Staff That Go ‘Over and Beyond’ To Fulfill Their Job Duties

All the nominees attended the ceremony with a guest on June 6 at the Chancellor’s residence.

UCR Staff Assembly held its annual awards ceremony on June 6, 2016. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox presented the awards. Carrie Rosema

Twenty UC Riverside staff members have been recognized by their peers for going the extra mile in their respective jobs.

Eight finalists were distinguished within five award categories during a June 6 reception with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox at the Chancellor’s residence.

“It’s to recognize the staff that is going over and beyond here at UCR,” said Vanessa Rocha, Staff Assembly’s director of involvement and recognition. Nominees were announced on May 17.

The eight winners were presented with a plaque, and all nominees received a certificate along with their nomination attached to it.

This annual awards recognition is for staff members only, but students and professors can also nominate them, Rocha said.

People interested in nominating a candidate for 2016-1017 should visit  Nominations can begin as early as fall for the following June awards, Rocha said.

A committee of 16 UCR employees read the nominations and voted for the finalists; the Volunteer of the Year Award winner is chosen by the Staff Assembly Board.

The five award categories are: People Helping People Award; Tartan Soul Award; Volunteer of the Year Award; Diversity Award; and Staff Who Make a Difference Award.

Meet the nominees in each of the five categories (winners are in bold):

Staff Diversity Award

  • Rebecca Freeland, UNEX Student Services, admissions advisor
The Diversity Award was received by William Yang for Rebecca Freehand. Carrie Rosema

The Diversity Award was received by William Yang for Rebecca Freehand.
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People Helping People Award

  • Thomas Oliver, SOM/Biomedical Sciences, project coordinator
  • Jeff Girod, Student Affairs Communications, senior visual content manager
  • Tami Friedrich, Telecommunications, administrative officer IV
Thomas Oliver received the People Helping People award. Carrie Rosema

Thomas Oliver 
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Staff Tartan Soul Award

  • Annette Webb, University Extension, director of education
  • Alyssa Carillo, Athletics, associate athletic director of marketing
  • Abigail Esparza, Dinning Services, senior food service worker
Annette Webb received the Tartan Soul award. Carrie Rosema

Annette Webb 
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Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Christene Burgett, Housing Services, resident relations coordinator
  • Ray Bolles, Grounds Services, senior grounds supervisor
  • Ross French, School of Medicine, digital communications coordinator
Christene Burgett received the Volunteer of the Year award on June 6, 2016, during the annual UCR Staff Assembly awards ceremony. Chancellor Tim A. Wilcox presented the awards. Carrie Rosema

Christene Burgett Carrie Rosema











Staff Who Make a Difference Award

  • Yvette Equihua, Housing Services, customer service specialist
  • Isidra Martinez, bioengineering, financial analyst
  • Holly Morris, telecommunications, communications analyst
  • Amber Nicholson, Health Professions Advising Center, assistant director/advisor
  • Lisa Laws, Housing Services, assistant director of resident services
  • Sandra Martinez, Facilities Management, resident halls housekeeping manager
  • Dawn Demeritte, School of Medicine Department of Education, executive administrative specialist
  • Tom Windeknecht, Housing Services, media communications specialist
  • William Southwick, Computing and Communications, network services analyst/wireless engineer
  • Thomas Barnett, Recreation IT
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Yvette Equihua
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Amber Nicholson received the Staff Who Make a Difference award. Carrie Rosema

Amber Nicholson award.
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William Southwick
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Sandra Martinez
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