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Employee Recognition Luncheon, Awards Ceremony Held at USU

Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

USU President Stan Albrecht with Employee of the Year recipients

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht with Outstanding Employee of the Year recipients Kathy Allen (left) and Jennifer Putnam (right).

Faculty member Farrell Edwards and Ann Edwards

William Farrell Edwards was joined by his wife, Ann, for the luncheon. Edwards was honored for his 50 years of service at Utah State University.

Utah State University’s 17th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon was held Wednesday, March 31, and 308 employees were honored for their service to the university.
Employees were honored for their service, beginning at the 10-year mark, continuing at five year increments through the remarkable 50-year anniversary. Two employees marked 40 years of service, seven for 35 years and 22 employees marked a 30-year service anniversary.
Marking 50 years of service at the university were Doran Baker, professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, and William Farrell Edwards, professor in the Physics Department.
Two employees were honored as Outstanding Employees of the Year.
Kathy Allen, staff assistant III in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, was honored in the Non-Exempt (Classified) category. Allen joined the LAEP department in 2005.
“Kathy is regarded as a colleague on our team, a vital element in assuring the services and functionality of department operations,” her nomination letter reads. “InSites, LAEP’s alumni magazine, is the envy of programs across campus and the United States; Kathy single-handedly drove that outstanding full-color publication, its production and distribution, taking it from a black-and-white newsletter to a polished advocacy tool.
“Kathy takes her job seriously and is always learning new things and searching for ways to improve herself,” the nomination continued. “Kathy’s true value to the department is not quantifiable. It lies, rather, with the personal connection she makes with each and every potential student and parent who contacts the department for admission. Kathy’s work ethics are admirable. She is thoughtful, passionate and thorough. Her presence in our front office is a quiet reassurance that everything will be just fine. She demonstrates creativity and professionalism at the highest level.”
Jennifer Putnam, director of Admissions, was honored in the Exempt Employee category. 
“Jenn’s excitement has been empowering students and staff alike since she first started as a student worker in the office in 1998,” her nomination read. “She loves her job and she loves people.
“Under her leadership, record numbers of students are applying to USU, creating a momentum which will positively impact enrollments for years to come.
“Jenn is so ‘Aggie’ she bleeds blue. She is cheerful, compassionate and hard working. She is a devoted leader who exemplifies USU’s mission and vision through her actions. During the past three and a half years, Jenn has revamped how we recruit students. We have experienced a steady increase in enrollment, with fall 2009 enrollment at an all-time high. It would not have been possible without Jenn’s incredible insight, vision and leadership.”
The luncheon and recognition ceremony were coordinated by USU’s Office of Human Resources.
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