Employee of the Month Winners


Employee of the Month Program

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, visit the employee of the month nomination page.
 

2018-19 Employee of the Year

Susan Sarver, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar

Sue was initially nominated last year by Christy Stine from our facilities management department, and she received the "Employee of the Month" honor in August 2018. In her nomination form, Christy Stine wrote, "Sue goes above and beyond to maintain order and consistency with academic scheduling, especially during the busiest times (of the year). When issues arise, she is sure to communicate with all parties involved and try to find a fair solution. Her customer service skills are excellent. 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."

Sue is pictured at a luncheon honoring "Employee of the Month" honorees from the past year.


 

May 2019

Troy Prutzman, electronics systems technician, from the College of Science and Technology has been named the Employee of the Month for May 2019.

Mr. Prutzman was nominated for the award by both Robert Aronstam, dean of the College of Science and Technology and Greg Zimmerman, chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In his nomination, Aronstam noted, “Troy is in equal parts competent, knowledgeable and cooperative. Needless to say, Troy’s services are in heavy demand. Troy is proactive and creative in his approach; he has saved the institution countless dollars by anticipating problems and devising workarounds to keep our laboratories functioning. Troy is written into many departmental improvement plans, as in “hire another Troy.”

Zimmerman wrote, “Troy is a miracle worker. Shortly after being hired, the ancient fluorometer, used in our upper-level classes and for research stopped working. Troy quickly diagnosed that the instrument’s “186” computer processor was the source of the problem. Unfortunately, it was no longer possible to buy this processor. We asked around and found someone with a computer with this processor. Troy used this processor to fix the fluorometer. He enthusiastically takes on tough problems and solves them.”

As part of this honor, Troy 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. Troy will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Troy on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Troy Prutzman

April 2019

Julia Kaschak, office of finance and business services, has been named the Employee of the Month for April 2019.

Ms. Kaschak was nominated for the award by Heather Feldhaus, professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice. In her nomination, Feldhaus noted, “Julia has an extremely important role in being sure that every aspect of our grants accounting is perfect in order to ensure that we are protecting our current and future opportunities. Each grant and budget is different with large or small variations in rules that must all be carefully followed, yet sometimes change abruptly. This means that she has to be very meticulous, ask many questions, and patiently explain why, when, and how a particular action is necessary.”

Also, she writes, “Julia is an absolute professional. She has a near encyclopedic knowledge of how many different organizations operate and what they prefer in terms of both formal and informal reporting processes. Despite being very busy, she is always willing to take the time to carefully and cheerfully answer any question. At the same time, she is extremely quick to respond to any request. I am not sure how she can possibly do all that she does, do it so well, and also do it so cheerfully.”

As part of this honor, Julia 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. Julia will also be featured on the Employee of the Month webpage with a summary of the nomination.

Congratulations to Julia on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Julia Kaschak, employee of the month

March 2019

Alma George, clerk typist from the Department of Exceptionality Programs, has been named the Employee of the Month for March 2019.

Ms. George was nominated for the award by Maureen Walsh, a faculty member in the department, and Darlene Perner, interim dean of the College of Education. In their nomination, they noted, “Alma not only learned and fulfills the complex tasks that need to be completed in the department on a daily basis, but she also keeps copious notes to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner from semester-to-semester.”

Also, “Alma’s work ethic and the quality of her performance is always outstanding. She respects students, staff, and faculty by keeping confidentiality and caring for and supporting each person’s individual needs. Alma is professional in her interactions with others. She always has a greeting and a smile for students who come in the office. No matter what she is working on or the time of day, if students need her assistance, Alma is there to help them. This includes during lunch or at the end of the day. Alma goes above and beyond to ensure that each student’s needs or issues are resolved. She makes students her priority.”

As part of this honor, Alma 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 Alma on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Alma George

February 2019

Bernie Landers, a groundskeeper from facilities management, has been named the Employee of the Month for February 2019.

Mr. Landers was nominated by Laura Davis, professor of business education and information and technology management, for the award. On her submission form, she noted, “My office is on the third floor of Sutliff Hall, facing the quad. Many times a day, I look out at the campus grounds and am taken by its beauty – every day, every season. I also enjoy the grounds around Sutliff sitting on the benches, eating my lunch, or chatting with students and colleagues. I make a point to pause each morning as I walk to the building and reflect on the loveliness of the campus I have worked at for almost twenty years. While I’ve exchanged many ‘hellos’ and 'good mornings’ with the gentleman working on the grounds over the years, I had to learn his name for this nomination. It is Bernie Landers, and he quietly and tirelessly makes our campus beautiful.”

Professor Davis continues, “I am not alone in noticing Mr. Landers’ work. Many, many times I have overheard or joined in conversations about ‘that man’ and how hard he works, and what a terrific job he does. Mr. Landers is an unsung hero at BU. He works tirelessly, in the heat and cold, rain or snow, and sunshine, to make our campus a beautiful and serene place to work, learn and teach. It is time everyone knows his name.”

As part of this honor, Bernie 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 Bernie on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Bernie Landers

January 2019

Tina Johnson from facility services has been named the Employee of the Month for January 2019.

Ms. Johnson was nominated by eight individuals who work in the Waller Administration Building for the award. On one submission form it was noted, "Tina does an exceptional job taking care of this old building. She decorates the lobby and tries to make it look nice for the employees, students and visitors to our building. She does a great job keeping our office areas, restrooms, etc. clean and presentable. She cleans many highly confidential offices in this area and can be trusted."

It was also written that "Tina is a pleasure to work with, does a great job, and is truly an asset to the BU family. She is courteous and works around us so as not to interrupt our work when we are working late. Most days we never see her due to working different shifts, but we feel like she is part of our office, and know she is one of our kindest and most thoughtful co-workers."

Finally, one of the nominators wrote, "Because Tina works 2nd shift, we don’t get the chance to show our appreciation in person. She deserves to be recognized and knows that her work does not go unnoticed. She truly is an amazing person and co-worker!"

As part of this honor, Tina 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 Tina on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Tina Johnson

December 2018

Ashley Bilinski, clerk typist in the Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences, as the Employee of the Month for December 2018.

Ms. Bilinski was nominated by professor Curt Jones for the award. He writes that “Ashley ensures that everyone that communicates with our office is treated equally and respectfully. She ensures tasks are completed and provides accurate information. She regularly is in communication with our alumni to inform them of department activities and opportunities to return to campus. Recent alumni are sent employment opportunity notices that we receive. Students are kept informed of the information they need to be successful and Ashley interfaces with many different departments and individuals on campus. Ashley is able to work with individuals in different areas so that all can accomplish their goals and make BU a better place. The key is that communications are accurate and appropriate so that all stakeholders develop a positive impression of our department and Bloomsburg University.”

Professor Jones also writes that “She is the first person many students see for help to resolve issues, obtain needed resources and information. She is the person who fields parent phone calls and requests from other departments on campus. Given all this diversity of interactions, Ashley is always calm and professional and conveys a sense of confidence that tasks will be handled promptly and correctly. This is important because many of these individuals are often stressed due to their own issues and looking for someone they can count on to assist them.”

As part of this honor, Ashley 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 Ashley on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Ashley Bilinski

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.

Congratulations to Jacqueline on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Jacqueline Dobrovdsky

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.

Congratulations to Kara on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
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.

Congratulations to Curt on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
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.

Congratulations to Sue on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

Congratulations to Brad on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Brad Swenson