Employee Awards Presented
NMU employees were honored for years-of-service milestones at the faculty and staff recognition luncheon on April 22. Distinguished Team and Excellence in Service Awards also were presented.
The team award went to the group who coordinated data between the NMU Foundation Banner modules and the payroll Banner modules for automating payroll deduction pledge payments. The timely implementation of this interface played a significant role in preparations for the campaign and the faculty/staff appeal. The team reduced data entry time while increasing the potential to increase payroll pledge deductions and support for NMU. Automating the electronic pledge and payment process resulted in a 66 percent increase in the number of payroll pledges received and a 73 percent increase in the amount pledged. Members were (from left with President David Haynes): Judy Latvala (NMU Foundation), Lindsey Butorac (Payroll), June Nelson (Payroll), Jane Surrell and Allison Erickson (NMU Foundation).
Excellence in Service Award winners, along with some qualities that earned them recognition, were (from left with Haynes): Kathy Richards (Facilities), for her leadership and technical expertise in managing one of the most aggressive construction periods in the past 20 years and for her dedication to NMU students; Daniel O’Neill (Housing and Residence Life), for his work ethic and time management skills in keeping Meyland Hall clean and welcoming for its resident students and Olympic Training Site athletes, as well as visitors; Michelle Inman (CAPS), for providing digitized classroom assessment reports to faculty, interviewing students to serve as lab attendants and maintaining the CAPS website; Chris Lewis (Business Intelligence and Information Services), for increasing efficiency across campus by implementing technology solutions that have solved problems, automated manual processes and empowered users; Mike Lakanen (Learning Resources Division), for his attention to detail, professionalism and excellent work ethic that sets standards for all colleagues and students who work him on video production projects; Susan Morgan (International Programs), for her multi-faceted efforts to coordinate and ensure successful international experiences for students while also monitoring best practices in the field; and Suzi Trdan (Dining Services), for regularly exceeding budgetary targets and upholding the highest standards of customer service at Starbucks, which she has supervised for six years, and regularly exceeding budgetary targets. Not pictured is Susan Henderson (Sociology and Anthropology/Social Work), for effectively managing the clerical and administrative responsibilities of two departments in separate colleges.