1st Quarter - Kelly Elwood
Kelly has worked for Facilities for six years. He quickly moved into a supervisor position working in the HPER cluster and is currently a Facilities Maintenance Coordinator.
Before coming to USU, Kelly worked as a self-employed painter for several years. He also worked for Moore Business Forms operating a collator for 18 years. He also worked at Transport Diesel as a parts manager and clerical assistant.
Kelly was born and raised in Lewiston UT on a dairy farm where he acquired a strong work ethic which has benefited him and his crew. He has spent his entire life in Cache Valley and he loves the valley and its people.
Kelly enjoys spending time with his son Nicholas and his daughter in law Cassie. They love to spend time cooking out, camping, target shooting, hunting, golfing, 4-wheeling, and skiing.
Kelly has a great relationship with his work crew and would like to express his thanks to all those he has worked with, both past and present. Kelly and his team work well together and always enjoy a good joke or laugh. Kelly’s philosophy is that a happy team gets the work done, does it well, and goes home happy.
Congratulations Kelly, you are very deserving of this award. Thanks for all you do for our campus community!
2nd Quarter - Monica Ingold
Monica was raised in Logan but has lived in Arizona, California, and Texas, always finding her way back to the valley where she calls home. She has been working for the department of History at Utah State University since September 1996. During the 2010/2011 academic year she served as the Chair of the Staff Advisory Committee for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has a small home business making and selling soap. She is on the Board of Trustees for Warriors Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization helping U. S. Veterans and their families.
Monica enjoys yard work, belongs to the Old Ephraim Mountain Man Club, loves attending rendezvous, competes in black powder shoots, enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with her granddaughters. She also dabbles with many crafts, spinning wool, jewelry making, sewing, knitting, and crocheting among others. When she sees a new craft, she has to give it a try, always wanting to learn something new.
3rd Quarter - Wendy Pearce
Wendy A. Pearce has worked at USU for 14 ½ years as a Telecom Support Specialist with USU Information Technology. Prior to working at USU she worked for Cache Title Company. She is also a wife, mother of seven and grandmother of 16 grandchildren.
Her job entails telephone customer service, work order and trouble ticket scheduling, cable record maintenance and other responsibilities. The best part of her job is talking to friends all day. She feels like many of the people who she gets to work with are friends or potential friends and that makes her job fun. She finds it rewarding to help solve some of the problems that arise and help make telephone and data changes happen for her customers.
She would like to thank her fellow employees in IT. She sees them as bright, creative, helpful people who work together and support her with patience and humor. And she loves the USU campus. The students bring young zeal and enthusiasm with each coming year. She is inspired by the beautifully manicured campus landscaping and the majestic mountains at her back door, which are both beautiful every season of the year. She is thankful to have such a great job and happy to do everything she can to help others.
4th Quarter - Ha Chau
Ha Chau is the assistant director of assessment at The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, a department within the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. She is currently working on a master’s degree in instructional technology and learning sciences. She received a Bachelor of Science in human resources and an associate's degree in office systems support from Utah State University.
Ha believes in integrity, honesty, and hard work. She believes in testing her ideas to see if they work; and if they don’t, she makes adjustments and tries again. In this way, she is committed to continuous improvement and is always seeking to improve.
Ha was born in Vietnam but enjoys living in Logan, Utah, where she has resided for the past several years. She is married and has two boys.
Ha keeps extremely busy as she juggles work, school, and being a mom.