Human Resources

Employee of the Year 2014

Sandra Bradley
President Dudley-Eshbach & Sandra Bradley

Sandra Bradley, police administrative commander and lieutenant, recently was named Salisbury University’s 2014 Employee of the Year.

Announced during SU’s annual Employee Appreciation Day, the winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.

Bradley, one of SU’s 12 SU Employees of the Month for the 2014 fiscal year, was nominated in May for her leadership and contributions to the SU Police Department.

University Police Chief Edwin Lashley nominated Bradley, praising her “relentless leadership,” which was “instrumental to the development of 189 professional standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). As a result, SU has joined a relatively select number of police agencies that have earned accreditation status.”

SU was accredited by the agency in November.

Bradley’s persistence and dedication has had a substantial impact on the University, according to her nominator. Accreditation has helped the department “strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and increase community and staff confidence in the agency,” said Lashley.

He added that Bradley’s efforts went beyond the call of duty and that the accreditation approval was a “vital and historic achievement [and] will greatly benefit SU for years to come.”

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Employees of the Month - FY 2014

July 2013
Gail Larmore
Gail Larmore
Supervisor,
Admissions Office
August 2013
Cynthia Nichols
Cynthia Nichols
Housekeeper,
Physical Plant
September 2013
Andrea Booth
Andrea Booth
Administrative Assistant II, University Center
October 2013
Jenny Howard
Jenny Howard
Administrative Assistant I, Math & Computer Science Department
November 2013
Dawn Harner
Dawn Harner
Counselor,
Counseling Center
December 2013
Sandra Bradley
Sandra Bradley
Administrative Commander/ Lieutenant,
University Police
January 2014
Leonard Ward
Leonard “Lenny” Ward
Merchandiser II,
University Bookstore
February 2014
Payton Ewell
Payton Ewell
Housekeeping Supervisor,
Custodial Services
March 2014
Donna Brittingham
Donna Brittingham
Administrative Assistant II, SU Foundation, Inc.
April 2014
Rose Allen
Rose Allen
Housekeeper, Custodial Services
May 2014
Lesley Shiff
Lesley Schiff
Library Technician II, Blackwell Library
June 2014
Citron Robins
Citron Robins
Service Worker, Grounds Maintenance

June 2014

Citron Robins, Service Worker, Grounds Maintenance

Citron received a nomination from William Harris, Athletic Complex Manager and Acting Director of Horticulture/Grounds, for her hard work, positive attitude and reliability. Citron is very organized always keeping management apprised of the status of projects and assignments. Her excellent rapport with everyone she encounters is well known around campus. While her department has been challenged with staffing during the past year, “Citron has been the backbone of the recycling crew during this period…and has stayed positive throughout the entire period.” Bill Harris stated, “I leaned on her heavily to not only perform [recycling] duties but also educate me in all those little things that don’t get written down. Anytime I have a question, she can pull out her notebook and let me know that a certain task was accomplished on a specific day.” In closing, Director, Physical Plant, Kevin Mann, stated “Citron is basically running the recycling program until the supervisory position is filled. She is hard working and would be very deserving of the nomination.”

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May 2014

Lesley Schiff, Library Technician II, Blackwell Library

Lesley was nominated by her supervisor, Martha Zimmerman, Associate Dean, for her efficiency, perseverance and attention to detail. Thanks to Lesley and her commitment to excellence, SU has only had 12 unresolved [book] orders since 2002. In the nomination, Ms. Zimmerman states, “this is the lowest number for all 16 libraries, and is absolutely mind-boggling!” Lesley also demonstrates fiscal responsibility by researching all options that provide the best value to SU, instead of focusing on doing what is easiest. Several letters of support received from colleagues including Dean, Beatriz Hardy, referenced Lesley’s patient, customer-focused approach to her job that is appreciated so much by the SU community. “Too many times to count, Lesley has doggedly gone after out-of-print or hard-to-find faculty requests with spectacular success, where others would have given up.” In summary, “Lesley is an important part of the library team…and has the attention to detail needed for this kind of work.”

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April 2014

Rose Allen, Housekeeper, Custodial Services

Rose was nominated by Tracy Hajir, Assistant to the President, for her diligence, attention to detail and good judgment. Rose goes the extra mile to ensure work spaces are secure and her customer’s needs are carefully taken care of. The nomination recognized how Rose “is extremely efficient in her duties and is very conscientious about respecting the space and time of the other employees in the area in which she works. She is very University oriented and takes her responsibilities very seriously.” Two letters of support for Rose’s nomination were received from management and administration, echoing the accolades in her nomination about how hardworking and unassuming she is. In closing, Rose’s “attitude and attention to detail is one of many reasons she has been assigned to the president’s suite, an area which should represent the entire University.”

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March 2014

Donna Brittingham, Administrative Assistant II, SU Foundation, Inc.,

Donna was nominated by Jason Curtin, Deputy Director of the SU Foundation, for her enthusiasm, helpful approach, and dedication to the SU Foundation. The nomination acknowledged “her positive attitude and customer service first demeanor which has been noted by so many friends and constituents. Her interactions with board members, donors, visitors and guests are always top notch and they are made to feel special because of her.” Donna’s personal initiative was evidenced through her actions to strengthen the Foundation by re-connecting with past board members and family members. In addition, Donna assumed a lead role in coordinating the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary celebration in December 2013 contributing to its success. In a letter of support for the nomination, a former board member said, “it is obvious that she takes initiative and great interest in our work.” Donna is a fantastic role model for the SU community and the Foundation. In closing, Jason noted “she is not only a proud alumna, but also a Sea Gull parent…who bleeds maroon and gold.”

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February 2014

Payton Ewell, Housekeeping Supervisor in Custodial Services

Payton EwellPayton was nominated by Marvin Pyles, former Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance for Human Resources, for his conscientiousness, commitment, professionalism and positive impact on others. The nomination credited how “Payton is always paying attention to the details, and most of all, always engaging with co-workers and fellow employees to see if they have other needs or issues that need to be addressed.” In a letter of support for the nomination, David Lake, Assistant Director of Facilities Services, stated, "He always has a positive outlook and continues to provide outstanding customer support. Whenever asked to accomplish a task or solve a problem he will take the bull by the horns and get the job done!" Payton has a remarkable work ethic and he "obviously takes a lot of pride in his job." Payton’s open disposition and ability to connect with others while maintaining professionalism and getting the job done make him special. In closing, Marvin noted, "Salisbury University is lucky to have Payton as an employee and especially as a Housekeeping Supervisor!"

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January 2014

Leonard “Lenny” Ward
Merchandiser II, University Bookstore

Payton EwellLenny was nominated for his diligence, eagerness to serve others, and commitment to excellence. These traits were exemplified by his contributions which are instrumental in the success of semester events such as book buy-back and web order pick up. In addition it was noted that “Lenny researches and fixes a potentially problematic request before we [the customer] even realize we made one.” Lenny’s remarkable knowledge of his work, coupled with his kind and thoughtful approach to helping others, make him deserving of this recognition. In a letter of support for the nomination, Book Division Manager, Gerry Wood stated, “Lenny works hard to meet the goals which our department has set for obtaining less expensive used books. Happily, we have been able to exceed national averages for these. This saves our customers significantly on their textbooks and that matters a great deal to us.” In closing, Lenny is a “professional treasure” who “clearly knows his work and its effect on the working order of the university.”

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December 2013

Sandra Bradley
University Police Administrative Commander/Lieutenant

Payton EwellSandra was nominated by the Chief of University Police, Edwin Lashley, for significant contributions to the University Police Department and her unsurpassed leadership. In the nomination, Chief Lashley stated that Sandra’s "relentless leadership was instrumental to the development of 189 professional standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). As a result, Salisbury University has joined a relatively select number of police agencies that have earned accreditation status." Her persistence and dedication has had a substantial impact on Salisbury University. Accreditation will “strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; formalize essential management procedures; establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; improve service delivery; solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and increase community and staff confidence in the agency.” In closing, Chief Lashley commented that Sandra’s efforts went beyond the call of duty and that the accreditation approval is a "vital and historic achievement [and] will greatly benefit Salisbury University for years to come."

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November 2013

Dawn Harner
Counselor, Counseling Center

Payton EwellKathleen Scott, Ph.D., Director of the Counseling Center with the letters of support from a member of faculty and administration as well as students, nominated Dawn for extraordinary performance, creativity and teamwork. Dawn’s leadership and skillset are exemplary and interns and staff regularly seek her out for her expertise and judgment. She truly serves as a role model and is always willing to help others. Her genuine commitment to her profession is evident through her dedication and success with many key outreach programs and events, such as the depression screening program and the suicide prevention campaign. In addition, Dawn “has also doubled the size of the internship program in the Counseling Center and has established a premier field placement for master’s level students, primarily from the SU Social Work Department, that is unrivaled in Salisbury in terms of the professional development and clinical training that is provided to interns.” Through the identification of and working with outside resources and funding, Dawn successfully created a mental health training program for faculty, staff and students and was able to bring a nationally known speaker to campus, benefiting the entire SU community. Dr. Scott included in summation, [Dawn] “is an exceptional therapist, supervisor, administrator and colleague! She puts students first and is a collaborative and valued member of the Salisbury University community.”

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October 2013

Jenny Howard
Administrative Assistant I, Math and Computer Science Department

Jenny HowardJenny was nominated by Jennifer Bergner, Professor & MSME Program Director, for her commitment, creativity, organizational skills and teamwork which have been a tremendous benefit to the Mathematics and Computer Science department, and has strengthened the efficiency of the department. Jenny’s excellent administrative support is often recognized by graduate students and faculty who have noted her superb organizational skills. Through the creation of many useful spreadsheets and processes, which ensures immediate access to enrollment data and student progress, she has improved the department’s program effectiveness. The nomination also noted “Jenny’s passion for the annual High School Mathematics competition, which draws approximately 25 teams of talented high school math students from across Delmarva, and has translated into a well-coordinated competition day that these talented math students and their coaches can enjoy.” She has developed creative ideas for themes and is instrumental in coordinating participation, funding and overall organization of this event. In a letter of support, Dr. Mike Bardzell, Department Chair, wholeheartedly endorsed the nomination and echoed all the strengths and attributes mentioned in the nomination. In summary, Jenny is highly engaged in her work and SU. She is an invaluable asset not just for her skillset, but also for her contribution to a positive work environment as she faces challenges with a smile and stays in tune with others to know when someone may need a helping hand or a supportive ear. In closing, “Jenny is a tremendous positive force in our department” and “she will do whatever it takes to support those around her.”

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September 2013

Andrea Booth
Administrative Assistant II, University Center

Andrea BoothAndrea received a nomination from Lawanda Dockins-Mills, Associate Dean of Students, for her strong work ethic, attention to detail, and “can-do” attitude.  The nomination letter stated that she "daily goes beyond what is expected of her in her job responsibilities.”  The first two statements in the nomination relate to committee service to include the New Student Reader Committee exemplified by the numerous accolades received for Andrea’s “exemplary abilities in assisting with organizing the many components of a program of this magnitude.”  She initiated “the creation and implementation of an on-line discussion board for incoming students and organized ‘discussion group help desks’ in each of the academic buildings.”  In addition to committee service, Andrea has provided vital assistance and support for the new University Center Art Space and the new Information Desk SU television initiative which promotes GUC programs, activities, and events.  In closing, Lawanda summarizes, “regardless of what needs to be done, Andrea’s focus is always on the betterment of the department, the division and ultimately the University.”

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August 2013

Cynthia Nichols
Housekeeper

Brian Polkinghorn, CADR Professor, submitted a nomination for Cynthia’s extraordinary dedication and pleasant demeanor. In the nomination letter, Brian specifically noted how meticulously Cynthia has cleaned the CADR house which is utilized by over a dozen center members. Her dedication to the task did not go unnoticed as “Cynthia is a part of our group and we appreciate her major contribution to making this work environment clean, attractive and safe. We look forward to seeing her each day as she dutifully undertakes her work in a cheerful and pleasant manner.” It was also noted that in addition to the impact on the physical environment, Cynthia has also made an impact on the Center in that “she has altered our perspective” so now when we see that dirt has been tracked in, we take the initiative to clean it up. “We do this because everyone is more conscious of the high standards Cynthia has set which are good for everyone.” In closing Brian added, “Our admiration for Cynthia through her hard work and dedication is recognized and appreciated by all of us.”

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July 2013

Gail Larmore
Admissions Office Supervisor

Gail LarmoreGail was nominated by Aaron Basko, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, for often going above and beyond in her dedication of time and effort. The nomination form notes that in addition to providing exemplary customer service to dozens of daily visitors, Gail ensures that over 11,000 annual student applications are processed in an organized manner and receive a timely review. Her troubleshooting skills have been utilized many times during multiple system and process implementations, including two online application migrations, an implementation of a customer relations management system and an online deposit payment system. Her knowledge of these processes and online systems is a tremendous asset to the office and in her assistance of applicants. It was also mentioned that “Gail brings a positive spirit, commitment to results, and big-picture perspective that is always focused on the greater good of the office” and was instrumental in revamping the budget process to improve forecasting and tracking abilities. In closing, Aaron stated “I can’t say enough good things about Gail’s willingness to put the good of others before her own, even at great personal sacrifice of her own time and priorities.”

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