Superlative Staff: 2019 Year-End Celebration

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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    On December 12th outside of the Meinel building, the final staff recognition awards were presented after a fantastic meal during the OSC Holiday Party. Awards presented included the 4th Quarter Peer-to-Peer and the Employee of the Year.

    4th Quarter Peer-to-Peer

    Nominated by Laura Ross, the 4th Quarter Peer-to-Peer award was presented to Kristin Stone, administrative associate for the College. Kristin received a plaque and $250, issued through payroll. 

    Laura says of Kristin:

    Graeme presented with the 4th Quarter Peer-to-Peer award by Luz Palomarez and Lucy Sandoval.
    Kristin always has a great attitude when helping people and she is always so nice to everyone who comes in our office. Kristin has trained many of the other administrative staff and she is always willing to jump in and help any time someone needs her. She always acts in a courteous and professional manner and I feel like she is a wonderful asset to our college.

    Employee of the Year

    All staff that have been previously recognized through a SPOT or Peer-to-Peer award are eligible for Staff Employee of the Year and Honorable Mention. To determine the awards, the committee has the difficult job of evaluating the content of all nominations, factoring in the number of Peer-to-Peer and SPOT awards received throughout the year, as well as the impact of the employees' daily performance.  

    Employee of the Year 2019 

    The Employee of the Year for 2019 award went to Mark Rodriguez, Academic Programs Finance and Operation Manager for the college. Mark was also the recipient of the 1st Quarter Peer-to-Peer award. Tom Koch, the dean for the College of Optical Sciences, presented Mark with a beautiful glass award during the Holiday and Staff Appreciation party. He also received $1,000 for his commitment and dedication to the College of Optical Sciences.

    Congratulations from all of us, Mark! 

    Honorable Mention

    Additionally, at the Holiday and Staff Appreciation Party, the Employee of the Year 2019 Honorable Mention was presented to Linda Schadler by Tom Koch. Linda had previously been a recipient of the 3rd Quarter Peer-to-Peer award, and received a glass award as well as $500.

    A very big thanks and congratulations to all of the 2019 Staff Recognition winners for their commitment to ensuring that the College of Optical Sciences remains at the forefront of optics education. We look forward to highlighting and recognizing 2020's incredible OSC staff.

    For more information on the program, see the official Staff Recognition Program on our Staff page, under the Human Resources section.