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Jeanette (Jenny) Stokes (left) with Belinda Flores, associate professor and chair of
the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
(Photo by Mark McClendon)

Leadership Award: Jeanette (Jenny) Stokes

By Shelley Kilpatrick
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(April 15, 2007)--Jeanette (Jenny) Stokes, senior administrative associate in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, will be honored with the Leadership Award, one of five that will be presented at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at the UTSA Staff Excellence and Service Awards ceremony in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), 1604 Campus.

The five Staff Excellence Awards recognize excellent work performance in emerging leadership, dynamic leadership, teamwork, extraordinary initiative and overall excellence.

This year's additional award winners are:

  • Rising Star Award: David Kessler, academic advisor I, College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center
  • Team Spirit Award: Office of Travel Management staff members Lupita Reynaga, accounting technician; Perian (Perry) Griner, accounting technician; and Celine Weidner, account clerk III
  • Extra Mile Award: Patricia Dunn, educational specialist III, UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures
  • Order of the Roadrunner Award: John Soudah, director of academic computing, College of Business and Office of Information Technology

In one of five award spotlights featured on UTSA Today, the Leadership Award recognizes a supervisory staff member who has promoted department and university goals through actions and job performance, demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, fostered a positive and motivating work environment, maintained open communication within the department and throughout UTSA, encouraged professional development, demonstrated fairness in resolving work-related issues and receptivity to feedback regarding personal job performance.

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Jeanette (Jenny) Stokes

Leadership Award winner

Jenny Stokes is regarded as the cornerstone and soul of the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (ILT). She works with everyone associated with the department, and her warmth, humanity and leadership is evident in all her interactions.

Stokes supervises seven employees, oversees the daily affairs of the department chair, assists 25 tenured professors and tenure-track faculty, and manages the needs of more than 120 adjunct professors.

"Jenny Stokes is one of the best supervisors I've ever had," said one of her nominators. "She is always here, she is very understanding, she has open communication with her employees and she never asks of you what she wouldn't do herself."

She also indirectly touches the lives of more than 11,000 students enrolled in the ILT by organizing, scheduling, monitoring and regularly updating student access to 413 sections of courses offered in the department.

An additional nominator said, "Jenny's behind-the-scenes work is equally voluminous and remarkable. She maintains the records, monthly reports and expenditures for 11 departmental accounts, which total over $1.5 million, and she monitors the inventory of all the department equipment. In addition, she is responsible for the creation and processing of all faculty appointment letters and faculty contracts."

An additional nominator said, "Though grants are not usually her responsibility, Jenny has helped me with my San Antonio Area Foundation grant on several occasions. She has also lent a helping hand by ordering equipment, finding university resources and answering my many questions."

Stokes shows the mark of a true leader because she cares about the success of her department and everyone who comes in contact with the office. Not only is she a leader within ILT, she also contributes to the success of the university by serving on the Roadrunner Day Committee and the Business Services Advisory Committee.

She handles an incredible workload with a smile and in the process transfers a wonderful sense of serenity to faculty and staff members alike.

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UTSA employees are invited to attend the event hosted by Sonia Martinez, vice president for university advancement; Rosalie Ambrosino, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Jeffrey Kantor, associate vice president for research. The ceremony also will include remarks by President Ricardo Romo.

Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures staff members can attend the event utilizing VIA buses 93 or 94 at no charge by showing their UTSACard.

The ceremony will include retiree recognition, service pin awards for 5 to 30 years and refreshments. Twenty-five staff members will be honored on their retirements and 274 staff members will receive UT System service awards for the 2006 calendar year.

Read more about the Staff Excellence Awards and previous winners at the Human Resources Web site.

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