Employee of the Month Winners

The Employee of the Month recognizes those individuals who serve BU in an exceptional manner with outstanding service through his or her work and a positive and supportive attitude.

To nominate a deserving individual for the award, please go to http://intranet.bloomu.edu/employee-month-nomination.


November 2018

Jacqueline Dobrovodsky, clerk typist in the Department of Innovation, Technology and Supply Chain Management, has been named the Employee of the Month for November 2018.

Ms. Dobrovodsky was nominated by 10 individuals in the department for the award. On the submission form from Carolyn LaMacchia, associate professor in the department, she wrote, “Ms. Dobrovodsky displays a consistent professional attitude in tackling the wide variety of tasks in our department. I have observed her interaction with students, faculty, other staff members, visiting parents, and other visitors. I can confidently report that she is welcoming and helpful. I have observed her calm and thoughtful reaction to challenging situations as she works through solutions.”

On Assistant Professor Edward Keller’s nomination he wrote, “I am a new faculty member and Jacqueline has been unbelievably helpful in making my transition to BU seamless and she has helped me with scheduling, mail, appointments, and understanding how the university works. She has directed the students to the right person at the right time and advice given to our students has been accurate and beyond helpful. My advisees are deeply grateful for Jackie's willingness to help them be successful.”

As part of this honor, Jacqueline will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

I want to congratulate Jacqueline on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 

October 2018

Kara Workman-Hawrelak, former clerk in the global and multicultural office (now working for TriO), has been named the Employee of the Month for October 2018.

Professor Jing Luo nominated Kara for the award. In the submission form he wrote, “Kara is clear-minded, efficient, consistent, and professional. She communicates effectively with faculty, students studying abroad, and administrators at partner universities. From the perspective of the Chinese program, she has provided critical support. I give Kara the highest recommendation.”

He continued, “Kara is dedicated to her work, has no strings attached to fulfilling her responsibilities. I am impressed with her thoroughness and thoughtfulness. She understands our programs. Kara is a good communicator. I trust her to communicate with students, parents, and administrators at partner schools. Working with her is a pleasure.”

As part of this honor, Kara will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

 
 
Kara Workman-Hawrelak

September 2018

Curt Jones, professor of mathematical and digital sciences, has been named the Employee of the Month for September 2018.

Adjunct professor Robert Reed nominated Curt for the award. In the submission form he wrote, “I feel Curt Jones deserves the award for being the person behind the scenes who never gets the recognition because he always puts others in front of the limelight. He is an unsung hero who corrects the mistakes of others and asks nothing for himself. What other department has the same leader elected by his peers for so long.” Reed continued, “Curt also helped implement new courses in computer forensics. There is a great demand and great advertising for the university in times of competing for students. A new idea creates renewed interest and enthusiasm. It helped to revitalize the faculty of the department.”

As part of this honor, Curt will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

 
 
Curt Jones

August 2018

Sue Sarver, administrative assistant in the office of the registrar, has been named the Employee of the Month for August 2018.

Sue was nominated by Christy Stine, from facilities management. In her submission form, she wrote, “Sue goes above and beyond to maintain order and consistency with academic scheduling, especially during the busiest times at the beginning of the semester and exam week at the end of the semester. When issues arise, she is sure to communicate to all parties involved and try to find a fair solution. Her customer service skills are excellent.” Christy also wrote, “Sue is always willing to assist in scheduling classroom workarounds for equipment emergencies and construction projects, and developing resolutions when multiple groups are competing for classroom space. Her knowledge of process and willingness to share it has been super helpful, especially while I was new to the scheduling position. Her commitment to communicating with all involved and regularly following up until the issue is resolved is very much appreciated. Sue's words of encouragement often bring a bright spot to the day and let you know there are other team-players willing to help. She is truly a great representative of our BU family.”

As part of this honor, Sue will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

 
 
Sue Sarver

July 2018

Elizabeth Stauder, clerk typist in the office of mass communications, has been named the Employee of the Month for July 2018.

Elizabeth was nominated by Jason Genovese, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications and chair of the department. In his submission form, he wrote, “Anyone who has been a part of a program such as our own understands how vital the administrative assistant is to the proper functioning of the department. Liz is the engine that makes this thing hum. Where I think her biggest contributions lie is with our scheduling/registration process. We pre-register our students to ensure they are getting the courses they need, specifically in our major, to graduate on time. Liz has developed this process and we continue to tweak it as necessary. The College of Liberal Arts has recognized her skill in this area and has asked her to coach other department secretaries on the process.Getting students the proper courses is such an important part of what we do and putting students at ease when it comes to their enrollment and fulfillment of graduation requirements is something that just comes naturally to Liz.”

As part of this honor, Elizabeth will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on being the Employee of the Month for July.

 
 
Elizabeth Strauder

June 2018

Terrance Riley, Ph.D., professor of English, has been named the Employee of the Month for June 2018.

Terry was nominated by Christina Francis, Ph.D., associate professor of English. In her submission form, she wrote, “As a faculty member, Terry is continually trying new approaches to teaching materials in order that he can continue to be as effective as possible in service to his students and their learning. As a colleague, he collaborates in ways that encourage inclusivity and a receptive exchange of ideas. As a scholar, he does not rest on his title of full professor. He continues to explore new terrain and areas of study out of genuine enjoyment for research and discovery. The English department relies heavily upon Terry Riley, not only for his wisdom but also for his unflagging contributions to the work of the department and the university. When he decides to retire, it will be a very sad day for us.”

As part of this honor, Terry will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

Congratulations to Terry on being the Employee of the Month for June.

 
 
Terry Riley

May 2018

Brad Swenson from the Academic Advisement Center has been named the Employee of the Month for May 2018.

Brad was nominated by Bob Heckrote from the Office of Military and Veterans Resources who wrote, “Brad is constantly sought for his expertise in general education, strategic planning considerations, summer freshmen, and I personally have consulted almost every aspect of BU’s progress with military initiatives with him. Brad plays such a vital role at this university that I cringe at the thought of him ever leaving. Students and professionals alike seek out Brad when they need help. When students talk with their friends, they say, “If you’re having an issue, go see Brad.”

Heckrote also continued in his nomination of Swenson. “I met Brad in my undergraduate time here at BU, and I can honestly say I would not be here if it were not for Brad taking the time to guide me through my time and my education. I was not an undeclared student, yet Brad went out of his way to help me because that is just the way he is. Through undergrad, grad, and now as a professional, I have witnessed Brad display this type of behavior countless times. Brad is a passionate person and demonstrates professionalism and enthusiasm in all he does. In a typical day, Brad has the capability of sitting in a thirty-minute session with a student who is sobbing because they are going to be dismissed from school and end the session with the student smiling and thanking him. He can then quickly transition to a department meeting and provide such detailed and valuable insight that many people might overlook or completely disregard. He will then most often take care of a few phone calls or emails over his lunchtime to help students and parents. He shows up early, and stays late to ensure the students are taken care of and his work is perfect. He never stops working and is such a wealth of knowledge across a vast array of areas, that I am still in awe to this day. Brad is also the type of person who can connect different offices and divisions through his social network. I have made many professional connections as a result of Brad’s introduction. He also has the best interest of the student, the division, and the university in mind at all times. Additionally, his enthusiasm constantly shows through by his level of animation, excitement, and attention to detail across all areas.”

As part of this honor, Brad will enjoy a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of his choice for the month of the award; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons.

 
 
Brad Swenson