Employee of the Month Winners, 2019-20


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.


2019-20 Employee of the Year - Vince Kozlek, Network Services

Initially nominated by Sam Josuweit, Vince received the Employee of the Month award in March 2020. In the nomination form, Sam wrote, "As manager of our IT server environment, Vince interacts with faculty, staff and students on a regular basis. Many of these interactions are at a time when people need help the most. On a regular basis, Vince can be found providing assistance off hours to someone who has run into a critical IT problem or responding to an email phishing attack over a weekend or holiday. Recently, Vince worked overnight and into the early morning hours to correct an errant software update that caused critical problems to most of our IT servers. From faculty and staff or the student that calls for help at 6pm, Vince can always be counted on to help the members of our community when they are stuck with an IT problem."

Vince is pictured in the photo at the luncheon honoring Employee of the Month award winners from the past year. Congrats again and thank you to Vince and all honorees.

*The EOM program was on pause in May – June 2020.

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September 2020

Dr. Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, TALE Director and faculty member in the history department, is the Employee of the Month for September 2020.

Lisa was nominated for the award by Tara Diehl from Academic Enrichment. In her nomination, Tara writes, “Lisa more than stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic - she situated the TALE center in the ‘hot zone’ and rallied everyone around it. It was evident that she prioritized the needs of BU faculty, staff, and students during these challenging times.”

Tara continued, “Lisa worked tirelessly, alongside Instructional Media & Design Center staff and institutional leaders to develop a comprehensive training plan to meet the needs of faculty working remotely. It was evident that her plan was not a band-aid fix, but instead was mobilizing BU resources in the most efficient manner. All of Lisa’s emails were helpful, encouraging, and informative. She validated the fears and concerns of faculty and students and reassured all that while this situation is unusual, the feelings of trepidation were perfectly normal.”

As part of this recognition, Lisa will receive a $100 cash award, a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space for the month of the award, and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Lisa will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline on this very well-deserved honor. I don’t normally speak for my colleagues, but I believe I can say that we are all grateful for Dr. Stallbaumer-Beishline’s leadership during a particularly challenging time for our campus community.

 
 
Lisa Stallbaumer

April 2020

Ms. Kyra Bulla, an admissions office staff member, is the Employee of the Month for April 2020.

Ms. Bulla’s nominator wishes to remain anonymous but wrote that “Kyra handles many critical processes and a mass volume of student information, from inquiries to matriculation. It's impressive how she is able to meticulously maintain accurate records while also being quick to handle a large volume of requests and emails from students and colleagues on a daily basis. Her ability to always maintain a calm and confident outlook and get it all done is admirable. I can't recall ever seeing her stressed out even amidst the most chaotic of times.”

Her nominator continued, “Kyra's job is primarily ‘behind the scenes,’ but she shines at our large events like Open House and Husky Decision Day. In a fast-paced, crowded environment she is enthusiastic to welcome and assist prospective students and their supporters with a variety of tasks and can answer nearly any question thrown at her. She also fearlessly leads us with any new software endeavors and the inevitable changes and quirks that come along with them. Kyra has graciously shared her time and expertise of TargetX software and check-in procedures by assisting other departments for events such as Orientation.”

As part of this honor, Kyra will enjoy a $100 cash award and, once we return to normal operations on campus, the following: a designated/reserved faculty/staff parking space of her choice for a month; two tickets to a BU athletic competition; and two meal vouchers at the Scranton Commons. Kyra will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Kyra Bulla, our Employee of the Month!

 
 
Kyra Bulla

March 2020

Vince Kozlek, a staff member in the office of Network Services, is the Employee of the Month for March 2020.

Mr. Kozlek was nominated for the award by Sam Josuweit who writes, “As manager of our IT server environment, Vince interacts with faculty, staff and students on a regular basis. Many of these interactions are at a time when people need help the most. Many times, Vince can be found providing assistance off-hours to someone who has run into a critical IT problem or responding to an email phishing attack over a weekend or holiday.”

Mr. Josuweit continued, “Recently, Vince worked overnight and into the early morning hours to correct an errant software update that caused critical problems to most of our IT servers. From faculty and staff or the student that calls for help at 6 p.m., Vince can always be counted on to help the members of our community when they are challenged with an IT problem.”

As part of this honor, Vince 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. Vince will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Vince Kozlek, our Employee of the Month!

 
 
Vince Kozlek

February 2020

Gwen Stancavage, a staff member in the office of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, is the Employee of the Month for February 2020.

Ms. Stancavage’s nomination was submitted anonymously. The nominator writes, “Gwen is known to her colleagues as the ‘fixer’ because on an average day she is likely to solve numerous problems across campus, with students, faculty, and external systems like human resources, the dean’s office, registrar, scheduling, Professional U, and the list goes on and on. Gwen has knowledge of every working component within our department. She has served over six different department chairpersons throughout her time at Bloomsburg and has collaborated with every one of them to ensure the best possible outcomes for the department.”

The nomination continues, “She is the heart and soul of the program because she always knows when someone is in need before they ever approach her. Her skills range beyond that of a secretary, as her actions reach far and wide beyond the list that defines what she is responsible for. Gwen is effective because she is organized, present, and because she genuinely cares for her colleagues, the students, and the greater Bloomsburg University community. She is technologically sophisticated and diligent about ensuring that her knowledge exceeds expectations. Quite simply, Gwen is inspiring. She embraces change with a smile on her face and always has an action plan in place when a new initiative is introduced. Of particular importance is the work that she has done for the Social Work Program and specifically, field education and internships.”

Congratulations to Gwen Stancavage, our Employee of the Month!

 
 
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January 2020

Scott Levan, an officer in the Bloomsburg University Police Department, is the Employee of the Month for January 2020.

Mr. Levan was nominated for the award by Leo Sokoloski, our Director of University Police. Chief Sokoloski writes that “Scott has been a member of the Bloomsburg University Police Department since 2007 and brings a professional and caring attitude with him daily as he manages all special parking requests for the BU community. Scott embraces the concept of community-oriented policing and building positive relationships with students and all those he encounters during his daily duties. Scott’s experience as a University Police Officer has taught him that there is nothing more crucial to reducing crime and collateral discord than building partnerships between law enforcement and the University community he serves.”

Chief Sokoloski continued: “Scott recently went above and beyond the call of duty when he performed life-saving measures on a member of the Bloomsburg University community. He is patient, polite and professional in dealing with all University constituents, which is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address and meet our challenges.”

As part of this honor, Scott 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. Scott will also be featured on our Employee of the Month webpage.

Congratulations to Officer Scott Levan, our Employee of the Month!

 
 
Scott Levan

December 2019

Lauren Fuhrman, a statistician in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, is the Employee of the Month for December 2019.

Ms. Fuhrman was nominated for the award by Amy Eitzen, associate dean of the College of Education. Dr. Eitzen writes about Ms. Fuhrman, “Lauren works extremely hard to assist the College of Education (COE) in all of its endeavors. She has assisted many faculty in the assessment development and data collection of their Specialized Professional Associations national recognition. Most recently, she has been helping the College of Education in CAEP accreditation, assisting with many data points and sharing her professional knowledge with COE committees as we strive to meet all of CAEP’s data requirements. She works with the COE so closely and meets so many of our needs that we often think of her as a member of the COE. One of Lauren’s strongest assets is her creativity in problem-solving. Through many brainstorming sessions with faculty, committees, and the dean’s office, Lauren has been a huge contributor to solving issues that arise. Some would say (and have said) that the COE would not be nearly as advanced in our CAEP work without Lauren.”

Dean Eitzen continued, “Lauren is a patient instructor of her craft. She is always willing to share her knowledge with faculty and staff (and an associate dean) to enable others to work with data themselves. She is always ready to spend time demonstrating her skills to others and does so comprehensively and cheerfully. I do not know how many phone calls she receives each day from this office, especially as we inch closer to our CAEP self-study due date, but she always responds quickly and in a pleasant manner.”

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

Congratulations to Lauren Fuhrman, our Employee of the Month!

 
 
Lauren Furhman

November 2019

Mr. Asa Kelley, a staff member in Instructional Media Services, is the Employee of the Month for November 2019.

Mr. Kelley was nominated for the award by Julie Petry from the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Ms. Petry writes, “Asa is very generous with his skills and talents. He has worked in Instructional Media Services for well over ten years, and through each year he has gone above and beyond to help catalog events and create invaluable archiving services for students, faculty and staff. In particular, he has continued to answer questions even when on vacation, was willing to listen to particular needs as he made decisions about how long things get archived, and has spent extra hours making projects and archived sites professional and detailed.”

She continued, “Asa has also been instrumental in giving energy, time, and support to the annual LGBTQA Mid-Atlantic Conference and the annual fundraiser for LGBTQA campus resources and scholarships. Asa is both a generous soul and a good friend to many of the staff and faculty on this campus. He absolutely deserves to be recognized without pause.”

As part of this honor, Asa 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 Asa Kelley, our employee of the month!

 
 
Asa Kelley

October 2019

Ms. Wendy Krum, an administrative assistant in the College of Science and Technology, is BU’s Employee of the Month for October 2019.

Ms. Krum was nominated for the award by Dean Robert Aronstam from the College of Science and Technology. Dr. Aronstam writes about Ms. Krum, “Wendy is an exceptionally organized, competent and proactive administrator. Faculty know whom to go to for the real answers. Wendy oversees the College’s finances, supports faculty committees, coordinates the hiring process for over 40 temporary faculty each year, and supports or manages six staff members, nine departmental administrators, and eight student workers. Ms. Krum is firm but evenhanded in her supervision of students and staff. Accountability, flexibility and reasonableness guide her deliberations.”

He continued, “Ms. Krum is also involved in alumni communications and development, college printing operations, purchasing, equipment inventories, and college special events (receptions, parties, alumni events). Incredibly, this takes up only half of her time. The rest of her time is taken up with dealing with the unexpected matters that invariably and constantly arise. Someone once asked her what her primary job duty was. She replied, ‘I do whatever is necessary’. And she meant it. The smooth operation of our office is a testament to her efficiency, economy and common sense. The atmosphere in the COST office is both upbeat and focused; the office is a warm and welcoming place. Wendy insists on an appropriate customer focus for departmental dealings with students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors alike.”

As part of this honor, Wendy 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 Wendy Krum on this well-deserved honor!

 
 
Wendy Krum

September 2019

Jodi Fetterolf, a clerk typist from the Department of Art and Art History, is the Employee of the Month for September 2019.

Ms. Fetterolf was nominated for the award by Neil Strine from the Department of Political Science. Neil writes about Ms. Fetterolf, “Jodi works in the art and art history department but has served as the state secretary for the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) since April 2016 when the PA High School Speech League moved its permanent home to BU. Jodi agreed to take on the duties as the state secretary as part of her regular department responsibilities without having a ‘complete’ understanding of what was required for the position.”

Dr. Strine continued, “The words ‘professionalism and ‘enthusiasm’ are the perfect words to describe Jodi since becoming the PHSSL state secretary. However, I would also add that the words initiative, organized, and positive attitude as other words that describe her. For the past three years, Jodi has become the face of Bloomsburg University and the PA High School Speech League. She represents BU to faculty, administrators and staff here on campus, to high school students, coaches, and PHSSL executive board members in all corners of Pennsylvania. Jodi is responsible for updating, publishing, and distributing the PHSSL journal to member high schools three times per year, maintaining the PHSSL website with updates and membership changes, taking and publishing notes from PHSSL Executive Board meetings, editing and publishing the programs for the drama festival and state tournament, and she keeps track of membership applications. Everyone compliments me on how great Jodi is for PHSSL and Bloomsburg University and how quickly Jodi learned about the organization and her duties.”

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

Congratulations to Jodi Fetterolf on being named BU’s Employee of the Month!

 
 
Jodi Fetterolf

August 2019

Ethan Krupp, a faculty member in the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance, is the Employee of the Month for August 2019.

Mr. Krupp was nominated for the award by Christina Francis. Ms. Francis writes about Ethan, “There are so many ways that Ethan contributes to the goals of BU, at every level. Advocating for students is just one of them. He strives to make personal connections with incoming students, chasing down every lead in the hopes of bringing just one more Husky into the fold of the BU Players and the larger BU community.”

She continued, “He takes pride in the quality of the work produced by his division, and he puts in long hours to make it happen, whether that means late weekend night tech rehearsals for shows or extra office hours for major advising, or taking on a guest designer spot even though he's up to his eyeballs in refining department assessment protocols in order to keep his creative energy flowing. In another example, Ethan has worked hard in the last year or two to grow the campus community's engagement with BU Players performances, by sending out personalized invitations, and then greeting all those who come every night with a smile and welcome. At COLA events like Taste of the Arts, it is Ethan who jets from room to room, making sure that all of the Audio/Visual needs of the event stay on track. His willingness to do this type of work demonstrates his generosity to the mission of his division, his college, and the university at large.”

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

 
 
Ethan Krupp

July 2019

Nawal Bonomo, formerly of the global and multicultural education office, is the Employee of the Month for July 2019.

Ms. Bonomo, now working as the assistant to the dean in the College of Science and Technology, was nominated for the award by Jennifer Lehman. Ms. Lehman writes about Nawal, “She is extremely knowledgeable and wise about not only international concerns but also domestic ones. She is friendly and outgoing to our students, and I can see how comfortable they are around her. She makes them feel welcome and supported, which is particularly important when you are in a country that is not your own!”

She continued, “It has been my professional pleasure to witness Nawal in action with students at the various meetings in which I've sat with her, and she has displayed an unmistakable passion for the work she does for our students. I am so thankful to be able to learn from her, as she been an outstanding role model.”

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

Congratulations to Nawal on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Nawal Bonomo

June 2019

Cindy Boucher, food service worker at Roongo’s, is the Employee of the Month for June 2019.

Ms. Boucher was nominated for the award by Michael Martin, associate professor in the Department of English. In his nomination, Michael noted, “Cindy is an incredibly dedicated and diligent employee and service person at Roongos. I have watched how she interacts with both her co-workers and the many people with whom she must interact with every day. If you go to Roongos between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., you know the crazy volume of people there. Yet, you will see Cindy working effectively and efficiently to manage the non-ending stream of individuals who frequent this central eating spot on campus. She can work at any station and always takes the utmost care in whatever she prepares for the person in front of her. She is attentive to the details of what she is doing and more than willing to make sure that you are happy with what you will receive.”

Dr. Martin also wrote, “I have witnessed her work with prospective students and parents and make them feel welcome. I have watched her when a guest has been less than cordial, but she smiles and displays a sense of grace and professionalism, demonstrating the commitment she has to what she does. It is often easy for us to see Aramark employees as merely a worker. Something I find fundamentally abhorrent. However, she treats her position as something that deserves both her care and energy. She is a wonderful example of how each of us at the university should approach the tasks we have each day. She always brightens my day when I go there, and she provides me the best service and care I could ever hope to receive. I believe she is an example of the finest we have here at Bloomsburg and is one of the reasons I am honored to work here.”

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

Congratulations to Cindy on being the Employee of the Month.

 
 
Cindy boucher