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Employee of the Month

The Staff Employee Advocacy Council would like to recognize the outstanding contributions made by our staff members each day. 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.


Employee of the Month

Amy Rodriguez Named February 2024
Employee of the Month
Amy Rodriguez, Visitor Services Coordinator, February 2024 Employee of the Month

Amy Rodriguez, Visitor Services Coordinator , was selected as the February 2024 SEAC Employee of the Month.


Nominators spoke about Amy’s dedication to teamwork, service to others, and commitment to Valparaiso University:

“There are not enough good things I can say about Amy. She is the first person our students and staff see when they enter the welcome center. Amy greets each student and their family with such a warm and welcoming demeanor. There are many moving parts to each student’s visit (tour, information session with a counselor, faculty appointment) and she has their schedules organized to perfection. Amy goes above and beyond her scope of responsibilities. For example, when a student is on their way back from their tour, she will notify their admission counselor so we are ready for them when they return. When she has a perspective student on the phone, she will get detailed information from them before she passes the student onto a counselor. This gives the counselor an understanding of the nature of how we can best assist the potential student. Amy truly goes out of her way to ensure students and their families have the best experience while they are at the welcome center. She is the first one here and many times the last one to leave because she wants to ensure that all the details for a student’s visit are organized. We have many weeks where the amount of visitors is significant. Somehow Amy is able to juggle a large volume of visitors, phones ringing, managing student tour guides and the needs of the counselors. Her ability to multitask is second to none. Amy’s positive energy, infectious smile and warm personality not only positively affects visiting students/families, but the staff at the welcome center. We couldn’t do this without her! She is a true asset to Valpo!”

“Amy’s a super positive person, is always on top of things, and is a tremendous asset to our team and our guests!”

“Amy is someone who instantly makes your day better as soon as you walk through the door. She has this energy about her that if she is out of the office for some reason, you find yourself missing her. She is also one of the most selfless people that I know, and is always ready to help others. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award, and if it were allowed she would be employee of the month every month! ”

“Amy always excels in the most front-facing position of the University, greeting everyone with a smile whether they are a visiting student or a staff member she sees every day. She goes above and beyond for the admissions team, students, and any guests who find themselves in the Welcome Center. She is able to juggle phone calls, emails, schedules, and visitors all while mentoring our excellent student Ambassadors in Admission. She has extraordinary mental fortitude and is extremely quick at problem-solving, often finding a solution to an issue before anyone else has realized that one needs to be found. We are lucky to have her (and her delicious contributions to staff potlucks!) on our team.”

Employee of the Month

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Nominations must be for a regular full-time, limited full-time, or part-time appointed staff employee who has worked at the University for at least 90 days. Faculty, deans, and students are not eligible.
  2. Any Valparaiso University staff member, faculty member, student, or alumni may submit a nomination via the Google Form on the SEAC website or on a paper ballot at the Harre Union Welcome Desk or the front desk at Don Hovey.
  3. A committee of SEAC members who comprise the Recognition Committee will select the winning nominee each month at their regularly scheduled meeting.

If you believe you know someone that meets those criteria, please submit this form to nominate them!

Winning nominees will receive recognition in the Campus Chronicle and at SEAC events, and they will receive several small prizes as a token of our appreciation for their outstanding work.

Congratulations to Past Employee of the Month winners!

We are so thankful to have you on our University Team!

DATENAMETITLELINK
January
2024
Patty Jarosz Academic Advisor, College of Engineering Photo
December
2023
Melizza ZygmuntExecutive Director of Office of Institutional EffectivenessPhoto
November
2023
Jes JanssenSenior Assistant Director of Admission & Financial AidPhoto
October
2023
Wendy PatersonAdministrative Assistant, CASPhoto
September
2023
Daniel HaynesDirector of MaintenancePhoto
August
2023
James RichardsDirector of University Photography and VideographyPhoto
July
2023
Emma KelleyProfessional Educators Partnership CoordinatorPhoto
June
2023
Sage MessengerAssistant Director for Residential LifePhoto
May
2023
July OrdazAssistant Director of Annual Giving Programs, AdvancementPhoto
April
2023
Karen StacyAdministrative Assistant to the Dean, CONHPPhoto
March
2023
Carrie MillerAdministrative Assistant, CASPhoto
February
2023
Kyle RheinOfficer, Valparaiso University Police DepartmentPhoto
January
2023
Sue KukurugyaAssistant Director of Enterprise Process & Projects, ITPhoto
December
2022
Isis DrososAdministrative Assistant to the Dean, CASPhoto
November
2022
Kate PattersonAdministrative Assistant, CONHPPhoto
October
2022
Michele PickeringLandscape Manager, Facilities ManagementPhoto
September 2022Julie WhitakerEnergy and Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities ManagementPhoto
August
2022
Christina HearneDirector, Access and Accommodation Resource CenterPhoto
July
2022
Denise AponteDirector of Student AccountsPhoto
June
2022
Kristin FlodderAdministrative Assistant, Music and TheatrePhoto
May
2022
Adam KlosParking and Transportation ManagerPhoto
April
2022
Stephanie KinkadeAssistant Director of Student Services, Graduate SchoolPhoto
March
2022
Bob SokolTechnical Equipment Specialist, College of EngineeringPhoto
February
2022
Ann WeitgenantAssociate Director of Financial AidPhoto
January
2022
Paul LapsanskyDirector of Technical Services, ITPhoto
December
2021
Katrina BrechnerDegree Audit Coordinator, RegistrarPhoto
November
2021
Christine MileusnichBuilding Service Technician, Facilities Management (ARC)Photo
October
2021
Kaila NeasmanInstructional Technologist and Blackboard AdministratorPhoto
September 2021Jodi GassAdministrative Assistant, CONHP (PA Program)Photo
August
2021
Daniela TrajceskiProgram Coordinator for International & Global EngagementPhoto
July
2021
Angie TaylorAdministrative Assistant, Valparaiso University
Center for the Arts
Photo
June
2021
Ryan ByeDirector, Student Involvement & New
Student Programs
Photo
May
2021
Colette WilliamsCoordinator, Accounts Payable,
Finance Office
Photo
April
2021
Jennifer SmolnickyAcademic Advisor, CONHPPhoto
March
2021
Alyssa DarrolAssistant Registrar, Office of the RegistrarPhoto
February
2021
Lisa DorseyOffice Manager, Counseling CenterPhoto
January
2021
Jean MarshallSupervisor, Building Services, Facilities ManagementPhoto
December
2020
Mary PattonManager of University Mail ServicesPhoto
November
2020
Melanie TrowbridgeAssociate Director of Continuous Improvement, ITPhoto
October
2020
Laura SandersDirector of the Hesse Learning Center, COEPhoto
September 2020Kelly EshenaurDirector of the Health CenterPhoto
August
2020
Bonnie Dahlke GoebbertAsst. Dean for Strategic Initiatives,
Student Life
Photo
July
2020
Dave SierkowskiChief Information Office, ITPhoto
June
2020
All StaffService during COVID-19 Pandemic
May
2020
Ali UrbanczykRegistrar, Office of the RegistrarPhoto
April
2020
Kevin SteeleDirector of Instructional Technology,
Design & Assessment, VITAL
Photo
March
2020
Emily ProughSr. Coordinator of International Student Services, OIPPhoto
February
2020
Carrie WhittierAsst. Dean of Students for Greek Life, Leadership and Volunteer Programs, Student AffairsPhoto
January
2020
Ron TaylorBuilding Service Technician, Facilities ManagementPhoto
December
2019
Doug Rogers &
Eric Kwiecien
Maintenance Services Technicians, FMPhoto
November
2019
Rich MillerTechnical Support Specialist, ITPhoto
October
2019
Jon HendricksDirector of University Photography & VideographyPhoto
September 2019Alan MangeneBuilding Service Technician, Facilities ManagementPhoto
August
2019
Carol GossDirector, Language Resource CenterPhoto
July
2019
Carrie PalkovichDirector of Transfer Enrollment, AdmissionsPhoto
June
2019
Heather Kimes-PerezManager, Student Mail CenterPhoto
May
2019
Theresa KarkFacility and Set-Up Coordinator, Harre UnionPhoto
April
2019
Brian InnesMaintenance Services Technician A, FMPhoto
March
2019
Cassie HopkinsDirector of University Events, Office of the PresidentPhoto
February
2019
Mark WebberTransportation Service Driver, TransportationPhoto
January
2019
Gail BeischerFounders Server/Cashier, Dining ServicesPhoto
December
2018
Shelby ToppingAdministrative Assistant, CASPhoto
Past Employee of the Month winners!