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Employee of the Year 2013

2013 Employee of the Year Pascual "Paz" Flores with SU President
President Dudley-Eshbach & Paz Flores

As announced at the Employee Appreciation Day event, we are pleased to communicate that Pascual “Paz” Flores, Plumbing Specialist in the Physical Plant – Building Trades Department, has been selected as the Employee of the Year for FY 2013! Please join us in congratulating Paz on this impressive award.

Paz began his career with Salisbury University in November of 2002 as the only plumber on campus and was assisted by an apprentice and student workers. Paz is a superb plumber accomplishing his tasks efficiently, expediently, and thoroughly. Recently, he was called in to repair a vandalized indoor fire sprinkler head. Once he completed the initial repair, he “spent additional time researching” and ultimately ensuring the mitigation of a suspected secondary concern, which was determined to be a life safety problem also caused by the vandalized sprinkler. In addition to the aforementioned nomination recognitions, it is worth noting that in the past few months Paz has become, yet again, the only plumber on campus and has assumed the lead responsibility for resolving plumbing issues regardless of whether it is day or night.

In May 2013, Paz was selected by the Employee of the Month Selection committee as the Employee of the Month for going consistently above and beyond the call of duty as noted above, but also for his teamwork. The nomination noted that Paz’s attributes as a team player are consistently on display as he always “welcomes and works with you to accomplish whatever task is at hand,” whether it is plumbing related or any other task that needs to be done. One example of his team work is his willingness to assist with snow removal to ensure safe access for the campus community.

Also included in the EOM nomination form was a note regarding his dedication and support of sustainability. Paz was instrumental in the installation of the water bottle stations around campus. He took the lead on researching options and then, upon approval, implemented sustainable hydration stations in campus buildings. The placement and installation was all well thought-out and organized, which made the implementation much quicker than anticipated. You may have noticed the customized cover plates added around the units to make the installations clean and professional. These were also as a result of Paz’s suggestion. These stations have thus far recorded thousands of 16oz. bottle refills thus reducing campus plastic bottle waste. In addition, it was mentioned that “Paz is extremely active with his family and community, a contagiously nice guy, and if you spend even the smallest amount of time around him, you feel better.”

In a note of support, Kevin Mann, Director of Physical Plant, conveyed that “overall Paz is what you want in an employee. He is professional, dependable, will do what is necessary to complete the task properly and go beyond when necessary, and always has a positive attitude. He deserves to be employee of the year and I am proud to say that he works in Physical Plant.”

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Employees of the Month - FY 2013

July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012
Paul Clements Stacie Siers
Paul Clements Matt Hill Stacie Siers Bob Maddux
Engineering Technician II, Henson School Technical and Events Services Coordinator Coordinator of Regional Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network Multi-Trades Supervisor for Auxiliary Operations
November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013
Mike Boolukos Leigh Ann Taylor 
Maria Tawes Shawntae Ahmad Mike Boolukos Leigh Ann Taylor 
Human Resource Specialist  Food Service Aide in East Coaster’s and Cool Beans  IT Programmer/Analyst  Administrative Assistant II, Admissions Office 
March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013
Charlie Endicott Kathy Pusey Pascual "Paz" Flores Debra Bailey
Charlie Endicott Kathy Pusey Pascual "Paz" Flores Debra Bailey
Associate Director,
Career Services Department
Visual Images Coordinator/PR Specialist, Publications Office Plumbing Specialist in the Physical Plant Physical Plant Program Management Specialist

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June 2013

Debra Bailey
Physical Plant Program Management Specialist

Debra BaileyDebra was nominated by Kevin Mann, Director of Physical Plant, for the Employee of the Month award due to her professionalism, attention to detail and exceptional job knowledge. Her expertise does not just comprise of know-how about her job duties, but also includes departmental and overall institutional knowledge. This overall knowledge is not just utilized in her position but shared, thus supporting the comment that “Debra is the local expert on what all University departments do so that she can assist others”, internal or external, by providing them with the appropriate direction necessary to complete their task. Kevin notes “I routinely receive compliments for her professionalism and attention to detail.” An example provided was the Physical Plant’s office move to the East Campus last year, which was an extremely complicated process. Debra’s constant attention to detail in the planning process and follow-up was instrumental in its success. In closing, Kevin noted that “Debra’s value to Physical Plant operations and the University is hard to put into words” but, life without her can be summarized in one word, “difficult”.

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May 2013

Pascual "Paz" Flores
Plumbing Specialist in the Physical Plant

Pascual "Paz" FloresJim Miller, Assistant Director of Building Trades, submitted a nomination for Paz’s team work and for going consistently above and beyond the call of duty. In the nomination letter, Jim specifically noted Paz’s team player attributes in that he “welcomes and works with you to accomplish whatever task is at hand” regardless of whether it is plumbing related. An example provided was his willingness to assist with all types of tasks including snow removal to ensure safe access for the campus community. Paz is also a superb plumber accomplishing his tasks efficiently, expediently, and as thoroughly as possible. Recently, he was called in to repair a vandalized indoor fire sprinkler head. Once he completed the initial repair, he “spent additional time researching” and ultimately ensuring the mitigation of a suspected secondary concern, which was determined to be a life safety problem also caused by the vandalized sprinkler. In addition to his team work and extra effort, Paz is noted for his dedication and support of sustainability. He took the lead on researching options and then, upon approval, implemented sustainable hydration stations in campus buildings. These stations have thus far recorded thousands of 16oz. bottle refills thus reducing campus plastic bottle waste. In closing, Jim added that “Paz is extremely active with his family and community. Overall, he is a contagiously nice guy and, if you spend even the smallest amount of time around him, you feel better.”

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April 2013

Kathy Pusey
Visual Images Coordinator/PR Specialist, Publications Office

Kathy PuseyKathy was nominated for her dedication and creativity. The nomination form notes that regardless of the situation, which at times involves oncoming cyclists or quarterbacks, lab rodents, heights, day, night, or snowfall; Kathy will “do whatever it takes to get the shot.” She is simply dedicated to capturing the essence of SU. Kathy does this not only by being in the right spot at the right time, which sometimes seems like everywhere at once, she does so with her “creativity and great eye for what makes a good image.” The visual images Kathy captures are used to enhance SU’s website and publications. The images reflect SU’s energetic and engaged students, faculty and staff and impact how SU is perceived by people outside the SU Community. As the nomination notes in closing, “they literally see SU through her eyes.”

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March 2013

Charlie Endicott
Associate Director, Career Services Department

Charlie EndicottCharlie received a nomination from Dr. Rebecca Emery, Director of Career Services, for his proactive initiatives and service. In support of these attributes, Dr. Emery noted that “Charlie suggests, develops and implements something before we even know we were in desperate need of it.” She continues by providing examples which included the eRecruiting database and the Alumni Mentor Network accessibility to students. These not only demonstrated his proactive nature but also his tenacity and determination to see the two year project to completion. Additionally, Charlie is involved with the Living Learning Community, supports various search committees, reaches out to strengthen relationships with employers, serves on a local nonprofit Board of Directors and leads a career consortium in which SU participates. In closing, Dr. Emery summarized that Charlie enriches their office with his technical skills and innovation, as well as being a great employee and sought-after colleague.

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February 2013

Leigh Ann Taylor
Administrative Assistant II, Admissions Office

Leigh Ann Taylor Leigh Ann received a nomination from Mr. Aaron Basko, AVP of Enrollment Management, for her commitment to constant improvement and superior results. In his nomination letter, Mr. Basko specifically noted Leigh Ann’s involvement in “delivering a quality visit experience to thousands of students and parents who walk through our doors each year.” In addition to arranging group tours (to include as many as 70 bus groups) and information sessions, Leigh Ann assumed the coordination of five admissions open house programs. Leigh Ann’s contribution to the visit experience included re-engineering initiatives which can be linked, in part, to “the strong surge of applications” and SU’s Rugg’s Recommendations list of “Magic Dream Schools – campuses that you visit and fall in love with.” Attached to the nomination were several notes from campus visitors proclaiming their individual excellent experiences and the superior representation of staff and student tour guides, attributed to Leigh Ann. In closing, Mr. Basko stated “the first impression that visitors have when they come to campus is the lifeblood of the University’s enrollment, and we are fortunate indeed to have Leigh Ann in that critical position.”

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January 2013

Mike Boolukos
IT Programmer/Analyst 

Mike BoolukosMike was nominated for the Employee of the Month award for his outstanding service and excellent performance. His outstanding service is noted in the statement: “Mike is always a pleasure to work with and, no matter how many conflicting demands or what project he is assigned to, his top priority is always the customer and the end users. When a project is given to Mike, you know it is in good hands.” This level of service is supported by an equally high level of performance as Mike places careful and thorough thought into each project design even when presented with a simple idea which he turns into a successful product. This type of performance excellence was recently realized during the HR/Payroll automated contract renewal system project. “As a result of Mike’s attention to detail, a carefully thought-out and efficient contingent staff contract renewal system is now available to the campus community that has streamlined the contract renewal process greatly and will be a savings resource for SU.” In a closing note of support from Jeanette Wolinski, “Mike takes on the unique and ‘never tried before’ tasks and makes them work. He is a pleasure to work with, has a positive attitude, and loves a challenge. We are very fortunate to have him as a teammate and member of Salisbury University.”

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December 2012

Shawntae Ahmad
Food Service Aide in East Coaster’s and Cool Beans 

Shawntae AhmadShawntae received a nomination for her excellent customer service and leadership. The nomination letter stated that “to Shawntae every customer is special thus she makes an effort to learn each customer’s purchase preferences.” In addition, her constant smile, joking, and genuine concern for others “makes work enjoyable for those around her and always lightens the day for our guests.” Shawntae’s focus on others is not limited to customers as she also takes the time to mentor co-workers by providing valuable leadership and guidance on operational tasks. In closing, the nomination states that “if you have an encounter with Shawntae, you are bound to come away feeling light hearted and important to not only her but to SU.”

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November 2012

Maria Tawes
Human Resource Specialist

Maria TawesMaria was nominated for her customer service, compassion and dedication. The nomination form notes Maria’s customer service accolades are the "result of her follow up on faculty and staff health benefit enrollments, questions or concerns about their benefits, premium deductions, or enrollment changes and how she regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty to follow up with the employees, the benefit vendors and the Employee Benefits Division on outstanding items to ensure enrollment change requests are correctly and timely processed.” Her compassion is seen in her diligence in ensuring that employees do not experience problems with the processing of claims and when an employee is out on medical leave, Maria is "quick to assist them when they have leave balance questions so that while they are recuperating they do not have to be concerned about the continuation of their benefits. In this way, SU employees know that someone is caring and keeping an eye out for them.” Maria’s organizational skill and dedication again showed this past Spring while preparing for and during Open Enrollment of Health Benefits as "she carefully planned and conducted Medical Plan information sessions at various times and locations to make sure all employees would have an opportunity to attend a session” while simultaneously handling an increased volume of calls and inquiries about the pending changes. In addition, "Maria is certified as a Notary Public and always serves staff and students with a smile and a kind word when they walk in with documents to be notarized.” In a note of support, Marvin Pyles, Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance for Human Resources, stated that "HR regularly receives written compliments regarding Maria’s efforts. The services she provides to SU employees go on and on, and the delivery of those services is always exceptional. On a daily basis, Maria goes above and beyond the call of duty in providing customer service to our employees and students, and she shows sensitivity to and concern for the interests and needs of others. Maria’s customer service, compassion and dedication are invaluable to SU.”

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October 2012

Bob Maddux
Multi-Trades Supervisor for Auxiliary Operations

Bob MadduxBob Maddux was nominated by Jim Miller, Assistant Director for Building Trades, for his proactive and exemplary efforts managing the increase need for maintenance activities as a result of SU’s growth. For Bob, the Comprehensive Housing Renovation Plan brought Sea Gull Square into his scope of responsibility in addition to changes as a result from multiple residence halls renovations. Jim noted that with the addition of Sea Gull Square in particular, Bob was assigned the warranty service program of the new appliances and the associated tracking, weekly status meetings, and punch list responsibilities. This is worthy of mentioning given that in the first four months of operation there were 700 warranty service calls reported each of which had to be efficiently and effectively addressed and resolved. This could not have been accomplished if it were not for Bob’s proactive efforts with scheduling and coordinating, not to mention his relentless follow up on open items. Through his efforts, Bob made it possible for Trades to not only meet expectations with the new responsibilities but maintain the expected level of excellent service for existing responsibilities.

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September 2012

Stacie Siers
Coordinator of Regional Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network for the Seidel School 

Stacie SiersStacie was nominated by Dennis Pataniczek, former Dean of the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, for her significant contributions in building and supporting the PDS network as well as her participation with and recognition by the National Association. Stacie's accomplishments within the PDS Network of over 35 schools is exemplified by the placement of over 1,000 SU teacher candidates for field experience or internships each year. To ensure the success of the program, Stacie developed a roles and expectations training module and according to Dean Pataniczek "taken the collaborative teaching model developed by SU faculty and made it a hallmark of SU's Professional Development School partnership." In addition to her program efforts, Stacie has also participated in the National Association activities by delivering over 25 presentations at national and state conferences. Through Stacie's efforts and the success of the partnership, recognition by the association reached SU first in the receipt of the "Spirit of Partnership" award which was recently followed by SU's receipt of one of five national awards for "Exemplary PDS Achievement Award" for the SU/Worcester County PDS partnership. Dean Pataniczek included in summation, "Due in large part to Stacie, SU is regarded as a state and national leader in the development of Professional Development Schools and of the collaborative teaching model.

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August 2012

Matt Hill
Campus Technical and Events Services Coordinator

Matt was nominated for his impeccable attitude and excellent customer service in coordinating all technical aspects of University events.  The nomination form notes that in light of the variety of technical services required campus-wide, Matt "takes personal responsibility or makes sure that each user gets what they need and stays with them to completion … if Matt is on the job, there never has to be a worry."  This level of customer service is made possible by Matt's strong work ethic, technical and event management skills, development of a web-site and on-line services form, and his design of a student worker training program which produces highly skilled student workers.  In a note of support, Lawanda Dockins-Mills, Interim Associate Dean of Students for the Guerrieri Center, conveyed that Matt "consistently goes above and beyond his job requirements, demonstrates daily his commitment to the University and its success, and is a real asset to SU."

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July 2012

Paul Clements
Engineering Technician II in the Henson School,

Paul ClementsPaul was nominated for consistently going above and beyond expectations and his unfailing can-do attitude. The nomination included statements of support from multiple Henson School staff and faculty. These statements included comments like, no matter what or when, Paul "never saw a Henson person that needed help and thought it wasn't his job." In addition, he is responsive and creative as exemplified by the times he "performed emergency surgery on equipment" to keep us from canceling a lab or found "another solution temporarily to keep us afloat." Paul "is such a positive person you smile the minute you see him!" In summary, Paul is characterized as diligent, helpful, professional, a creative problem solver, and an asset to the Henson School and the University.

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