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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jaymee Skelly defines ‘outstanding service’

Jaymee Skelly
Jaymee Skelly

There are myriad reasons that Jaymee Skelly of BGSU Firelands was chosen as the 2010 Classified Staff Outstanding Employee. The award was presented at the Classified Staff Council spring reception today. Skelly took home $1,000 and will have a plaque engraved in her honor.

When she was assigned an additional set of duties due to a reorganization in the dean’s office, she undertook them, balanced them with her college relations duties, and “managed a wide variety of new tasks,” said one nominator.

When she had to take on the role of marketing director during a colleague’s extended sick leave, and then also had to fill in for the retiring college development officer, she kept both those offices running while coordinating with the dean’s office and the College of Advisory Board to keep projects moving forward in the absence of the marketing and
development officers.

“Ms. Skelly can always be counted on to complete any task or assignment efficiently and on time. Faced with a problem, she will find a way to solve it, as she did by developing an algebraic formula to give us an accurate listing of raffle tickets when some turned up missing from the roll for a fundraising event,” wrote a nominator.

She is positive in her interactions, respectful and mindful of confidentiality, said her supporters. She is helpful to students as well as her co-workers and goes beyond the usual when assisting someone. A “perfectionist,” she regularly takes work home. She also oversees events such as commencement, handling detailed arrangements and maintaining calm.

She is also a “compassionate, listening ear to students and fellow employees and often works with them to manage anger, deter conflict and reach resolution. She is superb at bringing disparate viewpoints to a positive conclusion,” wrote her nominators.

Also nominated were Michelle Fry in the Office of Field Experiences in the College of Education and Human Development, Marianne Geisbuhler in the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, Heidi Hakel in Construction Management, Beth Lashaway in Disability Services, Matt Minnick, grounds maintenance supervisor, Stephanie Rader in Ethnic Studies and Dee Dee Wentland in the history department.

PNC to be the new bank on campus

In January, Business Operations issued a Request for Proposals to invite prospective banking institutions to bid on establishing a branch on campus in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Pittsburgh National Corp. (PNC) was the successful bidder and will work collaboratively with Student Money Management Services to complement, expand and enhance financial education at BGSU, particularly as it is delivered to the student body. Patricia Donnelly, Student Money Management Services program manager, participated in the review of interested banking institutions. Details concerning the collaboration between Student Money Management Services and PNC will
be forthcoming.

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Thomas, Masters named classified staff Outstanding Team

Karen Masters and Tami Thomas
Karen Masters and Tami Thomas

The College of Business Administration support services team of Tami Thomas and Karen Masters have won this year’s Team Award from Classified Staff Council. They will share a $1,000 award.

Their nominators praised their hard work. Karen Williams, administrative assistant, said, “They do the bulk of the background work for all of the events of the college from homecoming weekend to alumni events, the college honors and awards ceremony, Presidents’ Day and our annual entrepreneurship event. They are often behind the scenes and do not ask for any recognition for their hard work.”

But, as secretary Pam Abbott pointed out, “They are quick to recognize faculty and staff when achievements are made.”

The college’s faculty and staff rely on their expertise. Dr. Man Zhang, management, told of his experience with them regarding a major survey project that took many hours of preparation and follow-up: “They are always very prompt, and their quality of service is consistently excellent.”

Also nominated for the award were the College of Arts and Sciences Resources and Planning Team, the Harshman custodial staff and the Kohl Hall custodial staff.

‘Most Prominent Alumni’ honored at college receptions

Tomorrow and Saturday (April 23 and 24), BGSU will recognize some of its most prominent alumni during five college events. Alumni are traveling from around the world to be honored. Feel free to stop by the events and welcome them back to campus.

The college events are as follows:

College of Education and Human Development
Tomorrow (April 23), 3-5 p.m.
113 Education Building

College of Technology
Tomorrow, 4-5:30 p.m.
Wilcox Board Room, Sebo Athletic Center

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Musical Arts
Tomorrow, 4-6 p.m.
Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Fine Arts Center

College of Health and Human Services
Tomorrow, 4:30-6 p.m.
Second Floor Lobby, Health Center Building

College of Business Administration
Saturday (April 24), 5-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Business Administration Building

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April 22, 2010