Excellence, Innovation, Leadership Common Among Staff Awards Winners

Agnello MendesThree extraordinary UD staff members were honored for their unique contributions of excellence, innovation and leadership at the Building a Community of Respect Together-themed Staff Appreciation Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Lynch Auditorium. Also honored were those who have served UD for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

COMING MONDAY: a feature on the three employees who were recognized for 20 and 25 years of service.

Brenda Leary, Biology Department administrative assistant, was recognized for her outstanding contributions since arriving at the university in November 2012 with the New Employee Excellence Award.

"Brenda stepped into the department during a transitional period," said Marcy Brown Marsden, associate dean of Constantin College and Biology Department chair. "She immediately began to provide invaluable assistance with the Environmental Protection Agency audit. In addition, she has taken great initiative in keeping the lines of communication open with students and their families."

Jennifer Howard, administrative assistant in the College of Business Dean's Office, received the Innovation Award for increasing, in one semester, the efficiency of faculty contract processing and expense tracking and enrollment management procedures, as well as developing an electronic filing system.

"Jenn consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of her and is always ready to help a fellow colleague," said Marianne Wilson, College of Business administration manager. "She has greatly streamlined the efficiency of the COB Dean's administrative area by developing a highly efficient electronic filing system, greatly improving the process of generating adjunct faculty contracts and creating an efficient tracking system for faculty development expenses."

Assistant Manager of College of Business Services Agnello Mendes (pictured) was recognized with the Outstanding Leadership Award for 17 years of servant leadership and making a significant impact.

"Agnello is a portrait of our mission: a highly competent, responsible manager who is also a principled, moral leader," said Wilson. "He does an excellent job of managing the Faculty Support Center. He and his team of student workers make themselves available at a moment's notice to help solve a variety of problems for our professors, whether it's setting up AV equipment, troubleshooting the wireless access, replacing a projector bulb in the middle of a lecture or jumping a dead battery at 10:00 p.m."

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