Superlative Staff: March 2017

    Date Posted: 
    Thursday, March 16, 2017

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    Congratulations to Melissa Sarmiento Ayala and Jennifer Garcia, our March 2017 Staff Recognition award winners! Melissa was awarded the Spot Recognition for February while Jennifer was named the Peer-to-Peer 1st Quarter winner. Melissa received a $50 gift card, Jennifer a $250 award, and both were presented with plaques that highlighted their awards.

    Melissa was nominated by Associate Dean for Academic Programs, John Koshel, who says:

    Melissa Ayala Receives the February 2017 SPOT Award from John KoshelI work with Melissa on a daily basis so I greatly appreciate her dedication and passion that she puts into her work; however, she works with so many other units on campus such that I am always amazed at what she does. I received an email from Martin Marquez II, program manager in the Office of Academic Affairs, stating:

    "I am writing this email to recognize Melissa. I have the task of reviewing advisement reports from all departments on campus and making suggestions for improvements. When I began reviewing the Optical Sciences advisement report, I came to a very clear conclusion: someone had beaten me to the punch. It was obvious from my review of the advisement report that someone had taken the time to restructure the report in a way that was clear for all stakeholders. I do believe that Melissa is clearly knowledgeable regarding the Optical Sciences curriculum and how to best use tools, like the advisement report, to convey the requirements to her students."

    John continued:

    [Melissa] carries this mindset into all of her efforts - from undergrad advising to reporting to outreach logistics and administration. The fact that she is willing and able to put this level of high effort into her work has become expected from her, but I am continuously impressed with this commitment to our program and her responsibilities.

    Jennifer was nominated by the Winter School Workshop organizers consisting of Professors Poul Jessen, R. Jason Jones, Dae Wook Kim, Masud Mansuripur and Judith Su. In a letter they wrote to John Koshel and Dean Thomas L. Koch, they state: 

    Jennifer Garcia Receives the 1st Quarter Peer-to-Peer recognition from John Koshel, on behalf of the Winter School Workshop Committee[Jennifer] was in charge of all logistics, including flights, ground transportation, lodging, meals and excursions. We have heard only compliments from the participants and attendees about how well everything was set up and run. Jennifer was on the frontline, always calm and unflappable, always able to help, and always responding with a smile. She invariably thought of (and anticipated) practical issues before we did, allowing us to concentrate on student and faculty participants. She was the main point of contact for participants before and after the event, and did an excellent job of helping 50+ undergraduates—many of whom were inexperienced travelers—feel welcome and confident about the entire event. 

    A very big congratulations to both of you from all of us at OSC! 

    If you would like to nominate someone, please see the official Staff Recognition Program page on the OSC website, which includes an easy-to-use online nomination form.