of the Year
While this is the case, there is nothing simple about what 2015 Outstanding AP of the Year Angie Schmucker has accomplished.
A 13-year Oakland employee who now serves as executive director of planned and annual giving, Schmucker has impressed colleagues, students, alumni, donors and many others with her heartfelt and steadfast dedication to the University; her vast knowledge and mastery of fundraising best practices; her innovative thinking; and her willingness to mentor, support, collaborate with, and acknowledge the talents and contributions of others in the campus community.
During her career, Schmucker has secured millions of dollars to support the programs and initiatives of academic units and departments across the University. In 2014 alone, she stewarded $9 million in planned giving cash and more than $2 million in future gifts.
“There is not a school, college or division on campus that hasn't been improved by a donation secured by Angie,” one colleague wrote.
She has helped create countless academic scholarships, thereby opening doors of opportunity to students who might not otherwise be able to pursue a college degree.
Schmucker and members of her team have created numerous additional support initiatives as well, including the Student Philanthropy Committee, the Senior Class Gift, the Black and Gold Loyalty Society, the Planned Giving Vision Society, and the Parent/Family Giving Campaign.
Oakland’s retired faculty and staff have certainly not escaped her caring attention, as evidenced by her having played a central role in the creation of the Pioneer Club, which works to keep OU retirees informed and involved in campus events. In this way, retirees have a means to stay involved in the life of the University and remain connected with campus news, current employees and fellow retirees.
On a managerial level, Schmucker has accomplished a great deal during her time at OU. She oversaw the merging of planned and annual giving operations on campus, for example, which not only resulted in increased donations, but also reengaged thousands of former OU faculty, staff, alumni and friends who had not been contacted in years.
She is also active off campus, having maintained prestigious Certified Fundraising Executive status since 2007, as well as having maintained membership in the Southeast Michigan Planned Giving Roundtable, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, CASE, and the nonprofit mentoring organization Women of Tomorrow.
“Angie Schmucker is long overdue for recognition of the work that she has done to advance this University,” a colleague wrote. “She is a diplomat who can turn any situation into a positive one, a great communicator both internally and externally, and is so dedicated to OU that she may possibly bleed gold.”
Schmucker and her family are season ticket holders for both basketball games and Meadow Brook Theatre performances. One of her nominators said that she exemplifies what it means to be a proud employee and an enthusiastic community ambassador.
“Perhaps the most important quality exhibited by Angie is her positive and optimistic
attitude,” one of numerous nominators wrote. “Angie recognizes the value and importance of the role of the University for students, faculty, staff and the community.”
Among countless additional accolades on Schmucker’s behalf was the following praise: “Angie's fundraising efforts … are a reflection of where we have been as a University, an acknowledgement of where we are today and, most importantly, where we are going.”
A celebratory reception honoring Schmucker’s accomplishments and dedication to the University will take place in Banquet Room A of Oakland Center on Tuesday, June 2. All are welcome to attend the event, which is set from 3-5 p.m.
Patrick Nicosia, 1985
Joan Stinson, 1986
Elaine Chapman Moore, 1987
Clair McVety, 1988
Jean Ann Miller, 1989
Arthur Griggs, 1990
Thomas Kirchner, 1991
Elizabeth Millwood, 1992
Ron Kevern, 1993
Virginia Allen, 1994
David Herman, 1995
Lynn Hockenberger, 1996
Katie Kazarian, 1997
Felecia Bumpus, 1998
Glenn McIntosh, 1999
Dawn Aubry, 2000
Vicki Larabell, 2001
Leonard Brown, 2002
Gerald Compton, 2003
Sheryl Klemanski, 2004
George Preisinger, 2005
Melvin Gilroy, 2006
Tricia Westergaard, 2007
Mila Padgett, 2008
Jennifer Gilroy, 2009
Samuel Lucido, 2010
Steve Shablin, 2011
Eleanor Reynolds, 2012
Peggy Cooke, 2013
Greg Jordan, 2014
Angie Schmucker, 2015
- Shines by Their Attitude: Has a positive attitude and performance in serving the needs of the university staff from other department, students, visitors, faculty, etc.
- Reaches Higher: Dedication and work ethic that is above and beyond that required.
- Performs Exceptionally: Proven and demonstrated methods of improving the efficiency of the work place; exceptional performance in a project or task, which results in a savings of money/time, or increases revenues, productivity and/or morale.
- Promotes Teamwork: Builds positive working relationships with individuals and with teams on cross-functional projects.
- Rallies in Support of OU: Aligns their work in support of Institutional Priorities.
HVAC - Plant Maintenance
Mastery Level VII - HVAC
Length of Service: 2 years
Employee of the month for January 2017
The School of Health Sciences Team is excited and honored to work in the Human Health Building (HHB) - a building whose very design and construction exemplifies the best science and engineering practices that advance human-environment interactions. We understand that humans impact the environment and that our environment to a large degree determines the quality and quantity of our lives. HHB is our work environment and it surely has impacts on our daily lives and work. Nick Flores - more than anyone - makes it possible for all of us to teach, learn, research, and engage in meaningful service here. We've struggled with getting the heating and cooling regulated sufficiently and to everyone's satisfaction. Impressively, Nick works tirelessly and without complaint, striving to meet our needs, make fine adjustments, and frankly to reconcile entirely incompatible personal preferences. He is, every day and in every way, patient, thoughtful, caring, and humble. Nick isn't just our building's HVAC guy - he is an extension of the Health Sciences Team and a key part of our larger HHB family.
Nick was on call this past holiday time between Christmas and New Year’s. He was amazing taking care of 3 emergency water main breaks as well numerous other emergency calls. Nick isolated the water break single-handedly at 2:00 a.m., saving thousands of gallons of water. He is an awesome HVAC Technician that is a huge asset to the University and we are lucky to have him on the OU Team!
Nick has a great sense of humor and takes frequent issues with heating/cooling in HHB in stride. He works hard and is dedicated to solving problems. His efforts are appreciated by all!
Congratulations to Nick on his selection as the January 2017 Employee of the Month!
December 2016 Employee of the Month
ID Card Office
ID Card Assistant Manager
Length of Service: 1 year
Employee of the month for December 2016
Maggie goes above and beyond to help others and has a positive attitude. She works well with students, faculty, and staff, in coordinating and filling their ID card needs.
Maggie is always willing to lend a hand and provides great customer service. She supervises a robust student staff and has a professional demeanor. In 2016, Maggie Phelps transitioned from student to full time staff and has not looked back. Using the tools learned as a student worker to move into a full time position after graduation, Maggie continues her education in the graduate program, is an asset to the department and has a bright future ahead.
In summary, Maggie provides excellent customer service for the ID Card Office, is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. She completes every task quickly, efficiently and the results are always above expectations. She is a great addition to the Oakland Center, a team player and respected by her student staff and coworkers.
Congratulations to Maggie on her selection as the December 2016 Employee of the Month!
School of Nursing
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 5 years
Employee of the month for November 2016
Over the past twelve months the SON has been preparing to implement a new enterprise system (Empower) to manage student records. Heidi has taken the lead on this project, all while maintaining the duties of her full-time position and completing coursework toward her Bachelor's degree with a focus on LEAN management. Heidi's courses have actively applied the theory that she has learned in her coursework in our office to help our operation run more efficiently.
Heidi diligently works to keep the SON organized, as well as be a mentor and leader to the student assistants who are employed in our office. As the student assistant supervisor, she helps the students understand the importance of doing the job right the first time and how this type of work ethic will apply once they graduate from OU. As a result our office has some of the best student assistants on campus due to Heidi's excellent management skills. Heidi is a great employee and we all appreciate her contributions to our office.
Congratulations to Heidi on her selection as the November 2016 Employee of the month!
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the month for October 2016
As the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, Amanda has successfully overseen several programs and most notably the development of Leadership OU Student-Alumni Program, recognized by the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Leadership OU connects undergraduate students to leadership, mentoring and networking opportunities. Amanda supervises the graduate student who plans an alumni speaker series and plays an active role in connecting participants with an alum mentor.
Amanda is the mastermind of the Young Alumni Council, comprised of ambitious alums that graduated within the last 10 years. Through Amanda's fearless leadership and guidance, the Council has been able to develop engaging, fun events to recognize the work young alums in their field, connect them to the University, each other and the greater community.
In addition to the many successful programs Amanda coordinates for the Alumni Association, she is a part-time instructor teaching undergraduate communication courses, COM 101 and Body Barre at the Recreation Center. In the past she has also aided in the planning of the Student to Professional Conference. Amanda's smile, positive attitude and willingness to help are contagious. She genuinely cares about the alumni of Oakland University, students, her colleagues and everyone she comes in contact with.
Congratulations to Amanda on her selection as the October 2016 Employee of the month!
Office of the Senior Associate Provost
Manager of Student Success
Length of Service: 7 years
Employee of the month for September 2016
Krista is fond of saying that people are "worth their weight in gold" and she certainly exemplifies the "gold standard" when it comes to an OU Employee. She brings passion, energy, drive, and an upbeat attitude to work every day. She truly sets herself a part by her positive, "can-do" attitude.
Following are many examples of why Krista not only meets – but exceeds the criteria for Employee of the Month!
Shines by Their Attitude:
Those who know Krista will tell you her positive attitude and energy are contagious. She inspires others to give their all to our university, colleagues, and students.
For every project Krista heads, for every committee she chairs, and for every event she facilitates Krista goes the extra mile. She will provide inspiration quotes or fun feel good take a ways at every meeting she leads. This is something she does from her heart and her own pocket that does change the way an OU staff member or student feels that day.
A notebook could be filled with all of the projects, committees, events, initiatives that Krista has a part in. Krista is the mortar to our bricks here at Oakland University and should be recognized for all she does above and beyond her own job to make our university a happy place for students, visitors, and OU staff.
It is important to mention that Krista has stepped up to Chair the Bring Your Child to Work Day committee. This was a committee that went from 18 members to 7 and was funded by the President. Krista is working for all OU staff APs, CTs, Administrators, and Faculty to put on an event that will make employees happy. On the first day of registration (a registration Krista advertised and set up) 125 children of OU employees were registered to come to this amazing event.
Krista is the first person to recognize others on campus and never thinks twice about all of the amazing things she is doing here at OU. She does it because she is proud to be a part of our community and wants to see OU at its best. She not only fosters positive relationships with others, she connects and brings people together.
Rallies in Support of OU:
Krista always takes a step back when working on projects/committees to think about how the work she is doing aligns with the goals of OU.
In addition to all of the above, Krista takes organization to a new level with student success in leading the Great Lakes Student Success Conference, assisting with the EAB SSC initiative, promoting service learning and growing the Second Year Experience program to name a few. Krista is a true leader with a blend of caring, support and practical planning. She is proficient in working in a team setting to meet departmental and university goals. Krista has an outstanding ability to build a trusting relationship, sincere empathy for faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. Her outstanding work ethic, positive attitude, and unmatched organizational skills are evident in any project she works on. Krista consistently manages many tasks at once with a smile and is always available to support other staff in their duties and professional development. Krista is a dedicated, responsible and a caring worker who is committed to bringing out the very best in those who she works with.
In conclusion, Krista will lead the AP Assembly as our President in the upcoming year and in this role, she has made it her mission to recognize all APs on campus, generating a Recognition month for all APs! This month was facilitated by her teamwork skills. Krista is a genuinely kind and caring person who puts her heart and soul into everything she touches and this talent was evident in her Recognition month. She is incredibly organized and strives to always be inclusive to whatever population she is serving. She is an asset to this campus!
Congratulations to Krista on her selection as the September 2016 Employee of the Month!
University Recreation and Well-Being
Wellness and Education Outreach Coordinator
Length of Service: 4 years
Employee of the month for August 2016
Stephanie is an asset to OU and the Department of University Recreation and Well-Being. She has the best interest of OU employees and students in mind when she plans and implements programs and services to support their personal well-being. Since coming to OU four years ago, Stephanie has revamped the well-being offerings to be more focused on the issues and interests of the campus population. She listens to needs and wants and provides a balance of opportunities that are both educational and fun. She is embracing all the dimensions of well-being and is intentional in her planning. Stephanie is providing the campus community with avenues to better themselves in all areas.
Stephanie has been and continues to be a driving force ensuring OU employees are taking care of themselves emotionally and physically. She has supported/created group exercise classes, supplied drink fruit-infused water to departments across campus, created a wellness Facebook page and sends out wellness e-mails alerting the OU community of the initiatives geared toward enhancing our well-being. Her positive spirit and creative mind has helped all as we strive to be a "healthier" and productive employee at OU.
Stephanie also planned both the annual Poker Walk and the first-ever employee Kickball Tournament. Both were huge successes and attracted participation from all over campus. These were excellent team-building events – especially helpful for OU groups in transition. I'm sure many campus leaders and staff members found these activities to be very positive for their own team building!
Stephanie is a team player. She works collaboratively with others across campus to maximize the use of resources for all well-being offerings. She is beyond organized and very thorough in her communication and delivery of information to colleagues, students, and other patrons of the Recreation Center. She has demonstrated time and again a dedication to her department and to the betterment of the campus community. She truly wants to see people succeed in their well-being efforts. Over the past year she has expanded into teaching group exercise classes which provides her another avenue to reach employees and engage with them on another level. She is passionate about her work and employees really like working with her.
Congratulations to Stephanie on her selection as the August 2016 Employee of the Month!
Jennifer De La O
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 1.5 Years
Employee of the month for July 2016
Jeni consistently has a positive attitude. She motivates her colleagues and remains optimistic even in the most stressful peak periods of work.
Jeni has a solid work ethic and demonstrates outstanding performance. She takes initiative and she is desirous to do an exceptional job in all that she tackles.
Jeni is a team player and promotes the same spirit within the department. She is well respected by her peers and superiors alike.
Jeni is a supporter of OU and contributes to the life of the institution and its priorities, including creating a model Banner training manual for her colleagues. Jeni's commitment to the University and her determination to achieve excellence provides solid evidence that she is well deserving of the Employee of the Month honor.
Congratulations to Jeni on her selection as the July 2016 Employee of the Month!
Length of Service: 5 Years
Employee of the month for June 2016
Lou Kondek is definitely one of OUs best employees!
One of Lou's responsibilities is Banner Document Management (BDM) at OU. He has been the driving force that has assisted several departments on campus implement BDM. Over the last year or two, Lou has been working with the Office of the Registrar to implement student record imaging. Initially, Lou joined the implementation group that consisted of representatives from Graduate Studies and Lifelong learning, Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Registrar to plan and document the process of how our shared records would be imaged for university use. Lou guided us as we formulated a strategy, always taking into consideration university policy, storage constraints, and long-term planning objectives. During these conversations, Lou has always stood out as a leader helping to guide the group to our current process. During the implementation portion, Lou was always ready and waiting to assist in any way he could. If there was a technical issue, he never hesitated to come over the help trouble shoot. When we needed to create new document types, Lou made it happen. He did a lot of testing for quality purposes, which allowed us to ensure the quality of the imaged student transcript. If it weren't for Lou, there is no doubt that the imaging of more than 50,000 student transcripts in our office alone would not have gone as smoothly as it did.
Lou brings humor, a positive and collaborative attitude, and is generally just a great person to work with on a project. Congratulations to Lou on his selection as the June 2016 Employee of the Month!
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 2 Years
Employee of the month for May 2016
Christine has worked in the Office of the Registrar for many years in different capacities. Currently she is an Office Assistant III and has been in this position for a little over a year. Chris has embraced and welcomed the challenges that come with this position. Her knowledge of Oakland University's policies and procedures and her communication skills with students, parents and the university community are all great qualities required in this position.
This past year Oakland University was looking at how we could increase and improve our graduation numbers. With that Grad Path was initiated. Approximately 20 representatives met for 2 hours each week for a whole semester to discuss our processes and from those meetings significant changes were made. Chris was the one most affected by these changes and was responsible for those changes to happen. The most significant change is saving our office 20,000 pieces of paper a year by eliminating the copying of transcripts and graduation compliance for each undergraduate candidate for degree. Chris has had to work with other team members across campus to help automate the auditing processes for graduation. The on-line application for degree had to be adjusted with a work flow notification to the students letting the students know that their application had been submitted successfully. This notice also alerts the student and advisers of any deficiencies found that may affect their graduation status. This information is immediate, giving the student time to adjust their record. This has shortened the time from when a student applies to graduate to the time their degree is posted to their transcript and receives their diploma.
Approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students apply to graduate in a year. Even though Chris is the undergraduate auditor she interacts with a good majority of the candidates by phone. This experience for most students at any level is stressful and very confusing so many students call Chris for answers to their questions. The most often asked question is explaining the difference between graduation and commencement. It is truly amazing how many students do not know the difference!
Chris, also, is often the bearer of bad news. She notifies students by email if there is a problem or deficiency. Many of her phone calls are in response to these emails and are from angry students that are upset and often crying. This requires empathy, patience, tact and knowledge from Chris. Chris has a positive attitude, is dedicated to her position, has good work ethics, is very smart and loves Oakland University.
Christine Earl is someone that makes OU always look good. She is that type of a person you can count on, no matter what. Christine is known to her colleagues and leadership as an extremely dependable, trustworthy person who genuinely wants the students to succeed. Christine Earl exemplifies the excellence. Chris received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December 1982 and is an active member of the Alumni of OU!
Congratulations to Christine on her selection as the May 2016 Employee of the Month!
David Ollie Ray
ORIENTATION & NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS
Office Assistant III
Length of Service: 28 Years
Employee of the month for April 2016
David Ollie Ray has always been an exemplary employee, but during the past few months he has gone above and beyond. David is one of three employees in an office, so you can imagine when one person is gone, it creates additional work for those remaining. Last month, due to the resignation of one staff member and a family emergency for the other, on most days, David was the only staff member in the office. During this time, he ensured the Orientation and New Student Programs office was functioning at full capacity. David answered hundreds of phone calls, supervised four student employees, coordinated several new orientation processes, and put the finishing touches on OGL recruitment - all on top of his day-to-day responsibilities. What's even more outstanding is that David accomplished all this with a positive attitude and a spirit of teamwork. Over the years, we've relied upon David many times, and in the last month, he proved he's always ready for the challenge. ONSP is very lucky to have him on our team.
David's strong work performance, knowledge of the university and ability to connect with others sets him apart from every other staff member. For the past 27 years David has served as Office Assistant to Orientation. David is an amazing resource to not only the office of Orientation and New Student Programs, but to all those who are connected to us including faculty and staff. David's strong work performance as Office Assistant has afforded our office the ability to be effective, efficient, and well organized. Additionally, David is very knowledgeable about the university history. Our office rarely makes a repeated mistake due to David's ability to recall good and bad decisions we have made over the past quarter century. Lastly, David's ability to cultivate relationships with faculty and staff is the skill that truly sets him apart from other staff members on this campus. David has a special talent for connecting with people of all backgrounds. Most of the individuals that have worked in our office have maintained communication with David as he continues to make unique connections with everyone who has worked with him.
Congratulations to David on his selection as the April 2016 Employee of the Month!
Length of Service: 16 Years
Employee of the month for March 2016
Rosezine Payne is dedicated to Oakland University and is committed to its success. She is always willing to help out staff and she always keeps a positive attitude. She takes pride as a custodian.
Rosezine goes above in beyond to keep the spaces in she oversees in their best conditions. She has great attention to detail. Numerous compliments about Rosezine and her work ethic are heard in O'Dowd Hall. Some of the comments heard are "She works hard and with a smile, one of the best custodians I have ever met, always friendly, always works hard, leave no dirt untouched." Also, "She loves her job. She always goes the extra mile, ensuring that the office is completely clean with dusting, vacuuming. She leaves no area in O'Dowd Hall unturned."
Congratulations to Rosezine on her selection as the March 2016 Employee of the Month!
February 2016 Employee of the Month
Athletic Academic Adviser
Length of Service: 5 Years
Employee of the month for February 2016
Evan stands with the best of outstanding Oakland University Employees! As an Academic Adviser for the Athletics Department, the crux of his job is to work with over 300 student-athletes!
Evan advises student-athletes by assisting with their major selection, registering them for classes that work for their career goals, and minimizing class conflicts with their athletic schedules. He also has long conversations with each student-athlete, making sure they are in courses that benefit their strengths and overall goals, not just placing them in courses that are required. Evan oversees they have a balanced class load. He provides for them what is in their best interest.
Playing on a college sports team is time consuming. Student athletes are busy on weekends, evenings and even through holiday breaks! During these busy times, Evan is in the office on weekends, late nights, and over university breaks doing what’s needed to make sure OU student athletes have success!
Evan is one of the nicest men around who successfully goes about his business and excels at his job. He truly embodies what Oakland University stands for!
Congratulations to Evan on his selection as the February 2016 Employee of the Month!!
January 2016 Employee of the Month
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
Marketing Coordinator SEHS
Length of Service: 1 Year
Employee of the month for January 2016
James Silvestri, the School of Education and Human Services' Marketing Coordinator, makes faculty, staff, and students smile through his positive and personal approach to his work. James is universally known for his personality, can-do attitude and encouragement of us to reach higher as a School.
James has been instrumental in showcasing the School through our annual magazine and weekly newsletter, both of which tell our story through images and anecdotes. He has chronicled 30+ events this year, capturing over 4,000 images.
James has led the initiative to create a unified brand across all departments, giving the School the most professional look possible, from departmental publications, event publicity, and on-going website improvements. He promotes teamwork through cross-functional project.
James always gets the job done, working beyond traditional work hours to achieve our goals. Truly going above and beyond, James has twice taught an eight-session Photoshop class to students on the Autism Spectrum. Through our "Why Teach?" project, James has worked with colleagues, interviewing local teachers to share their inspiration for education with our current students. He is a true artist whose work has brought this project to life. James' approach, talent, and humor make him a truly valuable member of SEHS.
Congratulations to James on his selection as the January 2016 Employee of the Month!
2014 Employees of the Month
December - Roz Winchester-McCray
2015 Employees of the Month
December - Monica Haines
|2013 Employees of the Month|
December – Shannon Stribling
November – Siraj Khan
October – Beth Deverna
September – Wendy Allen
August – Anthony Gallina
July – Mary Zook
June – Janet Chandler
May – Jenifer Watson
April – Renee Jacques
March – Dawn Deitsch
February – James Zentmeyer
January – Joan Wancour
|2012 Employees of the Month|
December – Beth Ann Sutton
November – Juan Cantu
October – Sara Webb
September – Robert Hanson
August - Nicole Lucio
July – Mark Johnson
June – Michelle Serafino
May – Karen Pipitone
April – Xander Buckingham
March – Irene Fox
February – Corey Brittingham
January – Carmen Archer
|2011 Employees of the Month|
December – Michelle Gruca
November – Don Ritenburgh
October – Marcee Daly
September – Christina Riley
August – Micheline Walter
July – Peggy Cooke
June – Linda Sisson
May – Domenico Luongo
April - Matt Bruer
March – Patti Bowman
February – Leo Debiaggi
January – Bridget Green
|2010 Employees of the Month|
December – Andrew Keyosky
November – Marsha Packer
October – Robert Vaughn
September – Lateacha Carr
August – Dan Kirkland
July – Monica Milczarski
June – Luke Fleer
May – Cora Hanson
April – Sandra Sala
March – Joan A. Love
February – Cynthia Ferrera
January – James Leidel
|2009 Employees of the Month|
December – Sheryl Hugger
November – Todd Welscott
October – John Coughlin
September – Joann Denby
August – Dennis Bolton
July – Elisabeth Putnam
June – Julie Dermidoff
May – Ronda Ferguson
April – Deanna Wohlfeil
March – Greg Jordan
February – Claire Cooper
January – Jocelyn Baldwin
|2008 Employees of the Month|
December – Kellie Klinck
November – Kathleen Lesich
October – Sue MacDonell
September – Nancy Schmitz
August – Scott Allison
July – Kevin McDougall
June – Peggy Chiu
May – Manjit Gill
April – Mariann Hodge
March – Paul Battle
February – Kim Schultz
January – Ann Marie Besaw