Office Associate, Graduate Programs
The Staff Incentive Award requires that a nominee shows initiative and excellence in planning and implementing projects; displays exemplary incentive toward problems/projects/duties; works well with others to provide high quality results related to common goals (departmental, university); and provides quality customer service to students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors.
Crystal's nominators felt she was a perfect match for this award. "She is responsible to plan and implement many functions within a new doctoral level program for which she is the only staff support. She was expected upon hire to 'build' her job and manage this new program under faculty direction." The faculty coordinator of the doctoral program said, "She is extremely professional – articulate, organized, and timely but also bright and visionary. She puts much thought into the various aspects of our doctoral program, and her ideas have ‘saved the day’ on more occasions than I can count! She is really good at anticipating and preventing problems related to students (and applicants), preceptors, and faculty. She seems to ‘know’ where folks might have trouble and works to smooth things in advance..."
Another nominator continues, "Our nominee is a team player in every sense of the word, a role learned most certainly from the many and varied athletic teams she has been involved with outside of work, from soccer to basketball to baseball. Her energy and enthusiasm are such that she has a positive effect on everyone’s attitudes. She is always available to help when brainstorming, and often gives a perspective that is fresh and positive. On a fun note, she originated the idea for a 'Fun Staff Day' monthly, helping our staff reach a common goal of better connectivity and camaraderie. Her sense of humor and unique personality have been instrumental in producing a fun workplace environment, which in turn has enabled positive teamwork leading to high quality results in our collective and individual duties."
A faculty coordinator said, “She always goes the extra mile for the students and at times goes above and beyond what she needs to do… all to support the student in any way she can. She has the important role of being the first contact for potential applicants to our doctoral program. She takes this role seriously and professionally, and I’ve received many compliments regarding her welcoming attitude, her responsive nature, and her knowledge regarding the program.”