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K-State Today

April 6, 2016



2016 University Support Staff Award of Excellence winners

By Division of Human Capital Services

The K-State University Support Staff Award of Excellence recognizes exemplary performance and contributions of university support staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of K-State.

Kansas State University is recognizing three university support staff professionals for their job performance with the university's 2016 University Support Staff Award of Excellence.

Recipients are Teresa Williams, senior administrative assistant in 4-H youth development, in the Office and Clerical category; Josh Ricker, general maintenance and repair tech senior in the Division of Facilities, in the Service and Maintenance/Skilled Crafts category; and Aimee Hawkes, accountant 2 in Kansas Forest Service, in the Technical and Professional category.

Williams has served the department of 4-H Youth Development for five years and is a tremendous asset to the operations of the department and across the state. Williams is constantly thinking of ways in which she can support the Extension staff in the local Extension offices and the office professionals so that they can understand and accurately report for the 4-H program. She was nominated by Barbara Stone, professor/department head in 4-H.

Ricker has developed methods of conducting maintenance work that saves facilities and the university money. With every task he completes, he has a refined method to cut down on time, money and labor required. Ricker consistently delivers superior service with a side of professionalism. He was nominated by Galen Hageman, physical plant supervisor senior in facilities.

Hawkes is the pinnacle of managing change in the office, and giving every individual employee/account/customer/situation the attention it deserves, keeping a close eye to detail all the while ensuring the satisfaction of those involved. She has never missed an employee's birthday, and never forgets to get a birthday card and have it signed by everyone at the office. Hawkes maintains an open and friendly attitude, is always willing to listen to problems and questions and try her hardest to give answers and direction. Her attention to detail and thoughtfulness with regard to others inspires everyone to be more attentive to each other in the office. Hawkes never has a bad word to say, and offers everyone the same respect. She was nominated by Kylie Rethman, administrative specialist in the Kansas Forest Service.

Please join the Division of Human Capital Services in congratulating our 2016 award recipients. All award winners receive $1,000 for their contributions to the K-State community.

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