2016 ICYC Recipients

  • January 2016 Recipients

    Jason Gaskins, IT

    About a week before the campus closed, my desktop computer was reimaged, so ultimately was like a new system. At that time, I did not think to check if my remote access from my home computer would still work. So on day 2 of our Christmas break, I discovered I could not remote into my work computer, and there were certain processes I needed to complete at specific times during the holiday. I truly hated to bother Jason during the campus holiday, but I did it anyway. And he immediately responded, taking time from his own personal enjoyment of our time off. Within a short time, he identified and resolved the issue, and I could remote into my desktop. He was very willing to help me, and I am very thankful for his exceptional commitment to VSU.


    Benjamin Li, IT

    I was transferred to Ben after speaking with another help desk employee who was unable to resolve my issue.  Once speaking with Benjamin, he proceeded to give a detailed explanation of the problem that was completely understandable as well as call directly to the technicians who needed to resolve the issue.  Up to this point, he had provided good customer service and resolved the issue to the best of his ability.  Where he took it a step further was to then continue to follow up with me once the issue had been resolved and to call back and make sure I experienced no further issues.  Benjamin Li has always been very helpful and attentive to the needs of those that rely on him at the help desk.  Thank you for talking to this panicked staff member and continuing to work until the issue was resolved satisfactorily!


    Lisa Long, Admissions

    Mrs. Long was very instrumental in my transition back into  college. She answered every email and phone call with prompt and efficient service. I will never forget her kind words of encouragement.


    Raymond Elson, Accounting

    Dr. Elson is a mentor to so many students. He has helped me in so many ways. He has helped me get a job, has given me professional guidance and is there when I need advice for an interview, etc. He not only does this for me but for every student he can. He is an exceptional teacher and mentor everyday!


    Ted Davis, Campus Mail

    Mr Ted is ALWAYS pleasant no matter the weather or what kind of day he is having!  He smiles and speaks to people in the office.  Such pleasant service with a consistent smile is exceptional!


    Kwanza Thomas, Nursing

    Kwanza Thomas is the kindest and most helpful advisor I have had during my academic pursuits. She is easy to reach, quick to help, and friendly throughout it all.


    Janet Foster, Early Childhood/Special Education

    Online students are just as important as face-to-face students to Dr. Foster.  I had a problem with registration for specific classes that I needed, and she helped me.  She is always helpful, listens, and encourages students.


    Catherine Bowers, Library 

    Catherine Bowers and Emily Rogers, Odum Reference Librarians gave up their Saturday mornings to come in to conduct the library orientation for the MLIS Program's new student orientation weekend.  They did an excellent job and MLIS thanks them for sharing their weekend time with our incoming students.


    Kyle Culpepper, Media Center 

    This gentleman has always been very professional and extremely helpful every time I have a question or concern. He makes sure he understands what I am asking and thoroughly explains how to utilize the media services.


    Kelly Heckaman, Early Childhood/Special Education

    A continuous stream of help was provided. I was and am very grateful!


    Barbara Radcliffe, Middle/Second-Reading and Deaf

    I am grateful for the excellent help and service that Dr. Radcliffe offered me over an extended amount of time.

    Emily Rogers, Library

     Emily Rogers and Catherine Bowers, Odum Reference Librarians gave up their Saturday mornings to come in to conduct the library orientation for the MLIS Program's new student orientation weekend.  They did an excellent job and MLIS thanks them for sharing their weekend time with our incoming students.

    Steve Scheuler, Library

    Steve came in early Saturday morning to unlock the library and turn on the lights to facilitate the MLIS Program's new student orientation.  MLIS very much appreciates Steve for coming in early on his day off to help make our incoming students feel welcome.

    Andrew Scott, Library

    This gentleman has always been very professional and extremely helpful every time I have a question or concern. He makes sure he understands what I am asking and thoroughly explains how to utilize the media services.

    Jomar Aracena, Student Rec Center

    Jamar went out of his way to help me with my workout and made sure if I eneded any help that I could ask him anytime :)

    Adrian Marsh, Student Rec Center

    He went above and beyond to greet me and give me a locker. His smile brightened my day!

    Shauna Branch, VSU Bookstore

    Students had been asking employees at the bookstore how to transfer financial aid funds to flex (not something that they would be trained to know) so I called Shauna to ask if she would like me to send her information. Shauna went a step further and asked where to find the information on our website and said she would create flyers with instructions to give to. 

    Debbie Paine, Middle-Second-Reading and Deaf

    I was having a mental breakdown after finding out that I had been ill advised for my classes, resulting in me being a semester behind what I thought I was. My husband recommended that I talk to Dr. Paine for advice. I broke down crying in her office and she consoled me. She helped me figure out where my advisor went wrong, find the classes I need, and helped me.


    Laura Carter, Nursing

    Mrs. Carter has gone above and beyond to be helpful in every way. She was extremely helpful in the open lab last semester. Anytime I needed assistance she was glad to help and never made me feel like I was an inconvenience. She acted in the same fashion this week when myself and several other SDS students asked her to review our transcripts. She was able to assist us and was extremely caring and understanding. I can't say enough how much I appreciate her kindness.


    Yvonne Landers, Finance and Administration 

    Mrs. Landers has been a wonderful advocate for the students in our Office Administration and Technology Program. She handles our students in a professional manner and helps them to gain the confidence they need!


    Adrian Taylor, Information Technology

    Adrian Taylor is always willing to come help with IT anytime and anywhere. I had an event in the UC on a Saturday night, and he came at 9:00PM to help me out. He is definitely an asset to Valdosta State University and is very much appreciated in Event Services!


    Kirklyn Johnson, Centralized Advising

    Kirk was able to lift my advising flag at the last minute which allowed me to get registered into my classes this semester.  Without his efforts I would have been out of luck. And that would NOT have been a good thing for me.


    Nikki Moore, eMajor

    Nikki was able to get me registered into classes this semester despite some pretty big obstacles. She really put effort into helping me.


    Marie Hart, Financial Aid

    I was referred to Ms. Marie by one of her colleagues to assist me with a matter I was having difficulty with. Ms. Marie; along with her coworkers, answered any questions I had and assisted me in every way that they possibly could on such short notice. I am grateful that Valdosta State has such caring staff to assist the student body. Experiences like this make me proud to be a Blazer. Thank to Ms. Marie and her coworkers.


    Debra McCrary, Bursary

    I contacted the Bursary office to assist me with a matter I was having difficulty with and was greeted by Ms. Debra. She advised me on steps that I should take to ensure that my matter would be handle in a timely fashion and also advised me on some other steps that I had not even thought about to take care myself. I appreciate Ms. Debra being an amazing and understanding person to me on yesterday, for I know without her assistance I would not have gotten as much done on such short notice that did. Glad to be a Blazer.


    Chad Vantine, Information Technology Security

    On 1/14/16, I made a request for the installation of surveillance cameras throughout several lab locations on campus.  These cameras will play an important role towards student safety and providing 24-security of VSU equipment.  Chad made the process of obtaining these cameras EXTREMELY smooth and easy.  What was expected to be weeks before the cameras could be quoted for installation, Chad managed to get the company on-site and quotes created within a matter of days.  Thank you Chad for your outstanding contributions!


    Amy Strickland, Financial Aid

    Ms. Amy was very helpful about my situation. She didn’t rush and took me step by step. She understood my deadline and really helped me out.


    Sharon Mashburn, Financial Aid

    I had several questions concerning Hope Scholarship for my daughter currently enrolled at VSU and a daughter starting at VSU in the Fall. Sharon was very helpful and quick with responding back to me. She is very knowledgeable of Hope requirements and policies. She is such a great asset to VSU!


    Brenda Johnson, Counseling Center

    As I come and go from meetings, Brenda is always happy and excited to chat with me.  She's a genuinely warm person which I know is appreciated over at the Counseling Center.  I just wanted to take the time to let her know that it's appreciated.


    Drew Burgering, Printing Services 

    No matter how close to a deadline I wait to need something printed, Drew and his staff always seem to deliver! I just wanted to say thank you! You are an asset to this University!


    Taylor Griner, Event Services

    She was extremely helpful as well as patient 


    Shawn Merdinger, Information Technology Security 

    The information technology security team went above and beyond when diagnosing and repairing my remote desktop connection problems. Thank you!


    Maurice Mondesir, Information Technology Security 

    The information technology security team went above and beyond when diagnosing and repairing my remote desktop connection problems. Thank you!


    Chad Vantine, Information Technology Security 

    The information technology security team went above and beyond when diagnosing and repairing my remote desktop connection problems. Thank you!


    Casey Nettles, Campus Recreation 

    For doing an outstanding job as a Faculty supervisor and enforcing policy


    Katelynn Rickard, Campus Recreation

    For setting up and running Sweat to Swag. This is an important program that affects a lot of students. Thank you.


    Meredith Schilerf, Campus Recreation 

    Meredith has agreed to serve on search committees for GA and to help with the faculty/staff night for spring!

  • February 2016 Recipients

    Angela Colbert, Athletic Operations

    Mrs. Angie is one of the friendliest staff. She goes above and beyond to be helpful. Whenever a player or coach needs something she is always eager to help anytime I have needed it.


    Barbara Graham, Campus Services-Summary

    he morning of January 22 brought torrential rains, and I got caught in it walking in.  As luck would have it, I was on my way to a meeting where I would serve as chair for the first time.  I was nervous, and then I was soaked to the bone - even my papers!  As busy as she was, Barbara stopped her work, found towels, helped me get things dried off, and even laughed with me.  Her upbeat spirit and shared laughter fixed everything - the sun came out that day because of Barbara Graham!


    Marci Marshall, Nursing

    Mrs. Marshall always went out of her way to ensure all of my questions were answered.  She always replied to my emails in a timely fashion.  Even when she did not know the answer she would refer me to someone that could help.  She also would send a reply to let me know she was working on an answer so I was not left in the dark wondering the status of  something.  I do not think I would have gotten into the Nursing program without her help.  She was always willing to go the extra step to help ensure everything was taken care of.  She even offered to help others at GMC with their nursing paperwork and ensuring they had completed the proper prerequisites for the program.


    Lenora Willis, Housing

    Lenora led an initiative on behalf of Housing and partnering with Chartwells where the Hopper dining hall was opened up for students and staff to prepare meals to be fed at a local food shelter.  Lenora, through this and other initiatives, has been actively seeking to engage with/care for the local Valdosta community.


    Marci Marshall, Nursing

    Ms. Marshall constantly goes way above and beyond for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences students, staff, and faculty. However during a recent meeting I was really amazed at all she does to help incoming students enter programs within our college. The CONHS and VSU as a whole is extremely fortunate to have her on our team.


    Lisa Snipes, President's Office

    Lisa helps our department out a lot with purchases. She's always patient and willing to help us.


    Stacey Wright, Archives

    Stacey went above & beyond by locating me and emailing me to return a very important item to me after I lost it in the Fine Arts Parking Lot! She was extremely helpful in returning the property to me and making sure I got it again even when I couldn't come pick it up!


    Kyle Culpepper, Media Center

    Kyle is extraordinary. He is kind, patient, and always willing to go the extra mile to help. I learn something new from him each time I have a project. He is an asset to the University. December 2012 - present!


    Maral Meredova, English Language Institute 

    Maral is an excellent teacher with the International Students. She is also a great coordinator with host families. Being a host for the ELI has been very rewarding for my family.

    Tex Chris Wise, English Language Institute 

    Tex takes time away from his family to drive these students on the weekends to show our beautiful country to them. You are very appreciated and bring VSU a great amount of business.


    Laura Neely, Human Resources 

    Mrs. Neely demonstrated professionalism and patience in assisting me with retirement concerns. At a time that could be a bit daunting, her care and concern really helped to calm me down! Thanks so much!


    Rozella Ward, Human Resources 

    There's a saying that "there is a job for everybody." Well, Mrs. Ward is the perfect person for the job she holds. She is always pleasant, very through, and extrembly knowledgeable. We are so blessed to have her at VSU!


    Barbara Thomas, Comm Sciences & Disorders

    Ms. Barbara is so sweet and nice. She always helps if you ask her a question, and she is very kind on the phone when you call. She talks to the kids and you can tell she loves them. When they color a picture, she will place their picture on the glass for display. She always keeps a smile on her face and that's how you're supposed to be in a business setting!


    Kathy Barker, Testing Services

    Mrs. Kathy was kind and welcoming, as soon as I walked in. She helped calm my nerves before I took the GACE. I was nervous because this test was very expensive and I needed to pass on the first try. Her kind attitude allowed me to relax before this test began.


    Jan Fackler, Budgeting & Financial Services

    Jan is always willing to assist our area with budget questions.  She is patient and such a big help. Thanks for all you do! :)

    Evan Fondren, Student Union

    Evan is always willing to go the extra mile in his duties as a building manager. His problem solving skills and customer service are top notch!


    Sheila Hall, Information Technology

    When I started my new job in Housing back on 1/4/16, I knew nothing about how to use the Outlook Calendar and Mrs. Sheila took her whole Monday morning to come and train me on how to use the calendar.  I appreciate it very much Mrs. Sheila.

    David Johnson, Student Union

    David is a new building manager in the Student Union, and has gone above and beyond his duties in customer service. Student Life has received many compliments on behalf of David and his dedication should be recognized.

    Deborah Marciano, Early Childhood/Special Edu

    She is a professor who cares about us as college students—she practices what she preaches. She IS the model of a great teacher for us as teacher candidates! She does not fill the class time with tests and PowerPoints; instead, she makes all assignments and activities applicable to real world teaching. She does not just hand out another boring lecture and talk.

    Barbara Meeks, Budgeting & Financial Services

    Barbara is always willing to assist our area with budget questions.  She is patient and such a big help. Thanks for all you do! :)


    Ernest Smith, Human Resources

    Ernest is a great asset to VSU! He is always friendly and eager to help with hiring questions even if we call him everyday.  Thanks for all you do, Ernest! :)


    Ashley Williams, Digital Media Services

    Ashley is always willing to help update and make changes to webpages for us - many times within a few minutes of our request.  We appreciate her help and friendliness! :)

    Dallas Suttles, Archives

    Dallas went above & beyond by locating me and emailing me to return a very important item to me after I lost it in the Fine Arts Parking Lot! He was extremely helpful in returning the property to me and making sure I got it again even when I couldn't come pick it up!

    Jomar Aracena, Campus Recreation 

    Jomar did an amazing job dealing with a student using another student's ID. Both students involved were verbally aggressive and VSU PD was called. Jomar remained calm and stuck to the enforcement of the policy despite lots of pressure from these students.


    Dallas Suttles, Archives

    Dallas went above & beyond by locating me and emailing me to return a very important item to me after I lost it in the Fine Arts Parking Lot! He was extremely helpful in returning the property to me and making sure I got it again even when I couldn't come pick it up! 

    Rex Devane, Media Services

    Thanks very much for all of your help on a range of technical topics, from the cluster to working with students on media problems. One of our projects (a new line of antibiotics for TB) is hitting its stride now in part because of the great help from the media center and IT. A good milestone for this is the recent publication of a patent application (with 2 student co-authors), which was developed over several years of research.
    The computer technology helped us minimize and better understand the molecular structures we were working with – and to help predict some of their medicinal activity. The compounds we selected to make in the lab were selected for pre-clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health for trials against the bacterium associated with tuberculosis. In addition to the research, this has allowed me to incorporate lots of new material and technology into classes like Antibiotics, Cancer Drugs, Medicinal Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Again, thanks for your time, positive attitudes and great level of expertise! Both the students and myself are thankful!


    Jen Fackler, VPFA and Budget Services

    Jenny is always so helpful whenever I have questions about the budget. She is very quick to respond to my emails and she explains exactly what I need to do when I ask her a question.


    Brian Haugabrook, IT

    Thanks very much for all of your help on a range of technical topics, from the cluster to working with students on media problems.  One of our projects (a new line of antibiotics for TB) is hitting its stride now in part because of the great help from the media center and IT.  A good milestone for this is the recent publication of a patent application (with 2 student co-authors), which was developed over several years of research.


    Collin Tulloch, Campus Services

    Great guy, warm personality, always willing to help anyway he can.  Did a great job helping us clean our lab!  Looked spectacular - but he always does a great job with a big smile.


    Lorena Afa, Employee and Organizational Development

    Lorena was very helpful with speaking to a student assistant about majoring in Business. The student assistant has been trying to figure out their career path, and the information Lorena provided answered many of her questions.

    Tim Yorkey, Employee and Organizational Development 

    I contacted Tim because I have a student assistant (SA) considering changing their major to Human Resources, and they wanted to speak to someone within the profession. Tim arranged a time to meet with the SA, and he asked a GA from his department to attend too. They were both very helpful to the student.

    Madison Beaumarchais, Student Union Operations

    I  called Madison to "confirm" an event that should have already been scheduled and a contract already signed.  Unfortunately, someone had not scheduled the event as necessary.  Within the span of a few hours, Madison was able to rectify the situation and get the ballrooms that were needed and the equipment taken care of so that our event could happen the way.

    Sandra Griffin, Financial Aid

    The service I received was exceptional in that once I spoke with her my worries went away. She helped me in a way I did’t think possible.

    Crystal Paden, Financial Aid

    Crystal was very helpful in telling me who I needed to speak with in financial aid and coached me on what to do.

    James Sampson, Housing

    I called Langdale Hall front desk this morning at 0758 hours trying to locate a student that possibly lived there. Sampson took the call and was very professional and helpful. It’s not very often you contact someone that early and they are that friendly on the phone. I give a thumbs up to Sampson.

    Teresa Williams, Graduate Surcharge

    She went above and beyond to show me examples of previous thesis submissions when I had questions about my thesis, the format, and appointees to my advising committee. She sent me a template for the format of a thesis, and she was grateful and willing to help which is hard to find these days. Thank you so much, the university needs more willingness to help like this and more niceness to go around.

  • March 2016 Recipients

    Kirkyln Johnson, Centralized Advising

    Throughout my Freshman year, Kirk has always been flexible for telephone advising since I am stationed at Moody AFB and work full time. I also enjoyed his enthusiasm during the Freshman-Sophomore Transition meeting for Biology Majors last week. Just wanted to give a shout out to him and say thanks for all he does! I appreciated his support and care.


    Keisha Roberts, Data Warehouse

    Keisha is a very hard worker and dedicated to her job. She is constantly helping my office. She's a hidden gem in the university.


    Jessica Wellington, Student Success Center

    I arrived early for a tutoring session and noticed that Jessica wasn't working with anyone.  I asked if she would be willing to look over my STATS project at some point in the week.  She offered to do so immediately and quickly put away what she was working on.  Her feedback was constructive and boosted my confidence in the work I'd completed.  Her attitude is always cheerful and focused on being as helpful as possible.


    Barrie Fitzgerald, Institutional Research

    Barrie has been very beneficial to the success my department. He goes above and beyond to assist whenever needed. Our area has learned a lot from working with IR and I look forward to working with him and his department in the future.


    Wesley Babcock, Information Technology

    Wes was so kind to rush right over to my office to help with a problem I was having with my computer.  He is always very helpful whenever we need him.


    Michael Griffin, Kinesiology and Physical Education

    The faculty of Kinesiology always have a smile on their faces. They provide such a welcoming feel that all students, faculty and guests who enter will exit from their offices with smiles on their faces. Thank you for always having a kind, warm and welcoming vibe into your work place as well as the amazing assistance.


    Bobby Dowd, Communication Arts

    Mr. Bob Dowd is an exceptional professor with honorable experience in the field of communication and journalism. His knowledge has helped me land an internship and exceed beyond my expectations. I am thankful for his laid-back, yet helpful teaching style as I have learned more about the specifics of public relations writing. I have not had Professor Dowd in over 2 semesters, yet I have still been able to visit his office for guidance as I search for internships and careers when I graduate this upcoming May. Thank you Mr. Dowd for your consistent willingness to help and for your continued support for your past, present and future students!


    Nicholaus Clinite, Information Technology

    Nick has always been willing to assist my office. He's always helpful to ensure that the reports are running and effective.


    Samantha Paul, Library

    I am a distant learning student in a Master's program and needed help editing a video . Samantha was very patient with me and made me feel at ease. Thank you


    Saige Frazier, College of Education and Human Services

    Saige is patient, kind and always going above and beyond for the MFLN Family Development team! She responds to our emails in a timely manner—we can always count on her!


    Matthew Flannigan, Information Technology

    Matt is awesome! The office of Testing experiences technical issues often. Matt is always willing to help. Recently, we experienced issues with the GACE test and Matt worked deligently to get us back in line!


    Sheila Hall, Information Technology

    Sheila was so helpful getting my maiden name switched to my married name through Outlook and the phone system as well.  She was very sweet about how grueling and drawn out the name change process can be and went out of her way to make sure all our bases were covered.  Thanks!!!


    Collin Tulloch, Building Services

    In addition to Collin taking great care of the offices in the Bailey Science Center's extension he went above and beyond to unclog the sink in my lab.  The sink had standing water in it and after assessing the situation he went to find the right tools to unclog it, came right back and unclogged it.  That sink would still be clogged if he hadn't been there.


    Brittany Blaschke, Office of Admissions

    Let me once again thank you for the wonderful tours your staff provided our 6th graders this past week. Brittany, Mya, and Jamilla did an exceptional job explaining to our kids what it means to be a Blazer. Keeping a group of 20 6th graders engaged for any period of time can be a challenge. These ladies kept a group of 40+ fully engaged for the entire tour. We were very impressed. For many of our students, this was their first exposure to a college campus. They hear the word "college" all the time, but it remains an abstract concept. Now, it's real to them. I can't tell you how many kids I heard say, "I can't wait to go to college!" Again, this was only possible because of the exceptional staff you have assembled. This field trip was such a success, I would like to continue it each year. Thank you again for your help. I would like to personally recognize Brittany, Mya, and Jamilla for making us feel so welcome.


    Maya Chandler, Office of Admissions 

    Let me once again thank you for the wonderful tours your staff provided our 6th graders this past week. Brittany, Mya, and Jamilla did an exceptional job explaining to our kids what it means to be a Blazer. Keeping a group of 20 6th graders engaged for any period of time can be a challenge. These ladies kept a group of 40+ fully engaged for the entire tour. We were very impressed. For many of our students, this was their first exposure to a college campus. They hear the word "college" all the time, but it remains an abstract concept. Now, it's real to them. I can't tell you how many kids I heard say, "I can't wait to go to college!" Again, this was only possible because of the exceptional staff you have assembled. This field trip was such a success, I would like to continue it each year. Thank you again for your help. I would like to personally recognize Brittany, Mya, and Jamilla for making us feel so welcome.


    Jamila Chambers, Office of Admissions

    Let me once again thank you for the wonderful tours your staff provided our 6th graders this past week. Brittany, Mya, and Jamilla did an exceptional job explaining to our kids what it means to be a Blazer. Keeping a group of 20 6th graders engaged for any period of time can be a challenge. These ladies kept a group of 40+ fully engaged for the entire tour. We were very impressed. For many of our students, this was their first exposure to a college campus. They hear the word "college" all the time, but it remains an abstract concept. Now, it's real to them. I can't tell you how many kids I heard say, "I can't wait to go to college!" Again, this was only possible because of the exceptional staff you have assembled. This field trip was such a success, I would like to continue it each year. Thank you again for your help. I would like to personally recognize Brittany, Mya, and Jamilla for making us feel so welcome.


    Brett Williams, Library

    Mr. Williams offered my students exceptional information about Odum's library services during a Library Information Session. The students (mostly seniors) commented afterward that they wished they had been required to attend this session as freshmen, because the information about access to librarians for help with research and citations was so helpful. Mr. Williams made the students feel comfortable asking questions, and he went out of his way to ensure that they understood that the librarians WANT them to call, visit, or use the online chat to ask questions. He was great!


    Shanika Hezekiah, Accounting & Procurement

    Shanika has been extremely helpful in orienting and communicating with MFLN Family Development team about financial matters. We value her help!


    Beverly Amiot, Accounting & Procurement

    Beverly is always willing to help when I have questions about P-card procedures. She keeps MFLN up to date! We are extremely fortunate to have her!


    Janet Wade, Alumni Relations

    We just want tot hank Janet for always being so nice and professional when she stops by our office. It is always a pleasure working with her and her positive attitude!


    Landon Lamb, Information Technology

    I had requested that Landon Lamb assist me with updating the Center for Business and Economic Research web site. Besides making two trips to reinforce his training, he noticed that my monitor was a bit fuzzy and a very old model. He offered to have it replaced and came back the next day with a new monitor. That is service above and beyond: Volunteering to come back for reinforcement training; as well as noticing a problem with my monitor that was adversely affecting my vision, and promptly providing a solution.

  • April 2016 Recipients

    Maurice "Moe" Mondesir, IT Security

    Moe went above and beyond the call-of-duty when he personally helped me to eliminate my immense junk email problem. Because of his actions, he has saved me hours of wasted time fighting the never-ending battle of the junk email epidemic. Thank you Moe! 


    Ireland Stubbs, event Services

    Last week, I put in a request to reserve a room. However, today when I called to see the status of the event, Mrs. Stubbs looked through the system and saw that the event had not shown up on their end. She told me how to fix the problem, so I again asked my department secretary to put in another request. I called back and Mrs. Stubbs informed me that the request was now showing up, but would take time to be approved (about 2-3 days). I pleaded for help because I needed the room confirmation today (you have to notify the graduate school two weeks in advance when scheduling your defense). Mrs. Stubbs went over and beyond to reach out to her supervisor and within an hour I received my room confirmation. 


    Timothy Yorkey, Employee and Organizational Development

    It’s amazing to see just how much you care about this school! It shows in your orientation and in every sense of your “being”! Thanks for making me feel welcome!


    Howard Griffin, Marketing & International Business

    Throughout the semester, Dr. Griffin has continually shown true kindness and a willingness to take time for others, even if they only need to talk. He's always willing to listen, and that goes a long way towards helping someone feel less alone.


    Janice Key, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Lynette Lewis, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Richard Rickman, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Kim Snow, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Donna Phillips, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Theresa Watkins, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Emily Heruska, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Nicole Foster, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Lori Rojas, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Leon Meeks, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Candis Davis, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Amy Aud, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Veronica Canada, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Amy Aud, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Linda Giles, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Denise Woodruff, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Cecilia Pierce, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Sheena Holland, Student Health Center

    Your staff at student Health Care was exceptional from the beginning to the end of my visit. I was treated with utmost respect and everyone was so nice. Thank you for all you have done!


    Patrick McElwain, Registrar

    Patrick is always such a pleasure to work with.  He responds very quickly to requests, even when I know he is busy!


    Wendy Miller, Dept Of Adult And Career Education

    I received exceptional service from Wendy while dealing with a registration issue over the phone. I am a Human Capital Performance Online degree student, and had an issue come about while trying to register for my final 4 classes. Wendy was very kind and pleasant throughout the entire encounter. She was able to immediately rectify the situation by overriding me.


    Rozelle Slaymon, College of Business Administration 

    On the morning of registration there was glitch in the system which was not allowing me to register for the classes I needed. I had checked how many seats were left in each class and there was not many. I was stressing that I would not be able to get into the class, so I emailed Mrs. Slaymon at 7:00am that morning and she responded with a quick resolution to my problem. She helped me out and got me into the classes I needed!


    Keith Washington, Central Warehouse 

    Mr. Keith is always with a smile. Outstanding, "yes I can" attitude. He came in today to help me bring some boxes from upstairs in acct. He took the initiative to ask me about the filing cabinets and we moved them.


    Corey Wasley, Information Technology

    Somehow I locked my keyboard and I could not unlock it - I could not type anything - Corey quickly came up with a fix; he was a life saver and I appreciate so much that he got us moving forward again!


    Nicole Lee, Admissions

    Nicole had a very large tour yesterday and was super helpful answering all of their questions with a positive attitude. Nicole always goes above and beyond in our office for the families. Parents and prospective students raved about how awesome she is and how well she showed our campus. We appreciate her so much! 


    Ted Davis, Campus Mail

    Ted is easily one of the friendliest and genuine people I have met during my time at VSU. He always has a positive attitude, a smile on his face, and always takes the time to make sure everyone is doing well. He treats everyone with kindness and respect and goes above and beyond to make a difference.


    Sergio Brown, Central Warehouse 

    Mr. Sergio went out of his way to help my building service ladies and myself load and unload supplies from plant operations to residence halls. We appreciate his help as we recognize he did not have to help. Mr. Sergio is an asset to VSU and he is greatly appreciated!


    Clinton Cauley, Information Technology 

    Mr. Cauley certainly gives IT a reputation for trustworthy and reliable customer service.  In ADP, my computer was having problems with the Java. Clint provided excellent customer service to go above and beyond to try to make it work. IT has a results driven team- GO IT!!!!


    Steven Obst, Information Technology

    Mr. Obst certainly gives IT a reputation for trustworthy and reliable customer service.  In ADP, my computer was having problems with the Java. Steven provided excellent customer service to go above and beyond to try to make it work. IT has a results driven team- GO IT!!!!


    William Ben McCranie, Building Maintenance

    Mr. McCraine treats customers with a friendly attitude and tries to resolve their problem or question as efficiently as possible. Excellent Customer Service!  Ben asked and clarified the work order.  He quickly resolved the issue and made sure it worked. Thank you for going above and beyond!


    Lorrie Proal, Information Technology

    Ms. Proal is unfailing patient and professional.  I entered a new item and she walked me through the process.  She provided the Category codes and also reminded us about a warranty for the product.  She is supportive and understanding and genuinely offers the best customer service.  Without her she could have not processed the # of requisitions we did. We appreciate your help!!!


    Angela Uyeno, Internal Audit

    Angela has recently gone above and beyond to ensure that our office is in compliance with USG policy and has been tremendously helpful. She has been extremely patient with all our questions and spends times actively seeking out solutions and answers for our office. We truly value all the help, assistants, and effort that she has provided us over the last several months.


    Keith Washington, Central Warehouse

    Mr. Keith went out of his way to help my building service ladies and myself load and unload supplies from plant operations to residence halls. We appreciate his help as we recognize he did not have to help. Mr. Keith is an asset to VSU and he is greatly appreciated!


    Gerald Williams, Career Opportunities

    Dr. Williams walked around to make sure everyone was taken care of, checked to see if system employees needed anything and dealt with an issue that involved someone on campus.


    Steven Haineaut, Building Services

    Our IT shop employees were working in uncomfortable climate conditions due to a non-functioning air conditioning unit.  Plant Operations HVAC techs Billy and Steven were determined to resolve the issue as soon as possible.  After literally rebuilding the HVAC unit by replacing the motor, belt, fan, ball bearings, and other parts, the AC was back running like brand new!  Really thankful VSU has an outstanding HVAC crew that truly care about the faculty, staff, and students!


    Billy Barker, Building Services

    Our IT shop employees were working in uncomfortable climate conditions due to a non-functioning air conditioning unit.  Plant Operations HVAC techs Billy and Steven were determined to resolve the issue as soon as possible.  After literally rebuilding the HVAC unit by replacing the motor, belt, fan, ball bearings, and other parts, the AC was back running like brand new!  Really thankful VSU has an outstanding HVAC crew that truly care about the faculty, staff, and students!


    Carlotta Braswell, History

    It was my first time to use the computer reimbursement program PeopleSoft and I really struggled.  While my college has a graduate assistant to provide help, the student is only available during certain hours; regrettably, that day, those hours were much later in the afternoon.  In the meantime, the red flags I was getting prevented me from saving my report and really I didn't want to lose all the data I had already entered.  I called Carlotta -- repeatedly -- and she helped me every time, never showing any signs of irritation or frustration.  I really appreciate how she went above and beyond to help a confused faculty member!


    Alexandru Malos, Information Technology 

    Alex went out of his way to walk over to a classroom after class had finished to assist me with a printing issue. He was extremely helpful, as usual. Thank you very much!


    James Bragg, Building Services

    James Bragg's main job is to monitor and change air conditioning filters in all buildings on campus. But, James went beyond this recently when he also checked duct work and found problems and repaired onsite. This saved man hours and costs. I found this by reviewing completed work orders. This goes beyond the job duties and definitely is caring about the job.  Way to go James!


    Sterlin Sanders, Information Technology

    Sterlin is such a big help and always willing to assist with a smile.  He is definitely a major asset to IT and VSU. We appreciate his hard work and dedication! Thank you for all you do, Sterlin!


    K-CI Walker, Catering

    Excellent customer service. Very attentive during the event, making sure that everyone was comfortable and had everything they needed.

  • May 2016 Recipients

    Susan Jones, Modern & Classical Languages 

    Ms. Jones works hard to accommodate many requests of students and faculty, which are not even within her duties. Last month, she helped me by getting information, filling out People Soft forms and doing arrangements for my travel expenses reimbursement. Thank you for saving my time and getting things done, Ms. Jones!


    Mark Blackmore, Biology

    Dr. Blackmore is by far one of the best biology professors VSU has to offer. He will go above and beyond his duty to make sure you understand a subject.


    Amber Reece, STEM Center

    Amber Reece is a FABULOUS ambassador to VSU.  She was kind enough to plan, schedule, and orchestrate a day-long field trip to VSU.  The students Skyped with a leading bee researcher, toured the college campus, visited an actual research lab, observed a live bee hive, participated in a math/art related activity in the STEAM lab, and much more! It was a GREAT day, thanks to Dr. Reece!


    Deborah Paine, Middle-Second-Reading and Deaf Education

    Dr. Paine is always willing to help our middle school and especially my Beekeeping Club.  She attends meetings MILES and MILES away, she engages the students and is ALWAYS willing to help me with "best practices".  PGM's Beekeeping Club could not survive without her guidance and input!  SHE IS FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing her with Lowndes County!

    Steven Obst, Information Technology

    Steven noticed some personal information that was going to get sent to students and questioned if it was more than needed.  In doing so, he helped to reduce the risk of personal information potentially falling into unauthorized hands.  Thanks for helping to protect VSU, Steven!


    Ashley Williams, Digital Media Services

    Ashley is always fantastically helpful assisting me with the Cascade web page builder. She goes above and beyond to make sure that the pages I manage look great, even coming to my office to assist me with a new web form! Great job Ashley and thank you!


    Theodore Uyeno, Biology

    Dr. Uyeno was kind enough to show my middle school students (32 of them) his AWESOME science lab as well as a lesson on bees.  He was very engaging, kind, and full of knowledge.


    Gwendolyn (Gwen) Kyles, Information Technology

    Gwen, an integral part of IT, often works behind-the-scenes to make IT run smoothly. Due to her administrative prowess, she helps IT staff do their jobs more efficiently as well as assist the CIO. Thank you, Gwen, for keeping us all on track.


    Markaysa Robinson, Information Technology 

    Markaysa ALWAYS goes above and beyond to help when I need a piece of hardware, cable or component to support a workstation in Admissions. Usually it is needed quickly and she always makes sure that we have what we need.


    Shaquille Duncan, Information Technology 

    Set up 7 new adjustable work stations in a very timely manner, with a great attitude.


    Christian Palaypayon, Information Technology 

    Set up 7 new adjustable work stations in a very timely manner, with a great attitude.


    Ashley Williams, Digital Media Services

    I would be lost if it was not for Ms. Williams directions and guidance on this new redesign.  She carefully listened to what we needed and showed me examples.  She takes the time to develop what we need.  Ashley - your the BEST!  Thank you bunches!


    Jamae Flint, VPFA & Budget Services

    I appreciate Jamae taking the time from her busy schedule to answer my questions and especially for teaching me how to navigate the system.  Jamae- thanks for all you do everyday!! 


    Regina Lee, Human Resources

    During our busiest time this semester, Regina Lee was so very kind to my team.  She provided lunch for all of us.  We were so surprised, but extremely grateful to her for this act of kindness.  Regina Lee embodies the true spirit of a Blazer and we are so fortunate to have her at VSU!  THANK YOU REGINA!


    Beverly Amiot, Accounting & Procurement

    Thank you for guiding us and giving us options on how to do things.  Your advice and work is to be highly commended.  Thank you Beverly!  


    Regina Lee, Human Resources

    This acknowledgement is long past due. Ms. Regina has gone out of her way time and time again to make sure that I have everything in order for the TAP program. It's a great feeling knowing that each semester if I have any issues with classes or registering or anything to do with TAP, there is a great person waiting to help me out. I am thankful for Ms. Regina and all she does.


    Chad Daugherty, Financial Aid

    Chad is always being available and helpful to ensure my daughter had all the funds she needed to attend without stress. Thank you!


    Teresa Grove, Biology

    Dr. Teresa Grove went above and beyond for the Spring 2016 Biology Graduation Reception.  She went out of her way to make sure that the Reception for the Biology Graduates was a success by tirelessly putting up decorations that she purchased with her own money.  She also purchased a large cake with her own personal funds just to help make the event an even better success.  Kudos to Dr. Grove for going the extra mile.  I am sure the graduates and their parents appreciated all the hard work that she put into it. 


    Kyle Culpepper, Media Services

    Kyle patiently assisted me with operating several Adobe programs . He didn't complain or object to answering my questions even when it was close to the department's closing hours! He always thoroughly, readily answers all questions and always has a smile. He provides excellent customer service to everyone in need of assistance within the media services department!


    Hunter Baxter, Information Technology

    Efficiently picked-up all VSU computers, printers, and cash registers from Dining Services in preparation for the migration to the new dining services vendor, and has provided timely assistance in the setup of hardware for Aramark.


    Sarah Hough, Institutional Research

    Sarah has assisted our office multiple times when we needed an extra "helping hand".  She is always willing to help us when called upon and does it with a smile. We appreciate her very much and are thankful we can always depend on her when needed!


    Haley Lyman, Housing

    Haley has been a great welcoming presence for Housing.  She went out of her way to be the unofficial welcoming crew to two of our Summer interns - making sure their apartment was cleaned, getting them keys and being around to answer any questions.  I greatly appreciate her working to make the interns first impression a good one.


    Jenni Shinpaugh, Housing

    I heard that Jenni was the one responsible for the deposit dropping. Thank you for that because it helped my family come to VSU.


    Ashley Butts, Housing

    I am so thankful for these student leaders who jumped in to help with giving tours for new students during Orientation. They are and continue to be great example of the student leaders that VSU has.


    James Sampson, Housing

    I am so thankful for these student leaders who jumped in to help with giving tours for new students during Orientation. They are and continue to be great example of the student leaders that VSU has.


    Vanessa Benitez, Housing

    I am so thankful for these student leaders who jumped in to help with giving tours for new students during Orientation. They are and continue to be great example of the student leaders that VSU has.


    Jordan Thornton, Housing

    I am so thankful for these student leaders who jumped in to help with giving tours for new students during Orientation. They are and continue to be great example of the student leaders that VSU has.


    Zach Bosworth, Housing

    I am so thankful for these student leaders who jumped in to help with giving tours for new students during Orientation. They are and continue to be great example of the student leaders that VSU has.


    Renieda Parker, Early Childhood Education

    Ms. Parker was very helpful, patient, and extremely polite in helping me find information pertaining to my daughter's requirements for VSU. We were totally lost, but Ms. Parker walked us through each step via phone and made us feel like she was glad to help.

    Na Ding, Information Technology

    Na is an expert in her field and is always willing to go above and beyond. Whenever there is an issue that needs addressing Na is quick with assistance and is able to give a level of insight into reports, etc. that is hard to match. She never seems to mind when she is hard pressed for time. Even when she is swamped, she always has a smile and is willing to add one more query to her work list for a department in need. 
  • June 2016 Recipients

    Sharaya Johnson, Financial Aid Office

    She was very efficient and polite, encouraging and pleasant. It is nice to have her at the front line of a busy and stressful time. 


    Sharaya Johnson, Financial Aid Office

    She was and is awesome. Please keep her as long as possible.


    Aimee Napier, Newspaper

    Aimee went above and beyond her call of duty to make sure the advertisement for our office in the "Spectator Guide to Life on Campus" was perfect. We appreciate all the effort and hard work she put into it.


    James Archibald, VP Student Affairs

    Dr. Archibald is an amazing person. He works endless hours to support our students. I have seen the impact he makes on students. He has helped the division and VSU retain students and develop students.


    Zonnya Lane, Accounting and Procurement

    Zonnya has been amazing with all the assistance she has given me throughout my travel over the years. On 6-14-16, in particular, she stayed after 5:30 pm to make sure all my paperwork, expenses, reports, etc. were completed for this fiscal year. The entire time, she smiled and kept telling me "no problem" as I apologized for her staying beyond her normal working hours. Thank you Zonnya!


    James LaPlant, Graduate Studies

    Dr. LaPlant is always thoughtful, caring, compassionate, and has been amazing to work with over the years. He is quick to respond to emails and is ALWAYS a positive and inspirational person to be around. Thank you for all you do to assist faculty through your department!


    Penny Giddens, Registrar

    Penny helped us transfer transcripts to GA Southern. She was patient and helpful.


    Timothy Yorkey, Employee Organizational Development

    Tim helped me save time and money by providing a means to update my defensive driving training online! Very responsive and helpful.


    Brandon Maruca, Financial Aid

    Extremely nice and super helpful with everything I needed. 


    Ernest Smith, Human Resources

    Ernest was exceedingly helpful in helping IT to post a key security position quickly.  We would not have been able to get this position posted so fast without his help.  Thank you Ernest!


    Sharaya Johnson, Financial Aid

    Helped me in a timely manner, very polite and answered all of my questions.


    Sharaya Johnson, Financial Aid

    Thank you for breaking down my award information for me and my mom. I'm the first to go to college, so this is new to us. You were patient with all our questions, and you stayed polite. My mom was impressed with your customer service, stay awesome, and good luck in school :)


    Travis Nolley, Information Technology

    Travis Nolley has consistently provided top level support to the University and to the team within Information Technology. The professionalism and hard work he gives every day deserves to be recognized.


    Regina Lee, Human Resources

    Regina went out of her way to make sure paperwork was received by Accounts Payable by the deadline after the first submission got lost in the mail. She personally walked the paperwork to Financial Services and followed up to make sure it was received. 


    James Archibald, Student Affairs

    Outstanding service to the University and the Division. When Dr. Archibald took over the division it was leaderless and not in the greatest of shape. His hard work has help every area of the division and in turn made a huge impact for our students. It is because of people like Dr. Archibald that made the VSU experience special for our students. 


  • July 2016 Recipients

    Thomas Tarwater, Plant Operations

    The facility management of the Communication Art's building is a wonderful example of campus pride. Mr. Tom Tarwater works hard to ensure our building is a great place to work. The fine details of how the building is maintained are often overlooked. We take for granted the pleasure of working in a clean building. With this focus in mind, when walking through our buildings one cannot help but notice there Is no dust, dirt, build-up, overflow of trash bins, or even accumulations on kick-plates. The overall condition of the building demonstrates workplace pride and highlights what VSU strives to be. I just wanted to say thank you for all your efforts and care you put into creating a wonderful atmosphere where we can work, teach, and excel.


    Steven Obst, Information Technology

    Steven got me set up with a new computer and assisted me even after hours to link it to my laptop at home.  He went above and beyond the call of duty.


    Marsha Walden, Central Advising

    There was an issue where a parent needed assisted withdrawing a student due to medical issues. Even though it was after midterm, Dr. Walden help in getting the necessary documents to the parent and handling the situation. Thank you again!


    Darli DeVane, Housing

    I was having difficulty with my housing. I needed to find a way to better the situation and Ms Devane was able to help without any issues. She was also available if I had any other issues.


    Jeffery Eltzroth, University Police

    I was bringing a number of things to my office to work on a Sunday and in the process of getting them into the offices locked myself out. I went to University Police and they very kindly dispatched Jeffrey Eltzroth to open the door for me saving me several hours before I could have located a co-worker on Sunday to let me in - it let me get back to work and I am very grateful - every minute counts when we are trying to meet the deadlines for the Original Budget submission - Thank you!


    Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

    Kyle was willing to spend extra time working with me to get a project done with a really short deadline. His eye for design and expertise were invaluable and the result was a unique eye-catching banner that projects a message of professionalism with a friendly and caring undertone. Just what I was hoping for! Thanks tons, Kyle!


    Jackie Morrison, Campus Dining

    Exceptional! Mrs. Jackie ALWAYS greets you with a smile and a kind word. She goes above and beyond on a daily basis. In this case, I went in to buy coffee for a co-worker and when asked did I want to add half/half to it, I didn't know what the co-worker would want. She asked who the person was and to my surprise, she not only knew who the person was but knew how he most often takes his coffee. Impressive! Thank you for being YOU.


    Tanisha Roberts, Campus Dining

    Tanisha is simply a remarkable employee and person who is always kind, joyful and helpful. Recently, I went in to buy coffee for a co-worker and when asked did I want to add half/half to it, I didn't know what the co-worker would want. She, along with Mrs. Jackie, asked who the person was and to my surprise, they not only knew who the person was but knew how he most often takes his coffee. Impressive! Thank you for being YOU.


    Nancy Deida-Carballo, Employment Administration

    Over the last few weeks, I have worked closely with Nancy in order to hire the employees necessary to open our new VSU Solutions Center. This is a key IT initiative for this fiscal year, and the hiring process went smoothly, thanks in no small part to Nancy’s efforts and adaptability. Moreover, she displays a level of service excellence, enthusiasm, humility, and professionalism in every interaction that is an inspiration to us all. Thank you for all you do for Valdosta State University, Nancy!


    Brenda Kelley, Financial Aid

    Every time I've called or been in the office she has always been very professional, courteous, and has always helped us accomplish what we were trying to do. I think she is an exceptional asset to your office.


    Veronica Graham, Registrar

    Super helpful, very professional, great/warm attitude. Thank you! 


    Brenda Lispcomb, Registrar

    Super helpful, very professional, great/warm attitude. Thank you! 


    Benjamin Li, Information Technology

    Benjamin was professional and patient in helping me resolve an ongoing password issue. At first he tried to assist me as I worked through the reset process. When that didn't work, he completed the task for me and then stayed on the phone to ensure that my password was properly reset. Thank you Benjamin for helping me through a frustrating situation.


    Clinton Cauley, Information Technology

    Fixed my email when no one else could!!!! Also worked multiple times to get all my systems re-set up once I got a new computer.


    Dwayne Trouille, Information Technology

    Going above and beyond to help me convert our software program. Dewayne always responds quickly and is so patient when I do not know what I am doing. I really appreciate a lot of his help and his willingness to do whatever I need, when I need it. Thanks!!


    Haylee Friel, Information Technology

    Haylee shows excellent customer service each and every day. On July 26th 2016 she proposed an idea for a more direct path for applicants to VSU to be able to get specific questions related to test scores and transcripts without having to go through multiple people. By connecting applicants directly with their application processor Haylee is helping to provide excellent customer service to our future students. Great job Haylee.


    Heather Kelley, Psychology

    Dr. Kelley has gone out of her way to provide an exceptional learning experience throughout this semester. She has always been available and has provided excellent teaching and guidance. She has been one of the best professors I have had during my graduate school experience at VSU.


    Joe Newton, Information Technology

    Joe made sure that I had access to the Pharos printing system so that I could print information at Graduate Assistant orientations that could then be charged back to my department. While I realize that this does not seem like a big deal, for someone who doesn't know the procedure and wasn't sure where to turn - it was extremely helpful to have someone treat me like I wasn't asking a dumb question and help me kindly. Also, Joe made a point to follow up with me to make sure my request went through and that all was well - while giving me great tips on making the best use of my personal cellular device! Thanks for your caring and willingness to help the technologically inept among us.


    Preyah James, Information Technology

    Preyah was very helpful while dealing with a computer, printer, and a VOIP phone that needed to be moved. A problem occurred with the phone and she was very diligent in finding a solution. Preyah went above and beyond all while having a smile on her face and a very positive attitude.


    Sarah Bring, Information Technology

    For the last few years, I have done GA orientations each fall in Odum 2633 lab. Each of those years, I have had to load a file that contained forms onto each and every computer via flash drive each day of the orientation. As I often do, I kept thinking to myself that there must be an easier process for getting this done. I asked Sarah for her advice on this. Her immediate response was, "I don't know, but I am sure there has to be a way. Let me look into it." She did, and she found a way to make these paperwork sessions much more efficient and easy on me as the presenter. Thank you for taking extra time to help a singular soul - it made my day!


    Susan Jones, Modern and Classical Language

    As a student and doing work study some supervisors can be pretty hard on the students they decide to hire. And sometimes use their position to exploit their workers and make them do things that they aren't supposed to do. I happy to say that Mrs. Susan Jones is not one of them. And through her example in the way that she treats others and students is inspiring. Even though she feels she has to make everyone around her life easier. I know that she needs to recognize and shown some love for the way that she takes care of everyone and sometimes neglecting her own lunch to make things happen for students when it comes to advising and other time sensitive paperwork. She has also helped me in a time of need when I need some food and she opened up her own pantry to me because I had not been working long and my checks were barely covering things. She's also a very good listener and at times a good confident. She definitely needs to be recognized for all that she does even if she hasn't received and accolades so far.


    Zaykeria Miranda, Employee and Organizational Development

    I am enrolled in Partners for Campus Excellence hybrid class. I was having trouble taking one of the course test. I emailed Zaykeria. She called me, explained that she was not in the office, and wanted to make sure that I was able to complete the test correctly. Together we walked through the test, and I was able to take the test.

  • August 2016 Recipients

    Adrian Taylor, Information Technology

    Adrian and his team were able to help a student suffering from Heat symptoms. They were at there Ribbon cutting in an IT capacity, but as soon a student started having some issues they stepped in right away. This type of caring by the staff for our students shows them that we support them.


    Alfred Reed, Information Technology

    Mr. Reed worked closely with our NMC technician, Matthew Schaefer, to ensure that we have a hostname setup for each of our poster printers since the recent change to a dynamic IP from within DDI. Mr. Rothwell provided me great customer service through his expertise in networking services and access controls explained through DDI. Both of these experts used their craft to ensure that we could fully function for the upcoming fall semester. I am thankful for the great support that IT's networking services has provided the New Media Center. This department represents a workforce that is quick to assist and flexible with meeting the needs of departments across campus. Thank you both, Rocky and Alfred, for ensuring our network operates to its fullest. You both are wonderful ambassadors who reflect how great your whole area is.


    Mark Mears, Dean's Office College of Arts and Science

    Mr. Mears helped me make the transition from prof to department chair in many ways.  First, he always had sound advice for questions on procedures, obscure forms, or better ways to produce the same result.  Second, he was exceptionally patient and good-natured, even though the hectic nature of early August was clearly visible across campus.  Finally, he made his help seem more like a hobby than a job!


    Jamae K. Flint, VPA and Budget Services

    Today I had exceptional instruction from Ms. Flint.  I'm a newly minted department chair, and have never before used ADP.  To me, it seemed pretty complicated, but I must approve a staff members time card by tomorrow!  Thank goodness Ms. Flint knows this system in and out, was patient, and encouraged me to do well.  Please thank her!  I don’t have a clue about how to operate a payroll department, but having been at it since the 1980s, I can tell when I'm benefiting from the efforts of an excellent teacher.


    McKenzie Hart, Accounting & Procurement

    Ms. Hart went out of her way to help me navigate travel charges between two fiscal years and in a foreign currency.  I was only able to complete all the forms correctly because of her instruction, good nature, and patience.  I used to wonder how such a small department could efficiently and accurately handle so much money - when I meet people like McKenzie Hart, it is very clear we have super motivated financial wizards with superb people skills!  The fact that she can even teach professors to correctly fill out forms is just short of miraculous!


    Rocky Rothwell, Information Technology

    Mr. Reed worked closely with our NMC technician, Matthew Schaefer, to ensure that we have a hostname setup for each of our poster printers since the recent change to a dynamic IP from within DDI. Mr. Rothwell provided me great customer service through his expertise in networking services and access controls explained through DDI. Both of these experts used their craft to ensure that we could fully function for the upcoming fall semester. I am thankful for the great support that IT's networking services has provided the New Media Center. This department represents a workforce that is quick to assist and flexible with meeting the needs of departments across campus. Thank you both, Rocky and Alfred, for ensuring our network operates to its fullest. You both are wonderful ambassadors who reflect how great your whole area is.


    Luke Ellison, Housing

    I would like to express both my personal and Key Shop staff appreciation for Luke and his efforts in assisting Key Control with key inventories in anticipation of the Fall move In. Luke was very focused on his task and willing to provide whatever assistance needed to  provide the best possible service to our students. He is a Bright Star in the Housing Office and should be commended for his efforts.


    Davelyn Hart, Financial Aid

    Mrs. Marie was very kind in helping me with my financial aid. She calculated all my awards for me and gave me suggested advice on what I should do.


    Brian Anderson, Information Technology

    I ran into a technology issue in the classroom and the IT unit to summon.  Brian anticipated the problem and had me 'up and running' in no time.  Thank you Brian.


    Nicole Cox, Communication Arts

    Professor Cox worked throughout the summer in an effort to better organize course scheduling. This effort involved researching past course offerings, coordinating with faculty to accommodate preferences, and working with students to facilitate graduation.


    Jason Brown, Mass Media

    Professor Brown volunteered to go through each student’s advising file to make sure that students will graduate in a timely manner. This activity entailed reviewing files, contacting students as needed to change schedules, and processing waivers to facilitate graduation.


    Deborah Robson, Communication Arts

    Professor Robson volunteered to go through each student advising file to make sure that students will graduate in a timely manner. This activity entailed reviewing files, contacting students as needed to change schedules, and processing waivers to facilitate graduation.


    Stanley Jones, Registrar

    Fall 2016 is the first semester that VSU has implemented a single fee payment deadline date. Stanley was conscientious of this and assisted the Bursary by spelling out for the students what actions they needed to take to ensure that their classes were not dropped.  Stanley's action embodied "Citizenship" from the Blazer Creed.


    Samantha Paul, Odum Library

    Samantha helped our department with the MLIS new student orientation in peer advising session and the Amazing Race. She re-shelved the heavy National Union Catalogs we used during the Amazing Race on her own when she really did not have to do that. She did that because of her thoughtful and caring personality. We thank you, Samantha!


    Shana Yorkey, Budget Services

    Shana took time to meet with me in great detail regarding some budget reconciliation issues I was having. I greatly appreciate her assistance!


    Jan Fackler, Budget Services

    Jan took time to meet with me in great detail regarding some budget reconciliation issues I was having. I appreciate her always going the extra mile to assist with questions.


    Dahnea Finkley (on behalf of the Residence Hall Association), Housing and Residence Life

    While I'm writing this to Dahnea, it goes to the larger Residence Hall Association (RHA) student organization. This group went out of their way to plan for the arrival of first-year students in order to plan fun events for them to do once they arrived to VSU.  I'm incredibly proud of this group for how they helped with move-in (including physically moving items into students rooms) but also for their selflessness when it comes to welcoming Young Blazers to campus.


    Tom Parnell, Key Shop-Non Auxiliary

    Tom came on site to Centennial Hall to help one of our graduate hall directors figure out a key situation where several keys were needing to be verified to be correct, plus also cutting some keys for when some had been lost.  Tom's understanding and willingness to help made a potentially bad situation into a much better one.


    Destiny Craig, Student Recreation Center

    Destiny was one of the many people who volunteered to help first-year students move into their residence hall and while I am grateful to all of our helpers, Destiny went above and beyond in that when several other people took breaks, she stayed and continued helping.  Several cars were unloaded by her and her alone and during times when things could have easily fallen apart, Destiny kept things going. I am very appreciative of her selflessness and how she worked to welcome Young Blazers to campus.


    Temekia McNair, Financial Aid

    Thanks again for the help yesterday. I was in, freak out mode and I appreciate your calm assistance. She didn't just provide information, she cared about what was happening. That's a rare commodity in the workforce. Thanks again, friend.


    Katie Rowland, Odum Library

    I'm a student athlete here at VSU so my free time is limited. Katie helped me locate a few books and took the time to help show me exactly what I needed to do to order books from the library. She was patient, super nice and very resourceful. 


    Brittany Parks, Admissions

    Brittany stayed late to help work on testing a new process of printing postcards for prospective students. She patiently tested and retested our new process to make sure all data was printed correctly. Great work Brittany.


    Darrel Jones, Admissions

    Darrel stayed late to help work on testing a new process of printing postcards for prospective students. He patiently tested and retested our new process to make sure all data was printed correctly. Great work Darrel!


    Adrian Taylor, Information Technology

    Steve came in early on Saturday morning to open the library building and turn on all the lights for the MLIS new student orientation. The library doesn't open until 12:00 on Saturdays so the MLIS faculty is most appreciative of Steve's willingness to come in early to help us get ready for our orientation activities.


    Anissa Bowers, Public Administration

    She assisted me in guidance to which classes to take. She lined the classes up for me for the spring, summer, and fall. She monitored and evaluated my progress each semester. She was motivator.


    Brittany Ingram, Financial Aid

    Aid upset because my daughter was having a hard time getting information.  Brittany answered the phone and it was obvious that I was upset, but she remain calm. Ms. Ingram was very professional, yet caring.  She answered my questions and even gave me additional information to assist me.  And she did it all with a good attitude!  It is people like Brittany Ingram who uphold the great reputation of caring at VSU.  Thank you Brittany Ingram!  I am praying for you!


    Chelsea Wells Holcombe, Campus Recreation

    Chelsea was able to use her knowledge and experiences with these event to help the department put together a very well done ribbon cutting. She work very hard on this event on top of all her other duties going the extra mile to get things done. Thank you.


    David Pulliam, Information Technology

    Redesigned our hold placing system.  Was very instrumental in helping us automate processes in Admissions this will help us save time and serve students more efficiently.


    Holly Lustfeldt, Financial Aid

    We are so thankful for your help as we clear up financial aid for our son. Please accept this token of our appreciation.


    Jean Smith, Financial Aid

    Ms. Jean was a blessing! She was very patient, informative, kind, and courteous while assisting me and my daughter with our information. She was also explained everything that I needed to do, so that I understood. SHE ROCKS!


    Jeff Hodge, Plant Operations

    Our ice/water machine at the Student Health Center stopped working and was leaking as well! Jeff was pleasant and patient and didn’t stop until it worked again and the leak was solved. The students and staff both benefit from this machine and Fall Semester was just starting.  We are appreciative of his persistence and his attitude was great!


    Joel Chisholm, Campus Recreation

    Joel respond to a student suffering from some heat symptoms. By providing superior care Joel was able to help this student get out of the heat quickly.


    Keisha Roberts, Information Technology

    Over the course of Summer 2016, Keisha developed a dashboard application for our VSU Solutions Center that helped us provide more efficient service to students looking to join the VSU family. This was facilitated by consolidating data from over 15 different locations of our student information system into a single page. What especially stood out about this process was the level of collaboration throughout the project. We conducted several meetings with Admissions and IT that resulted in the application being both intuitive and tailored directly to serving the needs of our prospective students. Likewise, even now, over a month after the application was deployed, Keisha still provides rapid response and great customer service when we need a change made to the application.


    Mark McNalley, Housing

    Mark has been instrumental in helping me transition into my new position here at VSU.  Moving from the Resident Life side to the Operations side along with moving institutions has been challenging in many ways and Mark has really been there to help me.  By helping me think things through, offering me advice and support, and just asking me how I am doing on days when he sees my smile fade just a little.  He is the best co-worker I could have hoped for :)


    Michael Holt, Odum Library

    I was really frustrated because for some reason the printer was not allowing me to print certain documents off. I had tried everything and had given up. I decided to use the Odum Chat with a Librarian and told Mr. Holt about the problems I was having. Instead of ridiculing me he was really nice and offered to print off the document for me! It was awesome and I am so thankful that he helped me!!! Thank you so much Mr. Holt!!!


    Michael is always happy to help with the MLIS new student orientation and his help is greatly appreciated. This semester he presented the library orientation after lunch and moderated the peer advising panel at the end of the day on Friday.  Students commented positively on both activities.  Our thanks to Michael for his ongoing support of the MLIS program and its students.


    An afternoon session on the resources available to MLIS students on the VSU website followed by a panel of peer advisors Q & A session for new students that Michael moderated!


    Quentin Reed, Greek Life

    I am citing Quentin, because I know him, but really this goes to the larger Phi Beta Sigma fraternity who came out to help first-year students move into the Residence Halls.  Over the course of two days, these young men helped unload cars, give directions to parents, assign parking spaces to families and most importantly - serve as a warm welcome to campus for students and parents.   I am very appreciative of the work they did, and the hours they dedicate themselves to helping new Blazers feel welcome.


    Sarah Bolduc, Information Technology

    Sarah was a creative problem solver.  Last year and in previous years when I have done orientations for Graduate Assistants, I have had to physically load forms onto the desktop of each computer with a flash drive.  When I began to think that there MUST be an easier way to do this, I talked with Sarah about this.  She immediately agreed to take on the challenge.


    Sheila Hall, Information Technology

    Sheila always takes the time to assist others and if she doesn't know the answer she will keep looking into the issue until it is resolved. I appreciate her help!!


    Steve Scheuler, Odum Library

    Steve came in early on Saturday morning to open the library building and turn on all the lights for the MLIS new student orientation. The library doesn't open until 12:00 on Saturdays so the MLIS faculty is most appreciative of Steve's willingness to come in early to help us get ready for our orientation activities. 


    Susan Jones, Modern and Classical Languages

    Mrs. Jones has been very very helpful. She has been helping me with a great deal of information and guidance of what classes to register for. I came in late to speak with her and she was willing to stay and advise me with my classes. Thank you very much for your time.


    Tim Yorkey, Employee and Organizational Development

    Since my first day at VSU, Tim has been outstanding! He has represented VSU in the best way! Tim exemplifies the Spirit at the heart of Blazer nation! Enjoy retirement Tim! You earned it!


    Wanda Stracener, Financial Aid

    Words cannot express the level of professionalism and integrity that I received today in the financial aid office.  I know that this is a very busy time of the year and students are all over the place.  But Ms. Wanda Stracener went beyond the call of duty today in helping me understand exactly what was needed to help my daughter.  She cares about my daughter, she 


    Xavier McCormick, Plant Operations

    Service was the exceptional work that was done in cleaning and finishing the floors in the art studios.  These floors take a lot from the traffic and accidental spills and whatever that take place on them throughout the fall, spring and summer.  Mr. McCormick's work was noted by other faculty members and students.


    Joe Newton, Information Technology

    Joe has been a huge help in our Fusion integration but on this day he was at the SRC working very hard to get this project completed. We greatly appreciate his help. Thank Joe for a great job and your service.


    Haylee Friel, Information Technology 

    Haylee Friel stopped me in the hallway one day after she heard I was the interim department head of English. She offered to help me transfer ownership of the English student email list whenever it was convenient. I finally emailed her, and she called me immediately, walking me through how to add and remove members and transferring me to Travis Nolley, who transferred the ownership immediately. I appreciate Haylee's being proactive about reaching out to help.


    Theresa Collins, Admissions

    Theresa assisted in the Office of Financial Aid during our peak processing period and assisted many students in their quest to receive financial aid.  She was able to help us assist hundreds of students each day.  Without her assistance, the lines for service in our office would have been much longer.  Thank you, Theresa!


    Arthur Rinberger, Information Technology

    I had a tragedy strike my loved one that required my attention. I just transferred to one of my dream jobs in IT and this was my second week there. When I approached Art regarding what happened without hesitation he asked me what I was still doing here and to go be with my family, he told me to take the day off and let him know if I need more. Art without any hesitation understood I needed to be home and made sure everything was arranged again for me to be with them. I was faced with a very difficult decision because while I really wanted to be with them, I knew I had a responsibility to my work. Art made that decision much easier on me and allowed me to focus on what was very dear to my heart at that time. This action while it may seem small meant the world since this has been a sudden and difficult time. I am glad to have him as a supervisor and to be part of the wonderful IT Programming team here. I could not leave this unnoticed, you are a stellar example of the tight knit community here at VSU and what makes our university one the best!

  • September 2016 Recipients

    Alexander Persons, Housing

    Alex and the other RAs did a fantastic job making me feel safe during Hurricane Hermine. Plans were made to evacuate in case the wind picked up too much. When the power went out, Alex knocked on my door to ask if I was okay, and he patrolled the hallways- making sure everything/one was okay. Thanks Alex!


    Susan Jones, Modern and Classical Languages

    Susan went above and beyond to assist the online criminal justice majors in obtaining needed signatures to complete a late add request. For online students this can be a difficult task to complete as they are not able to go to individual professors and department heads to obtain signatures. Thus, the process is often done via email and can take longer than it would had they been on-campus. Susan coordinated contacting the professors in the Modern and Classical languages department and working with the department head to obtain the needed signatures relatively quickly. The students and I are grateful for the care she provided.


    Leslie Williams, Plant Operations

    During the summer break, the Aquatic Laboratory (BSC 1053) was running short on paper towels. I happened to pass Ms. Leslie as she was attending to facilities maintenance. I asked Ms. Leslie if she knew where I could find a pack of paper towels for the lab. She provided helpful info in requesting supplies for the lab.
    Since then, I have noticed rolls of paper towels being placed into the aquatic lab. Instead of discarding the partially-spent rolls from bathroom dispensers, Ms. Leslie has regularly been providing these for lab use. Not since her contributions began has my laboratory had to deal with paper towel shortages.
    Ms. Leslie's thoughtfulness has been a great help to my duties, as well as a great example of resource use efficiency. Resources that might have otherwise been disposed of are now reused to the very last towel.
    Ms. Leslie is an exemplary of kindness, interdepartmental cooperation, and the effective use of products sourced from natural resources.
    On behalf of the BSC 1053 Aquatic Lab, thank you, Ms. Leslie.


    Laura Carter, Nursing

    Ms. Carter has taken upon herself to reach out to both students and faculty to ensure a seamless transition to using Exam Soft in the School of Nursing.  This has not been an easy task.  Few appreciate change, some of us are simply technology challenged, and many fearful of what will go wrong.  Ms. Carter has remained upbeat while giving up her own free time to assist one and all. 


    Latonia Powell, Plant Operations

    "I like my building to be super clean!"  That's what Ms. Latonia Powell just told me as she started to provide VSU History with some TLC late Friday afternoon.  I've noticed Powell working very hard over the last month, always with a smile and friendly hello.  She is VERY respected by the History Department, and her fan-base extends too many other folks in this building.  As icing on the cake, our exterminator told me "You have very few bug issues, mainly because Latonia keeps your building so clean."  Please thank Latonia for doing her job so well and with such a friendly attitude.


    Vincent Spezzo, eLearning

    Vince figured out a solution for a problem in BlazeVIEW that no one else could, not even the online help from D2L. Even though I had already created a ticket (so there was no reason he had to return my email), he checked it, found the problem, and walked me through the solution so that I would know what to do next time. A faculty member needed access to materials in BlazeVIEW, and we couldn't find out why she didn't't have that access. In addition, his calm persona is priceless in such a situation.


    Jeffery Hodge, Plant Operations

    Jeff has helped us out with numerous issues we recently experienced and continues to help us answer questions at a moment's notice. He is very helpful with his follow-up conversations after repairs are made to see if it works well for those of us working in the building. Thank you for your help, Jeff.


    Kanan Simpson, Information Technology

    Kanan improvised a work around for a service that currently is not supported for our Apple presenter. This was accomplished under a time crunch and works exceptionally well. 


    Lorrie Proal, Financial Services 

    I was having problems entering a requisition in the system and Lorrie explained the changes with the vendor and vendor number.  She quickly researched the information and replied.  She always provides exceptional customer service.  Thank you Lorrie!


    Jeffery Hodge, Plant Operations

    Our ice machine was out of order for some time, but Mr. Hodge kept us informed about the delays as he was fixing it.  When I came in to work on a Friday morning, Mr. Hodge left a note on my desk and it stated our ice machine was fixed, and he left his number just in case we had any issues.  He didn't’t have to leave the note, but it showed just how dedicated he was to providing great, quality service, and I appreciate his time and diligence.


    Ernest Smith, Human Resources

    Ernest is always available to assist with hiring questions. His friendly demeanor and patience are much appreciated! Thank you so much for all you do!


    Matthew Flannigan, Information Technology

    Matt saved ticket sales for the VSU Box Office. In just a few short minutes, Matt completed a job that had been on going for 3 days. Thank you Matt!


    Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

    I had a project that needed to be done within hours and Kyle made it happen with a smile. He is always so helpful and willing to go the extra mile. He is a valuable asset to VSU. 


    JB Desselle, Admissions

    Just wanted to send you a note, that JB is awesome.  He is enthusiastic, personable and speaks very well.  Kudos!


    Tim Brunt, Plant Operations

    Tim has been monitoring the air flow in my office in the University Center for a very long time now, trying out many different attempts at a solution and regularly stopping by to check on the temperature.  While I think that he may have finally found a solution, I am nominating him for this award because he never forgot about me or stopping thinking about the next fix he might employ on my behalf.  Tim truly embodies the idea of caring that this award represents!


    Davelyn Marie Hart, Financial Aid

    I had a lot of questions for Ms. Marie, she answered and explained each to her knowledge, was very helpful in getting my situation handled, and very nice. 


    Lai Kent Orenduff, Art and Science Department

    Dr. Lai is an amazing advisor, she is very helpful and nice, I had a lot of changes this week dealing with my tracklist for graduation and she was very patient and understanding with me. 


    VSU Counseling Center Staff

    Dr. Tricia Hale and the entire staff at the VSU Student Counseling Center did a fantastic job in organizing and putting on the Mental Health Wellness Day at Palms Quad on Wednesday September 28, 2016.  The event was well attended by students.  I heard a lot of positive comments from students who attended the event.  Dr. Hale and her staff are constantly looking for new ways to connect with our students and provide them with positive experiences on campus! Great job VSU Student Counseling Center Staff!


    Caleb Leon, Admissions

    Caleb was one of the University Ambassadors working the Mocktails and Mingling event last night at HSBA.  Around 6:20 PM there was an incident with a student that had to be transported to the emergency room.  Caleb demonstrated exactly why he was chosen to represent VSU as an ambassador!  He remained calm and comforting.  He assisted the student to the hospital, while he stayed with the student so he wasn't’t alone in the waiting room.  Caleb is a fine young man and very deserving of recognition for his Blazer pride and compassion for another fellow student. We are so proud of him and so thankful we have him as a Student Assistant in the Admissions office! 


    Regina Lee, Human Resources

    Regina always goes above and beyond to assist anyone with questions; even when they do not involve the Human Resources Office. She is very helpful and has great patience when dealing with everyone. Her customer service is amazing! Thank you so much Regina for everything you do! 

  • October 2016 Recipients

    Catherine Wills, Human Resources

    Catherine was and continues to be a wonderful resource as we navigate the many facets of the retirement process.  She is personable, highly knowledgeable, and always professional! Catherine is an asset to Human Resources at VSU.  


    Brittney Bartholomew, Admissions

    Brittney has done an EXCEPTIONAL job presenting to my students!  She was very prompt, professional, and versatile.  If possible, I would like for her to visit my classes yearly.  Thank you so much for allowing her to present to my classes!


    Trish Taylor, Student Life Office

    I swear, you are one of the most reliable parts of Valdosta State University. Literally speaking, I have gotten emails from you during hurricanes, campus-wide mass protests, floods---and there are likely a few calamities I’ve missed. “Pillar of the community” is a label that by no means overstates your contributions. Not only to the VSU campus, but for the USG system as a whole. You are a defining example of how electronic communication can improve and maintain the ties that create Blazers for life. Looking forward to your next colorful communication!


    Cliff Giddens, Information Technology

    Thank you, Mr. Giddens, for your stalwart efforts to help us retrieve a great deal of lost data.  Giddens patiently listened to our imperfect description of power points lost in what to us seemed an impossible maze of the Cloud.  He recovered everything, did this rapidly, and made the entire project seem like his hobby.  We're lucky to have such bright, cheerful, and good natured folks working at Valdosta State University.  


    Tim Brunt, Building Services

    Tim is always a professional and eager to ensure a satisfactory outcome to any work order he has.  We have had some issues with our new office location having extreme temperature changes, however only in certain locations.  He stuck with it and monitored our offices, as well as researched possible solutions to a satisfactory end.  It is a pleasure to work with someone that is so dedicated to exceptional customer service.


    Beverly Porter, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

    Ms. Porter has been a huge help as I've been learning about the VSU budget process.  She has helped me with paperwork, online requests, and general assistance so that I can ensure people get paid and paperwork is submitted online.  She is a true team member; always ready to lend a hand.  We are lucky to have her!


    Chioma Madueke, Human Resources

    Chioma was wonderful! There was a problem on the People Admin side that Student Employment had been working with me for almost a week to resolve. I had great assistance from Nancy through this time to attempt to isolate the issue. On the third attempt to resolve the problem Nancy was out and Chioma was there to step up to the plate. She was very sweet and personable while on the phone. Chioma looked more into the problem with the assistance of Michael and quickly came up with a final solution that worked. I appreciate all the hard work that the Student Employment office has put in. I also greatly appreciate the level of customer service Chioma provided. Nancy, you have a great GA who was able to provide outstanding customer service. Also, thanks to Nancy for getting us to the point where we could resolve the People Admin issue. 


    Billy & his HVAC crew,  Building Services

    Billy and his HVAC crew repeatedly address our needs with air conditioning service in our building. When the air goes off, the humidity goes up, and the working conditions become unpleasant. Billy's response is always timely, his attitude is superb, and he keeps us informed about the problem and the solution. He is gracious, kind, and highly professional even when those who are uncomfortable get frustrated. Thanks!!!


    Ernest Smith, Human Resources

    With the impending rollout of the FLSA changes, I, like many others, have been very unsure how the new payroll process will work. I have bombarded Ernest with many questions and scenarios on multiple occasions. He invariably takes the time to fully discuss the issues with me and when he doesn't have a firm answer, he researches and always follows up. In this period of upheaval and uncertainty, I cannot express how helpful it is to have someone as knowledgeable and helpful as Ernest (and all the other good folks in HR) to guide us through the transition.  Thanks Ernest!


    Michael Schmidt, College of Arts

    Helping make open house and the student counsel a huge success. Thank you!


    Blake Pearce, College of Arts

    Helping make open house and the student counsel a huge success. Thank you!


    Sarah-Jane McNalley, College of Arts

    Going above and beyond in assisting with any task needed to make Pops in the Park successful


    Robin Smith, English Department

    When my computer keyboard stopped working, I asked Robin's help to get it fixed. She was extremely responsive in getting in touch with IT (and they were also very prompt in addressing the issue). Thank you, Robin, for facilitating everything and always finding a solution!


    Nicholaus  Clinite, Data Warehouse

    I was asked to generate a report that required information from Data Warehouse. Nicholaus was sent my lengthy request after 5:00 p.m. He was informed I had to submit a report the next morning. He stayed late in the office to generate the report for me. I greatly appreciate Nicholaus staying until 6:30 p.m. to complete the requested report! This is not the first time Nicholaus has provided excellent service. Thank you so much, Nicholaus. 


    Emily Cantonwine, Biology

    Professor Cantonwine agreed to be a part of the Leadership Lowndes Education day.   Leadership Lowndes is a select group of 30-40 business leaders from around Lowndes County.  Professor Cantonwine decided to take us on the Whitehead Camellia Trail and highlight how several departments worked together to get this trail in shape to start promoting to the community, schools, students, etc. She explained the history and the importance of the plants to the environment. We really appreciate Professor Cantonwine taking time out of her schedule to educate the group on the collaboration going on at VSU.


    Theodore Uyeno, Biology

    Professor Ted Uyeno was a part of Leadership Lowndes Education day. Leadership Lowndes is a select group of 30 - 40 business leaders from around Lowndes County. Professor Uyeno was asked to be a part of the day and without hesitation agreed to demonstrate what he did in his lab and how his research brought value to VSU, the community and his students.  He was an excellent speaker and we appreciate him giving us 30 minutes out of his day to help educate the community leaders on the Biology Department. 


    Adrian Taylor, Information Technology

    A huge thank you to Adrian Taylor for always being a team player. I can't count how many times Adrian has helped me as well as anyone else around him in other departments with a lending hand and a smile on his face; just as he sat with me and helped swipe people on the bus for Wild Adventures night this week after work hours. I'm so grateful that I am able to call him a colleague and friend at VSU. Thank you!!


    Mykhael Walker, Information Technology

    I was having issues with a report request and Mykhael was very kind as to help me with this report to make sure I received the information I needed and that it was correct. Thanks Mykhael for all you do to support your fellow workers.


    Vanessa Johnson, Building Services

    Vanessa took the time to get two extra homing coming t-shirts for myself and my co-worker in Work Management at Plant Operations. This was very thoughtful of them, since we do not work on main campus and rarely get to the campus to enjoy the ongoing activities of the University.  Thanks again to Vanessa for her thoughtfulness.


    Ramona Wing, Building Services

    Ramona took the time to get two extra homing coming t-shirts for myself and my co-worker in Work Management at Plant Operations. This was very thoughtful of them, since we do not work on main campus and rarely get to the campus to enjoy the ongoing activities of the University.  Thanks again to Ramona for her thoughtfulness.


    Michaela Leung, New Media Center

    She was very helpful. Helping 5 students use the laminator. She was friendly and helpful with a smile!


    Michaela Leung, New Media Center

    She was very helpful when laminating papers!


    Joseph Shusko, Event Services

    Joseph always asks if he can help you in any way and always maintains a positive attitude. Great job!


    Janet Wade, Alumni Relations

    Thanks for a job well done for homecoming and all that you do for the University and for us.


    Tim Brunt, Plant Operations

    Thank you for fixing our hot office quickly and ordering the parts! Appreciate it. 


    Steve Fesler, Building Maintenance

    Thank you for executing multiple projects quickly and efficiently. Great follow up and turn out!


    Ben McCranie, Building Maintenance

    Thank you for coming up with a solution to our project so quickly and going out of your way.


    Sheree Hudson, Advising Office

    Ms. Sheree was absolutely wonderful! When I applied for graduation, I was told I was missing an course when I had previously been told my course was completed.  Well Ms. Sheree was able to fix the problem for me so that I can start my student teaching in the spring.

  • November 2016 Recipients

    Entire Department, Student Health Services

    The outstanding personalized custom care and professionalism. They are the best team/department of the entire campus. Thank you deeply!


    Fernanda Contreras, Centennial Hall

    As a University Police Dispatcher, my coworkers and I often work closely with Housing and Residence Life's, Resident Housing Directors and Assistants to help keep things running smoothly and to take care of our students.  Fernanda's concern for her community and her radiant positivity often shines through in our interactions. On the night of November 3rd and 4th, Fernanda assisted UPD in locating a student who was in need.  Her dedication and compassion for her community was instrumental in getting this student the care they needed in a timely manner.


    Lenora Willis, Housing Coordinator

    I would like to commend Lenora Willis, Housing and Residence Life Staff member for her role in an incident that occurred on the evening of November 3rd/4th.  Lenora and other members of the Housing Team were instrumental in assisting University Police in locating a student in need, and in helping them get the timely and compassionate care that they needed.


    Jamae Flint, Budget Services

    Jamie went above and beyond in helping me sort out a problem that was my error but helped fix it.


    Yvonne Leroy-Landers, Finance & Administration

    Yvonne was a great help in getting me help in sorting out a situation that was my fault with payroll, all turned out well and I was truly impressed with everyone up at Payroll and their help.


    Yvonne Leroy-Landers, Finance & Administration

    While I was eating I ran into Ms. Landers at the restaurant.  She told me about Camp program at VSU.  She was very good and informative about this program.  I appreciate her taking her time to explain my questions I had.  Thank you to Ms. Landers


    Donna Sewell, English Department

    Dr. Sewell was exceptionally caring and understanding towards me in a matter that will help me graduate easier and faster. Her prompt response to my situation and her genuine concern for me made me feel valued and respected as a student. I would also like to note that this is not the first time Dr. Sewell has helped me; from the beginning of my graduate program she has always offered her assistance whenever I needed it. I am very grateful for everything she has done for me! Thank you!  


    Debbie Wisenbaker, Athletics

    After realizing that an employee's time card did not have any hours recorded and the approval deadline was already over, Debbie went out of her way to get the hours from the employee, get them entered in eTime and keep in contact with the payroll department so we would be aware of the situation. And this is not the first time Debbie has had to do this - thanks Debbie for looking out for fellow employees!


    Deborah Paine, Middle-Second-Reading and Deaf Education

    Dr. Paine volunteered to help in the Pine Grove Middle School Beekeeping Club's Honeybee Parade float.  Not only did she dedicate HOURS and HOURS with 30+ middle school kids AND parents, but she managed the kids and walked the entire route.  She ALSO stayed until every LAST child was picked up!  She is a SUPERIOR Community Partner in Education for our school!  Thank you, VSU, for sharing her with the education community!


    Adrian Taylor, Information Technology

    Adrian Taylor is such a pleasure to work with and always meets obstacles with a smile and offers solutions! Adrian was instrumental in preparing Jennett Lecture Hall for a viewing of an entrepreneurship movie for Dr. Muncy's class. I would like to express a HUGE thank you to Adrian for his support - he made a tremendous difference to the College of Business!


    Brittany O'Neil, Student Union

    When providing help to a large event, Brittany showed great leadership and customer service.  Brittany has been a part of the U Crew for a few years now and always goes above and beyond to cater to the needs of the different Student Organizations who use the spaces in the Student Union.  The Office of Student Life is very thankful for Brittany's hard work!


    Marsha Walden, Advising

    Dr. Walden was extremely helpful in assisting a few of my students with information to understand the medical withdrawal process and how it will affect their GPA.  When I called, Dr. Walden picked up the phone, stopped what she was doing and assisted these students.  I am very thankful she took the time to provide specific detailed information on how the withdrawal process with effect their GPA, so they were able to make an informed decision about their educational career on top of dealing with difficult like stressors and mental health issues.  These students left my office relieved that they made the best decision for themselves and their future.


    Sarah Thomas, Health Sciences

    Over the last six months, I have had the opportunity to watch Sarah interact with a wide range of individuals at the Wellness Center.  I am always amazed by her ability to meet the various needs of all her clients, the sincere interest she displays, and the personal attention she provides to each person.   Her positive attitude is infectious.  Making significant changes to my lifestyle (exercise/healthier eating) seemed daunting at first, but Sarah’s constant guidance, support, and encouragement turned road blocks into mere obstacles.  While I have never been one to enjoy exercise, I look forward to my appointments at the Wellness Center.  It is great to know that I have someone who not only challenges me but who is also my champion and genuinely wants to see me succeed.  Thanks.


    Stacey Wright, Library

    I called Stacey about questions about book rebinding/restoration. She answered all of my questions with such a positive and helpful manner. Then followed up with an email with additional resources that she researched into after our phone call. Stacey was such a pleasure to work with on this issue! 


    Tim Brunt, Plant Operations

    I put in a work order to have our heating adjusted. When Tim arrived, he made sure to ask a variety of questions so as to ensure his adjustments would be best for our office. He then got to work setting the various configurations needed to keep the temperature consistent and comfortable. He made sure to stay in our office to monitor the system to make sure everything was running as it should. On Thursday, he stopped by the office just to see if we were all comfortable with the changes he had made. We appreciate that he took the time to come back as it shows he really cares about all of us here at VSU.


    Melissa Nolley, Graduate School

    Melissa typically handles our main office front lines, so she remains extremely busy everyday assisting our applicants and students via the phone or in person. We received an unreadable transcript for an applicant at our November deadline; Melissa somehow found and took the time to contact the other university on behalf of the applicant - and did so, for the next two days until the matter was resolved. She could have passed that responsibility off to the specialist for the program or to the applicant himself, but she chose to help all parties as much as she could during a high volume deadline. Melissa is always friendly, warm, and supportive, but she truly went above and beyond for this one person and I truly feel that she is deserving of recognition for that.


    Antonio Scantlebury, New Media Center

    Antonio helped me scan several old pictures and save them on a jump drive.  He was very nice and helpful.  He made sure I had everything I needed before I left.  I really appreciate him taking time to make sure everything was just right!  


    Ben McCranie, Building Maintenance

    Ben took time out of his lunch break to make an initial check on my key/lock issue.  He was quick to respond, kind, and worked to correct my issue as soon as he possibly could.  What a great asset he is to the VSU team!  


    Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

    Kyle is the absolute greatest. He helped me in a high-stress situation and I just want to say THANKS!


    Susan Jones, Modern and Classical Languages

    Mrs. Susan is my boss and she is the most caring and helpful person I've ever met. She's super resourceful and always helps everyone whether they are a part of our team of not. She also works very hard to help keep our department running smoothly. 


    Corey Wasley, Information Technology

    I asked Corey to look at a strange message on a couple of computers and he did immediately and determined the fans needed replacement.  He had 2 IT guys repair them within 30 minutes. Corey always gives superb customer service and never fails to follow up that the work order was completed to my satisfaction. 


    Ryan Waller, Information Technology

    Ryan was so patient with myself and the employees from Plant Services. We needed a lot of help looking up usernames and passwords - some of which proceed challenging to find - for employee compliance and he helped us multiple times with a smile on his face.  He even talked us through what he was doing so that we were engaged in conversation while he was helping us.  It really made the morning go much smoother. 


    Yvonne Leroy-Landers, Finance & Administration

    You helped me with a very critical matter. I so appreciate it. You're always a big help so I wanted to make sure to recognize you for it. You deserve it. Thanks for everything you do.

  • December 2016 Recipients

    Karin Rubin, College of Education & Human Services

    Superior assistance and guidance was given to me when questioning transferring as well as future goals and guidelines!  Encouragement and positivity level much higher than other offices called.


    Cheryl Coleman, College of Education Student Advising Center

    She would and still does send inspirational emails all semester. She really lets it be known that she cares about your future and how she wants you to succeed. Her compassion and great sense of humor really shines through in her emails. She gave a lot of motivation in her latest email about finals. Someone just simply telling you how you know the material and will do just fine can make such a big difference in your confidence.


    Martha Laughlin, Marriage and Family Therapy

    Martha strives to give every student she encounters in the program, the best opportunity at being the best them they can be.


    Wes Duke, Information Technology

    Wes worked with Clinton Cauley and myself from IT to resolve a major problem for Christy Croft that was preventing Christy from running the VSU Mail Merge letter mail merge and letter printing application to print Admissions letters.  This was a big deal for Christy as she was under a deadline to get letters printed.  Wes quickly confirmed our diagnosis that the problem was connected with Landesk Antivirus, identified settings causing the issue, made some adjustments, and had her up and running in less than 30 minutes.  Thanks for the assist.


    William "Doug" Jordan, Information Technology

    Doug Jordan is always willing to help in any way he can. While preparing for several reports I had due, Doug immediately assisted me in getting the information I needed on lab usage stats and trends - even within tight deadlines. Whenever there is an issue at hand, he is ready to accommodate the needs of his campus constituents, both externally and internally, and he always ends every conversation with, "I am happy to help." He carries a quiet, humble and pleasant spirit that is to be admired and respected among the students, faculty and staff that he serves. 


    Alexis McCutchin, Information Technology

    I just wanted to recognize one of our student staff members here at VSU. She has always gone above and beyond in terms of doing little things around the office for the IT staff. She implemented a bowl of candy and also decorated her desk in the holiday spirit which brings in a nice atmosphere when I walk in. Plus since I personally had finals this week, the bowl of candy was a nice touch during stressful times. This morning she came around and told us she brought donuts for us all to show her appreciation. She did not have to do that and it was a very nice and kind gesture. She is a prime example of what VSU truly is in spirit and I am glad we have her in our IT department! 


    Yvonne Leroy-Landers, Finance & Administration

     Very patient and courteous, provide info on CAMP program.


    Russ Wall, Procurement

    Russ was very helpful with the purchase of new software and the termination of a software contract. He is a hidden team player at VSU who plays a vital role in keeping us operational. He demonstrates remarkable knowledge, attentiveness, and kindness while carrying out his duties at VSU.


    Diane Bellflowers, Plant Operations

    Diane, has been a very important supporter of this project and has spent a lot of time helping us with color selection and making sure things look great. Thank you!


    Alan Sanderson, Plant Operations

    Alan was critical in getting the pool project moving faster. He contacted the main contractor and was able to get the pace increased for this project.  In additional Alan has been very helpful for Campus Recreation this semester. He has help us with several projects and continues to be very supportive of all our efforts. His hard work and help has made a positive difference for the department and for students using our area.


    Dan Coody, Plant Operations

    Dan has been very helpful for Campus recreation and our projects this semester. His help has been critical in the pool and other projects. 


    Reynaldo Martinez, Adult and Career Education

    I want to take this opportunity to commend Dr.  Rey Martinez for his exceptional support in resolving my graduation problem. He was extremely instrumental in contacting the appropriate people on my behalf. Had he not put forth the time and effort that he did, all my hard work would have been in vain. Dr. Martinez's willingness to address my concerns show that he is committed to his job and the success of VSU as a whole. His dedication speaks to the quality of service that VSU provides for its students. 


    Corey Nawolski, Adult and Career Education

    I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation for Mr. Nawolski's support in resolving my graduation issue. He was extremely instrumental in contacting the appropriate people on my behalf to resolve a critical problem. Had he not put forth the time and effort that he did, all my hard work would have been in vain. His willingness to address my concerns shows that he is committed to his job and the success of VSU as a whole. Mr. Nawolski's dedication speaks to the quality of service that VSU provides for its students.    My dreams are now realized in that I am setting the stage for my daughter as she continues her post-secondary education. To have worked so diligently and to have that effort recognized at the level of Magna Cum Laude is a dream come true. I am very proud to be a part of the Fall 2016 Commencement ceremony at Valdosta State University. 


    Jamae Flint, Budget Services

    I discovered that there was an error with my 2017 benefits. I know Jamae does not work with benefits, but she has always been very helpful and quick to answer email, so I thought she could direct me to the correct person after VSU re-opened following the holidays (VSU was officially closed when I emailed). Within a few minutes, she responded to my email and gave me the info. needed so that the problem could be corrected the next morning!


    Chelsea Ramsey, Information Technology

    Very helpful and accommodating when trying to figure out my e-mail address situation. Thank you


    Josiry Orellana, Information Technology

    Very helpful and accommodating when trying to figure out my e-mail address situation. Thank you


    Ashley Williams, Creative Services

    Ms. Ashley is always so helpful! I know if I call her, she will do her best to make sure the problem is solved. It is always a pleasure working with her. Thank you!