Staff Employee Advocacy Council

Staff Employee Advocacy Council

Employee of the Month

Stephanie Kinkade Named April 2022
Employee of the Month

Stephanie Kinkade, Assistant Director of Student Services in the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education, has been selected as the April 2022 SEAC Employee of the Month.

Stephanie’s nominators and colleagues spoke about her service to the University as well as her dedication to Valpo:

“Stephanie always demonstrates excellence in the areas of teamwork and leadership. She truly cares about the well-being of not only the students but the campus community as a whole. Stephanie tolerates many questions and always approaches her duties from a student serving perspective. She takes a leadership role in Continuing Education which is often an area that is overlooked on campus.”

“Stephanie truly exemplifies the heart of Valpo and gives special meaning to the quote, “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Stephanie exercises patience and empathy when facing difficult situations and always acts as a resource for students, faculty, and staff. For over 20 years, Stephanie has demonstrated her commitment to Valpo throughout her different roles in Human Resources, Graduate Services, and Continuing Education (SAGE, VOLTS, HSP). She is known and adored by so many offices throughout the university. Her demeanor is always sunny and bubbly even in times of uncertainty.”

“Stephanie continuously goes above and beyond the expectations of her position. She is always the first person to work and the last one to leave. Caring for everyone, she even buys student aides and staff presents with her own money. Stephanie has created a safe space for colleagues to seek guidance and comfort. The entire campus community is brighter with Stephanie’s presence.”

Congratulations, Stephanie! Thank you for your dedication and outstanding service to our students and campus community!

Submit New Employee of the Month Nominations Today!

Please continue to assist SEAC in recognizing the outstanding individuals who make Valparaiso University great by nominating them for employee of the month. It is our goal to choose one full- or part-time employee each month to celebrate as someone who is positively impacting our campus community. This person should be someone who works hard to support the University, someone who has added to the campus community in some way, and someone with whom others enjoy working. If you believe you know someone that meets those criteria, please submit this form to nominate them!
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Please consider joining SEAC!

Elections are held each April. Any staff member of the Valparaiso University community may nominate a staff employee to be a candidate for election to the Staff Employee Advocacy Council. Employees may also self-nominate. Elections will be conducted electronically. The official means of communication to staff employees is via email. The council will make a best-effort attempt to communicate through other channels such as the Campus Chronicle, printed materials, and word of mouth. All staff are encouraged to vote in both the hourly and salaried elections.

Your Feedback is Welcome!

Feedback and input from staff is always welcome. Our council is here to represent and advocate for staff members of every department! You may contact any SEAC member to share your thoughts, comments, or concerns regardless of them being associated with your department or area. Please also consider emailing us at seac.feedback@valpo.edu.

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Staff Employee Advocacy Council


Executive Committee:

Jessica Wilson Chair jessica.wilson2@valpo.edu


Chloe Kiser Vice Chair chloe.kiser@valpo.edu

Michael Beaver

Michael Beaver Secretary michael.beaver@valpo.edu


Justin Hunt Treasurer justin.hunt@valpo.edu