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Twelve get semiannual staff awards

Dec. 8, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A dozen staff members have received Western Michigan University's fall semiannual Make a Difference Award for 2008-09, along with $250 and a commemorative certificate.

The recipients were honored at an awards reception Dec. 2 in the Bernhard Center's President's Dining Room.

Fall 2008 Make a Difference Award recipients

  • John "J.B." Barney, electrician in physical plant-maintenance services
  • Regina Buckner, director of operational services in University Libraries
  • Cindy Clegg, coordinator of insurance services in the Sindecuse Health Center
  • Lisa Hotchkiss, office supervisor in the Office of Residence Life
  • Jessica Hutchinson, payroll clerk
  • Stephan Keto, grounds supervisor in physical plant-landscape services
  • Judith Medendorp, office assistant in the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies
  • Frances Morrow, director of medical social work in the Sindecuse Health Center
  • Natalia "Cris" Obreiter, office associate in the Department of Military Science
  • Mary Ramlow, coordinator for the Evaluation Center
  • Vicki Thompson, office assistant in the Office of Admissions
  • Kathryn Wright, senior administrative assistant in the Department of Geosciences

WMU's Make a Difference awards program is a campuswide, peer-to-peer program that recognizes University staff members for their outstanding accomplishments and daily investment of energy and creativity.

Recipients are selected by a committee of their peers from the participating employee groups of Administrative Professional Association; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Michigan State Employees Association; Police Officers Association; and Professional Support Staff Organization.

Up to 15 staff members may be selected in each of two semiannual award periods. Semiannual winners are eligible for one of four annual awards, which carry a $1,000 prize.

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

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