Employee of the Month

In 2010, IUPUC began a tradition of recognizing one outstanding employee each month to show appreciation for his or her dedication and effectiveness. 

  • Employees are nominated by their supervisors and other staff members.
  • The vice chancellor and dean seeks consensus from division and department heads for each nomination. 
  • If more than one nominee has support by that group for the same month, the vice chancellor determines the sequencing of the nominees for a three-month period.

For information about staff recognitions and awards, contact the Office of Personnel Administration.


Mark Volpatti said about Kristy Green:

"Although Kristy is new to the department, her experiences with the campus have been invaluable. She has heightened our attention to customer service that our offices provide to students, faculty, and staff. She has been willing to look at current processes and procedures and has suggested improvements that have been implemented. In addition, she did not hesitate to volunteer for a campus committee and has taken a leadership role within that committee. We are very lucky to have Kristy as part of our team and the IUPUC campus."


Debbie Winikates said about Denise Johnson:

"Denise Johnson sees the potential in every student. She champions programs that she feels will increase the chances for student success and student self-actualization. Her work this past year on the Bridge Program to support in-coming freshmen through summer “camp” activities is one of the many ways in which she supports IUPUC students. Denise contributes greatly to a caring IUPUC campus culture; this recognition is one way to show her that we appreciate her constancy and caring."


Susie Blizard said about Geneva Foster:

"Geneva is an outstanding and dedicated employee who goes out of the way to work beyond her job description. Recently, she stepped up to devote extra hours each week to assist in the start up of the Passport Program. She has been instrumental to bridge our connection with Ivy Tech to facilitate this most important transfer process. Additionally, her on-going participation and involvement with IUPUC Staff Council exemplifies her commitment to the IUPUC community. Employees such as Geneva are invaluable and play a major part in the success of IUPUC, and I’m happy that her hard work and dedication is recognized."


Denny Wilhelm said about Mary Murray:

"Mary was chosen because she constantly goes over and above her normal duties to give our students, faculty, and staff the kind of service that she feels will make them feel welcome and comfortable in their surroundings. Mary has also been the backbone for scheduling setups campus wide and making certain that every detail—no matter how small—is accomplished. Mary exemplifies the saying, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Mary has earned this honor many times over! Thank you, Mary, for a job well done!"


John Greenwell said about Paige Harden:

"Paige was born and raised in Columbus, earned a journalism degree from IU Bloomington, and returned here after graduation—not just to start her career, but to continue her involvement in the community. Since joining IUPUC as communications specialist during the fall semester of 2008, she has improved the visibility of the university both professionally and personally. In addition to delivering thousands of IUPUC messages to tens-of-thousands of people on and off campus, she has been involved in numerous events and projects, assists students in the production of the campus newspaper, and was recently elected president of Staff Council. And in addition to being an award-winning writer, Paige serves as a Leadership Bartholomew County board member, is a member of the Columbus Young Professionals, and was named one of CYP’s “20 Under 40” in 2009. In short, training and experience make Paige well-qualified to communicate the positive impact of our university; however, talent and engagement have ensured her own contributions to IUPUC’s success."


Georgia Miller said about Karla Hass:

"Karla Hass is dedicated, patient, skilled, creative about her work, and conscientious. This award must recognize far more than that, however, because she gives to the IUPUC campus far more than usual. She is providing administrative support for three ongoing, overlapping search and screen committees in addition to her regular Division of Business duties. She has been supporting—in calm, productive ways, it's important to note—two heads of the division, during a transition as Dr. Georgia Miller stepped down. And in a pinch, she picks up tasks for Executive Education. All that while serving 11 full time faculty in the division. She dutifully stays late when timely work calls for it. We've all taken note of the occasional Sunday afternoon or evening e-mail from her giving us appropriate instructions for the upcoming week. She is also managing to enhance and expand her skill set by attending the CTL technology workshops."


Deb Harmon said about Jeanette Barker:

"Jeanette Barker has worked in various support staff roles at IUPUC for nearly 20 years. She started part time with the Division of Nursing temporarily in January 2009. Even though she is still considered part-time, she has embraced her work in the Division of Nursing. Jeanette has reorganized all aspects of the division including complex student health records, faculty, student, and program reports for IU School of Nursing, and accreditation reports for IU School of Nursing. She provides excellent customer service to students, guests, faculty and staff. Jeanette is reliable, supportive, flexible, and thorough. She, her work, and her smile are definite key components of the foundation for nursing at IUPUC."


Debbie Winikates said about Jackie Lane:

"Jackie Lane has worked in the Division of Education for over 8 years in either part time or full time capacity and has played an important role in the development of division processes. She is flexible, reliable, creative, supportive, and thorough. Most recently, she worked collaboratively with the other members of the division to create a successful accreditation report and to survive the final accreditation visit. Jackie helps us all keep the momentum of our many division of education projects at a steady pace. She reminds us gently and often that we are here for the students and for the support of their professional journeys."


Denny Wilhelm said about Lymon Gregory:

"Lymon has served the university for 9 years; he has been called to the campus at all hours of the day and night to make repairs so that we could have a safe and working environment. Lymon has gone over and above using his own vehicle to deliver tables and chairs and other items off campus for faculty and staff. Lymon gets up earlier than the angels to come to campus and plow snow so that when we arrive it’s clean and safe to walk and drive. In 9 years I have not heard Lymon ever complain about doing his job no matter how hard it was on him or how many family hours he sacrificed for us. Lymon is a committed dedicated employee. He is the kind of man I am happy to work next to."


Darrin Sorrells said about Delora Antle:

"Delora has been instrumental to me as the new Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) director. She has been extremely helpful to me during this transitional period. Delora served in a critical role during the Vice Chancellor and Dean search and screen process, working closely with each candidate to arrange travel schedules, interview times, etc. She is pleasant and courteous to all she meets. Delora is the epitome of professionalism in the workplace."


Mark Volpatti said about Robbie Shaw:

"Not only did she meet the challenge of learning new functions of the position expeditiously, Robbie did so with a positive attitude and took the initiative to seek answers to questions in innovative ways. She continues to bring to the office a “can do” spirit and is always seeking ways to advocate for the student."


Stacy Zearing said about Brandy Taulbee:

"While the Director of Development and External Affairs position was vacant, Brandy was charged with, accepted, and carried out numerous additional responsibilities—all while balancing her responsibilities to her family and her continuing education. She should be proud of herself because she obviously takes pride in her work, and that sets a wonderful example to those around her."

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