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Pride of Indiana: Thank-you messages to and from IU employees

May 11, 2016

Pride of Indiana is a regular feature in Inside IU that allows IU faculty and staff to recognize their colleagues for IU-related work they’ve done that goes above and beyond their job duties or responsibilities.

Submit a Pride of Indiana shout-out for someone you know.

Thank you to the following IU employees:

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"Pride of Indiana" recognizes faculty and staff for their IU-related work that goes above and beyond their job duties or responsibilities. | GRAPHIC BY MILANA KATIC

IU Bloomington

John Thompson, of the Department of Biology, whose nominator wrote: "Biology would like to thank John Thompson for his work on the Stockroom computer system. When the system became corrupted, John noticed it right away and took immediate action to get it fixed. The Stockroom software bills government grants, so it is very important to have correct data. Although the situation caused unexpected interruptions to our purchasing operations, he ably provided background information and solutions to the issue and kept relevant management informed of progress every step of the way. Thanks for a job well done, John!"

The maintenance crew of the Real Estate Department, whose nominator wrote: "I appreciate the dedicated maintenance team in the IU Real Estate Office that keeps my department's building, an old house that's undergone many renovations, in tip-top shape. Whether the concern is large or small, they are always responsive, friendly and a delight to work with. They help keep the GLBT Student Support Services office a place where students can meet, hang out and hold events safely in a building that feels welcoming and well-kept. Thank you for all that you do!"

Linda Johnson, of The Media School, whose nominator wrote: "Linda Johnson's expertise, professionalism and dedication to the High School Journalism Institute is unsurpassed. Her primary role is to provide administrative support for our summer workshop program, but she does much more. Because she has so much institutional knowledge and because she's so personable, she is beloved by HSJI faculty and staff. HSJI is only 50 percent of her job responsibilities, though. She also works with the Media School Communications Team, where she is also highly prized and respected. Indiana University is extremely fortunate to have Linda Johnson on staff."

Angela Monnett Swope, of the Department of Kinesiology, whose nominator wrote: "Angie consistently goes above and beyond the demands of her position. Not only does she keep our department running, she keeps us all sane AND happy!! I honestly don't know how we would function without her skill and expertise. Angie's quiet leadership, ever-kind demeanor and utmost modesty are unparalleled!"

Caitlyn Thompson, of the Kelley School of Business, whose nominator wrote: "The K201 office could not function without Caitlyn. Caitlyn makes our class schedules, answers many student emails, organizes proctor schedules for our exams, creates and packages the materials we need to proctor the exams, sets up a trip for case competition winners and two instructors, and many other day-to-day things. Throughout all of this, Caitlyn is always smiling, never complains, and makes it look so easy when I just know that it's not. Caitlyn is amazing, and I am grateful for all that she does for us."

Amy Patrick and Ann Shaffer, of the Office of Admissions, whose nominator wrote: "Amy Patrick and Ann Shaffer have done an amazing job this year answering our phones and have been more than patient with the changes in the area. They are the front door to the university and their hard work helps bring in the class every year!"


Kermit Tinnin, of Campus Facilities Services, whose nominator wrote: "Kermit Tinnin leads a dedicated building services crew in IUPUI Zone 4, which includes the Campus Center. We are very fortunate to have him overseeing the cleanliness of our building, where there've been almost 650,000 passes through the doors so far in 2016. Kermit goes above and beyond to help keep the building beautiful and help us maximize the investments that have been made in furniture, flooring and fixtures. He makes time for monthly building walk-throughs with the Building Coordinator, so we are all in sync about priorities and how things are going. We regularly receive comments from visitors, students and staff (including professionals who manage similar buildings on different campuses) about how great the building looks. A 2015 survey of 500 students indicated that building cleanliness and appearance was the aspect of the Campus Center with which students were most satisfied. This is a tribute to Kermit's leadership."

Cheryl Wisdom, of the Pediatric Safety Education and Outreach, whose nominator wrote: "I'd like to thank Cheryl Wisdom, who will be retiring this June, for all her years of hard and dedication to our department, which has gone through many changes over the years. Her organizational skills and strong attention to detail have helped us grow tremendously."

Sarah Maxwell, of the Department of Otolaryngology, whose nominator wrote: "Sarah is a bright, shining light in our department. Sarah brings an incredible work ethic to her job each day but also makes us laugh by telling hilarious stories that always make us smile. Sarah goes above and beyond her scope of duties each day and we are fortunate to have her in the Department of Otolaryngology."

Beth Young, of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, whose nominator wrote: "Beth has gone above and beyond to create a fun and supportive environment for the students here at McKinney Law, especially with her pal McKinney the Legal Beagle!"

Jeff Plawecki, of Campus Facilities Services, whose nominator wrote: "Jeff has been an incredible partner and advocate to the IUPUI Office of Sustainability. He has spearheaded the organizing of CFS personnel needed to complete our STARS report, worked with students to provide data necessary to complete a greenhouse gas assessment, been a wonderful sounding board for many sustainable ideas and programs, been a fantastic partner in a grant application, and offered valuable input in our Greening IUPUI Grant process. Most notably, he has done all of this with a smile on his face and positive attitude. He is easy to work with, and I deeply value his knowledge and commitment to university sustainability."

IU Kokomo

Donna Bevington, of the departments of History, Political Science and Philosophy and Nursing, whose nominator wrote: "I would like to thank Donna Bevington, who often goes beyond the 'call of duty,' while managing multiple departments! As well, Donna always provides beyond 'water cooler' conversations, including the Korean War (my dad was a Korean War Vet, like Donna's) and the nuances of dog pedigree! So, thanks again Donna for not only being an excellent administrative assistant, but nice "conversationalist!"

Terri Hellmann, of the Department of Media and Marketing, whose nominator wrote: "Thanks to Terri for being my right-hand person in the department. She has worked for IU for 30+ years and her dedication and loyalty is undeniable. Terri is the glue that holds the department together. Not only does she take care of purchase orders, invoicing and miscellaneous tasks, she also is a graphic design specialist who takes care of the menial projects like programs, agendas, flyers -- that are so important to all the departments on our campus. She is always willing to help in a cheerful manner. Terri is one of a kind."

Tracy Springer, of the Career and Accessibility Center, whose nominator wrote: "I want to appreciate Tracy and all colleagues at the Career and Accessibility Center for the great job they are doing. I have learned so much from all the opportunities and exposure afforded me while working with you. The commitment and passion exhibited while delivering your services leave your clients satisfied and wanting to come back. Keep up the good job, you are printing indelible marks in time!"

IU Northwest

Kathy Spicer, of the Office of Admissions, whose nominator wrote: "Kathy is a person who takes each task with a smile and knowing she will do everything she can for the perspective/current/past students is what you want to have as one of the faces of Indiana University as a whole. She never backs away from any challenge. She is always willing to help in any way she can for anyone."

Naomi Palagi, of the College of Arts and Sciences, whose nominator wrote: "Naomi helps our students clearly understand what they need to take, and she's always friendly and encouraging. She makes advising easier for everyone in Arts and Sciences."

Rachel Nowak, of the School of Education, whose nominator wrote: "A special thanks to Rachel Nowak for stepping in and taking on the Student Teaching office and Director role. You have done an phenomenal job!"

IU South Bend

Kathi Piekarski, of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, whose nominator wrote: "Kathi Piekarski has served as our department secretary for more than 20 years. She has seen us through enormous changes in staffing, technology, etc. -- always helping us to do our jobs better. Recently, she has been organizing therapy dogs to come to campus during stressful times like finals week. The most recent visit by the therapy dogs attracted more than 200 students. She is definitely a good example of the Pride of Indiana!"

Janet Kujawa, of Student Services, whose nominator wrote: "Thanks to Janet Kujawa, who helps all of the offices within Student Services. Your wonderful customer service, love for students and willingness to help others is greatly appreciated!"

IU Southeast

Sally Eads, of the Children's Center, whose nominator wrote: "You have been so patient with everyone since we lost a team member. It has been really hard scheduling and you have dedicated yourself to the center in order to make things work. Everyday you stay over or come in early. You truly care about the children and it is refreshing to see that this isn't just a job for you. I appreciate you! Happy almost birthday!"

Berba Finley, of the School of Nursing, whose nominator wrote: "I worked with Berba for many years. She is professional, efficient and is a pleasure to call her my co-worker and friend."

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