Connie Ikerd – Work Performance
Connie is the secretary of the Communication Disorders department but she isn’t just the secretary, Connie is a huge part in why the department is as amazing as it is. Connie is so dedicated and passionate about not only her job but the department in general, she helps with every aspect of our clinic and our clients. She communicates one on one with clients that we have had for years to the ones who are trying to join our program each semester. I worked one on one with Connie during the summer of ’13 and I got to see for myself what all she does and it is incredible that she does it by herself and it is truly astounding. On top of everything Connie does, she is also incredibly kind and always willing to help out with answering questions about classes and overrides to where to find everything in the clinic. She goes out of her way to get to know all the students and making sure they are completing what the need to do. I think Connie more than deserves recognition for what she does and how amazing she is!
Gwen Perrachione – Customer Service
Gwen is a problem solving go getter! Any time that I call regarding a faculty, staff, or student email Gwen is quick to respond. She is able to figure out the garbled mess and restore the individual to network access. Gwen always seems very genuine and happy to be helping you out. She is a positive force in the ITS department. I know that if I put in a request for a new account, an update to a new account, or a troubleshooting request that Gwen will take care of it quickly and let me know when the request is complete. If she is unable to help with the request she will get others involved that can. Thank you Gwen for a job that is always done well, with a great attitude and a smile!
Julie Haynes – Customer Service
Julie is truly a lifesaver. She is quick to respond to technical difficulties in our building. She is knowledgeable and dependable when computers are giving the faculty and staff trouble. She is always there to save the day and the data! We appreciate her and have come to depend on her superior technical support and are glad that she is Magruder Hall’s computer tech!
Lori Gray – Customer Service
Lori was extraordinarily helpful during the benefits fair and beyond. In addition to making it easier for my faculty to receive their information in a timely fashion, she went out of her way for me personally. With the new policies and changes, I had many questions, all of which she was able to answer quickly and knowledgeably. She made excellent recommendations I hadn’t thought about for my particular circumstances and helped me complete necessary paperwork. The common sense answers form a friendly, helpful colleague put my mind at ease and put me in a better position to take care of myself and the important people in my life. Many thanks!
Michelle Boyd – Service to Students
As an athletic trainer, Michelle’s regular duties include working with athletes in preventing and treating injuries and instructing students studying to become athletic trainers. The point of excellence that I appreciate from Michelle is when she opens her services to others in the campus community. As an athletic trainer, she has superior knowledge and skill working with injuries to joints and muscles than nurses have. The point of excellence that I want to share was a recent experience when my son, a student here at Truman, came to my office complaining of a stiff neck after working out with weights. He could not turn his head to the left more than 30 degrees without pain. My thought was to put a heating pad on his neck or send him to a doctor for an x-ray, but I remembered Michelle once inviting my wife to her lab when my wife had a frozen shoulder. I called Michelle on the phone. She cheerfully invited me to bring my son down to her lab. I stood and watched as Michelle very professionally interviewed my son about the nature of his exercising, the symptoms, and his current difficulties with range of motion. Then she performed a very detailed and focused physical assessment. She informed him about recommendations for treatment; first cold pack and then heat. And she instructed him about ways to avoid the same injury during future workouts. Her care was so professional and so compassionate. It was with a very warm heart that Michelle provided this service beyond her required services, and it is with a warm heart of appreciation that I would like to nominate Michelle Boyd for this recognition of Points of Excellence Award. She is a great representation of the character and integrity to shine in this award.
Roger Johnson – Community Service
Roger is always cheerful and exceptionally ready to help satisfy any need in the classroom environment, office area, or building as a whole. He has been employed at the University since 1988 and displays a constant interest in not only bettering this institution, but the Kirksville community.
Since the early 1970s Roger’s contributions have improved the quality of life in Kirksville through his continued fundraising efforts for Special Olympics, United Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Miss Kirksville Competition, the Alzheimer’s Walk, Adair County Library Roof Fund (personally gathering $2600 in pledges), KLS Girls Basketball Uniform Drive, and the KHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, including his most recent effort to raise $2700 for the Willard Sims Locker Room Renovation Fund here at Truman.
In 2004, Roger conceived the idea of creating a visual Truman State University Hall-of-Fame display for its outstanding athletes. Up to that time, 195 members had been inducted but there existed no display to recognize those individuals so honored. Under his guidance and efforts, a wall of plaques was installed in Pershing Arena in 2005 and has been updated each year since then. Roger has also been active as a member and officer of the Kirksville Jaycees, the KHS Alumni Association, and the Spirit of 1981 Scholarship Committee.
Through his efforts on behalf of the greater Kirksville community, Roger Johnson has raised between $35,000 and $40,000 to better the livers of it’s citizens. In addition he not only finds the time to coach baseball and basketball teams, but to avidly and continuously participate in bowling leagues.