Congratulations to our Staff Award winners and nominees!
Cecile McDuffie, Sunshine Award
The Sunshine Award recognizes the staff member you can always count on to brighten your day with kind words or bring a smile to your face.
More than 25 colleagues were nominated for this award. Several received multiple nominations attesting to the fact that:
Their smiles brighten rooms . . .
They are ready with a bright smile and a warm hello . . .
They create a pleasant and fun work environment . . . and that
They are generous and kind.
Cecile is all that and a bag of chips! She was selected because she is,
“. . . literally the funniest person here at CNHP – a comedienne! She makes every day better – even when we are down in the dumps.”
Joy Terrell, Peacemaker Award
The Peacemaker Award recognizes a staff member who knows just what to say or do to keep the work atmosphere calm and peaceful.
Several nominees, proposed for consideration of this and other awards, were recognized by colleagues because of their wonderful attitudes that really make the best of each situation. They are calming forces in the chaos that often reflects deadlines for numerous projects. They take the time to meditate over their lunch periods to refresh for the afternoon. They are tactful and calm when expressing truth with dignity and poise while able to deflect conflict.
One staff member stood out from the crowd. According to those who nominated Joy, “She is level headed and logical and co-workers can always count on her to calm them down or help get it together when frustrated. Her experience and demeanor always bring a sense of calmness, even on the craziest of days. Joy knows just what to say and do to create a calm and peaceful environment. She is a warm, thoughtful and insightful colleague who pays close attention to body language and tone and has a gentle way about her that draws you in closely.” Her service as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has not gone unnoticed.
Denise Mielechowski, Service Award
The Service Award recognizes a staff member who is always there for support and serves as a mentor to their colleagues. No job is too big or too small. You can always count on them.
It is no doubt that all nominees go above and beyond what’s in their job descriptions to have been nominated, but of the 32 people submitted for this award, Denise received six nominations. Frequently asking" how can I help?" and despite what may be on her plate, Denise is a tireless worker who doesn't rest until a project is done.
One of her many strengths is the ability to develop best practices for processes to better serve students, alumni, professional staff and faculty from a myriad of departments in the College and across the University.
She continuously seeks out new knowledge and skills and, in the more than 15 years she has been in the department, has always been a role model as well as a mentor to anyone who will accept her guidance. Denise's colleagues say her willingness to assist others and her commitment to Drexel University is unequaled and she is a true asset to any program.
Caroline Feenan, Wonderworker Award
The Wonder Worker Award recognizes a staff member who shows that no matter how much work they have on their plate, they always get it done.
Of the 27 co-workers nominated for this award, one person received no less than 22 nominations! Clearly Caroline's colleagues think she possesses super powers since many of them referred to her as “Wonder Woman,” working her magic to ‘troubleshoot and fix’ problems. She served the entire College for years without fail—no matter what the circumstances.” Caroline consistently goes above and beyond to help faculty, is truly amazing, and nominators note, "we would be lost without her!" Those who proposed Caroline, the “Queen of Blackboard Learn,” mention that no one works longer and harder. One nominator even mentioned living with her and knowing how many hours she works at home!
Kasimir Jenkins Kyla Neil
Alyssa Kalter Kristen Norine
Amanda Keen Rexine Patterson
Katie O’Brien Marcia Penn
Lindsay Loftus Roberta Perry
Maggie McCrea Anna Pohuly
Cecile McDuffie Arun Ramakrishnan
George Merritt Susan Romano
Evelyn Janick Denise Mielechowski Christine Wilson
Jim Bergey Denise Mielechowski
Debby Brunner Paul Nicgorski
Jim DiDomenico Sam Price
Darin Dunston Matt Sawicki
Renee Kulba Joy Terrell
Lindsay Loftus Laura Valenti
Lora Furman Roberta Perry
Redian Furxiu Anna Pohuly
Christine Grott Arun Ramakrishnan
Jim Heinz Sue Romano
Jessica Cullison Evelyn Janick Steve Surgalski
Helene Engel Denise Mielechowski
Judy Ensslin Wayne Miller
Caroline Feenan Paul Nicgorski
Caroline Feenan Denise Mielechowski
Evan Humphries Paul Nicgorski
Cecile McDuffie Arun Ramakrishnan
Kasimir Jenkins Matt Sawicki
Amanda Keen Rhonda Wittlin
Renee Kulba Chanel Young
Judy Ensslin Cameron McConkey