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Make A Difference annual award candidates announced

May 11, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Nineteen staff members at Western Michigan University are in the running for 2005-06 Make A Difference annual awards, which carry a $1,000 prize.

The candidates, all recipients of this year's fall and spring semiannual awards through the WMU Make A Difference program, are now eligible to be considered for one of this staff recognition program's four annual awards.

This prestigious annual award is reserved for the most outstanding employees--those who reach far beyond their assigned responsibilities to give generously and creatively of their time and talents, making the university an even finer place to work and study.

The 2005-06 candidates are: (fall semiannual awardees) Betty Dennis, University Curriculum; Kevin Hinds, public safety; Pamela McCartney, chemistry; Judy Northey, University Dining Services; Kelley Oliver, Haworth College of Business; Victoria Rose, public safety; Deborah Stanfield, marketing; Michael Walden, physical plant-power plant; and Judy Walters, University ombuds; and (spring semiannual awardees) Donna Kim Ballard, Writing Center; Barbara Caras-Tomczak, Haworth College of Business; Brenda Case-Parris, Career and Student Employment Services; Dori LaChance, registrar's office; Natalia Chris Obreiter; military science; Gail Orta, marketing; Donald Paff, landscape services; Jane Perk, WMU Bookstore; Camela Vossen, environmental safety and emergency management; and Daren Webb, Sindecuse Health Center.

The "final four" will be announced in June by a committee that includes representatives from each of WMU's employee groups. Committee members will review any new information submitted for the 19 candidates, as well as their previously submitted semiannual nomination materials.

University colleagues and others who wish to provide additional supporting information may do so through May 31. This information should include specific examples of how the candidate has demonstrated dedication to outstanding service.

The four winners will be announced in June. Submissions of additional supporting information for candidates should be made by May 31 and include specific examples of the candidates' dedication to outstanding service. Supporting information should be sent to Christen Crowley via mail to human resources, e-mail to Make-A-Difference@wmich.edu or fax to (269) 387-3441.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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