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Staff award winners announced

Dec. 12, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Six Western Michigan University staff members received semiannual Make a Difference awards during a late November reception.

Each of the award winners was presented with $250 and a commemorative certificate in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the University.

The six employees selected to receive fall Make a Difference awards for the 2007-08 academic year are: Laurie Foster, scheduling coordinator in the Registrar's Office; Michelle Hruska, office coordinator in the Department of English; Allan Kern, accelerator engineer in the Department of Physics; Patrick Lem, a carpenter in maintenance services; Melinda Lockett, an academic advisor in the College of Health and Human Services; and Surangi Pradhan, employer services coordinator in Career and Student Employment Services.

The WMU Make A Difference awards program is a campuswide peer-to-peer program that recognizes University staff members for their outstanding accomplishments and daily investment of energy and creativity.

Every academic year, up to 15 staff members may be selected to receive awards during each of two semiannual award periods--fall and spring. These semiannual award recipients are eligible to win one of four annual Make a Difference awards, which carry a $1,000 prize.

All award selections are made by a committee of staff members who represent the WMU employee groups that are participating in the recognition program: the Administrative Professional Association; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Michigan State Employees Association; Police Officers Association; and Professional Support Staff Organization.

Visit www.wmich.edu/makeadifference for more information about the awards program.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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