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UW Staff Members Graduate from STEP Training Program

May 28, 2013
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Jake Hayden, right, office associate, senior in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, assists student employee Troy Axthelm with a computer program. Hayden was among 24 UW staffers who recently graduated from the new Staff Training and Enrichment Program (STEP).

Two dozen University of Wyoming staff members recently graduated from the new Staff Training and Enrichment Program (STEP). The program is designed to enhance performance and motivation of staff through developed leadership.

STEP, a new program that began in January, takes advantage of resources for training supervisors, managers and administrators. STEP uses the StarQuest Leadership and Management program to focus on four learning tracks: change management, development coaching, team development and communication skills. These tracks incorporate workbooks for each learning track, online courseware, reinforcement guides, StarQuest-facilitated webcasts, and consulting and coaching services by StarQuest.

“The STEP Program is designed to begin the leadership education of our employees, and to introduce the essentials of effective leadership,” says Richard DelaCastro, UW’s director of human resources. “After they complete the STEP program, I encourage candidates to pursue leadership opportunities, and to apply to the Leadership Academy.”

The graduation ceremony took place May 23 in the Rochelle Athletics Center War Room.

STEP graduates are:

-- Chad Bade, police sergeant, University Police.

-- Jesse Ballard, manager, instructional technology; IT/Client Support Services.

-- Dawn Carver, credentials analyst/academic adviser, Office of the Registrar.

-- Cody Connor, institutional technical education specialist, Outreach Credit Programs.

-- John Davis, deputy director, Facilities Management.

-- James Drever, business adviser, Small Business Development Center.

-- Brynn Elliott, project coordinator, senior; SEO/University Disability Support Services.

-- Rachel Ferrell, office associate, senior; Department of English.

-- Janean Forsyth-Lefevre, human resources specialist, senior; Human Resources.

-- Denise Gable, business manager, School of Nursing.

-- Matthew Grosinger, computer support specialist, senior; IT/Client Support Services.

-- Jake Hayden, office associate, senior; Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Office.

-- Brett Housholder, business adviser, Small Business Development Center.

-- Nick Jones, research scientist, senior; Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute.

-- Taimi Kuiva, human resources specialist, senior; Human Resources.

-- Rosanne Latimer, office associate, Libraries Administrative Office.

-- Thomas Lee, safety specialist, Environmental Health & Safety.

-- James Logue, computer support specialist, senior; IT/Client Support Services.

-- Ben Marks, campus support specialist, Residence Life & Dining Services.

-- Mary Petroski, manager, Human Resources.

-- P.J. Shumway, budget/reporting analyst, senior; Budget Office.

-- Arron Sullivent, assistant manager, Real Estate Operations.

-- Mandy Watson, recruitment superviser, Human Resources.

-- Elizabeth Whitt, assistant manager, Transit & Parking Services.

Application information for the next STEP training can be found here.

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