University Excellence and Richard S. Howe award winners announced

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Award winners (from left, top row) are Naomi Craven, Paul Goodman and Anne Englert; (middle row) Michael Tillman, Mario Morales, Edwardo Maldonado and David Zepeda; and (bottom row) Leonard Flaum Jr., Anne Jimenez and John Kaulfus (Photos by Mark McClendon)

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(April 12, 2010)--The University Excellence and Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Awards ceremony is 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. At the ceremony, UTSA employees who have reached milestones in their length of service with the university through 2009 will be recognized. Additionally, 2009 retirees will be recognized.

The University Excellence Awards honor outstanding UTSA staff across the Tri-campuses who demonstrate excellent work performance. An award of $1,000 accompanies each of the five awards. The winners of the Team Spirit Award divide the award money.

This year's award winners are:

Rising Star Award: Naomi Craven, academic adviser, College of Sciences Undergraduate Advising Center

The Rising Star Award recipient must be a new employee with less than three years of continuous service with UTSA and who has made significant contributions throughout the year to his or her area or to the university community. This individual has innovative ideas and has made significant contributions. He or she has a demonstrated record of improvement, has progressed through cooperation, initiative and is a self-starter with a take-charge attitude. This talented employee has volunteered to assist when and where needed.

Leadership Award: Paul Goodman, director of engineering and project management, Office of Facilities

The Leadership Award recipient must be currently functioning in a supervisory capacity, has promoted departmental and university mission and goals through actions and job performance, demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, fostered a positive and motivating work environment, maintained open communication lines within the department and throughout UTSA, encouraged professional development, demonstrated fairness and equity in resolving employee and work-related issues, and remained receptive to receiving constructive feedback concerning his or her job performance.

Team Spirit Award: Service Worker and Groundskeeper Team, Downtown Campus

  • Edwardo Maldonado, service worker
  • Michael Tillman, service worker
  • David Zepeda, groundskeeper
  • Mario Morales, groundskeeper

The Team Spirit Award is awarded to a group of staff employees that has demonstrated exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication and cooperation among colleagues internal or external to their department. The team's action has significantly improved customer service or increased customer satisfaction for specific UTSA customers, has significantly improved a work process or system, or has significantly increased the productivity and efficiency of an operation or work unit.

Extra Mile Award: Anne Englert, assistant director of student relations, Office of Alumni Programs

The Extra Mile Award recognizes an individual with three years or more of continuous service with UTSA and who has taken the initiative to contribute to the success of UTSA through his or her outstanding contributions at work including extra efforts demonstrated in their accomplishments, timeliness and follow-through, and willingness to help fellow employees and provide good customer service with creativity, dedication, cooperation and reliability. He or she has performed at a level above and beyond normal job requirements that have resulted in furthering the department's and UTSA's goals and mission.

Order of the Roadrunner Award: Leonard Flaum Jr., senior equal opportunity investigator, Office of Equal Opportunity Services

The Order of the Roadrunner Award is given to an individual who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to UTSA and the achievement of its goals through his or her actions throughout the year. This individual has enhanced the quality of work-life in ways that significantly increase productivity and efficiency for colleagues or customers to include developing creative solutions, and provided outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students and/or other UTSA customers. This is the highest honor that a UTSA staff member can receive for his or her dedication to the UTSA community.

Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Awards:

The Howe award is presented to faculty and staff members who have shown exemplary commitment to UTSA undergraduates, such as demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching or service to undergraduate students, serving as an advocate for undergraduate education, and engaging in activities to promote student access and success. Each Howe award winner receives $2,000.

The 2010 winners are:

  • Anne Jimenez, assistant dean of students and director of student judicial affairs, Office of Student Judicial Affairs
  • John Kaulfus, associate dean of students, Office of Student Life