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USU Holds 21st Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon

Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014

USU Vice President for Business David Cowley

USU Vice President for Business and Finance David Cowely welcomed those being honored at the 21st Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.

Robin Wheelwrite, Stan Albrecht and Lisa Hancock at Employee of the Year awards

USU President Stan Albrecht (center) congratulated the 2014 Employee of the Year recipients Robin Wheelwright (left) and Lisa Hancock (right).

USU professor Lyle McNeal at Employee Recognition luncheon

USU professor Lyle McNeal was among the group of employees marking 35 years of service to Utah State University.

David B. Cowley, Utah State University’s vice president for business and finance, welcomed a large crowd to the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom for the university’s 21st annual Employee Recognition Luncheon March 19, where employees marking career milestone years were honored.

USU President Stan Albrecht spoke to the full ballroom following the luncheon. He thanked those attending for their dedicated service to the university. He recapped the recent legislative session and highlighted the positive outcomes for USU and higher education, including funding for two new buildings — one at the Brigham City campus and one in Price at Utah State University Eastern.

While thanking the employees, he noted that they are what contribute to the unique qualities of the university and its successes, making it what it is.

Those attending the luncheon were honored for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. The names of those honored for 35 and 40 years of service were read. Sixteen individuals were recognized from those groups.

Two top USU employees — one from the exempt category and one from non-exempt — were honored as the 2014 Outstanding Employees.

Robin Wheelwright, a staff assistant in the Department of English, was named the exempt employee of the year.

Her nominators said she “approaches her work with care and scientific precision” and has the “ability to accurately and precisely sort through a myriad of details.” Her efficiency and organizational skills are showcased in several innovations she has created, including online forms to gather information for reviewers on tenure, and for forms for travel and sabbatical replacement courses. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology.

Lisa Hancock, director of student orientation and transition services in the division of Student Services, was named the exempt employee of the year.

She has directed SOAR — Student, Orientation, Advising and Registration — for several years. Additionally, three years ago she took on the additional responsibility of overseeing the University Connections first-year experience course.  Last year she was named director of the newly-created unit for student orientation and transition services. Her nominators said that she is a “tremendous asset to USU. She has incredible work ethic and is able to produce outstanding results.”

The luncheon and award ceremony were coordinated by USU’s office of Human Resources. Executive Director BrandE Faupell joined Vice President Cowley and President Albrecht in congratulating and thanking those being honored. 

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