cameras, and software in over 100 classrooms that enable our faculty to live broadcast their classes.”


April

No Staff Salutes


May

No Staff Salutes


June

Xavier Scott
“Xavier really did a wonderful job with his work on the Staff Regent election. As a committee member who was placed in a leadership role, he really worked to conduct a regent forum and election. These events simply do not happen, it takes lots of work behind the scenes. Xavier stepped up and did a wonderful job with his team.”
Helisha Tuerk
“Helisha really did a wonderful job with her work on the Staff Regent election. As a committee member who was placed in a leadership role, she really worked to conduct a regent forum and election. These events simply do not happen, it takes lots of work behind the scenes. Helisha stepped up and did a wonderful job with her team.”
Mary Fister Tucker
“Through VP Fister Tucker's work, additional outdoor seating has been obtained to allow employees to spend time outside and enjoy our campus for breaks or lunch. These areas will be used by students as well. Her commitment to shared governance and ability to partner with Staff Congress is appreciated.” 
Lora Pace
“Lora's timeless work with FYS as well as SOAR has allowed our service to incoming students to be recognized and appreciated by parents across the region. Her mentoring of student employees is key to on campus leadership development as well.”
Rita Watkins
“Rita Watkins works so hard for the Camden-Carroll Library that she deserves a Staff Congress Staff Salute. She has been doing the workload that previously was done by three, and sometimes 4 people. She does ordering, renews subscriptions, contacts vendors, receives materials, and effectively single-handedly oversees all library acquisitions. On top of all that, she always has a great attitude. Rita truly goes above and beyond to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.”
Shanna Savard Hogge
“Shana is a true leader & incredible advocate for staff. She inspires others & has long advocated for things like process efficiencies & picnic tables, and other initiatives like supervisor evals. She’s strengthened shared governance by growing the relationship between Staff & Faculty. She works tirelessly to make MSU better. While none of these initiatives can be accomplished by one person, Shana helps move them forward by being a strong voice & inspiring others to work toward a shared vision.”


July

Harry Floyd
 “Harry Floyd has done an outstanding job in his new position at Human Resources. He is easy to work with and has completed large projects in record time. I appreciate Harry's good work and look forward to working with him again.”

Carl Fultz
 “After learning that MSU would need to spend additional money with a vendor to decommission old batteries tied to a replaced public branch exchange (PBX) phone system, David and Carl decided to proactively remove the old equipment from several utility closets around campus. This was a $5,300 savings to MSU, and it is appreciated! Great work guys! Darrell Smith, Executive Director Infrastructure Services, Office of Information Technology”

David Catron
 “After learning that MSU would need to spend additional money with a vendor to decommission old batteries tied to a replaced public branch exchange (PBX) phone system, David and Carl decided to proactively remove the old equipment from several utility closets around campus. This was a $5,300 savings to MSU, and it is appreciated! Great work guys! Darrell Smith, Executive Director Infrastructure Services, Office of Information Technology”
 
Dr. Caroline Adkins
 “I am not sure what Dr. Adkins is doing in HR but the last few times I have requested assistance in this office, I have received outstanding service. Too often, you only hear how difficult it is to work with some offices. If you haven't worked with HR lately, you should. They are doing incredible work and should be recognized.”

Taunya Jones
“I needed to find a replacement room for a meeting scheduled on campus due to high temperatures in the building. I called Taunya and she had me squared away with a new room in ADUC in less than a minute. Thanks for saving the day!”

Rachel Frizzell
“While making an ordinary update within HR, I ended up working with Rachel Frizzell. She requested the information that was required but went out of her way to make me feel appreciated and valued as a MSU employee. It was so refreshing to take a very transactional interaction and turn it into an opportunity to connect and celebrate with someone. I am glad that Rachel is part of our HR office and I will look forward to working with her again.”
 
Shayla Dunn
 “Shayla has provided outstanding service in the Office of Human Resources. She was able to resolve an issue that I have been dealing with for over a year. Once I requested information, it was resolved within an hour. Outstanding service was received and I am glad to work with wonderful people like Shayla.”

Omer Rhoton
“Omer is an excellent member of the Information Technology unit. He has worked to enhance employee technology experiences and always a has a positive attitude. He continues to work to make sure that questions are resolved in a manner that makes me more efficient. I always appreciate working with Omer because I know the job will be done right and I will be able to do my work more effectively.”

Paula Black
“Paula is always helpful any time you have a question. Her understanding of the hiring process and PeopleAdmin is impressive. She is always willing to help with any issue and will stop what she is doing to make sure what you need is taken care of completely. It is a privilege to work with her, we need more people like her on campus.”
 
The Upward Bound Staff
“I would like to congratulate the Upward Bound staff for another successful summer program. They have provided intentional educational opportunity and academic intervention to provide more options to disadvantaged youths in our region.”
 
Stephanie Bush
“Stephanie is very knowledgeable about her position and always helpful. I am thankful to work with her and appreciate her dedication.”
 
Gaylena Cline
“Gaylena has done an excellent job with payroll for years. She is very dedicated and deserves to be acknowledged for her hard work and loyalty to MSU. Thank you Gaylena for all you have done for so long.”
 
Dr. Dan Connell
“There is no better example of servant leadership on the MSU campus currently than Dr. Dan Connell. Since one of the employees in his unit is out for medical reasons, Dr. Connell is completing her duties. Since these duties involved the Governor's Scholars Program, Dr. Connell is running around campus trouble shooting and addressing needs of this group. Dr. Connell has quietly served MSU as well as the employees in his unit in a manner that is exemplary and should be recognized.”
 
Ashley Cooper
“I would like to congratulate the Upward Bound staff for another successful summer program. They have provided intentional educational opportunity and academic intervention to provide more options to disadvantaged youths in our region.”
 
Tina McWain
“For striving to ensure all students and employees are paid correctly and on time.”
 
Angela Rowe
“Congratulations on being selected for Leadership KY. This is quite an honor.”
 

August

Staff of the University Store
 “This is just to say Thank you and what a wonderful job that has happened over the past month. They have been short staffed, fought COVID related logistics issues and even pulled in former employees from across campus to better serve our students. While there have been issues, overall they have done a great job and should be commended.”


Dr. April Miller
 “Dr. Miller has served as department chair and also chaired another division within the College of Education. She has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Education. Dean Miller has been a great example of servant leadership and has always worked for the betterment of the University and to enhance education in our state/region. She should be recognized for her great work.”


Michaela Smedley
 “Michaela Smedley is a hidden gem in the Financial Aid Office. She processes outside scholarship checks and foundation scholarships like a champ. She is such a friendly person who is always willing to stop what she is doing to help others. Thank you for all the hard work you put in daily! Know that it is recognized and greatly appreciated!!!”

 

September

No Staff Salutes
 

October

Joseph Schubert
 “Joseph is always helpful and accommodating even with repetitive requests. We appreciate his willingness to help all the time!”


Dr. Silas Sessions
 “Dr. Sessions work bringing attention at the plight of homeless veterans is a great work. His work allows MSU to look at an issue that has not been addressed recently. His work should be recognized.”

November

No Staff Salutes