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Who are the top staffers of 2009?

April 23, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Twenty-three Western Michigan University staff members are in the running for 2009 Make a Difference annual awards, which carry a $1,000 prize.

The candidates are recipients of 2008-09 fall and spring semiannual awards through the WMU Make a Difference program. As such, they are now eligible to be considered for one of the four annual awards bestowed by this peer-to-peer staff recognition program.

Members of the WMU community have until Sunday, May 31, to help decide who will be this year's "final four." A selection committee that includes members from each of the bargaining and nonbargaining groups that represent WMU staffers will announce the four annual award recipients in June.

In making its selection, the committee will review any new information submitted for the 23 candidates, as well as their previously submitted semiannual nomination materials. Those wishing to submit new information should include specific examples of how their candidates have demonstrated dedication to outstanding service.

2009 Make a Difference annual awards

  • William Arbogast, Sindecuse Health Center
  • John "J.B." Barney, Physical Plant-Maintenance Services
  • Regina Buckner, University Libraries
  • Douglas Carney, Student Affairs Business Operations
  • Cindy Clegg, Sindecuse Health Center
  • Linda Comrie, Graduate College
  • Marilyn Duke, Center for Academic Support Programs
  • Cheri Edgar, Department of Business Information Systems
  • Deveta Gardner, Career and Student Employment Services
  • Deborah Goostrey, College of Health and Human Services
  • Lisa Hotchkiss, Office of Residence Life
  • Jessica Hutchinson, Student Academic and Institutional Research
  • Stephan Keto, Physical Plant-Landscape Services
  • Judith Medendorp, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies
  • Frances Morrow, Sindecuse Health Center
  • Natalia "Cris" Obreiter, Department of Military Science
  • Wayne Pushie, Physical Plant-Maintenance Services
  • Mary Ramlow, Evaluation Center
  • Penelope Schellenberg, University Ombuds Office
  • Kristi Schutter, Office of University Budgets and Financial Planning
  • Vicki Thompson, Office of Admissions
  • Kevin Wesel, College of Fine Arts
  • Kathryn Wright, Department of Geosciences

The prestigious annual Make a Difference award is reserved for exceptional employees--those who reach far beyond their assigned responsibilities to give generously and creatively of their time and talents, making the University an even finer place to work and study.


Submissions of additional information in support of individuals eligible for the annual award may be sent to the Make a Difference Selection Committee by e-mail to make-a-difference@wmich.edu, online at wmich.edu/makeadifference, fax to (269) 387-3441, or campus mail in care of Human Resources at Mail Stop 5217.

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

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