Staff Council awards two Northwestern staff members Campus Kudos for 2016-17

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Staff Council awards two Northwestern staff members Campus Kudos for 2016-17

April 20, 2017

Becca Cook, international student adviser, and Shawn Smith, Maintenance HVAC Technician, were selected as the recipients for Northwestern Oklahoma State University Staff Council’s 2016-17 Campus Kudos Award.

“We received 11 nominations including several from the Enid campus,” Judy Dollar, chair of Staff Council and payroll accountant for human resources, said. “The outcome was very close. I feel the two recipients are well-deserving of this honor.”

Three nominations for Cook emphasized her “huge heart” for international student success and goes “above and beyond to make them feel welcome, accommodate their needs” to help them successfully complete their degrees. Nominations also cite Cook’s “genuine ‘Ranger Spirit’” and has a positive impact on not only her students but the Northwestern faculty and staff around her.

Smith’s nomination applauded his “kind attitude” and great work ethic to keep up with and assist the Northwestern-Alva campus heating and air-conditioning as well as other services. His hard work does not go unnoticed and others feel “extremely confident in the work being done” when Smith is on the job.

Campus Kudos is a public acknowledgment created by the Northwestern Staff Council that applauds the efforts of eligible staff members who have displayed an act of kindness above their job responsibilities.

Other nominees for 2016-17 Campus Kudos were: Chauncey Durham, ITV assistant coordinator at Northwestern-Enid; Debbie Skinner, administrative assistant to Vice President for Academic Affairs; Justin Tidwell, systems analyst for information technology; Darcie Obermeier, maintenance; Michael Zarrella, systems analyst for information technology in Enid; Candace Reim, Student Services coordinator in Enid; Ben Eastes, admissions counselor and recruiter for Office of Recruitment; Jeffrey Lee, maintenance; and Jenny Kirkhart-Redinger, office manager for the Office of Recruitment.

Nominees for Staff Campus Kudos are made by Northwestern employees including administration, faculty and staff. The nominees are presented to the Staff Council Committee for a final vote. There is no limit to how many times an employee can be nominated.

For more information on Staff Council visit www.nwosu.edu/staff-council.

CONTACT FOR RELEASE
Ali Gavitt, University Relations Specialist
apgavitt@nwosu.edu, 580-327-8480

Shawn Smith, Becca Cook, Judy Dollar

Shawn Smith (left) and Becca Cook (center) were awarded Campus Kudos, for the 2016-17 year by Judy Dollar (right), for their hard work and dedication. Campus Kudos is a public acknowledgment created by the Northwestern Staff Council that applauds the efforts of eligible staff members who have displayed an act of kindness above their job responsibilities.


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