Fourteen staffers to be honored for outstanding service

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Fourteen Western Michigan University staff members will be honored as outstanding employees during a reception at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in 157 Bernhard Center.

The University community is invited to attend the event, which recognizes the spring 2016 recipients of WMU's Semiannual Make a Difference Award. Only members of the nonfaculty workforce of more than 1,800 people are eligible to receive the accolade.

Award recipients

  • Katherine Bates, Student Activities and Leadership Programs.
  • Andrea Bau, College of Education and Human Development.
  • Lauren Carney, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Earl Conner, Department of Facilities Management-building custodial and support services.
  • Judy Custer, Haworth College of Business.
  • Adam Limban, Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships-Bronco Express services.
  • Nicole Lockwood-Womack, Office of Teacher and Administrator Certification.
  • Buffy Nespodzany, Career and Student Employment Services.
  • Kenneth Schaefer, Office of Admissions.
  • Darcey Stevens, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Kim Tembreull, Department of Psychology.
  • Stacy Thinnes, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Cindy Town, Office of Institutional Equity.
  • Travis Wendt, Office of Information Technology.

About the award program

The Make a Difference Award Program is a campuswide peer-to-peer initiative that recognizes University staff members for their outstanding accomplishments and daily investment of energy and creativity.

Up to 15 staffers may be selected in each of two semiannual award periods. Semiannual winners receive a before-tax prize of $300. They are selected by a committee comprised of their peers.

Recipients of each year's fall and spring semiannual award are eligible to receive one of four annual Make a Difference Awards that carry a before-tax prize of $1,200.

For more information or for a year-round nomination form, visit