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September 2014 Employee of the Month

Length of Service: 11 years
Employee of the Month for September 2014

Marie VanBuskirk regularly performs beyond expectation and tackles new initiatives with a positive attitude and a willingness to cooperate.


Marie recently demonstrated all of the categories for this recognition when she led in organizing a Division-wide student employee training for over 400 students. Marie understood that this would have significant impact on all of the student employees and departments within the Division. In organizing this event, Marie began by coordinating training efforts with the other two largest departments within the Division. Marie found speakers and invited all of the departments within the Division to participate. At a university of this size, with 21 departments participating, it is nothing short of a miracle that this event took place. To manage all the logistics, Marie willingly stayed every night covering every detail. The purpose of this event was to save time and money in not duplicating training efforts - e.g. all would attend one afternoon of the "Active Shooter" training rather than OUPD having to do 21 training sessions. In response to the Campus Climate Survey, special attention was dedicated to covering issues of diversity and S.A.F.E. training. Additional sessions included conflict resolution and an understanding of the BIG picture of recruitment, retention and collaboration. The President of the University welcomed the students and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs presented a message for the student leaders.


Marie has worked at OU for over 10 years and she has been outstanding in developing quality customer service for our Welcome Center student employees as they are front line students who greet all who enter the Rec Center. Recently, we have shifted her duties to Student Development.


Marie excels at planning, leadership and execution in all she does.  Congratulations to Marie on her selection as the September 2014 Employee of the Month!

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