Paws Applause

Clap your paws for these individuals

Natalie Mazzullo

"Natalie has continued to go above and beyond in maintaining an active voice for UNR Extension in Las Vegas. She has volunteered in numerous ways – on committees and through community contacts, programs, and meetings. New ideas for developing relationships with our clients are constantly being created and put into action. She is a whirlwind of energy and an excellent source of knowledge for all of us. Natalie is an excellent example of being positive in an uncertain time and the Wolf Pack is very thankful and proud of her! "

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 06/03/20

Cody Chorjel

"Cody Chorjel started with the RLHFS team early this year. He has been amazing through all this chaos. He has maintained his dedication and composure throughout. Families that have dealt with him have been complimenting how kind and generous he has been with his time spent walking families through this crazy time. Most recently he worked diligently with Linzy Thompson to develop a new way of sending emails to students, earning praise from Linzy as well for his calm during the storm. Keep it up Cody, you are an asset to our department and UNR!"

Applauded by Julie Mavis
–Posted 06/03/20

Rozann Wood

"Rozann has been extremely helpful to me with financial assistance. She is awesome. A big shout out to Rozann."

Applauded by Cindy Bozman
–Posted 06/03/20

Beverly and Dana

"During the time that the university has been in lockdown, Beverly and Dana have been providing facilities maintenance services to NSPHL, and have done a great job! Although it will be great to see our regular crew again, the staff here will miss Beverly and Dana, and wish them the best. Thank you both for your great service!"

Applauded by Jake Burkey
–Posted 05/28/20

Building Operations, Knowledge Center

"Thank you to all in Building Operations for taking care of the KC in this time. Thank you for letting us know about shipments received, for watering our plants, and for all that I just don't know about and probably take for granted. Until we return, our building is in good hands, thank you!"

Applauded by Kathryn Johnson
–Posted 05/28/20

Student Staffers Destiny and Eric

"I would like to thank student staff Destiny and Eric for being my right hands during this crazy time. I truly would not have been able to finish the semester without them and I will forever cherish working with them. I know you are on to do amazing things and I am grateful that I got to witness a piece of your journey. Thank you for being you."

Applauded by Ashlei McPherson
–Posted 05/28/20

Jason McGill

"I would like to thank Jason for being a committed resource to students. You're such a wonderful person to be around and the students speak highly of you. I know this semester hasn't been the easiest for you personally but I admire the way you have been able to push through. Thank you for all that you do. "

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

Shawnda Harrison

"It has been such a pleasure working with you this year that words can not express how grateful I am for you as a colleague and friend. During these difficult times you have been here every step of the way with the student staff, making sure our residents had a wonderful experience. Thank you for all the things you do."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

Res Life Cleaning Crew

"I would like to thank the Res Life cleaning crew for the work that they put in daily to make sure the halls are cleaned. During the transition they worked tirelessly to make sure rooms were ready for students to move in and I truly appreciate the work they have done. Thank you so much! "

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

Julie Mavis

"I would like to thank Julie for remaining on the front lines with the in-hall staff, fielding phone calls from students and their families. Julie has been a great support during this time and just in case she doesn't hear it enough, I wish to tell her that she is great and thank her for the work that she does."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

ASBSN & BSN Nursing Students

"I want to publically say how proud I am of our prelicensure students. Nursing students are intense by default; they come into a program that is not easy to get into, and they have plans and deadlines! Nursing requires flexibility, and I have seen students of all levels come together on Zoom for classes, clinical, and study groups. They are making the most of a difficult situation and are doing so with a positive upbeat attitude which makes teaching them a joy. I am so very proud of each and every one of you that I have thought in the last three months. Thank you for making what I love to do inspiring, challenging, and fun."

Applauded by Catherine Gonzalez, MSN RN
–Posted 05/28/20

Julie Mavis and our Central Office Staff

"Julie Mavis and her team have done a phenomenal job at continuing to provide excellent customer service for our housing department. She is an amazing role model for our department and continues to remain positive. And let's not forget that amazing, contagious laugh! "

Applauded by Angie Bradley
–Posted 05/28/20

The Men of Coffin and Keys

"Dr. Cheryl Hug-English and the entire staff at the Student Health Center would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers and kind words of encouragement during this time."

Applauded by the Student Health Center
–Posted 05/28/20

Kathy Ray

"Kathy has been a beacon of hope and leadership during this time. She has been doing her best to keep the library faculty and staff informed with her weekly emails and biweekly virtual "Coffee Meetings." The main concern she has is to keep the Libraries staff (and students) safe while continuing to provide students and scholars with the resources they need. She has been able to do all of this with a calm and approachable leadership style. It makes me proud that she is the University Libraries Dean."

Applauded by Michelle Rebaleati
–Posted 05/28/20

Haley Schwade

"I’d like to recognize one of our OSN faculty; Haley Schwade. Haley took ownership and created online Nursing convocation pages for OSN graduates. The Nursing Convocation Ceremony is an important tradition to our nursing students; it’s held in recognition of their accomplishments as nursing graduates. A pinning ceremony is a part of the convocation ceremony and is a symbolic welcome into the nursing profession; the new nurses are presented with nursing pins by a loved one chosen by the new nurse. This year our nursing graduates weren’t able to take part in convocation or pinning ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions, which made the online OSN convocation pages that Haley created that much more meaningful. Thank you, Haley, for your thoughtfulness and kindness. "

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

Timothy Wolfe

"The Offfice of Financial Aid staff has been doing a fantastic job of staying in touch with families having questions regarding their financial aid issues. Have you seen the videos the staff have done during this pandemic? The financial aid staff at the University truly cares about their students and their families. The way Mr. Wolfe conducts himself with his staff and colleagues are commendable. His webinar on financial aid was attended by people all over the country. He took the time to answer their questions. Not many people take the time to do this especially during these pandemic times. This shout-out goes to Tim Wolfe and his staff in the Office of Financial Aid. Go Wolf Pack!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

Peter Gatto, James Zimmerman, Thomas Gordner, Nathan Ochocinski and Jairon Castellanos Boteo

"The recognition for our Wolf Pack Tower staff is not only for all of the work they have done over the last couple months in closing facility, but for all of the efforts over the last academic year. Opening, managing, and closing out a facility of this size under these circumstance is unheard of. They did so with unfathomable grace and poise! "

Applauded by Toby Toland
–Posted 05/28/20

Lana Byrge

"Lana Byrge has gone out of her way to make sure the department administrative assistants and faculty within the College of Engineering have the necessary tools and resources to keep their departments running while we are all working from home. She has tirelessly answered questions and found ways to work with the faculty and staff within the College to ensure there is as little interruption as possible as we navigate new ways of doing business during this stressful time for us all. I appreciate Lana and her consistent efforts to keep us all on track."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/28/20

Brian Frost, Faculty Senate Chair and Chair of the NSHE Council of Faculty Senate Chairs

"Brian has had an unprecedented year in leadership as the 2019-20 Faculty Senate Chair and as Chair of the NSHE Council of Faculty Senate Chairs; beginning the race with the University dorm explosion and headed to the finish line of his term with planned and anticipated budget cuts!

Through all of that, the mission to lead faculty has been embraced strongly and effectively. Brian has provided council to chairs and members of our ten standing and two ad-hoc Faculty Senate committees to bring charges to fruition with actionable recommendations to better the environment for our faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Brian has led the Executive Board by providing local and global NSHE information and leading them to lead the Senate, where Brian leads the Senators in their roles to their faculty constituents. Brian has been an exceptional spokesperson for faculty and stepped up to serve with every request from others. Brian has organized the work of the NSHE Council of Senate Chairs and is their spokesperson to the Regents, Chancellor Reilly, administrators, and faculty. Brian has helped countless individuals and entire groups of faculty navigate concerns of faculty rights and responsibilities - one of the most impactful, but globally unnoticed, roles of the Senate Chair.

Brian listens to and considers all stakeholders, including his staff, students, administrators, and faculty. Brian's ability to balance the concerns of others and respond with institutional constraints or most notably with solutions that have been implemented. Brian has an impeccable memory for details and has one of the best balancing acts I have ever seen... his professional responsibilities, his Faculty Senate responsibilities, and his family-life balance.

Above all, Brian cares for others (employees included) and is thankful for the information, guidance, work, and support provided to him. Brian is approachable and understanding. When a mistake has been made, he responds, "We all make mistakes!" making it easier to forgive oneself, let it go, and get back to the great work we do. Brian, a leader you are and you will forever be looked to for guidance and input because you have led others very well! In that leading, there has been incredible personal growth evidenced in your work.

I greatly appreciate you and wish we could keep you as our Faculty Senate Chair for more than one term. It has been a great year working with you! Although you won't be my supervisor much longer, I will always consider you my friend and advisor. "

Applauded by Michelle Lee Hritz
–Posted 05/28/20

Joan Atkins

"I would like to recognize Joan Atkins and her team (Melissa Campsey, Sabrina Quinonez, Maci Griffith) from Parking and Transportation Services! When the campus transitioned to remote operations, students were provided the option to cancel their parking permit for a refund. As you can imagine, thousands of students applied for the refund and Joan and her team were there to help! Joan quickly and confidently developed a refund plan while ensuring that her team remained safe, maintaining proper social distancing and using PPE at all times. Thanks to her efforts, within weeks, thousands of students were provided refunds, money that many of our students used for everyday living expenses. During these efforts, Joan lead her team with an upbeat attitude and positive demeanor. While it is not often that Parking and Transportation Services receives accolades, recognizing Joan's dedication and commitment to the organization is worth Paws Applause! "

Applauded by Facilities Services, Parking and Transportation Services
–Posted 05/18/20

Julie Ardito

"Thank you Julie for your amazing daily updates, your enthusiastic optimism, your ability to recognize the efforts of others, and your creative energy....I appreciate you!"

Applauded by Cheryl Hug-English
–Posted 05/18/20

Kerri Garcia

"To Kerri Garcia for her remarkable leadership and being the "Master of the Message". To the entire MarCom team for their dedication, tireless work, and perpetual energy in keeping our UNR community up to date with information, providing ways to keep our campus connected, and for their amazing innovation and creative ideas! A huge "Paws Applause" to all of you!"

Applauded by Cheryl Hug-English
–Posted 05/18/20

Michelle Hritz and Donna Healy

"Michelle and Donna work tirelessly in keeping the Faculty Senate running and managing all the meetings for the Senate, Senate Executive Board and Senate committees. Their jobs were intensive before to keep everyone on track, and they have excelled in continuing to do an outstanding job when we have moved to our virtual work from home environments. Much appreciation to them both and all they do!"

Applauded by Amy Pason
–Posted 05/18/20

Jennifer Carson

"Dr. Carson is truly a beacon of inspiration in this difficult time. She is coordinating not one, but two statewide initiatives to support the wellbeing of elder Nevadans. Through Dementia Friendly Nevada, she supports six communities across the sate in becoming more respectful, educated, supportive, and inclusive of people living with dementia and their family care partners, and she has tirelessly committed herself to ensuring that those communities continue to feel engaged in this important mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Dr. Carson leads The NEST Collaborative within the Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN). NEST is an acronym for Nevada Ensures Support Together, and Dr. Carson has never wavered from her commitment to collaboration; over 30 aging services organization from across Nevada are part of the NEST Collaborative, and Dr. Carson facilitates this diverse array of volunteers and professionals in developing and offering programs that support the social engagement needs of elders during social distancing. She works enough hours to fill two full-time jobs (maybe more)—all thanks to her incredibly selfless dedication to elders—and never approaches her work with anything but enthusiasm and positivity. Dr. Carson: You make a tremendous impact on the lives of elders here in Nevada, and you do so with such grace. Thank you, with utmost sincerity, for all that you do. "

Applauded by Casey Acklin
–Posted 05/18/20

Julie Mavis

"Julie is all shades of amazing. Throughout this pandemic, she has maintained a focus on care, compassion, and dedicated to student success in the face of frustrated and scared students/families. With grace and a mentality of seeking first to understand, she has been exceptional at taking care of our clients when issues related to housing arises. On top of all of this, she has been phenomenal at supporting her team members who have had to learn how to operate off-campus. Many thanks Julie for all you do!!"

Applauded by Dean Kennedy
–Posted 05/18/20

Molly Beaupre

"So much gratitude for our Assistant Registrar, Molly Beaupre, for fast-tracking our office's move to being 100% paperless which will safely and effectively serve our students moving forward. Brava!"

Applauded by Patti Hachten
–Posted 05/18/20

Kyle Combs

"Kyle has worked with many departments and groups including the OIT help desk, GSA, Residence Life, Provost Office... to create solutions using Microsoft Teams, overcoming at least some of the challenges we are all facing as we work toward a ubiquitous communication modality. Kyle thank you for your “out of the box” thinking to solve problems!"

Applauded by Scott Crow
–Posted 05/18/20

Cami Allen

"Cami is the heart and soul of the Department of English. She is the strong hand that steadies all our boats. She is the focused problem-solver who always finds a way. We would be lost without her."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/18/20

Kristin Combs

"She is by far was the best faculty OSN has ever had. She has been inspirational and a great role model for every student. She is an exceptional nurse at Renown Regional at the moment. Professor Combs has made an impact on so many people. She was the reason why I believed in myself that I could accomplish anything. She cares so much about all her students and makes sure they know they are supported. I think this is such an amazing quality every faculty should have. Even though she isn’t a faculty at Orvis anymore, she left such a remarkable mark as a former Wolf Pack professor."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/18/20

Jennifer Massie

"Jen Massie has done a great job leading our team. Despite the challenges we've faced with COVID-19 as a training program, as well as working with a skeleton crew that has increased our work loads across the team – she continues to help move our work forward, show deep appreciation for each of us, and stay positive and passionate about the work we do. Thanks, Jen, for being our glue and our fearless leader."

Applauded by Nevada Partnership for Training Team – Michael, Domenic and Sarah Jane
–Posted 05/18/20

Pedro Juarez-Cardenas

"Without hesitation, Pedro demonstrates his dedication to the University by continuing his physical presence as needed. During these challenging times he continues coordination with university members and contractors to ensure fiber optic cables are not cut during construction and that numerus projects continue in regard to low voltage cabling and network equipment. Pedro, we can’t thank you enough!"

Applauded by Gordon Steinmann
–Posted 05/18/20

Cheri Singer

"Cherie is one amazing human. She deserves all the applause that she can get. By keeping her staff, co-leaders and students sane, she has been a backbone for so many not only during these times but from when she first started 5-6 years ago."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/18/20

Suzy Shaffer & Team

"Suzy from Big Brothers Big Sisters has been an incredible community partner. She and her team have continually worked, as far as I can tell, as the only center actively accepting donations in the Reno area. On the drop of a dime she was ready to accept the wonderful donations on campus students kindly donated to those in need or less fortunate. It has been a pleasure working with her, and I believe we need more people like her and her team in this world. Thank you Suzy and team!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/18/20

Residential Life, Housing & Food Service

"Words cannot explain the awesome perseverance UNR RLHFS department has shown this academic year. As a department we have experienced continuous challenges this year; core changes, some of our most valued members retiring, buildings exploding and more. Even though we were tired, we tackled this new challenge head on. I firmly believe that this has proven our resilience to adversity, and is a good omen to the times yet to come. I am ever impressed of our Wolf Pack Tower staff who have been working tirelessly, already in a new confusing situation, while down 2/5 professional staff. I am proud of the student and professional staff who are continually on the front lines managing our two still active halls on campus. Being able to provide the best experience in programing and outreach to our students that may not have a good home, or even home to return to during these times has been incredibly important. I applaud our central team for continually having fantastic, positive, customer service attitudes despite the thousands of extra emails and calls they have received. They have been timely in their responses and have certainly helped ease the minds of so many confused and scared students and parents. Facilities and cleaning staff have also provided excellent service in keeping our halls clean and healthy with ramped up efforts, in addition to troubleshooting the endless access issues we have encountered due to our early shutdown. Dining service employees at the Overlook have kept a smile on their face, and have worked tirelessly to keep hot food ready and stomachs full for students and staff- often staying open a little longer for last minute students. I am thankful for all of the small, sometimes unnoticed things that we all have been working tirelessly on; and want to give recognition to each individual fighting the good fight for our students, and one another. Even though the end to my final year was not what I expected it to be, I am proud of the support my department has shown to one another considering the enormous responsibility we have all been under. I know that I will look back positively on this time, and know that we worked hard and did the best with what we had."

Applauded by Lewis Jacques
–Posted 05/18/20

Shannon Karbowski

"Shannon has been a great role model in these difficult times. She has been seen going above and beyond with assisting in closing two other buildings besides her own. She has demonstrated her ability to always stay professional and kind when consistently confronted by frustrated individuals – especially early on in the morning. I am proud that she has demonstrated what it is like to be part of the pack in her willingness to include and check in on others, and for helping to arrange a nice way to celebrate our student staff that are graduating this year. I am excited to see the fantastic things she will accomplish next year!"

Applauded by Lewis Jacques
–Posted 05/18/20

Nathan Ochocinski

"I have been thoroughly impressed with Nathan's dedication to his department, especially in the way he has managed the opening and closing of Wolf Pack Tower. As a first year graduate, he has excelled in many areas and proved to be an invaluable asset. I have personally seen Nathan working well past his weekly hours to ensure students are having the easiest transition picking up their belongings in these stressful times, advocating for student staff, and going above and beyond in department initiatives that will help us be accommodating to our future students. I am excited to see what he accomplish's next year, and know that he will eventually make a fantastic Assistant Director!"

Applauded by Lewis Jacques
–Posted 05/18/20

Dionne Davis

"Dionne has been an empathetic guiding hand for many throughout the challenging times we have been facing. As a supervisor, I appreciate that she practices what she preaches, as she is often heard encouraging others to take breaks when needed, and to always have something small to look forward to everyday for self care (Even if that is a 5 minute work out!). I appreciate her taking the extra time to listen to troubles (professional and personal) and always offer solid advice. Thank you for being a great supervisor- I will miss you next year Dionne!"

Applauded by Lewis Jacques
–Posted 05/18/20

Daniel Fergus

"Daniel has been instrumental to the success of taking our M.D. graduation virtual. When we encountered challenges in the moments leading up to the event, Daniel acted promptly, kindly and efficiently to overcome them. In the words of our Creative Director, "Daniel was incredibly thoughtful and responsive." Daniel – on behalf of UNR Med and the Class of 2020 M.D. graduates, thank you for being such a Pack Player! "

Applauded Audrey Goodnight
–Posted 05/18/20

Angie Bradley, Shannon Karbowski, Suzanne Turner, Thomas Gordner

"Angie took leadership and pulled together a small team to develop a plan for recognizing student live-in staff members for our department. Thanks for being awesome, Angie."

Applauded by Dean Kennedy
–Posted 05/18/20

UNR MED Student Affairs

"UNR MED Student Affairs has done a wonderful job of keeping in constant contact with the Med students. From the daily student updates to the individual emails just checking in, Student Affairs is keeping the student informed and connected. Thank you so much to the following: Dr. Singer, Dr. Etezadi, Jodi, Brandi, Ranna, Megan, Sam, Ebony and Maria."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

The Admin Assistants and Facility Attendants in the Residence Halls

"The people working these positions have been in the halls working every day with or without proper PPE. Face to face on a daily basis with students trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for them. It needs to be recognised that they are 'on the front lines,' are still being asked to do additional tasks by those safely at home and have no clue what next week will bring. A very stressful position being handled with smiles, grace and compassion."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

Student Health Center professionals

"SHC is the best place to work! Dr.Hug-English made sure that we are all prepared, provided us with uplifting and beautiful poems and made sure we are all well protected with complete PPE for the Covid-19 pandemic, making sure of the safety of students and staffs, first one in the office and last one to go home, updates us constantly with relevant issues. Joanne made sure we have the complete PPE for our safety, as well as the students and provides daily reminders to keep us all healthy. Julee and Kristin collaborated with the online questionnaires to prevent too much exposure in the center for any testing needed by students. Labs constantly assisted with the testing updates and proper handling of specimens. Nurses and MAs always ready to help each other to assist the providers and students, constantly changing ways to expedite visit thus less exposure. Nutritionists, doctors and APNs made sure they can still help the students and telemedicine been great help. Working as a team is the best, especially in times of uncertainty like this. Keeping the student's health."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

The Team Members of Sponsored Projects

"This group of folks operate much like the Postal Service, nothing slows them down nor gets in their way! Rain, shine, snow or viruses will keep them from trudging forward! Such an awesome team! Thanks everyone!"

Applauded by Peggy Bohn
–Posted 05/11/20

Sarah Ries

"I am personally grateful to Sarah Ries. Her optimism, innovative spirit, and willingness to help makes her the true culture champion that she is! Every morning, Sarah posts a group chat on Teams with a motivational phrase with her colleagues, to maintain what we would have otherwise seen on the door of her office. Sarah is constantly ahead of the game when it comes to exploring new technology and has been a key player in helping me and countless others optimize our use of Teams, PowerBI, and other productivity tools. I am always happy to see her in meetings (even though they're virtual) and can't wait to hear about what's she's learning next. Thank you for all you do, Sarah!"

Applauded by Carolyn Brayko
–Posted 05/11/20

Amy Valdez

"Thank you Amy for your generous donation of one of your hand made masks! It fits great and is stylish. My paws applaud you!"

Applauded by Paul Girard
–Posted 05/11/20

Shannon Brown and Erin Nelson

"Erin and Shannon have maintained effective communication with us as our program undergoes both structural changes and adjustments due to COVID-19. They have worked hard to ensure that the transition of spring/summer classes goes smoothly. And while they both have a lot on their plates, they are always friendly, helpful, and open to suggestions. We appreciate their guidance and dedication!"

Applauded by Brenda Quihuis and the 365 Learning Team
–Posted 05/11/20

Dean Manos Maragakis

"Under normal circumstances, Dean Maragakis provides great leadership, however during the COVID-19 pandemic he has doubled down to work tirelessly to ensure the college still runs efficiently and effectively."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

Arthur Chenin

"Arthur helped me a lot with the external review of the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate program."

Applauded by Vera Samburova
–Posted 05/11/20

Katrina Aldridge and Kaiya Massey

"A big thank you to Katrina and Kaiya with their help to make summer payroll run smooth and accurate. They keep track of many changes, updates, etc. and respond to HR questions in a timely and kind manner. We couldn’t do it without them!"

Applauded by Brenda Quihuis, Erin Nelson, and Tony Garofalo
–Posted 05/11/20

Dr. Amy Pason

"Dr. Pason has always been one of the most organized, dedicated, and hard-serving members of the Communication Studies Department, and she works extensively to move us forward in our development and in our contribution to evolving university policies. I, and I suspect many others, have had to put several things on the back burner as I struggle to finish the semester during this crisis. But Amy has consistently kept on track with projects and initiatives that were started before the pandemic, and her tenacity has been a great source of encouragement and support."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

Kim Thomas

"Dean Thomas has been ever present and helpful to students. What comes across in hearing her talk about disbursing emergency funds to students is that she cares. She's able to put herself in the students' shoes and do what is right and kind. Thanks for your continued dedication and tireless efforts."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

Dr. Cheryl Hug-English

"Dr. Hug-English has been tireless, unbelievably accessible during this unprecedented period in all our lives. Early on in the crisis, when I needed to consult on quarantine/isolation issues, Cheryl replied to my email late at night when I know that she'd been inundated by similar requests all day. She took my concerns seriously, had up-to-date information to share to help with decision making, and remained friendly, approachable, and calm, cool, and collected. The University is lucky to have her! "

Applauded by Jacqueline Pistorello
–Posted 05/11/20

Chris Mikulich

"Big thanks and Paws Applause to Chris Mikulich. Extended Studies runs approximately 50 non-credit courses and programs each semester. When the Redfield Campus closed in March, our team began rescheduling classes to Zoom when possible and canceling when online wasn't an option. Chris has worked tirelessly to ensure our 350+ Extended Studies students impacted by date changes or cancellations were notified by email or phone. She initiated more than 200 student transfers and processed over 100 refunds. Our PCI payment system requires Chris to work in the Redfield offices (alone) two days per week. While in the office, Chris manages registration, processes mail, and helps with in-office tasks other staffers can't manage from home. Our EXS team couldn't have done it without her! Thanks Chris."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/11/20

Sina Ward and Sanford Center Staff

"I am so thankful for Sina as well as the entire staff at the Sanford Center for Aging. They are providing such critical services for the older adults in our community. I appreciate the continued support that Sina has shown the volunteers during this time. I am so proud to have such a compassionate group on our campus informing the community of resources and issues that matter!"

Applauded by Lindsey Forbes
–Posted 05/11/20

Ryan Jerz, Kyle Combs, and Audrey Goodnight

"I can't thank these people enough! As we transition to this virtual world, I've experienced challenges in making engaging and accessible content. In their own ways, Kyle, Ryan, and Audrey have all been so important in this journey. I am constantly learning new things from them and their patience with me and insight is much appreciated!"

Applauded by Lindsey Forbes
–Posted 05/11/20

Student Health nurses

"Happy Nurses" Day to all of the amazing nurses at the Student Health Center. You have all risen to this current challenge and continue to provide compassionate care for our patients as well as creative innovations and ideas. Thank you for your willingness to adapt, change, and for your passion for service. I want to particularly recognize our Nursing Supervisor Joanne McGee for her leadership, her tireless work ethic, and her ever-present optimism and generous spirit. Thank you also to all the nurses in UNRSOM clinics who continue to work and serve patients in our community. Let all your care and kindness come back to you!!!"

Applauded by Dr. Cheryl Hug-English
–Posted 05/11/20

Dr. Cheryl-Hug English

"I'd like to thank Dr. Hug for being such an amazing medical director at the SHC! She makes it evident that the safety and needs of her staff are her priority. It is because of leaders like her that we have the privilege to continue providing excellent care to our students while they are going through some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Healthcare is always changing but we are living in unprecedented times. We are so lucky that we have Cheryl to navigate us through this pandemic.Thank you for your unwavering dedication and compassion. We appreciate you!"

Applauded by Crystal Rosas
–Posted 05/11/20

Lyndsay Munro

"Dr. Munro has done an exceptional job with the transition to online classes. As students, we see the effort that Dr. Munro has made to be consistent and become available to her students. We all appreciate you, thank you!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/08/20

Ranna Nash

"Ranna is a rockstar! Our medical students are undergoing significant amounts of stress and anxiety studying remotely for their board licensing exams that can determine their ultimate career path. Testing center closures and social distancing requirements have led to mass cancelations of test dates with few solutions and limited capacity at the remaining open centers. Ranna works tirelessly to keep them informed and find options for them at multiple sites, as well as help them with their study schedules. She is a truly dedicated student advocate and UNR MED is lucky to have her on our team going above and beyond for our students. Thank you Ranna!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/07/20

Joanne McGee

"I'd like to thank Joanne on behalf of the nursing staff at SHC! We are blessed to have such an exceptional nursing supervisor who leads by example. We are very fortunate to have the necessary PPE and this is due largely to Joanne's tireless efforts. Her top priority is the safety and well being of her nurses. Joanne's knowledge and experience make her an asset to the SHC. Her caring nature and generous heart make her invaluable."

Applauded by Crystal Rosas
–Posted 05/07/20

Chris McClendon and Christina Hilfer

"When we transitioned to working remotely, most of my department had never used remote desktop or VPN before. Chris and Christina offered in-person training and worked tirelessly to get everyone connected to direct remote access, remote desktop, VPN and shared drives. They scaled up infrastructure and adapted as needed. When issues arose, they don't sleep until things were up and running again, often working weekends, nights and early mornings. Even under great pressure, they were role models for providing timely, professional support while remaining endlessly patient and friendly. We would not be working remotely today without them!"

Applauded by Haley Anderton-Folmer
–Posted 05/07/20

Jake Burkey

"I applaud Jake Burkey and the rest of the staff at the Nevada State Health Laboratory for stepping up and meeting the demand of analyzing the flood of COVID-19 tests. Thanks to your efforts, over 12,000 patients have information and understanding of their situation. We all know that 'testing is the key to moving on'. You are going to make that possible. Thanks for all you are doing."

Applauded by James Kenyon
–Posted 05/06/20

Kristen Kennedy

"Kristen Kennedy is the Executive Director of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) She has held this position for under two years, but she is no cub in the Wolf Pack. She has received many awards and accolades in the community. Articles have been written about her, but what I want to acknowledge is her compassion , caring and creativity. In this uncertain time anxieties are high. Kristen has lead OLLI to explore new frontiers. We have found that yes you can teach old dogs new tricks. While creating new avenues to present on Zoom to our senior sector she has juggled keeping her staff sane. I know for one she has made me laugh and smile on numerous occasions while holding a simple zoom staff meeting . She is real, she gets the simple premise of we can accomplish anything if we stick together. I acknowledge and respect this kind of contribution to the Wolf Pack, OLLI and the community at large. Thanks, Kristen for staying real!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

John Trent

"John Trent is the ultimate team player. He not only steps up to the plate but, without hesitation, he manages to hit it out of the park every, single, time. You see, John is a 'behind the scenes' sort of guy. He expertly weaves the University's narrative through stories of faculty, staff, and students and can distill information in writing better than anyone. John is revered by our team and by people who know him across the University. And, bonus, he's as likable as they come. Conversations with John are never dull—he's an encyclopedia of information. I think without knowing it, John exudes an introspection that can leave you feeling inspired. Over the last year, I've had the absolute privilege to work with John during some of the most challenging crises. I am always so humbled by his ongoing and steadfast professionalism. He's the first person in the room to recognize others and I sincerely appreciate this opportunity to turn the tables and give him a much deserved Paws Applause. Thanks for all you do, John!"

Applauded by Nicole Shearer
–Posted 05/06/20

Dana Reed

"Dana Reed is a Research Associate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UNR MED. She is doing a fantastic job managing a wonderful team of University of Nevada, Reno staff that is producing COVID-19 sampling/testing kits for the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory."

Applauded by David AuCoin
–Posted 05/06/20

Mike Maskaly

"Mike has continued to work to support our basic science researchers during the pandemic response with professionalism and efficiency. He has even been able to initiate improvements in some infrastructure support during this time. He is invaluable to UNR MED research operations, and I am proud to work alongside him."

Applauded by Danielle Eaton
–Posted 05/06/20

Lauren Brown

"Lauren Brown is a subtle, often quiet presence in our program. Yet, she is always thinking! She actively listens, observes, begins to problem solve, and rises up to assist in addressing the challenge on the table. This has become particularly evident during COVID-19. Adobe Pro, Facebook, Qualtrics, Zoom Meeting, Zoom Webinar...her efforts to "play around" with these platforms helped us to utilize them with confidence quickly and successfully as a program. She also reached out to those in our program who struggle with technology, offering gentle guidance and support. Our program was able to resume classes within two weeks. Lauren also volunteered to co-teach several classes virtually during the early evenings, three nights a week! This probably was not convenient for her personal life, but it certainly worked for our PBS Families as evidenced by our growing numbers during this time. Paws Applause, Lauren! I see you!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous 
–Posted 05/06/20

Jack Hayes

"Jack is doing a terrific job at guiding the Biology Department throughout these difficult times. He is a great chair, supports junior faculty, and conducts department affairs very fairly."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Elizabeth Nubel

"Liz has gone above and beyond getting one-on-one online financial aid appointments with students set up, and coordinating with other offices to make sure our freshmen have the info they need to make the right choice to come to Nevada!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Dr. Cheryl Hug-English

"Dr. Hug has shown me what a real leader does during a crisis. She is thinking of the safety of her employees and our students in every decision she makes each day. She has not taken a day off for months. She is the first person at work each day and the last one to leave. She has given her staff a daily email update and always has some positive message for us. This COVID-19 pandemic has made me appreciate the wonderful people I work with and Dr. Hug for her leadership."

Applauded by Joanne McGee
–Posted 05/06/20

Dr. Cheryl Hug-English

"I just want to express how grateful I am to such an amazing leader! Dr. Hug-English has puts in long never ending hrs to ensure that all her employees/colleagues are safe, well informed and up to date on everything going on in this crazy time. I truly appreciate everything she does!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Nursing Department at Student Health

"Nurses Day is tomorrow and I want to thank my Nursing staff at Student Health. Each nurse has shown me why we became nurses. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure who affected policy for proper nursing care. Each of my nurses is trailblazing COVID-19 nursing care. Thank you to all nurses who are in the front line and I pray you stay safe and healthy."

Applauded by Joanne McGee
–Posted 05/06/20

Joanne McGee

"I have the best nursing supervisor! Joanne has been her for her staff and co-workers, and all the students in need or monitoring from the COVID-19. Joanne has made sure that her staff has the PPE we need to keep us safe and well so we can be here for the students. She is truly amazing, just want her to know how much I appreciate all her hard work."

Applauded by Sabrina Mead
–Posted 05/06/20

Joyce Stauffenberg

"Joyce and the crew at accounts payable have worked very hard to help make deposits for the Cashier's Office as easy as possible. Also, with regards to processing P-card and expense reports when travel plans have been postponed, they are available (answer emails quickly) and understanding of various different situations. I appreciate the effort they are putting in to try to make these tasks just a bit easier at these difficult times. Thank you!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Dr. Cherie Singer

"Dr. Singer has been a fearless leader during this crazy time! She has supported students through daily updates with trivia accompanied by prizes that she provides out of her own pocket (with support from other administrators). At the same time, she continues to support her staff. She checks in on us, she's always available, and she's been understanding of everyone's different realities at this time. While many professionals are experiencing burn out right now—she keeps department meetings fun and makes an effort to engage everyone! I am happy to work for such a strong yet compassionate leader!"

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Vice President of Administration’s and Finance and the Direct Reports

"Tireless efforts keeping the University’s Administration and Facilities (i.e. HR, paychecks, facilities efforts for close down and reopening phases, police services, etc.) running smoothly during this COVID-19 crisis which such has not been seen in most of our lifetimes.

Starting with Vic Redding and his right hand, Jodi Frazer, I’m sure you both sleep, but not sure when? Around the clock efforts that are truly amazing with no boundaries of job description and for that I humbly offer paws applause.

Tim McFarling, as if HR was not enough hours work in the day (and it is), you are also heading up efforts (with a team of course) to plan our return to campus and most have no idea how much thought and efforts that entails, paws applause.

Todd Renwick, Police Services in this pandemic has to be a challenge most of us will never understand and you do it so well. Reminder to all, no news is good news in police work in my opinion. Paws Applause for keeping us all safe and secured during this time.

Sheri Mendez, among the many responsibilities you have and carry out so well, paychecks are very important to us all. Paws Applause for tireless efforts.

Shawn Norman, this budgeting time and your crystal ball efforts are extremely tough and daunting, and you continue with a smile and strong efforts, Paws Applause.

Sean McGoldrick, both closing down and now preparations for planning our return to campus has so many complications and considerations from surface cleaning to installing safety precaution barriers and developing protocols, Paws Applause.

Athletics, those that know me understand I love Wolf Pack sports. Thank you for all efforts for the athletes to keep them engaged and efforts to move forward with a positive attitude. Paws Applause.

As my biggest PAWS APPLAUSE, I want to thank all the teams of all the departments mentioned above including my Real Estate Team that works tirelessly and with eagerness towards every challenge. Without the PACK of all of you, we would all fail and you deserve a big HOWL along with PAWS APPLAUSE. Stay safe and healthy and thank you for all you do. GO PACK!"

Applauded by Troy Miller
–Posted 05/06/20

Daniel Krahn and Tim Rachel

"Both Daniel and Tim have remained on site to continue with chemical inventory and delivery activities. This is critical not just to maintain regulatory compliance, but also to support critical lab work including the State Public Heath Laboratory. While most of the campus has moved to remote operations, Daniel and Tim have reported to the University every day to ensure that this critical process is not interrupted."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Pam Jitloff

"Dedicated and passionate about her work. She goes the extra mile for helping faculty."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Indira Chatterjee

"Dr. Chatterjee is very friendly and helpful."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Joanna Trieger

"She goes the extra mile to help faculty submit their proposals."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Zachary Newell

"Without Zack, remote access to our research lab would not be possible. He responds in a timely manner with effective solutions. Thanks Zack."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/06/20

Yvonne Stedham

"Dr. Stedham always goes above and beyond to keep people achieving and connecting. She did an amazing job in her role as department chair helping to navigate all of the change and uncertainty."

Applauded by Colleen Camenisch
–Posted 05/06/20

Dr. Cheryl Hug-English and Amanda Windes

"These two have been working tirelessly for the University everyday during this pandemic, attending meetings, taking on additional job duties and requests, handling their regular job duties and much more. It is so appreciated!"

Applauded by Todd Renwick
–Posted 05/06/20

Cari Cunningham

"Quarantine is not easy. Finding and reveling in moments of joy, inspiration, and laughter is critical for all of us, any time of year, but especially now. I started taking Cari’s beginning modern dance class as a way to make space for myself a midst a busy work week.

Dance is out of my comfort zone. It’s something I admire and love to watch but am afraid to try. So, I decided to go for it. With Cari’s contagious energy and enthusiasm, I instantly found so much joy through her classes, learning new choreography with a group of incredible students. Just partway through the semester, we have all found ourselves working from home, in a much more technology-centric context.

Cari’s class has given me something to look forward to each week.

She was committed to holding class and engaging all of us, despite it no longer taking place in person. She made special soundtracks and helped us all learn a new dance virtually. Her class offered two hours a week that I could let go, have fun, and know that she would be there for me and for the entire class.

Quarantine will not be the same without her playfulness and choreography. Thank you, Cari!"

Applauded by Shoshana Zeldner
–Posted 05/06/20

Michelle Rebaleati

"Michelle continues to go out of her way to help the Davidson Academy with their commencement activities. She is beyond pleasant to work with, has good ideas and is caring about the overall professionalism of the ceremony."

Applauded by Scooby Meredith
–Posted 05/06/20

Mark Albin and his IT Team

"A huge Paws Applause to Extended Studies IT Manager, Mark Albin and his IT team. Mark, Ivan Chernov and Jonathan Pinto ensured a smooth transition for all Extended Studies staff, which includes Redfield Campus, 365 Learning, Planetarium, OLLI and NNIC. In early March, Mark and his team began the preparation and planning conversations in the event of Covid-19 related closure. By mid-March, they were working 10-12 hour to prepare staff for the transition to WFH. This required working one-on-one with over forty staff to ensure remote desktop was installed and working. Identifying who needed a laptop set-up for home use and providing instruction where needed. When the University discovered University of Nevada, Reno students in need of laptops, Mark and his team assisted OIT with wiping and updating 20+ laptops from our 365 Computer Lab. In the past weeks, Mark and his team (without fail) respond to emails day and night. When one of our staff lost access to Remote Desktop (at 8 p.m.), Ivan immediately volunteered to drive to Redfield to restart the computer. The IT team has been patient and kind throughout what has become a world-changing crisis. We are thankful and grateful to them for going above and beyond to make this time a bit simpler for our students and staff. Thanks EXS IT Team!"

Applauded by Kiran Gandhi and Jodi Herzik
–Posted 05/06/20

Bowen Drewes

"Since I began teaching part-time at the University in Spring 2019, Bowen usually answered the phone when I called the help desk, so he soon became my go-to person to answer any questions I had about getting my courses set up on WebCampus. I had not previously worked on Canvas (I used Blackboard), and Bowen was always helpful and always did it in the most supportive and kind way possible. When we went to online teaching, I had never taught online classes before, so once again, I had many questions for Bowen and the IDT group. Again, I received all the help and support I needed to make a smooth transition to online teaching. Bowen always got back to me very quickly and often went above and beyond to ensure I knew all I needed to utilize Zoom effectively for my class. Bowen Drewes (and the entire IDT group) deserves great recognition for a job well done!"

Applauded by Angela Hupp
–Posted 05/06/20

Amy Taylor and entire FRS Team

"Fitness and Recreational Sports (FRS) is a very special university department offering Nevada students and faculty the opportunity to live an active lifestyle. The communication that has been provided by Amy Taylor and her team has been very helpful. I am thankful that through the active leadership and communication the online platform fitness classes have been a success. Thank you for your commitment to the development of a healthy learning environment. This is why I love working as a fitness instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno."

Applauded by Daniel Marquez
–Posted 05/06/20

The Faculty, Staff and students of the IELC

"Like everyone else at the university, the faculty, staff and students of IELC have continued to work hard and with the same passion they always have. However, this unprecedented situation has added a few extra challenges when working with international students. One challenge is continuing to teach with students who are worried and focused on making it back to their home country. Once they have made it safely home teaching at a time that is convenient for at least three time zones. In addition, it is extremely difficult and unnatural to convert a 20 hours-a-week program to teach language and academic skills and culture online with all the other challenges that come with teaching from home with or without children, with or without a good computer and the technology necessary! So I applaud each and everyone one of them for the successfully completing this unusual semester. Bravo and Chapeau Bas! You have proven that no matter what you up for the challenge and will do what is necessary to get the job done!"

Applauded by Susan Valencia
–Posted 05/06/20

Michael Brown

"Michael Brown deserves a resounding Paws Applause for his outstanding dedication and work ethic in single handedly developing the University's coronavirus site. He has worked tirelessly day-in and day-out with almost every University unit/division to insure content is up-to-date and new sections built out to provide the University community the most comprehensive, useful, up-to-the-minute information and updates during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Applauded by Kerri Garcia Hendricks
–Posted 05/06/20

The Animal Resources animal care technicians

"The animal care team at the Office of Animal Resources continue to provide daily animal care and welfare monitoring of all university research animals 7 days a week, 365 days for year regardless of Covid-19 or any other disaster, weather, or holiday. Kudos to them."

Applauded by Walt Mandeville, DVM,MS
–Posted 05/06/20

OIT team

"The group who deserves a huge Paws Applause is the entire OIT Team. They have made it possible to ensure a smooth transition for all University staff to work from home. They have been patient and kind throughout the entire process, available at all times and just been a stellar group of human beings.

Bravo to the OIT Team!"

Applauded by Cindy Bowling
–Posted 05/05/20

Christina Sarman

"I feel Christina deserves a Paws Applause because through this difficult transition she has shown a true and sincere concern for her team and the University goals. Christina has spent countless time and effort not only keeping us on task and informed but also making her team feel cared for. She has made sure we have all the resources necessary to continue our support of DAR's goals while maintaining a light-hearted approach that has made this unusual time much more tolerable. Thank you Christina for all you do!"

Applauded by Karen Enslin
–Posted 05/05/20

Dana Reed

"On the first onset of COVID-19 hitting our state, Dana has spearheaded a basic science wide effort that turned into a community-wide effort (University of Nevada, Reno, TMCC, private companies) to support our healthcare facilities to increase their ability to test more widely for COVID-19. She took charge to gather supplies to make Viral Transport Media (VTR) for the State Health Lab to distribute to all of our healthcare facilities. Along with gathering N95 masks and protective gowns in the early stages. Also a huge shout out to all the departments that donated items and time to make this possible."

Applauded by Michelle Whitaker
–Posted 05/05/20

Mandy Barber

"I can say many things about Mandy Barber. I can talk about her longevity and proven success in the department, and that alone would make her deserving of such an applause. But, I also feel she deserves to be recognized for the leadership abilities she has shown now in her position as Lead Administrative Assistant. Abilities that Mandy showcased on a daily basis even before finally being given the title of said position. Mandy Barber is the embodiment of what any and every supervisor should strive to emulate. Never have I worked for another individual who so truly cared for those she works with, all while completing the workload of two or three different individuals at once. It is a true rarity to find such a person and it is high time Mandy be recognized as such a gem in a department that largely goes unrecognized for the hard work and dedication that occurs in the most stressful of times. With leadership aspirations myself, it is an honor to learn the right way to go about achieving said goal from the best that there is."

Applauded by Jason McGill
–Posted 05/05/20

Kara Cleveland

"Kara is doing an amazing job during these hard times of social distancing. The Elementary Program area is in the process of trying to complete paper work for 30 students to graduate from our program and admit over 30 students. This generated a lot of paperwork that we had to keep track of in a time sensitive manner. She made the process easy by being efficient, flexible, and communicated within the hour. She was able to keep things moving along. Ours is only only one program area but she is doing this for the whole University. Thank you Kara, we appreciate all your hard work. We could not do this without you and your team."

Applauded by Teruni Lamberg
–Posted 05/05/20

All of our essential workers on campus

"Thank you to all of our essential workers on campus! I applaud all of you for your work on our campus."

Applauded by User wishes to remain anonymous
–Posted 05/05/20

Lauren Siri, Breanne Standingwater and Brin Reynolds

"When it came to making graduation for UNR Med's Class of 2020 memorable Lauren, Breanne and Brin charged full speed ahead with an attitude of yes and a spirit of innovation working round the clock to make it possible. On May 14, Nevada's newest physicians and their supporters will experience a joyful and meaningful alternative to our traditional graduation. A special experience for grads in an unprecedented time. A UNR Med core value is we improve and innovate and these three take that to heart. Another value is people are our strength. Through their work not only do they demonstrate that of themselves, but they also demonstrate how we believe that of our learners. Thank you Lauren, Breanne and Brin for your remarkable contributions!"

Applauded by Audrey Goodnight
–Posted 05/05/20

Julie Mavis

"Through this quarantine, Julie has been the glue that holds our office together. She has been with our department for barely a year and has never failed to impress. Julie is the total package of customer service, accounting, management and humor. I could not do my job without her."

Applauded by Christina Carver
–Posted 05/05/20

Everyone who supports instructors at the University

"Being a part-time instructor can be somewhat challenging since you rarely have the same support and resources as full-time faculty. I have found that this is not necessarily true at the University. Those folks who support us at the University are consistently positive and helpful, including, but not limited to the shuttle bus drivers, IT instruction staff, administrative staff, food-services staff, grounds keeping personnel, and everyone else. Thank you for helping to make my last two years at the University a success for me."

Applauded by Jim Kuthy
–Posted 05/05/20

Cindy Bozman

"Cindy Bozman is a team player and goes above and beyond to help."

Applauded by Teruni Lamberg
–Posted 05/05/20

Dr. Cheryl Hug-English

"Dr. Hug-English has been at the forefront of keeping our students, faculty and staff safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty. Her thoughtful approach has been both science-based and human-based. Her medical counsel has informed many of the best decisions our campus has made in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. She’s worked long and tirelessly, along with the entire staff of the Student Health Center, in maintaining contact with those on our campus who have suffered illness as a result of COVID-19. In a time when those who are ill yearn to hear a comforting, caring voice, Dr. Hug-English provides such a voice. Her collaborative nature has ensured that our campus is directly connected with the medical professionals in our community as we all fight this outbreak together. For more than 30 years, Dr. Hug-English’s presence on our campus has made this a better place, perhaps now more than ever before. Her caring example of putting others before herself has been a shining light for all of us."

Applauded by John Trent
–Posted 05/04/20

Dean Trudy Larson

"Dean Larson has long been one of the most influential public health figures in our state. Her work over the past several weeks, however, has been extraordinary. As a member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 medical advisory team, Dean Larson has helped bring a science-based and empathetic perspective to many of the most important health and safety decisions our state will ever make. In addition, she’s continued to balance her work as dean of one of our University’s fastest-growing schools, the School of Community Health Sciences, with her usual personal grace, warmth and good humor. Her “What’s Up Doc?” Zoom town hall meetings with her faculty have kept her people engaged and connected to the academic, research and outreach missions that she has fostered within her school. Dean Larson has shown us that life does indeed go on, even in the face of a pandemic."

Applauded by John Trent
–Posted 05/04/20

Office of Information Technology
Teaching & Learning Technologies

"The members of these two groups have worked tirelessly and without a lot of fanfare in ensuring that the students, faculty and staff of our University have been able to do work remotely, and safely, in the wake of COVID-19. From the very beginning, when plans were being first formulated on how best to mobilize the campus and move many of our operations and delivery of services for those who were studying and working remotely, these patient and talented professionals have ensured that the transition has been seamless and smooth. Whenever there have been questions, they’ve diligently, and efficiently, responded. Their work is often not seen, but it felt every day as we adjust to a new normal. It’s hard to imagine where we would be today without all of these important people."

Applauded by John Trent
–Posted 05/04/20