2014 ICYC Recipients

2014

Card Recipients for January 2014

Rex Devane, Media Center

Rex digitized photographs for a faculty member's family memorial.

Marie Hart, Financial Services

Ms. Hart provided exceptional customer service in answering my numerous questions, providing suggestions, and options. At the conclusion of our call, I was thoroughly informed and able to make educated decisions. Parents welcome and appreciate this type of service.

Michael Holt, Odum Library

Michael went out of his way to help me with my assignment. I came not understanding where to find stuff and left with a clear understanding. Keep up the good work!!

Russell Reese, IT Helpdesk

Russell was incredibly helpful and patient. My laptop was having multiple issues which kept me from doing my work. Russell spent more than two hours with me. It now runs great--Thanks!

Jonathan Klotz, Odum Library Reference

Mr. Klotz distributes a newsletter for me every other week. It's not officially part of his job, yet he has been willing, good-natured and conscientious about helping. I think I may not have expressed how helpful it is to me, that Mr. Klotz has taken responsibility for a rather thankless task. Thank You, Jonathan.

Card Recipients for February 2014

Denise Woodruff, Student Health Services

Going over and above by giving excellent care.

Patrick McElwain, Registrar

As a new employee, I had and continue to have questions concerning Banner and Registration.  Patrick is ALWAYS very helpful and never makes me feel like I am bothering him.  I should have submitted this months ago!

Cathi Storey, Purchasing

I had been trying for a week to get answers to questions and was put in touch with Catherine and received the help I needed immediately and she genuinely sounded glad to help!

Jenny White, Financial Services

Most recently, I needed answers for purchasing questions and although Jenny is in Budgets, not purchasing, she put me in touch with the right person and I received the help I had been trying to find for a week.  Also, on previous occasions, Jenny has come to our office and helped with budget issues and is always very helpful.

Debbie Conrad, Catering

Debbie is always amazing! She has been working with me to get the catering meal in order for the Celebrating 50 years event, and it has not been easy; several changes have been made. Not once did she complain. She makes things very easy.

Kirk Johnson, Student Life Office

We went to the Student Life Office and Kirk greeted us warmly and immediately offered to help us. I found him to be extremely professional and a model of providing exceptional service. His passion and dedication shows. Thank you for your excellent service.

Card Recipients for March 2014

Cecilia, RN, Student Health Center

Very friendly and respectful! She made me feel very comfortable and she took the time to make sure that all of my questions were answered!!!!

Jill Ferrell, Parking and Transportation

Jill worked with IT to help us continue to provide support to the campus. IT has limited resources for moving equipment or providing support across a large campus. Jill helped us identify ways P&T could assist. I appreciate her responsiveness in finding a solution to our challenges.

Kristin Duncan, Health Services

I love coming here not stressed and knowing the staff is super nice! I actually enjoyed my visit today because the nurses are so kind, caring, personal! You guys made my whole day awesome!! I <3 you guys :) Thanks again!!

Cassie Kubicek, Health Services

I love coming here not stressed and knowing the staff is super nice! I actually enjoyed my visit today because the nurses are so kind, caring, personal! You guys made my whole day awesome!! I <3 you guys :) Thanks again!!

Caleshia Jones, Modern and Classical Languages

The student assistant was very helpful and pleasant to me and gave me great information on how to get the proper assistance I needed and whom to speak with about class schedules for returning students. 

Dr. Eric Chambers, Biology

Dr. Chambers has been extremely helpful and thorough when advising his students. Personally, due to his help, I have been able to register for all the classes I needed. He also gave plenty of insight for standardized exam scores, and GPA levels I needed for P.A. (physician's assistant) school.

Card Recipients for April 2014

Tim Brunt, HVAC

For the last year Tim has been working on the AC Unit in Pine Hall 2nd floor. The unit has been sitting in water and Tim has not once ever given up on correcting the issue. He finally succeeded. Goof Job!

Roberto Leal, Media Services

Roberto helped me after his work hours and during work to show me how to edit photos that I needed.

Jill Hohnecker, Housing and Residence Life

You always supports me, RHA, and housing. Whenever I need someone to talk to you are there. You're the best advisor ever! I don’t want you to graduate.


Rex Devane & All Media/Library Staff

Rex and the media center helped class learn and implement 3D printing of instrument ports - did a great job with posters for VSU research conference.

Ryan Hogan, Admissions

Really helped our class (Marine Science) be able to successfully and safely achieve our 9 day field trip over spring break.

Melissa Nolley, Chemistry

Did a great job organizing class trip over spring break -  very helpful with QEP project.

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Mrs. Moore Nolley helped to prepare the departmental materials and informational board to use in visitation days.

Michael Holt, Library

Helped my class learn and implement 3D printing.

Alex Malos, Information Technology

While returning from finishing a work order at Bailey Science Center, Mr. Malos observed a couple appearing to be lost. He pulled over his utility cart and asked the couple if they were in need of assistance. The wife of the couple stated that she and her husband were searching for the rededicated converse hall. After some discussion, Mr. Malos figured out that the couple was looking for the psychology building, which replaced converse hall. The couple introduced themselves to Mr. Malos as Mr. and Mrs. Converse, the husband being George Converse, grandson of W. L. Converse. Mr. Malos escorted the couple to the psychology building, in particular to the cornerstone of Converse Hall on display in the front of the psychology building. Mr. Converse was thrilled to see his grandfathers name still clear and legible along with the other trustees of the year 1912. Mr. and Mrs.  Converse desired a photo, but did not have a camera. Mr. Malos offered to take a photo with his smart phone. After taking a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Converse posing with the cornerstone, Mr. Malos showed them the photo to ensure that they were satisfied. Mr. Malos then obtained an email address from the couple and sent the photo.

Giso Abadi, Chemistry

Helped Noycee students during summer 2013 - Helped students in antibiotics class publish textbook.

Holly Wright, Health Promotions

Even though Holly had several large responsibilities in the month of April such as organizing the Take Back the Night Program and Jeans for Justice, she offered to take on additional responsibilities during that month which went over and above her daily responsibilities.

Phillip Bishop, eLearning

Philip consistently  goes above and beyond to make sure our students' needs are met and that facilitation goes as smoothly as possible. We so appreciate everything he does!

Rafiah Jenkins, eLearning

Rafiah is an amazing facilitator for the distance courses! She seems almost clairvoyant at times when changing the cameras and zooming before I even have to ask. I feel the distance students have a richer class experience when she facilitates--and I deeply appreciate her engagement in their learning.

Catherine Storey, Purchasing

Catherine is always to friendly and helpful when assisting with purchasing and PO problems. She takes the time to explain and help others even when she has so much going on with her job. THANK YOU, CATHERINE! :)

Shana Yorkey, Financial Services

Shana made sure that I understood what was going on with a travel reimbursement that I had filed. She was sweet and understanding about the situation; whereas others might not have done so in such a pleasant way. (:

Barbara Thomas, Speech and Hearing Clinic

Every day Ms. Barbara makes the clients in the clinic feel welcome, but she went out of her way to help a certain client by helping her pay her parking violation.

Stephen Manning, Environmental and Occupational Safety

Mr. Manning was very kind to provide feedback on a question to waste containers and waste management.

Melissa Moore Nolley, Chemistry

Mrs. Moore Nolley helped to prepare the departmental materials and informational board to use in visitation days.

Felicia Hilson, Admissions & Recruiting  

After several emails to various departments for a registration issue, Ms. Hilson assisted me immediately upon contacting her. I was able to get the class I needed before deadline and was becoming frustrated. Great Job!

Katrina Hogan, Housing and Residence Life

I was going through some personal things and I had a test that day I went to Ms. Hogan office and she was able to encourage me that even though it's dark right now, I can make through this. Thanks Ms. Hogan.

Amy Williams, ACED College of Education

Professor Williams helped me through a very difficult time in my life. My husband of 32 years wanted a divorce and she took time and prayed for me.

Dr. Richard Carter, Biology

You encouraged me to apply for more graduate schools. You told me that I am great a researcher and that grades are important, but grades aren't everything. You are ALWAYS pouring out your expertise whether realized or unrealized. Dr. Carter is the best professor/advisor/mentor at VSU. 

Lowell Williamson, MRSD

Thank you for being the best supervisor ever! You care about me not only as a student but also as a person. You are so supportive and I'm grateful for everything you have done for me. God truly blessed me when he allowed us to cross paths. You have helped make my student teaching such a valuable learning experience. Thanks again for all you do!

Lynette Lewis, Student Health Services

Today she honestly showed how much she cared by dealing with my concerns in both timely and beyond sufficiency service. And I can't thank her enough. Your work is highly appreciated. Thank you so much.

Card Recipients for May 2014

Travis Dular, Central Warehouse

Travis went that extra mile to assist me with an order situation. He was very helpful and patient in getting the matter resolved and moving forward.

Kyle Culpepper, Media Center

I needed help with an Adobe Photoshop assignment and he really helped me with the project, being patient and explaining how to do the various layers for the project.

Anita Ondrusek, MLIS

Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to give me the push I needed to FINALLY graduate. I can't thank you enough.

Melanie Sainz, COE

Mrs. Sainz has aided me throughout my relationship with her. As a non-traditional students, she was willing to stay after class to aid me. She allowed me when outside of her classroom to take some time away from her to help me understand my assignment better. She was willing to help me with other teachers' assignments. This is my favorite, along with Mrs. Melanie Fuller!

Melanie Fuller, COE

Mrs. Fuller was always willing to listen and she would tell you the truth. She was willing to help you become the best teacher candidate she possibly could. She was always encouraging when I felt like quitting. Mrs. Fuller continued to offer assistance even after I had completed her course work. She is a great asset to VSU!

Dr. Robert Spires, COE

Dr. Spires went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students understood her expectations. Dr. Spires was willing to stay after class, talk with you over the phone, and took time out even when you were no longer in his class!!

Dr. Lavonna Lovern, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Going above and beyond and looking out for the graduate assistant!

Dr. Jake Jewusiak, English

It was great to see Dr. Jewusiak attending the Odradek Gala and supporting all of the students who contributed.

Dr. Michael Meacham, Sociology

Dr. Meacham, went around the classroom shaking everyone's hand, telling them, he appreciated having them in his class. Out of all my professors, he has been the only one that went out of his way to say thank you. That meant a lot to me, and really made me aware just how much he enjoys teaching. And it only adds to my reason, why I decided to go back to college after 16 yrs, to get a second degree in teaching. Kiddos Dr. Meacham.

Joann Danna, College of Education

Mrs. Danna has gone above and beyond to answer my questions and make me feel at ease in the Educational Leadership program.  I'm very grateful for her guidance and advice thus far!

Dr. Elice Martin, Education

Upon completion of my final report for her class, I was struggling to upload my portfolio for review for several days. Dr. Martin called me personally on a Friday night (always a precious time when people are tired after a long week and ache to spend time with friends and family or just be leisurely). She helped me troubleshot and walked me through the process step-by-step. We got it resolved and had a wonderful conversation. It was such a relief to have her assistance and to have such a wonderful mentor during my Clinical Residency course. Your phone call and reassurance boosted my spirits (that were started to feel very anxious, overwhelmed, and incompetent). Thank you, Dr. Martin.

Jason Brown, Mass Media

Thanks for the tough love! It motivated me to work hard and in turn I enjoyed your class. 

Dr. Nicole Cox, Mass Media

Thank you for all of your excitement and the passion in all that you do. It is apparent to your students how much you care and in turn makes us love coming to class. So Thank You! 

Gwendolyn Williams, Counseling

She truly does a lot of service for my organization, Not only during the organizational time but out side of the organization.

Dr. Theresa Grove, Biology

Thanks for being a great professor, you explained material very well. I've learned way more than I did in my previous biology class. You are very caring when it comes to is students and it is very admirable! Thanks for being a great professor and over all person! Enjoy your break (if you are getting one)!

Dr. Karen Sodowsky, Communication Arts

Dr. Sodowsky was a great mentor to me while I was working toward my master's degree.  She always had to time talk or help me if I had a problem or question.  Many times I would get very frustrated the work load and she would simply say "it is all going to be ok, just hang in there" and I did.  Now I am graduating.  Thank you Dr. Sodowsky for you support and continuous smile.  

Lana Kim, Marriage and Family Therapy

Lana provides timeless and selfless supervision, dedication, and instruction to the students of the program.

Jennifer Lamber-Shute, Marriage and Family Therapy

Jennifer provides timeless and selfless supervision, dedication, and instruction to the students of the program.

Martha Laughlin, Marriage and Family Therapy

Martha provides timeless and selfless supervision, dedication, and instruction to the students of the program.

Kate Warner, Marriage and Family Therapy

Kate provides timeless and selfless supervision, dedication, and instruction to the students of the program.

Jennifer Barfield, English

Mrs. Barfield has changed my life. She is an amazing woman who is very compassionate about what she does, and when she sets her mind to do something, she hits it full force until she obtains it! I have learned so much from her, not only about English but, about life. I am thankful for the time I have had to spend in her class and in her presence and will always look back to remember how pleasant she made my first year at VSU!

Edris Brannen, Foreign Language 

Sra. Brannen always comes to class with a smile on her face and truly wants us to succeed. She gives so much of her heart and it clearly shows. I wish you could bottle whatever she has and give it to all the teachers.

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Ms. Brannen always gives 110% to her class. She ends up with more homework than her students. Her heart is in the right place and she's a great teacher. She always made me laugh. She will be remembered fondly.

Carmen Byrd, English

Ms. Byrd was one of the most informative teachers I've ever had. During each class, she was always caring and attentive. I learned more in her English class than I've learned in previous ENGL classes. She is awesome!

Norman Earls, Communications

Mr. Earls showed a remarkable desire to maintain a fair class by ensuring equal opportunity to attain grade points. He has also shown concern for his students by going out of his way to grade assignments.

Dr. Thomas Hochschild, Sociology

Having a professor who truly cares about his students and strives to inspire learning is an amazing thing.  His passion for what he teaches is evident and contagious.  I wouldn't be where I am if I had not taken several classes with Dr. Hochschild.

Dr. Authur Jonas, Chemistry

Dr. Jonas is such an amazing professor.  He cares so much for his students and is always willing to help them. I am glad I got to work with him this last year as an SI for his class because he is nice and caring.

Dr. Fred Knowles, Criminal Justice

Dr. Knowles is not my advisor. However, he has helped to guide me in the right direction for grad school. He made a special trip to inquire about the prerequisites so that I could register for the right classes. In addition, he conferred with another professor to help me get into a class I need. He went above and beyond.

Dr. Chunlei Liu, Math/CS

Dr. Liu has been an excellent teacher, patient to answer questions, diligent to explain what people did not find clear, and enthusiastic about the subject at hand. I have enjoyed his class and look forward to possibly taking another class from him.

Dr. Prafull Shah, Biology

Dr. Shah was always willing to help students in any way. He would answer questions, meet outside of class time and show compassion when the class struggled to learn certain topics. He pushed us to learn the material but was always willing to take more time on certain topics or explain things a different way to help students out. He is a wonderful professor that really cares for his students and their future careers!

Dr. Jules Troyer, Psychology

Dr. Troyer understands I am a 100% disabled veteran. I suffered a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan and really have a deficit when it comes to fully grasping the material at hand. Dr. Troyer took the extra time to make sure I understood, put in extra time after class to answer my questions so I would not be embarrassed in class and just showed a compassion that is lacked by many higher education professors. Although VSU does an amazing job finding excellent professors, Dr. Troyer put forth enough effort and motivated me to pass her course I believe with a "C" or a few points shy of a "B." I know to many this is not a great thing but for me it is amazing that someone cared enough to help make me successful. Dr. Troyer demonstrated to the entire class a methodology of teaching that truly touched everyone of us. Please recognize Dr. Troyer.

Dr. Jane Whitehead, Foreign Language

Dr. Whitehead has been a remarkable professor at VSU, showing a high level of understanding in her field and demonstrating this in the classroom. She goes out of her way to teach students culture and the interlocking relationship languages have with one another. She also affords students the ability to have great control over their grades whilst promoting understanding of the subject.

Karl Wildman, Fine Arts

He was a lively passionate instructor who wants to see all of his students grow and he always made me feel comfortable about doing my craft.

 

Laura Wright, Reference Desk at Odum Library

I had a lot of trouble finding information about a particular assessment and this librarian helped me look for information, showed me a database that I was not aware of, walked with me to find a specific print journal within the library and even helped me to use  a microfilm, (since I had never used one before) in order to view the article about the assessment. Her willingness to help and resourceful skills as a reference librarian are invaluable. 

Tim Brunt, HVAC

Installation of reheat coils that resolved the HVAC issue. I cannot say enough of Tim's excellent customer service, response time and knowledge of HVAC systems. Great job Tim!

Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz, History

Dr. Hinnershitz is always willing to help and goes out of her way to be accommodating. She welcomed questions and took the time to explain. Thank you! 

Dr. Linda Jurczak, Communication Arts

Dr. Jurczak has always gone above and beyond to help her students with whatever they needed help with. She is easy to contact and has such a compassionate and loving heart. She is an exceptional asset to the communication arts department and I am so happy that I have been her advisee and student. She is more than a teacher to me, but a true friend that I can keep for a lifetime. I can go on and on about how much I love her. She is the kind of teacher and friend anyone should get to know! 

Shawn Phippen, Campus Recreation

During an extremely difficult personal time that culminated in battery charges against a family member, Shawn was extremely caring and supportive. I probably would have dropped out completely if not for him counteracting the effect of professors who told me they "don't care why you were absent, if you choose to blow off class that's your business" when I tried explaining I was at the police station during that time filing domestic violence charges.

Dr. Maggie Viverette, Social Equity

Dr. V. is always so willing and patient to listen. I love working with her more than words can explain. She is a great mentor and I absolutely loved interning for her. The care that she has for others amazes me. Her ability to understand others and show love is amazing. She will certainly be someone that I will always keep in touch with. The Office of Social Equity is extremely fortunate to have her there!

Dr. Anna Lane, Mathematics 

Mrs. Lane gave me the hope that I needed to pass Algebra after many prior attempts. She also helped a lot and gave us all some extra credit to help us. I have withdrawn from algebra class 2 times and failed once. I was very timid about Algebra.

Martha Leake, Physics

Dr. Leake is a very good teacher and very friendly. She does a great job teaching and is a very fair teacher. She tries to make sure you are successful. I had her for 2 semesters and she is the best!

Dr. Reynaldo Martinez, Adult and Career Education

Provided mentoring and guidance in updating my dissertation topic to a more relevant topic with greater impact, as well as providing guidance and recommendations for me to create a presentation that was accepted for the 2014 VSU Gulf South Education Conference. I know Dr. Martinez is extremely busy, so for him to take the time to help me, I felt privileged. Dr. Martinez, I truly appreciate your leadership, support, and guidance! Thank you very much!

Michael McGee, Campus Dining

Always smiling and caring. Even called me by name without seeing my card. Personal service. He just moved to catering.

Dr. Gerald Siegrist, Leadership 

Dr. Siegrist treats his students as professionals and encourages them to do their best. He works with the students to ensure that they are successful. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have his support and guidance on this educational journey. I admire his commitment to his students and the VSU program.

Dr. Sandra Trowell, Mathematics

Dr. Trowell allowed me to finish my test once class time was over she stayed and I was able to finish. she is also always there to help and respond to your questions.

Dr. Carillo Cabello, Modern and Classical Languages

Professor Carrillo goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is very supportive and helpful to all students by making time for everyone when they need him. Thank you!

Dr. Patricia Hinton, ORGL

Dr. Hinton goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is very supportive and helpful to all students by making time for everyone when they need him. Thank you!

Carolyn Gish, Early Childhood Education

After being in the education program for a year now, I have realized that very few people actually care. The amount of effort and support you gave me and my classmates last semester made me feel like you cared about our success. You were there to help us be better in every way we possibly could, not just to look at us as your class responsibility. Even now that you are not one of my instructors, you always do whatever you can to help me. When my sorority sister passed away this semester and I got put in the wrong practicum classroom that same week, I ended up in your office almost in tears. You had a terrible headache and a limited amount of time to help me, but yet you still dropped it all to make sure I was taken care of. You always go that extra mile because you care. I will forever remember that and am so grateful to have someone like you at VSU.

Dr. Myrto Drizou, English

Dr. Drizou attended the Odradek Gala to hear students read their work. It meant a lot to see a teacher supporting the student body and cheering us on.

Card Recipients for June 2014

Morgan Helen, Legal Affairs

Helen is a joy to work with any time I need assistance from the Office of Legal Affairs! She is knowledgeable, organized, and always the consummate professional. Truly delightful! 

Jamae Flint, Financial Services

Some things happened so that I didn't get my paycheck on time. Jamae was very kind and patient with me as we tried to figure out what went wrong, and was willing to answer all of my questions and was great about letting me know when I would finally get my paycheck. Thanks so much for your patience and for being such a wonderful person!

Marie Hart, Financial Services

Ms. Marie responded to my email in a very timely and professional manner. She also provided me with all the information I needed.

John Crawford, Advancement

John surprised us with coffee and muffins for the office! It was a great way to start the week and we are so thankful he chose to think of us during our busy time!

Cecilia Pierce, Student Health Services

So polite and kind that even being around her made me feel better! I know it is the God within her; feeling better already. :)

Dr. Teresa Doscher, Biology

Dr. Doscher assisted Central Warehouse Services by granting access to a teaching lab during class time, allowing Central Warehouse Services to complete a vital component of the annual asset inventory. She was polite, pleasant, and above all understanding and willing to help.

Ken Smith, Odum Library

A book I requested was promptly ordered and hand delivered.

Eric Goither, Media Services

I had to scan documents for SGA and Eric was extremely helpful. I did not know how to scan to PDF and Eric gladly explained the process, and continued to check my progress while I was there. He kept a smile on his face even when I jammed the printer twice. Excellent Service! Thanks!

Sheila Hall, IT Tier 1 Services Communications

Ms. Hall helped me establish my phone service after I had tried numerous times and failed. She talked with me by phone, email, called others and eventually came to my office in the UC and fixed the problem. She is courteous and professional.

Kyle Culpepper, Media Services

I wanted my student assistants to learn Camtasia to record training videos ad Kyle personally guided us from start to post production. His workshop was really helpful and we appreciate his patience through all of the troubleshooting. Thank so much.

Ben Li, Information Technology

With the implementation of the new VoIP system, we at the Media Center needed something that would work in a heavy hands-on environment. To meet this need to further assist patrons who work at various areas in the Media Center, we need to ensure our headset functioned with the new VoIP phones. For the last month we have had no luck getting a full auto connect with these devices, which stranded our ability to best handle our patron requests. After being informed by others and attempting to resolve the headset auto connect issue ourselves we came to a conclusion to early that our headset would not work for our environment. I decided then to communicate with Ben Li from the IT Helpdesk to seek out a solution. He spent around 30 minutes in our area to further troubleshoot the problem. He placed in an immediate work order to the right people, and before they could come out he used the advice they provided. Although the technique may have been an unconventional one, which explains why we could not have figured it out on our own, IT WORKED ON ALL OF OUR HEADSET DEVICES! Now we can fully use VoIP within our work environment. Thank  you Ben, for your time and effort. You are appreciated. 

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Ben demonstrates time and time again a sincere desire to nurture the growth of his staff both students and full time staff. He is very engaged and excited about developing effective and productive staff. I appreciate this level of commitment to his staff, the department and the University.

Marie Hart, Financial Aid

I really did not expect to be one of those stressed out parents because I had handled my financial aid needs during my college days, and thought that I was prepared for anything. Unfortunately, I was stressed for months with the inadequate responses I had been receiving over the past few months from other financial aid representatives. After interacting with Marie Hart over a period of two to three weeks, I had a quick turnaround from that experience. She was able to explain the financial responsibilities of parents and fully explain the loan process while providing useful suggestions. Marie demonstrated professional compassion and great follow up skills. She is an asset to your team for parents who need more than a quick and vague response.



Glenn Blount, Plant Operations

We were wiring two electric screens to a Crestron system when we encountered a problem. I called Glenn who immediately responded by showing up at EDC_1136 to assist us. He could have told us to wait till next week, but he did not. Great Job and Thank You. 

Jennifer Crane, Bookstore

On the very last day to use funds for the fiscal year, our department realized that we needed a large number of folders. I spoke with Jennifer and although it was not her area, she went above and beyond to help me get the items we needed on very short notice.

Haylee Friel, IT Helpdesk

Haylee Friel! What a gal! She helped me when I was trying to get into the Banner and also how to use it. She's someone you would like to have around! I will see her more often, if it's possible. Thanks Haylee!

Kyle Culpeppr, Media Services

Kyle taught a beginner photoshop class that I attended. He is amazing at his job! You can tell that he is obviously advanced in media services but he can explain even the most difficult process (like layering) to the most amateur of participants. I would recommend any of his classes to anyone. Wish they were longer and I had time to take more!

Card Recipients for July2014

Brian Anderson, CSS Technical Support Services

Our department has a piece of equipment that is used for swallowing evaluations that has been difficult to hook up to the smart classrooms for class demonstrations.  He went out of his way to adapt the equipment to make it significantly easier to use  for class demonstrations. 

Seth Megow, CONHS

Seth is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the CONHS and he is fantastic. He has a great attitude even though he has a lot of demands for his expertise. He always follows up, is professional and dedicated. 

Susan Jones, Modern and Classical Languages

When we were in need of finding a driver for students who had to get to the Orlando airport for their flight to Ecuador (study abroad program), Ms. Susan Jones offered her help. In order to be able to do it, she had to take one-day course of Defensive Driving and she did it! Then, she had to give another day to drive 7 students to the airport just because of her will to help. Thank you so much, Ms. Jones!! 

Billy Barker, Plant Operations

Friendly, caring service to repair air conditioning and restore pleasant atmosphere in Admissions Office.

Curt Oliva, Plant Operations

Friendly, caring service to repair air conditioning and restore pleasant atmosphere in Admissions Office.

Matthew Mullis, Plant Operations

Friendly, caring service to repair air conditioning and restore pleasant atmosphere in Admissions Office.

Vincent King-Spezzo, eLearning

I was having unusual difficulty posting to BlazeView. I could not figure out what was causing the problem. After unsuccessfully trying to get help from classmates, professors, and the D2L help number, I called the IT Help desk. They directed me to eLearning. I left a message and my call was promptly returned by Vincent Spezzo. He was patient, caring, and really took the time to figure out how to fix the problems I was having. He was able to correct three issues with my computer. I have not had any more problems. His help has relieved some of the stress of this semester!

Dr. Deborah Paine, Middle Grades, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education

Dr. Paine is one of the best professors I have had during my time at VSU. I am in my last semester of graduate school and have tremendous responsibilities in my personal life. Her positive attitude, compassion, and encouraging words have helped rejuvenate me and restore my confidence. She stayed after class, into the early evening trying to help me conceptualize and organize my most daunting assignment of the semester. She has truly modeled for me some of the most essential attributes of outstanding teachers, the attributes that set teachers apart from all the rest. As a new teacher, this may be one of the most pivotal lessons I have learned during my teacher education program. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to learn from her; I will be a better teacher as a result!

Kindard Thomas, Technical Support Services

My computer was having a PDF extensions file error. I called the help desk twice and they remoted in however the same problem occurred. Mr. Thomas took the time to research the problem and had the work order completed in 15 minutes. Thank you!

Dr. Karen Acosta, Modern and Classical Languages

I'm taking an online Spanish course this summer. I really needed help in this difficult section, and how things worked out was that my professor (Karen Acosta) needed to help me on July 4th weekend if she was going to help me before a test that included this difficult section and she did! She sat with me for an hour at Atlanta Bread Company to explain it, and was very patient. I very much appreciate her going the extra mile to help me, even on the weekend!

Dr. Roy Krishnendu, Math

Dr. Krishnendu provided excellent service in providing details, instructions & a wonderful learning experience in his camp called "The Computing Adventures @ VSU," the 2014 Camp for children in Elementary & Middle Schools. There are two camps. The first camp is for 6th through 8th grade students which took place in June. He was hands on with all the children the week of June 23 thru June 27th; he even greeted parents & children every morning upon arriving at the drop off location at Nevins Hall. My 7th grade granddaughter loved his camp and said it was the best camp ever! Dr. Roy showed his love & dedication of his field by teaching these young people to create Android Apps & Build Robots. They were teamed in pairs and each pair gave a video recorded demonstration of their Android App design & a live demonstration of their Robots the last day of camp. I know it took a lot of planning and I'm sure a lot of personal time for him and his staff to develop this wonderful camp! The 2nd camp is the week of July 21 -25th and my 4th grade grandson can hardly wait to attend! Over and beyond my expectations. Kudos to Dr. Roy Krishnendu!

Shana Yorkey, Financial Services

On the final day of the fiscal year, Ms. Yorkey spent over an hour straightening out our travel money. She was smart, pleasant, thorough and it was the worst possible day of the year for that department. It was a totally positive experience.

Amanda King-Spezzo, eLearning

Amanda created a test student for me to use in my Live Classroom sessions for my ENGL 8300 online course. Until that point, I was unable to see what my students saw, which made class always interesting. I know this particular task was thrust upon her when she was already swamped. Yet she took the time to complete it almost immediately after I made the request.

Sheila Hall, Information Technology 

Sheila Hall is an exceptional VOIP Orientation instructor. Initially, I was afraid that I’d get confused by the fact that I’d be learning about the use and functionality of 2 different phone models, one which I would probably never use, but Ms. Hall’s strong command of the subject matter and engaging teaching style made the class extremely productive and enjoyable. Very well done Sheila!

Thressea Boyd, Communications

Thressea has provided IT exceptional service over the years. She went above and beyond this month in helping IT promote articles and assist in our mobile app communication plans to the campus.

Ann Elizabeth Olphie, OSPRA

Elizabeth is amazing and did an incredible amount of work to assist us submitting the First in the World grant. She worked throughout the weekend to ensure we met the deadline. Her support was outstanding and VSU is very fortunate to have her. I look forward to working with her on future opportunities. 

Carol Willis, OSPRA

Carol did a great job helping us submit the First in the World Grant. OSPRA has a great team and I look forward to working with them. I appreciate Carol's help and assistance with completing the many documents in just a few days.

Dr. Andreas Lazari, Mathematics

Dr. Lazari took time out of his personal life to hold a study session for Stats. I greatly appreciated that. He is a great instructor, and is passionate about his work and about teaching. He also took time to know us by name and to learn something personal about is. He is genuinely concerned about his students and does all he can to help us succeed. Thanks!

Marie Hart, Financial Aid

Mrs. Hart was very knowledgeable of how everything worked and was very helpful in determining a financial aid plan for me. Also, her knowledge helped to expedite our meetings to fulfillment. She is also a very kind woman, who is genuinely interested in my financial well-being in regards to taking out loans.

Joseph Mitchell, Media Center

Joseph assisted me with turning some narrated PowerPoints into mp4 files. The presentation files would not work and he kept working, talking to e-Learning and experimenting until he fixed all the glitches and my file worked. They were necessary for my class so thank you.

Na Ding, Information Technology

When I emailed Brian about updating Java to the version preferred by ADP, Na phoned for more details. She then walked me through a method to access most all the ADP features I need to handle my employee's payroll -- in a way that bypasses Java. Perfect! Na is knowledgeable, patient, friendly, and I can almost "hear" her smile through the phone.  She definitely deserves a big High 5!