College Faculty and Staff Awarded for Exemplary Service


College Faculty and Staff Awarded for Exemplary Service

Staff from throughout the OU Extended Campus College of Professional and Continuing Studies family were recognized for their professional excellence during the All College Meeting on Sept. 7, 2018.

The awards were presented to individuals to recognize their achievements as instructors and support staff members and to highlight exceptional teamwork and innovation.

 

Kenneth E. Crook Faculty Achievement Award

Todd Wuestewald – Criminal Justice

Kenneth E. Crook Award winner Todd WuestewaldThe Kenneth E. Crook Faculty Achievement Award is an honor given to faculty who have demonstrated consistent and contributive service to any of the academic programs in the college. The individual exemplifies the mission

of providing access to transformational, world-class learning for the college’s students and embodies the college’s core values of being student-centered, service-oriented, inclusive, quality-driven, innovative and acting with integrity.

Wuestewald wants to ensure that the students going through the Criminal Justice program receive their education from exemplary practice professionals that can make connections with the students. He fully understands what it takes to have the knowledge and experience to be successful.

 

Rufus Hall Outstanding Professor Award

Kay Ham – Administrative Leadership

Rufus Hall Award winner Kay HamThe faculty member chosen for this award has provided outstanding and meritorious service to the college in one or more areas, such as student advisement, teaching and mentoring, as well as other responsibilities. The individual exemplifies the mission of providing access to transformational, world-class learning for the college’s students and embodies the college’s core values of being student-centered, service-oriented, inclusive, quality-driven, innovative and acting with integrity.

Ham’s students benefit from her leadership experiences as she provides real-life examples. In addition, her students are motivated and inspired by her dedication to service and her values involving social justice, human rights and mediation in the community.

 

Superior Teaching Award

Roksana Alavi

Superior Teaching Award winner Roksana AlaviThe Superior Teaching Award is intended for faculty members who have demonstrated superior and excellent teaching. In addition, the individual should exemplify the goals and purposes of the college, primarily the pursuit of interdisciplinary, liberal learning.

Alavi is a committed teacher who is passionate about teaching and about the subjects she teaches. Since summer 2016, she has taken on the responsibility of lead faculty for the development of certificate programs in human diversity at the graduate and undergraduate level and helped to develop guidelines for the Study-in-Depth course, required of all undergraduates that have paved the way for the subsequent necessary modifications of this course.

 

Meritorious Service Award – Monthly Staff

Lauren Eichinger

Meritorious Service Award (Monthly) winner Lauren EichingerMeritorious Service Awards are presented to staff members who have exhibited superior job performance, service/dedication, and personal achievement on behalf of the college or any of its organizational components, positive relationships with other employees, and other related criteria.

Eichinger spearheads OU Extended Campus North America daily operations and has been directly responsible for approximately 15 percent of OU’s graduate students. She has been a critical team leader in developing and implementing strategic pivots for North American programs as the college experiences organizational transformation, in addition to acting as the training officer for site directors while remaining the remote site director for Offutt AFB herself.

 

Meritorious Service Award – Hourly Staff

Chad Manos

Meritorious Service Award (Hourly) winner Chad ManosMeritorious Service Awards are presented to staff members who have exhibited superior job performance, service/dedication, and personal achievement on behalf of the college or any of its organizational components, positive relationships with other employees, and other related criteria.

In December 2017, Manos took on the duties of three site coordinators for several weeks. He helped hire and eventually trained the new employees while continuing to provide outstanding performance and service to our students. He did all of this while grieving for the loss of a co-worker. Chad is an upbeat, can-do person who has developed relationships all over campus and within Extended Campus.

 

Distinguished Community Service Award

April Millaway

Distinguished Community Service Award winner April MillawayThe Distinguished Community Service Award is presented to a staff member who exhibits all of the qualities required for a Meritorious Service Award, in addition to involvement in community activities or university activities and/or other committees while serving as a positive representative of the college.

Millaway wants to see people succeed, and when she sees that she can lend guidance, she does so freely. She’s incredibly intelligent in a way that is really quite astounding. She quickly and easily understands situations and questions and has a response ready immediately.

 

Vision Award

Information Technology and Registration and Records

Team Members: Brandon Crow, Will Jacobs, Michael Kennedy, Cole Harrison

Vision Award winners Information Technology and Registration and RecordsThe Extended Campus Vision Award is given to one or more college unit(s) in recognition of a bold, innovative instructional or procedural initiative in either support functions or teaching that result in a unique new program, process, procedure or learning opportunity rather than a routine extension of existing practices.

The project involved the creation of an easy-to-use, accessible electronic portal to handle the creation and maintenance of Incomplete Contracts for students who are unable to finish their coursework in the normal time-frame of a course, as well as processing make-up forms to update the student’s grade once the work is completed. The notifications and updates are automatic, real-time and readily available to anyone needing to see the student’s status.

 

Teamwork Award

Registration and Records and Information Technology

Teamwork Award winners Registration and Records and Information TechnologyTeam Members: Gail Maucere, Chuck Wantland, Brandon Crow, Will Jacobs, Michael Kennedy, Cole Harrison

The Extended Campus Teamwork Award is given to two or more college units in recognition of unique and extraordinary collaborative efforts to create a new program capability, to foster program improvement or to facilitate process improvement.

VA and IT collaborated to create a portal for students who utilize Veteran’s Educational (GI Bill) benefits. This portal allows students to request certification for their courses, ensures that the VA team gets all the information they need to process the certifications and provides real-time status updates for all parties.

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