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Outstanding employees of the year announced

August 13, 2003

Austin Peays Outstanding Employees of the Year were honored Tuesday during the Universitys annual Fall Convocation.

Honorees are chosen in three categories: professional/administrative, clerical and support. In addition to an engraved, personalized plaque, each received $500.
August 13, 2003

Austin Peay's Outstanding Employees of the Year were honored Tuesday during the University's annual Fall Convocation.

Honorees are chosen in three categories: professional/administrative, clerical and support. In addition to an engraved, personalized plaque, each received $500.

Selected to work part time at the Tennessee Board of Regents, Nashville, as a Maxine Smith Fellow, Reggie Wooden, APSU Web manager, was honored as the Outstanding Employee of the Year in the professional/administrative category. His supervisor, Charles Wall, director of the Office of Information Technology, said he constantly receives compliments from faculty and staff whom Wooden has helped.

“Reggie takes pride in his work, particularly in the success of Web-based courses,” Wall said. “He offers short ‘how to' courses at the beginning of each semester for students enrolled in Web-based courses. To make it easy on students, he offers sessions at night and on weekends.”

Wall said Wooden often works during times that are personally inconvenient for him, such as at night and on weekends, to minimize any inconvenience to others. Wall also pointed out that Wooden is active in campus events, such as Plant the Campus Red.

Judy Springer, secretary II in the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), is Outstanding Employee of the Year in the clerical category. Marissa Chandler, EOC counselor, said that Springer, who has been the EOC secretary five years, plays a vital role in the overall functions of the office. She made note of Springer's outstanding organizational skills and work ethic.

“Judy is a great asset to everyone in this department,” Chandler said in her nomination.
She played an integral role in creating and refining our EOC grant, which was graded a perfect score of 100 percent! In addition, we were awarded a full five-year cycle from the Department of Education. Very few grants get awarded for five years and receive a perfect score.”

Ricky Denton, lead painter in the physical plant, was named Outstanding Employee for 2002-03 in the category of support staff. Speaking of Denton, Ivan Colon, a painter in the physical plant, noted Denton has served APSU with enthusiasm for 20 years.

In his nomination of Denton, Colon wrote: “Ricky's humble and yet encouraging attitude is shown not only with his peers but with all levels of management. We know him…and love him.”

The Outstanding Employees of the Year were selected by campuswide vote of the staff. They are chosen from among the Outstanding Employees of the Quarter.

For more information, telephone Kathy Stamper, assistant director of human resources, at 7433.