2019 ICYC Recipients

  • January 2019 Recipients

    Neal Culbreth, Student Financial Services

    This is the second time he has helped me on coordinating student insurance and finances for my daughter. Besides working on initial questions or requests, he also follows up to make sure things worked out.


    Sterlin Sanders, IT

    On the evening of January 10th, after normal working hours, I found myself unable to log in to my VSU account. As a University Police Department Communications Officer the computer software we use is mission critical. We provide emergency services to the University 24 hours a day- 365 days a year. Shortly after I contacted the IT Help Desk and started working with their staff to resolve the issue Sterlin responded to our office, and within a few minutes he was able to bring us back to full functionality. Sterlin's expertise and positivity make him a greatly valued member of the university team and I am deeply thankful for his help.


    Wade Bugby, IT

    I had a series of computer issues on my desktop, tablet, and laptop computers recently. Wade was super nice and patient in helping me solving these issues. It took him hours of research, and he had to contact staff from other departments from time to time. He was very pleasant and helpful the whole time. From my experience in the past years, Wade always goes above and beyond his normal duty every time I seek his help. VSU is truly blessed to have a dedicated person like Wade working on their IT team. Thank you, Wade!


    Cathy Sowa, IT

    I had network access issue with my computers today. Cathy was very helpful when we called her. She came right away and spent quite some time to resolve the issue. In addition, she was nice and pleasant the entire. She is a great asset for our IT department. Thank you, Cathy!


    Ken Gutierrez, Career IT

    We were having trouble with the MyVSU portal which had the potential to negatively impact a large group of our clients. Fortunately, Ken spent hours woking remotely to make sure that MyVSU's down-time was minimized. Thanks to his work, MyVSU was up and fully functional in no time at all! Thanks so much, Ken!


    Maxwell Smith, IT

    Maxwell was so kind to take a few minutes to help me troubleshoot a problem with my network cable on our first day in our new office. Even though it only took a few minutes, it was tremendously helpful. We were able to continue assisting students with minimal interruption to our services.


    Casey Colson, Accounting

    Casey Colson is extremely helpful to both our students and faculty. Recently, many of us have adopted Proctor U as a means of monitoring online testing. Casey was one of the early adopters and became an expert in Proctor U. While it is not a part of her job description, Casey nevertheless goes out of her way to help both students and faculty understand and successfully implement this technology. We are all very grateful for her service. Casey Colson, thank you!


    Evan Creamer, IT Helpdesk

    A new hire had trouble logging into the system. We contacted the IT Helpdesk, and Evan was very thorough in asking questions in order to understand the problem. He was on the phone with us for at least 20 minutes.He walked the student through step by step what needed to be done. Evan even gave suggestions on how to help future issues from arising. Evan is quite knowledgeable and informative. He has a positive and helpful demeanor for those in need of technical support.


    Jody Hudnall, IT

    A new hire came to my office having an issue logging into the system. With guidance from Jody he was able to log in and get set up in a timely manner. Even though Jody was "behind the scenes" his knowledge was very much appreciated in helping this student. Way to go Jody...You are Awesome! 


    Pepper Croft, IT

    Our office was investigating the best route to increase student graduate participation in our Destination Survey. It would have been easier for her to just engage via email to accomplish this task, but she went out of her way to meet with my team and suggest strategies to ensure the best results. She also took her time even after the project was completed to follow up. She demonstrated the level of customer service that VSU is trying to encourage our entire campus to aspire to.


    Carla Jordan, Career Opportunities

    A student came to our office for a routine appointment. After a few moments it was clear that the student was in distress and actually considering withdrawing from the institution. After consoling the student, Carla then inquired as to the source of her distress. She then went out of her way to walk her through some steps to deal with the challenges by utilizing various campus departments.  She emailed ahead to those departments to look out for this student. She also kept in touch with this student throughout the day, and that student came back to the office feeling more empowered and most importantly having established a positive relationship on campus. To my knowledge that correspondence still continues. 


    Courtney Stone, Procurement

    I would like to thank Courtney for taking time out of her already busy schedule and helping the Bursary. She helped us with our bank run every day of Fee Payment Deadline even though she was swamped with her own duties. Thanks Courtney! I really appreciate you!


    Herb Reinhard, Athletic Operations

    Thank you for all the behind the scenes work you and your staff do to help make VSU shine. I went to see The Harlem Globetrotters for the first time and had a wonderful evening. There was a good crowd and I saw you working to make sure everything was running smoothly. A lot of work went into making this event such a success, and an entertaining evening was enjoyed by many from the community because of your efforts. Thank you!


    Debbie Wisenbaker, Athletic Operations

    Thank you for all the behind the scenes work you and your staff do to help make VSU shine. I went to see The Harlem Globetrotters for the first time and had a wonderful evening. There was a good crowd and I saw you working to make sure everything was running smoothly. A lot of work went into making this event such a success, and an entertaining evening was enjoyed by many from the community because of your efforts. Thank you!


    Honey Coppage, VP - Academic Affairs

    HR was in need of a form in order for a faculty member to be paid before the lockout period. It took almost a week for this paperwork to be signed with appropriate signatures. It came down to the wire, and Honey Coppage  was notified about HR needing this form. She was instrumental in tracking this down and getting the paperwork to HR quickly so the faculty member could be paid on time.


    Sherry Turner, eLearning

    My first day on the job as one of VSU's new Instructional Designers also happened to be the first day of school for students (Spring 2019 semester). As one can imagine, I was hustling and bustling without a clue about the logistics of the hustling and bustling. Sherry, our administrative secretary, was proactive in our onboarding process - ensuring tickets to get me access to required systems had been put in a week before, etc. She took a few minutes to walk me to the appropriate parking near our offices. She printed out a map to show me where I needed to go to handle HR business, get my ID, get my parking sticker, and get a key for my office. She pulled much of the load those first few days by answering tickets and phone calls. Sherry was instrumental in my onboarding process at VSU. She never lost her cool, assisted in any way that she could, and set me off on a strong foot. I'm happy to be working with her and proud to have her smiling face and voice representing eLearning.


    Alanna Lewis, Academic Support Center

    Alanna went above and beyond by going with Brittany Smith, her boss, and myself to pick up surplus chairs that were being repurposed for the NMC. I appreciate her and the rest of the ASC group for assisting us with obtaining chair upgrades for our MAC Lab.


    Dr. Uyeno, Biology

    Dr. Uyeno, When you told me that you would do a directed study with me and take me under your wing in the Uyeno Biomechanics lab I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This semester has been full of so many great experiences and opportunities all because of your research lab. The knowledge that I have gained about histological technique makes me confident that I could walk into any lab, hospital, or clinic and apply for a job as a histologist. I am so thankful for the time you spent training me and observing my work. I learned how to manage my time, work independently, and problem solve throughout this semester. These skills will be useful as I continue my journey at VSU and in my career. Many students have no idea what it’s like to be in a lab with amazing technology, so I feel very blessed. The robots really made me think sometimes, but they made my life so much easier in the end. Directed study is special to me because you gave me the option to pick what I wanted to research and then gave me one on one learning from the beginning to the end. Having Adrienne to help me out and build a relationship with was awesome. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of the Uyeno biomechanics lab family, and I hope many other students get to have the same experience I had!


    Tayler Lawhorn, Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences

    Tayler was extremely helpful with several issues I was having at the beginning of the semester. She is always friendly and ready to help.


    Angie Prine, Chemistry

    Angie is always super helpful with any problems I have. She is friendly and always welcomes with a big smile. She never hesitates to help if she can and is willing to go the extra mile.


    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    I was in need of help when it came to payroll and OneUSG, and Ms. Landers went above and beyond. She helped me through a step by step process via phone. She took time out of her day to help me with entering my hours and assisting me with direct deposit. I greatly appreciate it.


    Kristen Jowers, College of the Arts Advising Center

    Since being appointed as the advisor for students in the Mass Media program, Kristen has been working to bring student records and advising recommendations up to date. In the two weeks around the start of school, Kristen personally saw 111 drops in visits and appointments or 52% of all students visiting the College advising center. With this workload, Kristen was a voice of reason when dealing with panicked students and parents while effectively putting out fires. Her actions are a demonstration of the University's commitment to students and improving retention.


    Taylor Fulp, Auxiliary Services

    Campus Mail Services found itself short by two staff members starting the new year, and we were not able to immediately rehire for those positions. Taylor was asked to assist us in the Student Mail Center until we were able to rectify the situation. He jumped in and has been so help and accommodating to whatever has been asked of him. He has a great personality and disposition when dealing with the students and the Campus Mail Staff. It will be hard to see his time with us end. But for now we say THANK YOU very much! Truly a blessing!

  • February 2019 Recipients

    Adrian Taylor, IT

    On several occassions I have contacted IT without a clue of the technology items I am trying to order. Adrian always responds pleasantly and assists me with getting exactly what I need. Without a doubt he is very knowledgable in what he does and goes above and beyond.


    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    She was very helpful and nice while assisting me with my needs.


    Sherry Turner, eLearning

    I went to Sherry to get help with my business cards. She helped find the site, however the instructions weren't complete. She called additional staff from the website in order to get me my business cards. The best part is that she reasearched my information to be placed on the card. She took care of everything, and I’m very thankful.


    Tina Wright, OSPRA

    On numerous occasions Tina was immediately available to speak with me about IRB paperwork. She provided statement templates and kept me laughing while she did it. She is a pleasure to work with.


    Marny Hollis, Bookstore- Follett

    From the end of last semester to now, Marny's diligence to her job and her willingness to go out of her way to help the CAMP office has been exceptional. We appreciate having Marny as part of Valdosta State University and look forward to any future interactions with her and the VSU Bookstore.


    Lori Oppel, Bookstore- Follett

    Lori has always been extremely helpful and informative with the CAMP staff. She has helped CAMP by providing us with excellent customer service, being informative about the process of textbook purchases, and communicating action plans that benefit both the bookstore and the CAMP office. The CAMP staff are proud to have Lori as part of Valdosta State University, and we look forward to working with her in the future.


    Dr. Deborah Marciano, College of Education and Human Services

    Dr. Marciano always makes sure to make all of her students feel like we are a top priority. She goes above and beyond by encouraging us in the classroom, in our practicum fields, and through life in general. She always has a good attitude and truly shows her love and passion for her job.


    Hunter Baxter, IT

    Hunter is a life-saver! He solved a problem with ePro since it was not allowing me to approve a procurement for a license renewal. As budget manager, I was on a tight deadline to complete this transaction. I felt frustrated by this roadblock with the technology. Hunter answered my urgent call, patiently listened to me explain the situation, and then he followed up within the hour to report he rectified the problem in ePro. I am very grateful to Hunter for his kind affect and astute skill set.


    Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

    Kyle goes above and beyond to help provide the fastest and most reliable service to the faculty and students when it comes to technology. For my student teaching portfolio, I am required to provide very specific video files and specs. Not only did Kyle go out of his way to provide the updated video files with a quick turn around, but he actually caught some of the mistakes I made when requesting certain edits. Thank you, Kyle, for your outstanding service and kindness!


    Dr. Theresa Grove, Science & Math

    A special thanks to Theresa Grove for going above and beyond to help out the College of the Art at the recent V-State events in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina. The COA was short-staffed, so Theresa (along with the admission staff) took the initiative to setup the COA table with our recruitment materials, banners, etc. Ryan Hogan sent a text to acknowledge her initiative and assistance! Many of the VSU personnel that travel for these events go above and beyond. This is just one example of the collegiality that is indicative of so many people at VSU. Thank you, Theresa!! 


    Sarah-Jane McNalley, Art & Design Dean's Office

    Over the past several months, Sarah-Jane has worked closely with a number of offices across campus including Event Services, IT, Web Services, and Student Affairs in transitioning from R-25 to the new EMS Event Management System. She has been instrumental in the transition to the new VSU Master Calendar/MyVSU Calendar integration, and she is critical to the planning/logistics of a very complex College of the Arts Annual Master Calendar. Our sincere thanks to Sarah-Jane for her diligence in organizing a wide range of complex information, data, and systems. She is one of the few power experts of these new systems on campus, and she has been training others in the COA to use these systems efficiently and effectively as well. Her continued commitment to this work and improving these processes is very much appreciated, especially by the COA Dean's office.


    Karen Rubin, COEHS Advising Center

    Last semester I went into advising feeling more or less hopeless. I was returning to school after a year off and had been trying to medically expunge my record from 2016. I turned in written records to the Dean of Students over the summer but, unfortunately it was too late for approval. In advising, Karen gave me the tools I needed to late drop my classes so I could advance through obstacles. She talked me through multiple ideas for possible majors and turned my hopelessness into motivation and excitement. This was something I had yet to feel towards school. Last semester was a learning curve for me. I had been out of school for a while, and I had to reteach myself how to learn. Today, I needed words of encouragement. I've been stressed out with scholarships for the summer semester. I walked into her office without an appointment and she gave me a rock that said "It's already OK." She told me to carry it around until she could see me later this afternoon. Everything she has done for me has made such a difference in my motivation and confidence. She goes above and beyond for her students. She is truly a gem, and I am so thankful she is my adviser.


    Ryan Hogan, Admissions

    When it comes to campus tours for visiting students and families, the Admissions staff routinely go above and beyond. This is especially true when communicating with the departments and programs in our college. Ryan and Hilary have provided several special guests of the Department of Art & Design with personal tours of the campus and local community. Thanks to Ryan and Hilary for all they do each and every day in the Office of Admissions!


    Hilary Willis, Admissions

    When it comes to campus tours for visiting students and families, the Admissions staff routinely go above and beyond. This is especially true when communicating with the departments and programs in our college. Ryan and Hilary have provided several special guests of the Department of Art & Design with personal tours of the campus and local community. One of these visitors raved about their time (specifically with Hilary), saying "she was fantastic - sold me on this place." Thanks to Ryan and Hilary for all they do each and every day in the Office of Admissions!


    Natalie Kuhlmann, College of Education and Human Services

    Natalie took the time to share important updates and help support us during our EPP meeting. She spent additional time making sure everyone understood the requirements for our programs. Further, she created individualized handouts for each program and provided specific feedback for each coordinator. Her hard work is appreciated.


    Abby Pruitt, New Media Center

    Abby stepped up to the plate to help interpret for a hard of hearing student. She was exceptional with both the student as well as her fellow coworkers. I wanted to express how proud she made the New Media Center.


    Sheila Hall, IT

    I am so thankful that VSU has Sheila Hall in Information Technology. I had an issue with Cascade where I completely disabled all of my documents on the department’s web page. All of my document links stopped working, and I was distraught! Our department has hundreds of documents linked to the web site and to lose them would have been catastrophic for me. I was at a loss on what to do or who to reach out to for assistance. I remembered Sheila Hall does trainings so I immediately called her. Even though she wasn’t quite sure on how to help me initially, she reassured me that she would help me to resolve my issue. She was a life saver in helping me with this issue and went above and beyond her call of duty to help me. I appreciate her and wanted her to know it. Thank you, Sheila. You ROCK!


    A'Shondee Kinlaw, Graduate School Admissions

    I recently applied for the Doctor of Education in Leadership Program (Ed.D.) Fall 2019 term at VSU. A'Shondee has been attentive, knowledgeable, and patient through my application process. A'Shondee is quick to respond to inquiries, with clear communication and professionalism. I have worked for the Admissions Office at the University of Georgia for eight years. I understand the importance of a team that is mindful of student support and customer service during high-stress times. A'Shondee is an excellent representative for your team, your office, and the University.


    JoAnn Allen, Custodial Services

    Ever since JoAnn has joined the staff here at Centennial Hall, she has been nothing but smiles and hard work. Every day I've seen her she is working hard on the floors and the building to make sure it is spotless. I have not seen this building this clean since I began working here! She is always in a great mood and always greeting students and staff members with a smile. She works so hard for this building, and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about her. We need more JoAnns in this world.


    Barrie Fitzgerald, Institutional Research

    Barrie is just one of the many outstanding people in the Division of IT / Student Success / Institutional Research. Barrie assists the College of the Arts routinely, working diligently to assemble surveys, data/statistics, trends, etc., to assist and inform programs, departments and college offices. Recently, he assisted a COA search committee in creating and refining survey instruments; he attended numerous meetings over the course of several weeks, and was able to submit a comprehensive packet of invaluable assessment information in literally 24 hrs. Barrie embodies the spirit of collaboration, openness, action, and integrity. Thank you Barrie for all that you do with and for us in the COA, and for the many divisions on campus.


    Maggie Vallotton, Art & Design Dean's Office

    Maggie’s attitude in the office is a model for all. She always maintains a professional disposition; her personal demeanor is warm, inviting, welcoming, friendly and responsive to all faculty, staff, students, and COA patrons. During a recent Valdosta Symphony Orchestra event, Maggie worked long weekend hours responding patiently and professionally to patrons, managing a high volume of calls, inquiries, and questions prior to and leading up to the event. She was seen picking up the parking lot on a Saturday afternoon, making sure the building and the surrounding areas looked their best for the guests attending the event that evening. This is not an isolated occurrence; she works diligently on the weekends during many events for the COA and always delivers with a smile and can-do attitude. We certainly appreciate her commitment to the COA, and all that she does for the campus and local community each and every day.


    Garrett Castleman, New Media Center

    Garrett was super helpful to our chapter as we were preparing a video presentation. He went above and beyond to be sure that we had all the resources we needed for the video and the preparation. He also helped us tremendously in showing us all of the editing skills we needed to complete the project.


    Jeffrey Thomas, Campus Services

    Mr. Jeff is an exceptional worker. I regularly run into him in the hallway. He always has a smile on his face and makes sure to greet me. The third floor is always in great shape thanks to Jeff and his co-workers.


    Sydney Land, Event Services

    I went to pick up my event contracts, and two out of the four were ready right before closing. Despite the time of day, Sydney took the time to approve the last two event contracts. She even helped double check one of the contracts that I had made a mistake on. Her willingness to help and friendly attitude was much appreciated.


    Donna Jones, Library

    I use electronic course reserves in my history classes. These are scanned and posted through the library. When there were some technical problems, Donna Jones fixed the problem cheerfully and diligently. She even said that students could come to her personally for access to the articles while the problem was being fixed. That was beyond the call of duty! Because of her help, what could have been a big problem for students was quickly resolved. Donna Jones is always friendly and is a great example of the services that the library provides to students. Using course reserves for assigned readings is a good way to cut student textbook costs, so her work is really valuable.


    Jennifer Griffin, Bursary

    She has been invaluable to me in walking me through every loan application process. Every time she is very conscientious about instructions and any necessary follow-up contacts. As the parent of a student, she has done a great job facilitating the process and has simplified my life so I'm extremely grateful for her help.


    Avery Wright, New Media Center

    Avery went the extra mile to assist a patron checking in an item before it was late.


    Nicole Mitchell, Accounting & Procurement

    Nicole helped me with my reimbursement for travel. She always does a great job with a smile.


    Susan Jones, Plant Services

    Because of a policy change regarding setting up events, Undergraduate Research was faced with a dilemma regarding Symposium set up. I called Susan Jones, and she took on the problem and solved it within twenty minutes. Her professionalism and skill regarding organization was outstanding. She followed up within minutes of finding a final solution to the problem. She and Chris Griggs really stepped up to help the Symposium. On behalf of the Council of Undergraduate Research, we can't thank her enough for being willing to help out this event.


    Chris Griggs, Central Warehouse

    Because of a policy change regarding setting up events, Undergraduate Research was faced with a dilemma regarding Symposium set up. Chris stepped up to see if he could help. He went, within a couple of hours, to check on what needed to be moved and confirmed that he could help. He was friendly and professional as he set up the dates and organized what I needed to do. I appreciated his sense of humor and his willingness to jump into this and help. On behalf of the Council on Undergraduate Research, I can't thank Chris enough for his help in making the Symposium a success.


    Dr. John Dunn, History

    Dr. Dunn is a wonderful, kind, and considerate professor. He truly believes in students being able to access affordable texts and documents for his classes. He also makes you feel like an old friend, no matter what kind of day he's had. He always speaks to us in a kind tone and helps us with any questions we have. Dr. Dunn uses research articles and primary sources through JSTOR to help students in his class save on text costs, which means a lot to me! He also brought us Polish candy, which we loved. Dr. Dunn shared a souvenir pen from Japan with me which I found so considerate. He is the type of professor who would give you the last piece of paper he had if it meant that you would succeed. He is truly one of a kind and an irreplaceable asset to VSU.


    Garrett Castleman, New Media Center

    Garrett was super nice and helpful. He went above and beyond while he was at work to ensure that I received the best service possible.


    Christopher Isaac, New Media Center

    I went to the New Media Center to check out a camera, and Chris was so helpful and knowledgeable about the items offered. I told him what I wanted to do, and he went above and beyond suggesting the light kit and tripod. I had a lot of questions, and he never got annoyed while he showed it. He was great!


    Alfred Reed, IT

    We were having problems with our software and computers. Alfred and the team in IT worked diligently to help identify what was going on. As a result, he improved our ability to work and continues to check in to be sure the matter is better. While the entire problem has not yet disappeared, Alfred and the engineers continue to be on top of what we need. Thank you for your hard work.


    John Evan Fondren, Student Life

    I asked Evan if he could place a flyer on the digital screens in the Student Union for an event that would take place at the end of the week. I was not aware of the rule that states flyers should be submitted a week prior to the week of the event. Evan responded to our needs and almost immediately had the flyer placed in rotation on the Student Union's digital screens. Blazin Love 5k is an important fundraiser for the VSU Cross Country teams. We are thankful that Evan took immediate action to get the word out to VSU students and possibly increased the number of participants in this VSU event.


    Michelle Blankenship, School of Nursing

    A group of 30 Echols County High students with an interest in health professions were scheduled to tour SGRMC this afternoon as part of an all day field trip. Due to a high incidence of flu patients, the hospital had to cancel the tour. When the guidance counselor who was heading up the field trip reached out to my office this morning to see if there was anything we could offer today at noon, Michelle Blankenship did not hesitate to agree to facilitate a tour of our sim labs. We accommodated the group and we’re pleased to hear the students all thought this was the "best part of their day."


    Dee Ott, School of Nursing

    A group of 30 Echols County High students with an interest in health professions were scheduled to tour SGRMC this afternoon as part of an all day field trip. Due to a high incidence of flu patients, the hospital had to cancel the tour. When the guidance counselor who was heading up the field trip reached out to my office this morning to see if there was anything we could offer today at noon, Dee Ott did not hesitate to agree to facilitate a tour of our sim labs. We accommodated the group and we’re pleased to hear the students all thought this was the "best part of their day."


    Morgan Clawson, Center for eLearning

    Morgan went above and beyond in assisting a student who was unexpectedly dropped from their classes. Morgan patiently helped the student explore other online class options that might fit their schedule and made them feel more at ease with humor and sympathy. I'm so grateful that Morgan was able to assist us during a very stressful time of the semester.


    Debra Holley, Political Science

    I graduated from VSU in 2014. I am currently in Texas applying for Nursing School. A TX college requested a syllabus for POLS 1101 so that my credits could transfer. Mrs. Holley was very patient and went above and beyond to find a syllabus. She had gone through some files and faxed it to me. She even followed up with me to ensure that I received the fax. Her dedication to provide me with what I needed to further my education makes me proud to be a Blazer!


    Sharon Powell, Parking and Transportation

    Ms. Sharon always cares about us and asks us how we’re doing. She is like a second mom to all of us north campus students. She truly cares about us.


    Sandra Barrios, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    On multiple occasions Sandra, has greatly helped our department by resolving issues and answering questions. I always have full confidence that Sandra will help us resolve the issue or get our questions answered. She is always super helpful, knowledgeable, and responds quickly. Thank you, Sandra!


    Jenny White, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    Ms. White has been very patient and consistent with explaining the budgeting process to me throughout my employment with VSU. She is always very approachable and makes it very easy to call her with any questions regarding my departmental budgets. The attributes mentioned are very important to me when seeking instruction and direction. She has kept a very open line of communication and has played an integral role in preventing me from making errors with the upkeep of departmental budgets. Ms. White has gone above and beyond on numerous occasions explaining reports and helping to simplify tracking sheets. If she misses a call or email, she always reaches back out to ensure my issue has been addressed. I can tell she really has a passion for what she does, and I am grateful that she's a part of our finance team!


    Nanci Scheetz, Middle, Second, Reading, & Deaf Ed

    A few days before our Open House I was alerted that one of our guests needed an American Sign Language interpreter. After several calls around campus and town we could not find one. I called Dr. Scheetz and within only a few days notice she was at the Open House and interpreting for the guest. It is people like Dr. Scheetz that makes VSU the great place it is.


    Bobby Flowers, Physical Plant - Landscape and Grounds

    I observed Bobby Flowers on a Sunday watering the flowers and checking the grounds all around the university. He consistently does this whether it’s the weekend or during university breaks and closures.


    Karen Rubin, COEHS Advising Center

    I am so grateful for your going above and beyond to create courses for students that are in a bind. You truly are a great example to all VSU students. Thank you, Dr. Rubin!


    Teresa Arnold, Accounting & Procurement

    Thank you for the prompt and professional service. We would not have been able to meet our deadlines. Much appreciated - excellent communication skills team!


    James Grant, Creative Services

    Thank you for the prompt and professional service. We would not have been able to meet our deadlines. Much appreciated - excellent communication skills team!


    Idelfonso Leal, IT

    Idelfonso came in to help me with a programming problem that I was having on a PDF form. As a Graduate Assistant for Information Technology, he does not typically do this type of work and he was nice enough to volunteer his time to help me with this task.


    Daryl Lowe, Student Affairs

    Daryl went out of his way to assist me in helping a student who needed a housing situation taken care of in order to remain at VSU. He jumped in that day and assisted along with the Director of Housing. It was a perfect example of how we care about retaining our students.


    Zduy Chu, Housing

    Zduy and the Dean of Students jumped in to assist me in helping a student who would have otherwise had to leave VSU due to a housing issue. Zduy and Daryl were able to assist the student while also giving the student real life advice. I appreciate both of them for their help.


    Candelario Calderon, Academic Support Center

    Candelario works at the front desk of ASC and always welcomes students with a bright smile and a wonderful attitude. He never fails to brighten people's day and put a smile on their face!


    Dr. Xiaomei Zheng, Chemistry

    Dr. Zheng volunteered her time to work with students using some remote electronic devices. The students responded well and learned quickly. Thanks, Dr. Zheng.


    Brian Truter, IT

    Brian did a great job getting and installing a complex software program. He helped faculty and students tremendously through the whole process. Thanks!


    Wade Bugby, IT

    Wade did a great job getting and installing a complex software program. He helped faculty and students tremendously through the whole process. Thanks!


    Angie Prine, Chemistry

    Angie goes to great lengths to help faculty and students. She handles everything from purchases to aiding students. She is very effective and always has a smile!


    Dr. James LaPlant, Humanities & Social Sciences

    Dr. LaPlant went to great lengths to help our department get a much needed software package for our students.


    Dr. Theresa Grove, Science & Math

    Dr. Grove went to great lengths to help our department get a much needed software package for our students.


    Paul Leavy, Chemistry

    Paul met with my class and spent an hour teaching the finer elements of high resolution images. The students responded well to his instruction. He volunteered to return. Thank you, Paul.


    Dr. James Baxter, Chemistry

    Dr. Baxter helped faculty get a much needed software package for our students. He was persistent. The software is installed and running! Thanks.


    Brittany Smith, Academic Support Center

    When I was having a panic attack, Brittany helped me overcome it. I was given great advice, suggestions, and even provided with hugs and tissues to comfort me. This university is lucky to have people like Brittany.


    Chere Peguesse, Academic Support Center

    When I was having a panic attack, Chere helped me overcome it. I was given great advice, suggestions, and even provided with hugs and tissues to comfort me. This university is lucky to have people like Chere.


    Crystal Miller, Library

    She took the time to help me find several articles and books. Additionally, teaching me to use I.U. to obtain the books/ articles I couldn't find with her help.


    Zonnya Lane, Accounting & Procurement

    Zonnya always goes above and beyond to ensure that all the questions I have regarding travel and payment procedures are answered. That you for your hard work and dedication. You're the best!


    Vaconna Hardin, Athletics

    Thank you for all the behind the scenes work you and your staff do to help make VSU shine. I went to see The Harlem Globetrotters for the first time and had a wonderful evening. There was a good crowd and I saw you working to make sure everything was running smoothly. A lot of work went into making this event such a success, and an entertaining evening was enjoyed by many from the community because of your efforts. Thank you!

  • March 2019 Recipients

    Teresa Arnold, Accounting & Procurement

    I had an extremely complicated and time sensitive purchasing arrangement to get through the USG system. Our office manager, who normally handles these things, was out. Teresa walked with me through the entire process for an entire week. Because of her patience and knowledge I was able to serve our students effectively. I could not have done it without her assistance.


    Shakeanah Bordes, Library

    Shakeanah always provides service with a bright smile. She’s always willing to go the extra mile to help students, faculty, and staff with their library questions. In addition, she encourages others to go the extra mile as well. Shakeanah’s willingness to help with our Department’s social media has been greatly appreciated! Her constructive feedback allows our posts to be better and we’ve seen great improvements in our outreach. Thank you, Shakeanah!


    Christopher Brown, Bursary

    I want to thank Chris for his willingness to always prioritize working with me to prepare and review our budget. Thank you Chris for always being supportive and having an enthusiastic attitutde. You are an example of VSU's motto!


    Clinton Cauley, IT

    Clinton was one of the first friendly faces I had the pleasure of meeting when hired at VSU, and he has continued to be an important contact for myself and all of us at eLearning. He is quick to respond to every message, email, and phone call. If he isn't sure of the answer, which is rare, he works diligently to ensure an answer is found. He is flexible, brilliant, proactive, and always on his game. eLearning is grateful!


    Honey Coppage, VP - Academic Affairs

    Honey is a life-saver. I emailed her at the end of a long work day with a plea for help with a budget management issue that required immediate attention and creative problem-solving since it impacted personnel. Due to work obligations that I could not reschedule, I knew I wouldn't be able to even attempt to address this issue until the following afternoon, but that delay would've be problematic.  Honey took action swiftly, came up with an innovative idea, and by late morning the next day resolved this challenge that had many bureaucratic hurdles. Thank you, Honey!


    Wes Duke, IT

    Wes is always so helpful to classroom support! Today we were having an issue with imaging our lab machines to replace a computer lab in Nevins Hall. The antivirus software was shutting down a software installation that is integral to the function of lab machines. Wes identified that there was a problem with the antivirus server and was able to connect us to the right people to get the problem solved! We so appreciate Wes' willingness to help us solve these kinds of problems!


    Carla Gervin, LCOBA

    A student needed help getting ready for our community banking symposium. Carla Gervin, without being asked, went to extraordinary lengths to make sure the student was ready. It was only by chance that I was made aware of this good deed. This is only one example of the extra mile she is willing to go for our students. Thank you, Carla!


    Jeremy Hardin, New Media Center

    I called Jeremy to ask for his help with printing some invitations for an upcoming event. Once I arrived at the New Media Center, Jeremy went above and beyond by making sure the document lined up and printed correctly. He then emailed me the corrected document.  To say he gave exceptional service is an understatement. There are people who genuinely have a heart for helping others, and Jeremy is one of those individuals.  Thanks, Jeremy!


    Lydia Harvey, Athletics

    Lydia helped us set up the sound system for Campus Recreation Champ Night. We had over 250 students and the event was a huge success. Lydia greatly improved the student experience for those who came to this event.


    Michael Johns, IT

    Michael, as always, made time with no notice to assist in alpha testing and troubleshooting of the data extract process which will be used for the new Student Debt Letter. The letter is a key part of the Chancellor's Know More, Borrow Less initiative. Thank you for your help.


    Shanta Johnson, Library

    Shanta went above and beyond to help a community patron who did not have a lot of experience using the computer. Even though there were other factors that made helping this patron a challenge, Shanta maintained a positive attitude as she provided assistance.


    Shanta Johnson, Library

    Shanta always provides exceptional service for our students, staff, and faculty who need assistance with printers and library resources or have reference questions. However, Shanta has gone beyond the call of duty in assisting our Department’s social media efforts. Her willingness to always listen to post ideas and evaluate potential posts is greatly appreciated. She contributes great ideas and has done so much to make our social media posts successful. Thank you, Shanta!


    Dr. Hanae Kanno, Department of Social Work

    Thank you so much Dr. Kanno for always being understanding! You are very attentive and always willing to be helpful. I can't express enough how appreciative I am to have you as one of my professors!


    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    She helped me quickly get in touch with people I needed to contact for important paperwork. She helped ease a hectic time.


    Mallory Lane, School of Nursing

    On Wednesday March 6, 2019, I had an event scheduled for a group of students to help them with recognizing cardiac rhythms. I was thinking that I was going to have to cancel the event when my husband became extremely ill. Mallory Lane agreed to help with the event so that it would not have to be cancelled. Her concern for the success of the students and her willingness to help out a fellow faculty member shows her caring nature. I would like to thank Mallory for her help.


    Dr. Karen Rubin, COEHS Advising Center 

    Dr. Rubin put forth great efforts to help me graduate. I don't think she fully knows my history, but the last twelve years have been hurdle after hurdle to earn my bachelors degree. Aside from changing majors several times, I have moved more times than I remember due to my husband being a pilot in the military. I also took off a few years to care for my father before he passed from cancer.  Having my daughter, and currently being pregnant also added to my challenges. All these events, both wonderful and tragic, have made it difficult for me to stay motivated.  Dr. Rubin took me under her wing and just made things happen. I just can't believe she invested so much time into one student.  She continued to contact me until all the necessary information was gathered, and just made things happen! I know that she is the reason I will FINALLY graduate and accomplish my goals, and there are no amount of words to properly thank her. She is a wonderful person, and I am forever grateful.


    Dr. Michael Sanger, Department of Social Work 

    I was alone in a break room when Dr. Sanger spotted me and asked why I was sitting alone. I began to tell him what a horrible week I was having, and instead of lecturing me about class he listened to me. He did not judge me or raise concerns about my performance in the program. He simply listened. Thanks Dr. Sanger.


    Barbara Scott, Custodial Services

    We are so thankful to have Ms. Barbara Scott in the Athletic Field House. Everyday when we walk into the building the floors, doors, and windows are spotless. The aroma of cleanliness is evident! It is so nice to walk in and be proud to show off the building to recruits and their families or just to visitors.  We haven't had this in a long time. Thank you again Ms. Barbara.


    Patrick Smith, Building Maintenance

    He went above and beyond to help me get a machine up and running! He was very helpful and full of knowledge!


    Dwayne Trouille, IT 

    My car wouldn't start, and because I live an hour away I had no one in town that could help me. Mr. Trouille overheard me asking for help, and he went above and beyond to help jump off my car. There's no doubt that I would have spent an hour or two trying to find help if Mr. Trouille hadn't walked in at the right time. I really appreciated it.


    Julian Vickers, Financial Aid

    I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your quick response in assisting me today. Without your help, I would not have been able to continue with my driver improvement class. I was reduced to using a laptop screen to teach a class and the speakers were just not enough to fill the room with audio. Your immediate action allowed me to continue with the class and finish it on time. Your response was immediate, and you even disconnected the speakers from your own office computer. I am very grateful for your selfless response to my needs in the service to our VSU community. The action I saw and experienced today simply cannot be taught.


    Jenny White, VPFA & Budgeting Services 

    Jenny is constantly assisting and supporting not only myself, but several individuals and offices all across campus with their budgetary questions and duties. Despite what I am certain is already a huge workload, Jenny is always happy to offer assistance with kindness and efficiency. On my most recent visit to the UC for an unrelated matter, she was able to accommodate a meeting with a few minutes notice just so that I could pick her brain about some best practices. Jenny is truly a wealth of knowledge and experience, and VSU is lucky to have someone as judicious as her.


    Catherine Wills, Human Resources 

    She went above and beyond in helping me access very important paperwork I needed to fill out. She was very patient and very helpful.


    Dr. John Wright, Student Life 

    Dr. Wright provided staff to help make the Campus Recreation Champ night an amazing event for students. Support like this greatly helps with retention and made the event great for the over 250 students that attended. Thank you, John.


    Holly Wright, Counseling Center

    Holly Wright was able to bring a new and innovative mental wellness program called Fresh Check Day to campus.  She and the Counseling Center staff brought together campus partners to provide this interactive day for students to learn healthy ways to develop and maintain mental wellness.  Due to the joint marketing efforts and promotion, the program had 241 students participate in this new program. I thank Holly and the Counseling Center staff for all their efforts in supporting and investing in the development of our student body.


    Joynae Whitehurst, Event Services

    Ms. Joy as well as the other young men and women who work for event services always go above and beyond to be of help. I called ES Wednesday morning after I received an email about additional needs by my director for setup at events that were happening that day. Ms. Joy was able to, with the help of the other ES staff, get me taken care of. Later in the day when I encountered a brief problem at the UC, Joy and the ES staff were again there to save the day. It is really a pleasure working with such helpful and accommodating staff.

  • April 2019 Recipients

     

    Dr. Sonja Wright-Smith, Access Center

    While working with Dr. Wright-Smith on a separate project she invited me to attend the GA - Ahead Conference. At first, I thought this might not really be for me, but I am so happy I attended. I work for an organization that provides information and services that assist students with disabilities to successfully transition from high school and into post-secondary education and the workforce. This conference gave me an opportunity to learn information that I will take back to my team with the expectation of our students learning more about programs that support and assist them in successfully completing post-secondary education. Bravo Zulu for having the vision to invite and encourage me to attend such a wonderful learning and networking experience.



    Barrie Fitzgerald, Institutional Research

    Every time I ask for data Mr. Fitzgerald is eager to help. Today, I asked for some data that I needed as soon as possible. Mr. Fitzgerald provided the data within 20 minutes.  I just want to say thank you for all you do.



    Patrick McElwain, Registrar

    I received notification from a student during the last few minutes of the business day that she could not register for her courses during early registration.  I sent an email to Patrick and within minutes the glitch was fixed.  I can't imagine how busy the Registrar's Office must get during registration, but it shows the caliber of customer service and care in their office. Thank you, Patrick, for taking the time to make things right for even just one student.



    Dr. Karen Rubin, COEHS Advising Center

    Dr. Rubin has been so helpful to me throughout my time at VSU with giving me advice on classes to take that best meet my schedule and that will help satisfy all areas of my degree. I appreciate all that she has done for me and all of the good direction she has given.



    Dr. Christy Yates, Human Resources

    Dr. Yates and her team have gone above and beyond to resolve a tricky part-time instructor hiring situation. Dr. Yates dug deep into USG policies to see if she could figure out how to help a part-time instructor. Thanks also to Catherine Wills, Michael Stalvey, and Carmen James for helping make this transition go as smoothly as possible for the department and for the instructor. VSU is lucky to have these people working in HR.



    Denise Sauls, School of Nursing

    Ms. Denise Sauls works with first-semester nursing students. Knowing how overwhelmed they are, she always goes above and beyond to be compassionate, available, patient, and kind to them. There have been some students with extenuating circumstances this semester and she has not hesitated to ensure their well-being both academically and personally. I appreciate her selfless acts and enjoy working alongside her! Thank you, Denise!



    Sergio Brown, Central Warehouse

    Throughout the summer and fall, we had a number of our offices re-locate. Sergio met with us on numerous occasions to give us a chance to check out the furniture, provided steps for requesting the delivery and setup, and even followed up to ensure our needs were met. Normally, moving can be stressful, but Sergio's amazing customer service and ownership of our needs throughout the process made it a very smooth transition.



    Lisa Long, Admissions

    Mrs. Long really went above and beyond to make sure my transient credits were accepted and went to the correct place. It was such an easy experience, and she responded back very quickly. She ensured the problem was resolved as soon as possible so I could sign up for my fall classes.



    Dr. Sonja Wright-Smith, Access Center

    She was very helpful! I’ve been trying to get someone to point me in the right direction for quite some time! It is so appreciated, Ms. Sonja! Thanks so much!



    Dr. Sonja Wright-Smith, Access Center

    I needed assistance for a parent/student at another college. Dr. Wright-Smith was extremely helpful and directed us to the right department and person from the other college.



    Jeffrey Thomas, Campus Services

    Jeffrey goes above and beyond every day. Not only does he always have a smile and warm greeting for everyone, but the 3rd floor of HSBA has never been cleaner. The entire floor smells AMAZING. Jeffrey is the first person I encounter at work, and he always brightens my day. The business school really appreciates his commitment to excellence!



    Carmen James, Human Resources

    Ms. Carmen James was willing to continue working on an issue until it was resolved. She was exceptional.



    Dr. Kathy Warner, Psychology

    This department, led by Dr. Kate Warner, always goes above and beyond each and every semester in supporting our off-campus dual enrollment courses. While these requests are often times challenging, they seem to always make it happen with such ease!  So, to Dr. Kate Warner, many thanks for this latest endeavor!  We really appreciate your continued support of our DE students!



    Dr. Deb Briihl, Psychology

    This department, led by Dr. Kate Warner, always goes above and beyond each and every semester in supporting our off-campus dual enrollment courses. While these requests are often times challenging, they seem to always make it happen with such ease!  So, to Dr. Deb Briihl, many thanks for this latest endeavor!  We really appreciate your continued support of our DE students!



    Dr. Mark Whatley, Psychology

    This department, led by Dr. Kate Warner, always goes above and beyond each and every semester in supporting our off-campus dual enrollment courses. While these requests are often times challenging, they seem to always make it happen with such ease!  So, to Dr. Mark Whatley, many thanks for this latest endeavor!  We really appreciate your continued support of our DE students!



    Dr. Heather Kelley, Psychology

    This department, led by Dr. Kate Warner, always goes above and beyond each and every semester in supporting our off-campus dual enrollment courses. While these requests are often times challenging, they seem to always make it happen with such ease! So, to Dr. Heather Kelley, many thanks for this latest endeavor! We really appreciate your continued support of our DE students!



    Obediah Hall, CELT

    Obi goes well above and beyond in his helpfulness to those who work with him. When I needed to plan an upcoming lunch event he helped figure out the numbers, offered to contact the vendor himself, and offered to pick up the items needed. This is just the most recent example of how quickly he steps up to help those who cross his path at CELT.



    Jesse Schultheis, IT

    Thank you for the exceptional product knowledge and prompt customer service. With your expert solutions, we are able to schedule things without a delay. Much appreciated!



    Tracy Burch, Colege of Education Dean's Office

    Thank you, Tracy Burch, for your aid and guidance during National Farmworkers Awareness Week in late March. The materials needed for the multiple events we had back-to-back were a success because of your willingness to help. The CAMP department is consistently reminded of the wonderful people on campus. We are thankful to be surrounded by the kindness of you and others. Your small gesture allowed for the success of so many others. We are truly thankful and appreciative of you.



    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    Yvonne was extremely helpful in assisting the organization I advise with a major financial issue. She was able to contact the appropriate individual and worked to help me resolve the problem. Thank you for your hard work and genuine concern! You are very much appreciated.



    Tanja Rouse, Financial Aid

    Ms. Rouse went above and beyond when a financial aid issue occurred with the students in our program. When 10 plus students had financial aid difficulties, instead of just directing us to solve the problem with the FAFSA 1-800 number, Ms. Rouse dug a little deeper and found the underlying cause of all of the FAFSA errors and a solution as well! This made it so much easier for me to help the students complete their FAFSA for the upcoming school year. Thank you so much for going above and beyond what was required of you to help us out!



    Kristen Jowers, College of the Arts Advising Center

    Mrs. Jowers is my son’s advisor and she has gone above and beyond to help us. She has made this road of navigating college easy for the parents. She has consistently been there to answer questions and even call me back after hours. Kristen is very friendly, and I've never felt rushed while asking questions. If she doesn’t know the answer to a question she always makes sure to find out and get back with me. You can tell that she puts the well-being of her students first. I hope that in two years we are lucky enough to have her as an advisor for my younger son. Thank you!



    Libba Willcox, Department of Art & Design

    I called Libba today to see if she could meet with a panicked student who is considering a major change to Art Education. Libba agreed to meet with the student within the hour. Thank you for being so accessible to me and our students amid the chaos of final exams. Libba, you exemplify all of the reasons why I love working with the College of the Arts. Thank you.



    Levi Johnson, IT

    Thank you for the exceptional product knowledge and prompt customer service. With your expert solutions, we are able to schedule things without a delay. Much appreciated!


     

  • May 2019 Recipients

    Daniel Smith, Center for eLearning

    Putting new items into Blazeview can be a real challenge for some of us. A recent episode brought me in touch with Daniel. He was helpful, patient, and he kept after the task until all was complete and working. His friendly demeanor and expertise were above and beyond!


    Dr. Regina Suriel, Middle, Second, Reading, & Deaf Education

    We had been looking for two weeks for a Spanish Interpreter for a parent meeting we were hosting at VSU. So far, we had no luck. When asked, Dr. Suriel graciously gave her time and talent to help us out. She was awesome!


    Dr. Sonya Sanderson, Kinesiology & PE

    My car had broken down in front of the Student Union. Dr. Sanderson along with other faculty members pushed my car into the nearest parking lot. Not only did she assist me with my car, but she also encouraged me and pushed me to graduate. Dr. Sanderson is Superwoman for the Kinesiology Department.


    Dr. Sonya Sanderson, Kinesiology & PE

    She is one of the most inspiring, caring, hard-working, and dedicated individuals I know. Dr. Sanderson went out of her way to guide me to success. Even before I entered VSU, she was the person to answer any questions and was more than happy to help.


    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    I needed assistance in understanding how to approve time for a graduate assistant. I had followed the instructions but was still unable to complete the task. Yvonne walked me through the process, waited for me to send screenshots, and remained on the line until all my questions were resolved. Before she ended the call she let me know she would be following up to make sure the issues we discussed on the call were resolved. I greatly appreciate the time Yvonne took to assist me.


    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    Yvonne was patient, kind, informative, and efficient in assisting me with problems that I had in approving time for my co-workers. I could hear the smile in her voice as she helped me to navigate through the process. I can not say enough good things. Thank you.


    Elaina Walker, Advising

    Elaina went above and beyond to make sure that I was able to graduate on time, and she succeeded! She is an amazing advisor and deserves all the recognition!


    Rocky Rothwell, IT

    Rocky stayed late on Friday, May 3rd to assist with an urgent request which prevented an interruption of services. This is just the most recent example of his selfless commitment to the university. We're very fortunate to have people like Rocky on our team. Thank you, Rocky!


    Crystal Miller, Library

    Every time I am in the library and Crystal is working I always see her going above and beyond. She is very resourceful and drops anything she’s doing to help someone. It doesn’t matter how small the task is, Crystal always seems genuinely invested in each person she interacts with. She makes the library a more comfortable place with her friendliness.


    Zonnya Lane, Financial Services

    The travel reimbursement process can be pretty stressful, especially for graduate students. Zonnya Lane exuded the utmost patience and service excellence! She took extra time out of her schedule to sit with me and walk me through the process of completing the travel expense form. She did everything in her power (and more) to make this process as expedited and effortless as possible. I appreciate the great attitude and helping hand. Without you, I would not have received my reimbursement as easily or as quickly. Thank you for being such an asset to the Blazer Family!


    Cassidy Phillips, Event Services

    Cassidy is a Student Assistant in Event Services who has continually gone above and beyond all year to assist me in learning my new job here at VSU. On Sunday, April 29, 2019, she came in to help get Blaze to a community event. Cassidy is a senior and will be greatly missed in our department!


    VSU Grounds, Plant Operations

    Upon arrival to administer the SAT on Main Campus, I noticed that the Front Lawn still had a large amount of debris from an event the night before. Grounds came in, on an early Saturday morning, to clean up and return the Front Lawn to its beautiful state. Excellent work!


    Morgan Clawson, Center for eLearning

    Morgan has provided wonderful service assisting faculty and students with their eLearning needs. I sincerely appreciate all of her assistance (and of course, everyone at the center for eLearning). Thanks for all you do for VSU!


    Joseph Ritter, Plant- Building Maintenance

    Mr. Joseph Ritter helped our research group by bringing a mounted large power saw to the fourth floor of Bailey and making hundreds of cuts. If Physical Plant didn’t help, we would have completed the work with a small hand saw! Thank you for the high quality work that really helped us!


    Bucky Carter, Plant- Building Maintenance

    Mr. Bucky Carter helped our research group by bringing a mounted large power saw to the fourth floor of Bailey and making hundreds of cuts. If Physical Plant didn’t help, we would have completed the work with a small hand saw! Thank you for the high quality work that really helped us!


    Dr. Mark McQuade, Music

    The version of the National Anthem that we normally use has an unusually long introduction. Mark edited it to remove the long intro. This was done 15 minutes before we had Vocal Practice in the Complex. Thank you.


    Cliff Giddens, IT

    Cliff went above and beyond to help me recover a file that I desperately needed. He stopped what he was doing, calmed down my ugly crying panic attack, and helped right away. You're the best. Thank you, Cliff, I appreciate it more than you know!


    Brian Anderson, LCOBA Technical Unit

    Brian often finds solutions to problems encountered by faculty and staff. He completes these tasks with a smile, and an overall positive, customer-service approach.  Thanks, Brian for the things you do in the background to make us all shine.


    Lynn Darsey, Auxiliary Services

    Lynn stayed after hours and personally drove a student without a car to Walmart to buy food. This is not unusual for Lynn as she has gone above and beyond many times to help students.


    Joseph Newton, IT

    I just wanted to thank Joe for his assistance on a project we've been working on. He helped so much even though it was during one of his busiest times. His efforts and vision for the project are greatly appreciated.


    Robin Smith, Dean's Office of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Robin worked very hard to help with a substantial order for an upcoming project. It had to be done at an extremely busy time, and she assisted with a smile. Your help is greatly appreciated.


    Zonnya Lane, Financial Services

    Since my first day in April 2017, Zonnya has always been helpful & patient with me when it came to travel! She always responds & assists me with a smile when we are face to face. Helping with travel is her specialty and she makes it easy to navigate! I appreciate her dearly! Thanks for all you do, Zonnya!


    Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

    In the midst of an issue with travel, Shauna Branch assisted me with my airfare. I was continually receiving an error message. I called Financial Services for assistance, however, they were in the midst of moving. Yvonne answered the phone and assisted me. She reassured me that this would be taken care of as soon as possible. I am thankful for her caring attitude. She made sure that my upcoming trip for our National Organization for Students with Disabilities was secured.  Yvonne, I truly appreciate your assistance.


    Shauna Branch, Student Success

    Shauna has proven that teamwork definitely makes the dream work. She has shown me what it truly means to be a caring, kind, and an exemplary employee. She is full of compassion and certainly serves as a light on campus. Thanks so much for working with our department and assisting me with the travel for an upcoming trip.  Your thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed and it is appreciated!


    Maxwell Smith, IT

    We had a three-hour radio show with Scott James scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 .m. in the West Hall Conference Room. Maxwell was there before 5:30 a.m. and ready to work. He helped Scott James get his equipment set up and then he stayed with us the entire time. He went above and beyond to ensure the radio show was a success. We are truly grateful for his hard work and commitment. We look forward to working with him in the future.


    Darli Devane, Housing and Residence Life

    Housing Assignments are always a stressful time. With changes being made by the system timelines were moved up. Darli really did an excellent job of getting ready. When systems didn't speak correctly, she made a lot of manual changes and worked really hard to solve things quickly.


    Emily Seckinger, Housing and Residence Life

    Emily was super helpful these past two weeks helping us to get housing assignments made and published.  There was a lot of work that needed to be done quickly. She really stepped up and her help was essential!


    Katelyn Rowell, Housing and Residence Life

    As a student worker, Katelyn has always performed well. These past 2 weeks with housing assignments and the timeline being moved up 2 months, she was extra helpful. Going through almost 3,000 records one at a time to check for accuracy takes a lot out of a person. She was really helpful and maintained her sunny personality.


    Jeremy Hardin, New Media Center

    Jeremy Hardin was a tremendous help in putting together an amazing Book Drop for the Johnston Lakes Library in Lake Park. Every summer, I have worked to help celebrate the public libraries Summer Reading program. Last fall, we made a Shark to be affixed around the book drop - so kids could put their books through the shark's teeth. This summer, young readers will be learning about space and the solar system. Because we have a Mass Media alum at NASA, instead of just scrap paper and cardboard, I wanted to help them create a "famous" robot for their book drop. After Kyle Culpepper helped me identify a Creative Commons applicable image, Jeremy Hardin printed, cut and laminated the robot. Thank you, Jeremy. You've made hundreds of children's dreams become reality.


    Dr. Sonya Sanderson, Kinesiology & PE

    I have known Dr. Sanderson since 2006, and I knew right away that she was dedicated to her work. It is such a joy to watch her students excel through both undergrad and graduate school. She is very professional in everything she does, and she has a contagious positive attitude. I have looked forward to working with her and our team every day. I had Ovarian Cancer, stage 3, and it was very aggressive. As soon as I found out, I had surgery to remove the tumors and Dr. Sanderson came to the hospital in Tallahassee to see me several times. She supported me every step of the way. She started a meal train and helped set up two-yard sales to benefit my expenses. She even asked the oncologist one night if I could go home and he actually said yes. She then helped me get my things together and she took me home. Even when Chemo days were rough she encouraged me. She was instrumental in encouraging me to start exercising again and we now exercise as a team. She has made my time at VSU so rewarding. She is the greatest multitasker and communicator that I have ever known. I will especially miss competing with her on a walking team. 


    Janice Robinson, Catering

    Communications organized a three-hour, VSU-themed radio show with Scott James. The first guest was scheduled to go on at 6 a.m., with a new guest every 20 minutes. Janice and Monica were there by 5 a.m. with coffee, muffins, fruit, and more to help keep everyone energized for the show and they were smiling (before sunrise). I cannot thank them enough for their support, sense of humor, and positive spirit.


    Monica Davenport, Catering

    Communications organized a three-hour, VSU-themed radio show with Scott James. The first guest was scheduled to go on at 6 a.m., with a new guest every 20 minutes. Janice and Monica were there by 5 a.m. with coffee, muffins, fruit, and more to help keep everyone energized for the show and they were smiling (before sunrise). I cannot thank them enough for their support, sense of humor, and positive spirit.


    Bailey Raffield, IT

    We had a last minute technical issue that was discovered the day before 200 students (and 300 guests) showed up for an Orientation session. Bailey spent the majority of the day on Tuesday trying to find a remedy for the situation. He worked on discovering a solution well-after at 9:00 p.m. On Wednesday, the day of Orientation, Bailey showed up at the session at 7:30 a.m. to make sure our check-in process went smoothly. Bailey is a tremendous support to Admissions and the rest of the campus.


    Laura Byers, Access Office

    Laura volunteered to assist in the HR office move and truly made an enormous difference through the hours she gave. I was struggling with bronchitis and Laura jumped right in and packed my things with great care. She was so gracious and generous with her time. It made a stressful experience much easier and certainly made me feel like the university was functioning as a team. Many, many thanks!