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Cathy Shuster is UW Employee of the Quarter

January 19, 2016
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Cathy Shuster was praised for her positive attitude and strong sense of fairness and concern for others. (UW Photo)

Cathy Shuster’s long-standing commitment to excellence and her friendly demeanor and positive attitude are among the attributes that have earned her the University of Wyoming Staff Employee of the Fourth Quarter award.

The award recognizes UW staff members for their efforts toward excellence in the workplace. Shuster, an office associate with UW Extension, is among the organization’s best-liked employees, recognized for her kind demeanor and a friendliness that bonds the organization.

“She makes dozens of independent decisions each day that directly impact the success of her co-workers and her organization,” wrote one of her supervisors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “She has an ability to handle detailed tasks with accuracy and finesse, and she can incorporate the big picture into routine decision making. She is extremely loyal to her co-workers and has a strong sense of fairness and concern for others.”

Noting that Extension serves residents, throughout the state, one nominator wrote, “She has a significant impact on our organization and the many tens of thousands of Wyoming citizens we serve each year.” Another wrote, “Clientele, educators, co-workers and administration rely on her vast knowledge, her positive attitude, and her willing and swift assistance.”

Shuster has worked for Extension her entire 24 years at UW, where she handles daily requests from educators, county personnel, customers in 27 county offices, campus specialists and department personnel within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“I truly appreciate my co-workers here in the Extension administration office. Without them, I could never accomplish what I have over the years,” she says. “We have an excellent team that works so well together.”

Employee of the Quarter nominees can be any UW staff employee and must receive three nomination forms from three separate individuals. Nominations must be submitted to the Staff Senate office. The forms are on the Web at The deadline to nominate someone for the first quarter is Friday, March 11.

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