Outstanding Staffers Recognized by UCR Staff Assembly

Awardees lauded for going beyond the responsibilities of their positions and commitment to helping the campus and community on a volunteer basis

The annual Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony, an invitation-only event, was held on June 2 at the Chancellor’s Residence. The event includes a reception for the nominees and their guests, followed by the awards presentation.

The annual Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony, an invitation-only event, was held on June 2 at the Chancellor’s Residence. The event includes a reception for the nominees and their guests, followed by the awards presentation.

Nine award winners and 21 nominees were recognized for going above and beyond the responsibilities of their positions, as well as for their commitment to helping the campus and community at large on a volunteer basis. Through their innovative creativity in the workplace and their inspiring acts of kindness, they exemplify the best in serving both the campus and the community at large.

“Recognition of staff is the most gratifying part of serving in Staff Assembly.  We have a great dedicated staff who are committed to the mission of the university,” said Andy Plumley, 2015-16 president of Staff Assembly. “And the Outstanding Staff Awards honor staff who have gone above and beyond in areas of helping other staff, showing commitment to diversity, demonstrating Tartan Soul and volunteering in the community.”

The staff members honored were nominated by peers and supervisors for the Staff Who Make A Difference, Tartan Soul, Commitment to Diversity and Volunteer of the Year awards.

The Staff Who Make A Difference awards are presented in four categories: administrative support, professional, service and technical.

  • Chantelle Ramon, a business operations assistant for Housing Services Administration, was chosen in the area of administrative support.
  • This year, there were two winners in the professional category: Kristin Seiler, director of philanthropy and young alumni engagement within Alumni & Constituent Relations, and Kathy Barton, executive director of strategic initiatives in the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Office.
  • William Yang, admissions advisor at University Extension – Student Services, was chosen for the service award.
  • Mark Wilson, a senior programmer analyst in Advancement Services, was selected in the technical category.

The Tartan Soul Award recognizes staffers who are committed to the four pillars of tartan soul. Nominees are judged on their commitment to integrity, respect, accountability and excellence. The recipient of the Tartan Soul Award is Lilia Ramos, an executive administrative specialist in the School of Medicine – Student Affairs.

Ramos, who has volunteered with the Staff Assembly for more than seven years, says that the Outstanding Staff Awards ceremony promotes a positive working environment. “We must recognize our staff who value volunteerism, diversity, accountability, advocacy, partnership and accountability.  Recognizing and valuing staffers in such a way makes us feel we are appreciated at all levels of the campus.”

Tracey Trettin, an administrative operations manager in the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, received the Commitment to Diversity Award, which was presented in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Nominees were judged on several criteria including valuing diversity, promoting cultural competency and adapting to diversity. Trettin said, “Sometimes when you are in the center of change you can’t appreciate the impact that you may have on others and what the outcome will be. This nomination let me know that I have effected change for the better, and that my staff appreciates it.”

The recipient of the People Helping People award was Christy Brown Anderson, a library assistant within the University Library. She received the award for her work with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since 2008, she has recruited, trained and coordinated BSA counselors in the Mt Rubidoux District area. Anderson is also a unit commissioner and provides direct service to a local Cub Scout pack. The award recognizes staff who exemplify service to the surrounding community. Anderson’s engagement has nothing to do with her work at UCR, she says, so getting recognized for it was extra special. “It is really wonderful that UCR seeks out to recognize contributions we all make, whether here on campus or in the surrounding communities.”

The recipient of Volunteer of the Year, which recognizes outstanding Staff Assembly volunteers, was Wendy Wolfer, a public safety dispatcher within the UCR Police Department.

Chantelle Ramon said being recognized made her feel honored, excited and grateful. “The Outstanding Staff Awards ceremony creates motivation and recognition. … It allows you to keep pushing through even when you are exhausted or feeling unfocused. It reminds you that hard work pays off.”



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