2008 Summer Excellence Awards Recipients Announced 

 2008 Summer Soaring

Soaring to Excellence Awards 

Alison Cruess - ITS/Network & User Services (Pictured left)

Cruess contributes much to the University that is above and beyond her job requirements. She served previously as president of the A&P Association and her leadership resulted in her re-election this year. She is also the past chair of the Recognition and Rewards Committee where she provided leadership and direction to this newly formed committee. She serves on a number of additional committees and attends University programs on a regular basis. Cruess is a strong team player and is always looking for ways to partner with other groups. She strives for excellence and leads by example with her honesty and integrity. Cruess is known on campus as someone who raises the bar. She not only brings innovative ideas to the table, but takes the time to make them happen.

Delores Irvin - School of Nursing (Pictured right)

Irvin has demonstrated notable contributions that reflect positively for UNF, the Brooks College of Health and the School of Nursing. Her work with students, faculty and the institution has been consistently above and beyond her job assignment and performance expectations. She has an "I can do" and "I will help" attitude. The students always come to Irvin when they have problems, and she always is able to help them find a solution. Irving exemplifies excellence in every sense of the word and truly models the University's values of relevance, accountability, focus and excellence.

 2008 Summer Outstanding

Outstanding Achievement Awards 

Jean Loos - School of Engineering (Pictured left)

Loos' dedication, strong work ethic and enthusiasm for her job have turned the undergraduate civil engineering program into a much stronger program. This was all done with Loos doing everything that has ever been asked of her and then going beyond the call of duty. Colleagues at other undergraduate teaching institutions have asked many times how our laboratories and laboratory experiences developed to such a high level so quickly. The answer is always the same - a highly skilled and dedicated teaching lab specialist. Her name is Jean Loos.

Linda Walton - Human Resources (Pictured right)

Walton's contributions to the University cannot be overstated. As a primary point of contact for pay & leave issues, she regularly provides advice and counsel to all departments and units across the University in a timely and effective manner. Walton serves as a Human Resources representative on the Personnel, Payroll and Budget Committee and her thoughtful and creative approach to problem-solving the issues that arise in that forum has resulted in improved processes and procedures. It is also important to point out that Walton always has her door open to whomever needs advice and counsel.

 2008 Summer Quality

Quality Customer Service Award 

Center for Professional Development and Training

CPDT goes the extra mile by demonstrating exceptional customer service and communication, consistently providing quality professional development programs and expanding course offerings to meet the needs of customers. CPDT implemented several new initiatives during the past six months, including establishing partnerships with several departments to co-present as subject-matter experts, attracting highly effective consultants and working with departments on new initiatives such as retreat-facilitation and team-building efforts. They continue to provide exceptional professional development and training opportunities for faculty and staff.


Spot Award Recipients 

The following award recipients were "spotted" providing quality service, internal or external to their departments, which will have a lasting positive effect on students, faculty, staff or visitors:

Sandra Bernreuter - Chemistry and Physics
Nancy Boerem - Institutional Advancement
Decato Burke - Information Technology Services
Pete Dunmyer - Physical Facilities
Samantha Bryand - Physical Facilities
Paul Gambon - OFE/CIRT
Gerald Garner - Physical Facilities
Glenda Kelsey - Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Tyran Lance - The Graduate School
Rick McAuslin - Physical Facilities
Robert McCracken - Physical Facilities
Ronda Mitchell - Center for Professional Development & Training
Lee Murray - Physical Facilities
Thuan Phan - Human Resources
Nick Sartor - Information Technology
Owen Wilson - Physical Facilities


Visit the Human Resources web page to learn more about the Excellence Awards. Congratulations to all of the honorees. They will receive additional recognition at the Excellence Awards Ceremony and Luncheon held during the Professional Development Forum Tuesday, April 1.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!