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K-State Today

April 26, 2011



K-State Classified Award of Excellence Winners

By Jennifer Gehrt

Three classified staff members are receiving the 2011 Classified Award of Excellence for their outstanding achievement and performance, their ability to inspire excellence in others, and their initiative and creativity.

The three individuals showcase the daily activities of K-State’s classified staff who regularly provide critical service in support of the mission of Kansas State University: teaching, research and service.  The awards will be presented at the annual Classified Employee Recognition Ceremony, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the K-State Student Union's Main Ballroom.

The honors include:

•  Caron Berges, senior administrative specialist in the office of research and sponsored programs, provided support for and was a critical element in the success of the Research Infrastructure Task Force, which was a first step in the K-State 2025 Visionary Plan. She embraces change and has risen to challenges by providing new ideas for continued improvement. 

• Kealan Schroeder, agricultural technician in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, has shown a great deal of initiative in redefining the efficiency of work carried out in her area of the hospital. Faculty, staff and students all recognize her talent and commitment to helping them accomplish their own goals at K-State, whether it be great patient care or a great educational experience. 

• Dawn McCune Wall, technology coordinator/technology support consultant I at career and employment services, has led a total revamp of the career and employment services website, transitioned staff to a new career services management system, developed multimedia career resources and created a new electronic process for the distribution of postgraduation statistics to the campus community, thus eliminating endless reams of paper and hundreds of personnel hours.