WSSU Honors Employees for Achievements and Service

June 4, 2013

Winston-Salem State University recently honored 20 staff members for their contributions to the goals of the school's strategic plan and 189 employees who represented 1,990 years of service to the State of North Carolina.

Dr. Claudia Warren, a professor of education and coordinator of the university's Birth through Kindergarten Education program, was the longest serving employees recognized.  During her 40 years at the university, she also has been at the forefront of early child education efforts including Smart Start.

"In addition to honoring our employees for their service to the state and to the university, we also began the Chancellor's Achievement Awards last year in an effort to recognize staff members who demonstrate exceptional performance and service," said Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.  "This year, we had more than 50 nominees representing all areas of the campus.  Because we had so many nominees, we expanded the number of employees to be recognized."

Seven employees received $1,500 as the winners of the Chancellor's Achievement Awards for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Theresa Parks, administrative support in the Department of Nursing was honored for leading her area to operate more efficiently and effectively.  Pamela Baucum, business and technology application analyst in the data center, was recognized for process improvements for the Student Accounts Office.  Andrea Thompson, a purchasing agent, played a crucial role in transitioning to a web processing system.  Nissa Vongphakdy, administrative assistant in the Department of Physiological Sciences, was recognized for her support in moving her area into department status.  Peter Blutreich, associate director in housing and residence life, was honored for his work to create a safer student environment.  Sandra Scales, a housekeeper, was recognized for commitment to quality and Michael Frye, a university librarian, was selected for creating a model information literacy course for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Staff members who received $500 in recognition of their accomplishments were:  Kevin Byers, assistant dean for administrative services in the School of Health Sciences; Kathy Amos, housekeeper; Nathan Thompson, assistant controller and interim director of business services; Tori Edmonson, business manager in the Public Safety Department; Shea Gilliam-Davis, program coordinator at the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center; Tarina Whitfield, web developer in IT; and Terry Timmons, plant facilities supervisor.

Six employees received a $200 award for the work and they were:  Jean Scales, business systems analyst in financial systems; Trena Eaton, administrative assistant in the Division of Nursing; Stephen Kelly, building environment services technician; Thomas Flynn, librarian and archivist; Elizabeth Ackman, area coordinator for housing and residence life; and Sandie Pegues, student services manage for the Student Accounts Department.

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