June 13, 2014
Awards honor VCU employees for customer service and innovation in the workplace
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Virginia Commonwealth University’s Finance & Administration Division honored 27 employees on June 11 for their outstanding contributions to customers and co-workers. The awards recognized faculty and staff who foster better communication, promote higher productivity and improve relations among faculty, staff and students.
More than 150 employees from both campuses turned out for the biennial event — a university tradition since 1997.
“Service excellence is an important foundation of the university’s Quest for Distinction,” said William Decatur, vice president for finance and administration. “We are guided by the principles of professionalism and respect for each other in all aspects of our work, study and life within the university environment.”
Decatur presented the formal awards, which included a framed certificate and monetary award, to Bernard Adams of Facilities Management, Adam Craig of Technology Services, Greg Felton of VCU Police and Yvonne Jones of Business Services.
“This first set of awards recognizes exemplary customer service. That’s something that I believe very strongly in,” he said. “We want to create a ‘wow’ factor for not only our fellow employees, but also our students, faculty, anyone who receives services from any of us in finance and administration.”
Daynon Smith and Karen Fields of Human Resources then presented the informal “fun” awards to this year’s 23 recipients.
Prizes – including a top-secret invisible pen and decoder pad, a sparkly cheer baton, googly-eye glasses and miniature toy hydrants – were given in categories that highlighted individual acts of fiscal responsibility, resource management, team leadership and creative ingenuity.
Wrapping up the ceremony, Decatur thanked the recipients and attendees.
“This is a great division. We are a hard-working bunch and it is important that we have fun.”
The following is a full list of this year’s recipients.
Exemplary Customer Service Award
Bernard Adams, Facilities Management
Adam Craig, Technology Services
Greg Felton, VCU Police
Yvonne Jones, Business Services
“Fun” Award Categories
Tanya Brown, VCU Police
David Plunkett, Grants and Contracts Accounting
Behind the Scenes Award
The Real Estate Team: Kellie Slutzah, Will Martin, Laura Vtipil, Schirra Hayes, Mitzi Lee and student workers Jenson Larrimore and Sierra King
Rosalyn Rippy, General Accounting
Beyond the Call of Duty Award
Matt Bentley, Parking and Transportation
Chris Preuss, VCU Police
Bright Idea Award
Tamara Highsmith and Bruce Schabinger, Business Services
Howard “Mike” O’Berry, VCU Police
Ed Hartless and Mark Powell, Facilities Management
Vicky West, Office of the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration
More with Less Award
Melanie Barnes, Parking and Transportation
Connie Jefferson and Jessica Burruss, Controller’s Office
Fun at Work Award
Karen Fields, Human Resources
William “Bret” Lewis, Financial Reporting
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