CLA Recipients - Outstanding Staff (VCAA)
2021 Spring - Cindy Christian (Alworth Institute for International Studies)
Cindy Christian is director of the Allworth Institute. In that capacity, she works with students to provide internships and employment opportunities. She also introduces faculty research to the community through her brown bag seminars. Her programming for the Institute is always thoughtful, diverse and transnational. She is actively engaged in campus life, participating in organizations designed to bring attention to issues of social injustice. She is always advocating for all our students, college staff, and women regardless of their positions; and juggles the roles of director and faculty well.
2020 Fall - Rae Ann Johnson (Art & Design Dept)
Rae Ann's work in the Art and Design department has streamlined department processes, eliminating duplicative and unnecessary paperwork, and created more user-friendly forms and procedures. The time she has saved both faculty and staff has enabled us to focus more fully on our service to our students. She is unfailingly helpful to department personnel and students and her welcoming demeanor is a bright spot in an otherwise often difficult time.
2020 Spring - Tami Lawlor (American Indian Studies Dept)
Tami has provided excellent service to American Indian Studies (AIS) for many years. She balances a wide array of duties between our graduate and undergraduate programs. Tami takes on duties to assist with the Minnesota Tribal and State Relations Training in addition to her regular work without complaint because she knows how valuable the program is and wants to contribute to its success, which reflects on AIS as well as CLA and UMD.
2019 Fall - John Boucha (CLA Technology Program)
John has contributed an unequivocal amount of dedication to his job and the CLA department. With his efficient work ethic and his tendency to go above and beyond, he is an excellent example of a colleague who continuously serves his CLA community. With his countless skills in technology and IT support, he often dedicates time to helping others and cheerfully spreads his wisdom throughout. From simple technological work to preparing for special events, he carries out each task with precision and perfection. He expresses nothing but patience and is an exemplary example of an employee who embraces efficiency, yet finds the time to go above and beyond in everything that he does. His fun, generous, and comical side always shows and he continually impresses those around him.
2019 Spring - Debbie Rose (Anth, Soc, Crim Dept)
Debbie is highly efficient in organization, communication, and an adept planner in the department. She has also regularly contributed to the college through formal service (such as her indispensable work on the CLA Technology Committee) as well as informal networking and mentorship. She is uniquely meticulous in her commitment to UMD and completing tasks on time.
2018 Spring - Bridget Park (Geog & Phil Dept)
Bridget is always positive in her approach, comments, and demeanor. She responds to every question or request quickly, no matter how big or how small. If she doesn't know the answer, she finds it. She is very good with finances, and keeps faculty apprised with their own budgets. She treats everyone fairly and equally, be they students, term faculty or professors.
2017 Fall - Pam Spencer (CLA Advising & Academic Services)
Pam continues to go above and beyond each day in the CLA Advising office. She leads by example and is a great supervisor who continues to advocate for her team. She's always trying to find ways to improve Advising services and is constantly looking at things through the eyes of a student to make sure there's clarity. She spends countless hours reviewing programs and courses for accuracy, making sure they will report correctly in APAS, ECAS and PCAS systems and that the wording makes sense for students. Pam's work isn't just for the benefit of CLA students and staff, she has the whole UMD community & prospective students in mind.
Outstanding Staff Award - VCAA
The Staff Council (Senate) Outstanding Service Awards Task Force allocated $2,000 to VCAA with instructions to annually award 8 staff members $250 each in recognition of outstanding performance or service to the campus.
More detail information is found here: Guidelines for Nomination-VCAA
Outstanding Staff or Team Award - HR
1. The Outstanding Staff (Individual) Award amount will be $2,500 for an individual employee award.
2. The Outstanding Team members will receive $1,250 each if the team has up to five members. A team of six or more members would divide $6,250 among all members equally.
For more information: Guidelines for Nomination-HR