March 2019 — Sean Kaighin
Women's Soccer Coach
All inSPIRE Award winners receive a number of prizes for the honor, including a personal parking space for one month, a free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, a gift card from the bookstore and a certificate to display at their workspace.
February 2019 — Brianna Finck
Assistant Softball Coach
All inSPIRE Award winners receive a number of prizes for the honor, including a personal parking space for one month, a free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, a gift card from the bookstore and a certificate to display at their workspace.
January 2019 — Joyce Pennington
After more than 40 years of service to Marietta College, there's not much Joyce Pennington hasn't seen or heard on campus. However, she did experience a first recently as she was named the January 2019 inSPIRE Award winner.
The person who nominated her said, "She is continually balancing multiple projects and assisting with various requests from different faculty members in the department but at the end of the day, she always comes through for us."
Joyce has been an administrative assistant for the same area — Mass Media and on-and-off for Communication — has befriended and impacted countless students over the decades.
All inSPIRE Award winners receive a number of prizes for the honor, including a personal parking space for one month, a free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, a gift card from the bookstore and a certificate to display at their workspace.
December 2018 — Kristen Thompson
When a student unexpectedly became ill in Thomas Hall, Kristen Thompson remained calm and quickly helped (and got help) for the student. Because of her cool under pressure, Thompson was recently named the December 2018 inSPIRE Award Winner.
Thompson joined the College in 2016 as a member of the Physical Plant and is now an administrative coordinator for English, Education Abroad and Modern Languages.
November 2018 — John Smithberger
John Smithberger, who joined the College in 2018 as a member of the College's Police Department, enjoys working with students and other employees. Occasionally, though, he is asked to deal with someone from off-campus who is causing an issue.
That type of situation arose recently and Officer Smithberger jumped into action and was recently recognized for his efforts as the November 2018 inSPIRE Award winner.
October 2018 — Sarah Stoughton
When a co-worker needed some assistance with a tough situation, Sarah Stoughton dropped everything to help her Admission colleague. Remaining calm, Sarah called for help and the potential crisis was quickly resolved.
Because of her quick thinking, Sarah has been named the October 2018 inSPIRE Award Winner.
Sarah joined the College in 2017 as an Admission Counselor and now she also works as the Admission Communication Coordinator.
September 2018 — Myra Reich
Myra Reich has enjoyed an impressive career at Marietta College, which dates back to her start in 1987. As the Administrative Assistant in the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music, Myra has earned her second inSPIRE Award.
Myra has also worked in Academic Grants, Special Events, Career Services and Advancement in her more than 30 years with Marietta College.
August 2018 — Chris Hall
Marietta College Police Officer Chris Hall is well known among the students and employees as hardworking and always willing to give a hand. Visitors to the College are also learning he can give one heckuva campus tour when certain buildings are locked on a Sunday.
When a family unexpectedly arrived one Sunday for an impromptu tour, Officer Hall asked how he could help and he ended up unlocking buildings and showing them around. His unselfish act earned him the August 2018 inSPIRE Award.
July 2018 — Caitlyn Thomas
Caitlyn Thomas is one of the hardest working assistant coaches in the nation, but many people on Marietta College's campus see the hard work she puts in during the summer working as a part of the Physical Plant team. Her dedication and tireless efforts are why Caitlyn is the recipient of the July 2018.
An assistant coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field, Thomas is helping rebuild the Marietta program into one of the best in the Ohio Athletic Conference. She joined Marietta College in 2016 and continues to be a valued part of athletics and the physical plant.
June 2018 — Sue Hiser
Replacing a respected and valued employee can be a challenge, but the faculty in the Department of Petroleum Engineering & Geology feel Sue Hiser did an amazing job. That is why she was named the June 2018 inSPIRE Award winner.
"Her service to the needs of our program — and there are many — as well as her superior handling of the more than 300 students passing through our building every day, has resulted in a seamless transition," said a person who nominated Hiser for the honor. "We couldn't ask for a better administrative coordinator than Sue Hiser."
Hiser joined the department in 2016 and continues to be a liaison between the department and others on campus such as the Career Center, Admission and many others.
May 2018 — Joe Bergin and Tracy Blasius
Joe Bergin and Tracy Blasius are well known on campus for the amazing job they do in recruiting student-athletes and for producing victories on the soccer field. But they share the May 2018 inSPIRE Award for the outstanding work they did mentoring one of the College's new coaches.
"Although I was bursting with excitement to begin last June, I knew I still had a tremendous amount to learn," said first-year coach Malory Brunett, who nominated them. "Coming in as one of the youngest head coaches was intimidating, and I wasn't sure if these well-established coaches were going to be willing to lend a hand with my difficult task. Tracy and Joe made me feel like family in my first month working here. There hasn't been one time they weren't ready and willing to help me."
Joe has been the men's soccer coach the past five seasons, while Tracy has coached the women's program for five years.
April 2018 — Connie Legraen
It’s pretty clear by the nomination forms, Connie Legraen goes “above and beyond” every day at Marietta College. Legraen, who joined the College in 2015, is an Executive Coordinator in the Advancement Division.
She plays a critical role in helping the entire fundraising team, as well as President Ruud, in organizing travel plans and preparing for on-campus meetings. Her hard work and dedication have led to her earning the April 2018 Inspire Award.
“Connie goes above and beyond in making sure the people that the Advancement Office and President are meeting with feel welcome and informed about their visits,” said a person who nominated Connie. “She is always willing to help. On several occasions, I have called her and asked her for information or a favor and she has always been there to help.”
March 2018 — Peggy High
Peggy High, who joined Marietta College's building services team in 2017, is known to the students in the first-year complex as someone who greets them with a smile and is always in a good mood. Her dedication to her job and the positive impact that she has on the students is why she has been named the March 2018 inSPIRE Award winner.
"Peggy goes above and beyond for the students every single day," said an individual who nominated her for the award. "She leaves cute seasonal presents and candy outside of our doors, and even occasionally folds our laundry. She constantly checks on us, asking if there is anything she can do for us or get done for us to make us more comfortable."
She is definitely "inspiring" Marietta's students.
"Peggy inspires me to be more kind to those around me, no matter what is happening in my day, because of that one little thing I do for them might make their day better — just like Peggy does for me."
February 2018 — Jane Eakle
Jane Eakle, who joined Marietta College's Education Department in 2016, has made a huge impression on her colleagues in Erwin Hall. Since joining the team, the administrative assistant, has gone above and beyond to help prepare for reading camps and summer training with local teachers.
Because of her efforts, Eakle was recognized as the February 2018 inSPIRE Award winner.
"Jane was instrumental in enabling the Education Department to host a successful visit by our national accreditation team," said a person who nominated her. "She went the extra mile in ensuring that the team members had necessary supplies, accommodations and food during the visit. ... At the conclusion of the visit, the chair of the accreditation stated that the team was very appreciative of how smoothly the interviews and their work on campus went. This is largely a result of Jane's hard work."
January 2018 — Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood works side-by-side with hundreds of Marietta College’s students every year. There’s a good chance she interacts with all of them at some point during the academic year.
So, it should come as no surprise when the students needed her most, Natalie stepped up and delivered.
When the person in charge of organizing, and running the new student orientation resigned weeks before the big event, Natalie stepped up and helped the four students who were left behind to finish the work.
“Natalie did not shy away from this challenge, although it was no her program,” said a nominator. “Often, Natalie would work late evenings with us to help us accomplish tasks such as printing, stuffing folders, accompanying us in meetings, and making sure we were all taken care of with food and encouragement.”
For her efforts, Natalie was named the January 2018 inSPIRE Award winner.
Natalie joined Marietta College in January of 2003 in the Career Center, and moved to her current position as an executive coordinator in the Fall of 2015.
Honorary Winners — Physical Plant employees
In recognition of the dedication and hard work that Marietta College’s Physical Plant employees have displayed in December and January, MCSAC honored them as an honorary inSPIRE Award winner.
Battling frigid winter weather, Physical Plant employees faced a serious challenge during the Winter Break as a major power outage struck campus. Following the resolution of that issue, the Physical Plant has also quickly cleared campus of multiple inches of snow that have fallen in the weeks since the break — almost always before the rest of campus has awakened for the day.
A big Marietta College thank you to the entire Physical Plant team for the amazing contributions they make to the institution
December 2017 — Jonna Munfield
There’s a saying that good referees are the ones you don’t notice. This also holds true for the work that Jonna Munfield does for Marietta College.
Jonna is always behind the scenes, but because she consistently does quality work her efforts aren’t typically noticed or acknowledged. But not anymore.
Jonna was named the December 2017 inSPIRE Award winner.
Jonna recently played a key role in how the Alumni/Admission Send Off Events happened.
“With any new idea, we don’t always think about how we are going to get all of the information like the students’ information, parents’ information from Admission in our database,” a nominator said. “Jonna took it upon herself to get information from Admission in our database to make things easier on Alumni/Advancement.”
November 2017 — Joe Straw
Since 2007, Joe Straw has been the go-to guy for students in need of assistance in the Legacy Library. The Reference/Instruction Librarian, Joe, meets with students to help them learn about the library resources and how to conduct research for their classes. For his commitment to helping students, Joe was honored as the November 2017 inSPIRE Award Winner.
"No matter what else he's working on (and it's a lot), Joe treats each student as if they are his only focus, which goes a long way toward making sure our students are happy and supported here," said the person who nominated Joe for the honor. "In the past, my students have mentioned in class and on reflection assignments that 'Professor Joe' was the only reason why they didn't panic over their annotated bibliographies or other assignments."
October 2017 — Andy Waddle
Football coach Andy Waddle and the Marietta Pioneers are enjoying an outstanding season on the gridiron, but Waddle was recently honored as the October 2017 inSPIRE Award winner.
Waddle was recognized for his assistance in dealing with a student in crisis. The person who nominated him said, "The student's parents were hours away and it was late at night. The student mention Coach Waddle several times so we decided to give him a call. Even though it was late, Andy came right in and spent several hours with the student, getting them to calm down."
The student also refused to eat or drink anything, so Coach Waddle picked up food and the student decided to eat.
September 2017 — Tammy LaBarre
Tammy LaBarre is a dedicated employee who takes great pride in her work as a member of the College's Building Services team. She also appreciates the relationships she has developed with students and employees.
Recently she was faced with a situation that required her to make a split-second decision that may have changed people's lives forever. Because of her dedication and quick thinking, Tammy has been named the September 2017 inSPIRE Award winner.
"You always hear that everyone can make a difference," said a person who nominated her for the honor. "Tammy is the definition of someone who made a difference when the opportunity presented itself."
August 2017 — Tracey Wynn
No matter the time of day or day of the week, Tracey Wynn's No. 1 responsibility never changes. It's always about the students. That's why naming her the August 2017 inSPIRE Award winner was so easy.
"Tracey goes out of her way to meet the needs of our students," said a person who nominated her for the honor. "She goes out of her way to greet every student and make them feel welcome in the ARC."
Tracey is the administrative coordinator for the Academic Resource Center, a position she has held since 2005. She coordinates testing for students in the ARC.
"I've seen her agree to come in at 7:30 a.m. to give a student an exam because it's the only time that would fit into the student's schedule," said the nominator. "She does this with a smile on her face and is more worried about reassuring the student that she doesn't mind coming in early."
July 2017 — Jeanne Catalano
As the Legacy Library's Circulation Supervisor, Jeanne Catalano helps hundreds of students every semester find the right book or offering advice on a project. Her dedication to her job and to Marietta College's students helped her earn the July 2017 inSPIRE Award.
"She is friendly and welcoming to all students who come into the library, especially the ones who work for her most," said an individual who nominated her for the honor. "Most importantly, Jeanne has been there for me during many moments that I needed advice and support."
Jeanne joined the College in the Summer of 2013 after working at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for 10 years.
"Jeanne is an amazing source of support for students on campus," the nominator also said.
June 2017 — Peggy Arnold
For nearly 30 years, Peggy Arnold has been helping families understand and navigate the world of financial aid. As a student loan coordinator, she counsels students and families with financial aid questions. During this process, she has developed long-standing relationships and it's a job she loves doing.
Peggy's dedication to our students and their families has always been appreciated, but she was honored recently as the June 2017 inSPIRE Award Winner.
A colleague who nominated her for the award said the following, "(Peggy) has an excellent attitude daily and a willingness to serve others by helping in any way she can. (She) has a huge amount of responsibility but is always willing to put the needs of others before her own."
Another College employee said, "She has been gracious enough to share her vast amount of knowledge of any and all things related to helping our students. ... On days when I am overwhelmed she is the first person to say I am doing a great job and reassure me that even when I feel inadequate I can do this."
May 2017 — Jacque Prichard
It's clear that Jacque Prichard has earned the respect of her co-workers. Here is what one of them had to say: "Jacque goes above and beyond working with the student workers in the Alumni Engagement Office. (She) helps mentor students with personal, academic and professional struggles. She is always going above and beyond to ensure that the students succeed as well; including taking time to do study sessions with them."
Jacque joined the College in 2016 as the Administrative Coordinator for Alumni Engagement, and she was named the inSPIRE Award winner for May 2017. Jacque also works closely with alumni from around the world.
"Every morning she is the first one in the office with a smile on her face," wrote another person who nominated her. "And every day at 5 p.m. she still has that same smile on her face. She is a breath of fresh air when you are stressed out."
April 2017 — Christy Burke
Since 2007, Christy Burke has played an integral role in assisting international students adjust to life at Marietta College. She has organized countless events and met one-on-one with hundreds of students as the Director of Education Abroad.
This spring, Christy led a fun and well-received initiative called #luv4MC. Students, employees and alumni shared what they love about Marietta College, and those sentiments were shared on blue hearts around campus. For her efforts, Christy was recognized as the April 2017 inSPIRE Award winner.
A person who nominated Christy said the following: "The hearts were on display for Founders Day and the Board of Trustee meetings. She worked to document the online messages to paper hearts and we received so many positive comments. It was a great project and Christy was a great partner."
March 2017 — Laurie McKain
Whenever you see an event taking place on campus that involves an outside group, you can bet Laurie McKain has been involved. She has led the Auxiliary Services effort at the College since 2007. You can find her campus on the weekends and late at night, assisting individuals or groups who are using the College for their program.
Because of her dedication, Laurie is being recognized as the March 2017 inSPIRE Award winner.
A person who nominated her said the following: "She treats everyone with equal respect and will do her best to make life easier for those around her. She puts her heart into her job and has an honest affection for Marietta College."
February 2017 — Darlene Gum
Darlene Gum, who joined Marietta College ins 2012, has been described as a person who projects warmth and a cheerful attitude every day.
A member of the Physical Plant team, Gum is being honored as this month's inSPIRE Award winner.
A person who nominated Darlene said the following: "I have always found her (to be) dependable, efficient and unfailingly punctual. In fact, I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does."
January 2017 — Kristin English
Every day Kristin English's sole focus is to help Marietta College's students. It's clear her colleagues believe she's doing an exceptional work.
"Kristin has done a fantastic job in her work with students on campus since the day she started," said someone who nominated her for the honor. "She goes well above and beyond her job description in providing services to all students on campus."
Kristin, a 2006 graduate of Marietta College, returned to her alma mater in 2015 as the Accessibility Specialist.
December 2016 — Sicari Franklin
If you walk into Sicari Franklin's office, she is likely to be on the phone with a prospective student or meeting with a family who is visiting campus. She prides herself on working hard for Marietta College and that dedication earned her the December 2016 inSPIRE Award.
"I know for a fact that she has also worked every Saturday this fall, either helping out with the football team's visit days or working in the Admission Office," said a colleague who nominated her for the award. "She is truly a great asset to the MC community and really does care about her students and their families, her co-workers and everyone else on campus."
Sicari joined Marietta College in 2015 after graduating from Cincinnati University.
November 2016 — Jim Weaver
Marietta College Police Chief Jim Weaver is well know across campus as hard working, dedicated to campus safety and as a leader. He was recognized by his peers as the November 2016 inSPIRE Award winner.
Jim was nominated for "his patient, caring and always available attitude."
A person who nominated him for the award had this to say about him, "There was a recent situation in which I needed to contact Chief Weaver over the weekend regarding a staff security issue. Chief responded to me right away without hesitation even though it was the weekend. Chief Weaver went above and beyond to make sure the situation and environment was secure and safe."
October 2016 — Kris Ellis
Kris Ellis has been making an impact at Marietta College since she arrived in 2005 as the Accounts Payable Coordinator. For her hard work and outstanding customer service, Kris has been recognized as the October 2016 inSPIRE Award Winner.
Kris was recognized with the honor because a recent interaction with a student on campus. A person who nominated her said Kris not only helped the student find her class, but also drove her to the Grand Central Mall in Vienna, West Virginia, because the student didn't have a car and needed to get some things.
"Kris seems to always have something to do, but will stop to help anyone," the nominator said. "The student was so thrilled to be going shopping for clothes. She clapped her hands and was kind of cheering after Kris offered (to drive her)."
September 2016 — Maribeth Saleem-Tanner
It may seem that the contributions that Maribeth Saleem-Tanner makes to Marietta College and the community are often overlooked. But the College's Staff Advisory Council wanted to make it clear that her work is appreciated.
Saleem-Tanner is the September 2016 recipient of the inSPIRE Award.
A person who nominated her said, "She has a commitment to the McDonough Leadership Center, to the Office of Civic Engagement, to Nonprofits LEAD and to the students. ... She juggles all of her responsibilities seamlessly, and makes each of us feel listened to and important to her. She deeply cares about this school and this community and it shows in her big smile and tireless efforts."
August 2016 — Marilyn Wenzel
Marilyn Wenzel joined Marietta College in 2014, and over the past two years her contributions to the College have not gone unnoticed.
That's why she has been selected this month's inSPIRE Award winner.
"She has helped with so many emergency technical issues in our department that I have lost count," said an colleague who nominated Marilyn. "We were conducting an important professional development for local teachers. The technology was not set up properly and I sent out an emergency email to Marilyn very early. She soon showed up and took care of the issue. She made it possible for the training to be conducted on time, with all of the necessary components."
Another employee who nominated her noted that when Marilyn was dealing with a personal issue, she still found the time to help.
"Her mother passed away and she was out of the office. Unknowingly, I emailed her for help on a situation and she still responded quickly with (barely) mentioning her personal challenges," a colleague wrote. "She is amazing and I want her to know other people have noticed."
July 2016 — Nancy Schwendeman
Nancy Schwendeman, who joined the College in 2005, has been providing exemplary contributions as the Executive Coordinator in Administration and Finance. She has been described as someone who takes on multiple responsibilities and handles each one with highest levels of professionalism. Nancy has been recognized as the July 2016 recipient of the inSPIRE Award.
"Very recently she coordinated the Biometrics Screening for employees, and it went very well," said a person who nominated Nancy. "Nancy works hard — she is quiet and very pleasant to work with. She has great customer service skills. Anyone who comes to her desk for assistance receives friendly, professional and caring attention."
June 2016 — Robin Eschbaugh
Robin Eschbaugh is described as someone who always has a smile on her face. As the College's Payroll Specialist, Robin interacts with almost everyone on campus from time to time, so that cheery disposition is just one of the many reasons she is the June 2016 recipient of the inSPIRE Award.
One person who nominated her for the award had this to say about Robin: "I have observed her when she is working with other employees, and I have noticed that she has a special knack for making each person feel like the problem they are working on is the most important thing at that moment."
Another College employee had this to say about Robin: "Robin has demonstrated outstanding customer service. I appreciate her devotion to the job."
May 2016 — Penny Rose
Described as a model employee, Penny Rose was named the May 2016 inSPIRE Award winner. Rose, who joined the College in 2001, is currently the Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program.
One person who nominated Penny said this about her, "She inspires others every day with her organizational skills, efficiency and dependability, but even more impressive is her dedication to the PA Program and the College."
April 2016 — Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson, who serves the campus as the UNIX Administrator, was named the April 2016 inSPIRE Award winner for his many contributions and positive attitude.
One of the people who nominated Mike had this to say, "We have an outstanding staff at Marietta College, and this nomination could have been about so many of our superb colleagues, but for now let's recognize Mike Robinson, the man in the back hallway of the basement in the Irvine Administration Building, for going above and beyond the call of duty."
March 2016 — Amanda Mullen
Amanda Mullen, who joined the College in 2010, is the March inSPIRE Award winner — an honor given out by the College's Staff Advisory Council. Mullen is the Associate Dean of Students and those who nominated her believe she is making a real difference in the lives of students.
"She is an inspiration for what it means to go above and beyond in the call of duty," the nominator said. "Amanda should have been nominated before for this award. She embodies the award to a T."
Another nominator had this to say, "For the past five years she has succeeded in making Marietta the best place for students who reside on campus. She has sat on dozens of committees within and outside of the division and her work sometimes goes unnoticed."
February 2016 — Myra Reich
Myra Reich has been a fixture at Marietta College since 1987, when she became the Music Department secretary. After stints in Academic Grants, Special Events, Career Services and Advancement, Myra is back in Fine Arts as the Administrative Assistant — a position she started in the spring semester of 2015.
She must be doing something right, because she was named the February 2016 inSPIRE Award Winner.
"Myra has brought stability and professionalism to Hermann Fine Arts," said the person who nominated her. "Art, Music and Theatre have many moving parts and she handles them all with a smile and ease. Not only does she organize many of our events, but she also attends them. ... Since my time here I have never had an administrative assistant who asks me if she can take over a task."
January 2016 — Keira Hambrick
Since joining the College in 2013, Keira Hambrick ’09 has worked tirelessly to overhaul Marietta's tutoring program. Her passion to help students was recently recognized as she was named the inSPIRE Award winner for January 2016.
Keira, who earned both a B.A. in English and B.S. in Biology at Marietta, also developed and teaches a specialized course that helps students cultivate their critical thinking and reading comprehension skills. A person who nominated her had the following to say:
"Keira has worked very hard to get our tutoring program certified. She completed a very extensive application, which involved large amounts of data collection and writing," the nominator said.
After about a year, the reviewing committee contacted Keira and told her they had lost all of the information she had submitted. Undeterred, Keira put the information packet together again.
"She has worked many long hours striving to give Marietta College a certified tutoring program when none of this was required of her to do. She has a true passion for the tutoring center and making it as useful and helpful to the students as possible."
December 2015 — Jason Mader
Jason Mader, who has worked at Marietta College since 1996, has been going above and beyond as the Manager of Telecommunication. Jason has played a critical role in the communication function of every building on campus. He was named the December 2015 inSPIRE Award winner for his dedication to the College.
"Jason is always willing to help other departments as well as his telecommunication projects," said a nominator. "He works late every day making sure his project requests are completed in a timely manner."
His commitment to the job goes well beyond his basic duties, though.
"He comes in on his days off to help WTAP when they are at Don Drumm during football season," the nominator continued. "He is always willing to help students with their phone problems and he helps out Steve Beck in IT on many of Steve's projects."
November 2015 — Lori Hart
Lori Hart, who has been the Admission Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program since 2008, provides outstanding customer service to prospective and current students. Since taking over the position the number of applicants has more than doubled from 400 to 950. Because of her dedication to the program, to the students and to the College, Lori was named the November 2015 inSPIRE Award winner.
"Obviously this results in more work for her, but I have never heard her complain," said a nominator. "She is almost always the person who interacts most with prospective students and does a great job in being punctual, professional and kind, but firm with these individuals."
Lori also began the PA programs two open houses each year, and also gives up a large portion of two Saturday's a year assisting with the White Coat ceremony in the fall and graduation in the summer.
October 2015 — Jeanne Arbuckle
Jeanne Arbuckle has been coaching Marietta softball since 1988, and during that time she has endured many ups and downs. This fall, when confronted with a tragedy that involved one of her players, Arbuckle once again stepped up to help.
Jeanne has also stepped up for the College in times of need, and volunteered to serve or chair committees. Her contributions to Marietta go well beyond the softball diamond.
The person who nominated Jeanne said, “I think it speaks volumes about Coach Arbuckle’s character that (they) requested her presence in a time of tragedy like this. Coach Arbuckle dropped everything on her plate to help. In my opinion she is well deserving of the award and I think we should consider ourselves very lucky to have a person like her on our staff.”
September 2015 — Linda Showalter
Linda Showalter is the go-to person when it comes to Special Collections at Marietta College. In recent years, usage of Special Collections by students in class wide and individual projects has continued to expand.
Linda also provides assistance to other College departments, such as Alumni Affairs and Strategic Communications & Marketing — this makes Special Collections one of the most regularly used by community users and by scholars from other colleges and universities.
One of the people who nominated her said, “In many ways, Linda exemplifies the library value of service. She consistently goes out of her way to assist patrons of all types. She typically prepares the research materials for each visitor, researching and retrieving materials relevant to their research prior to their visits.”
August 2015 — Donna Venham
Donna Venham joined Marietta College's Physician Assistant Program in 2009 and remains a valuable team member. She was named the August 2015 inSPIRE Award winner for her hard work and great attitude.
"She is so easy to work with, very efficient and has great ideas for improving our program," said a nominator. "She is a joy to work with and I am so glad she is part of our program."
July 2015 — Andrea Richardson
As the academic secretary for Chemistry, Andrea Richardson not only assists the faculty in that area but also with other professors from departments located in the Rickey Science Center. In the spring of 2015, Andrea played a critical role in helping make sure the annual All Scholars Day went off without a hitch.
Andrea has been named the July 2015 inSPIRE Award winner. One nominator said the following about her commitment to the job:
"Andrea went above and beyond the call of duty in helping me organize two campus wide events this Spring: All Scholars Day and Honors Convocation. These two events were great successes and would not have been possible without Andrea’s help. Planning for the event began back in December of 2014 and her assistance and involvement was greater and more valuable to me each and every day leading up to the events on April 15th, and even following the events that day."
The nominator went on to say: "I gave her a thank you card and a hug, but she deserves so much more. This award may help to tell her just how much I appreciate her."
June 2015 — Russell Casseday
As a member of the College's Information Services, Russell Casseday spends a great amount of his time on campus in the basement of Irvine. But it's also clear that he does his best to get and make a difference in other buildings as well.
For his commitment to his job and Marietta College, Russell has been named the June 2015 inSPIRE Award winner. Here is what one nominator had to say about him:
"I see him interacting with employees and students at the college every day. He always has a good demeanor, is very pleasant, and will go out of his way to help them with any question they have. Although Russ has plenty of tasks to do through the day, it's not usual to see him with a student's laptop at the edge of his desk. While he is working on setting up a new server, he'll glance off to the side to see how a virus scan is running on the laptop, for example. He truly cares about our students and their education by fixing the problems on their computers."
He was also acknowledged for his help during an office relocation.
"Russ took his personal time to assist us in making sure we were up and running by the time everyone returned to campus. If Russ did not know the answer or if it was something that needed done from another colleague from his department, he took care of contacting that particular person and explained what needed and the importance of what needed done. He has also assisted me with issues pertaining to our scanning system from the first month he started at MC. He is just a part of the exceptional IT department we have here on campus and deserves to be recognized."
May 2015 — Barbara Binegar
In addition to her work in the Technical Services department in the library, Barbara Binegar has willingly taken on many other responsibilities to assist those in Legacy Library. Her dedication to her co-workers and the College have earned her the May 2015 inSPIRE Award from MCSAC.
One example of her dedication to the team was expressed by a person who nominated her: “When the library needed to open earlier to accommodate eight o’clock classes, Barbara was willing to be the back-up person and as staff has changed, she does that daily during the academic year. Barbara assists with OhioLINK processing of deliveries as needed and pulling OhioLINK requests for other libraries. She has helped with displays in the library that promote activities on-campus. She has supported the library staff with events in the library such as the Ghost Stories in the Stacks.”
One of the larger projects Barbara has worked on is cataloging the Special Collections’ Stimson materials. These materials date from the 19th century to the early 20th century and were collected by the College Librarian, Rodney Stimson. Many of these materials are rare and need special handling.
“Barbara is continually looking for ways to improve the library and make it relevant for the students. She is the ‘idea’ person in the library and continually comes up with new and different ways to promote the library and the College,” said the award nominator. “She also plays a role in trying to recognize the efforts of other staff members and what important contributions they have made to the College. She has a real love for Marietta College and the students, faculty and staff.”
April 2015 — Bonita Lowe
Bonita Lowe greets everyone she sees with a smile, while working tirelessly in building services. Her dedication to her work was recognized as she was selected the April 2015 inSPIRE Award winner.
A person who nominated her had this to say about her, "Bonita is always helpful to students on campus, including the students in the residence halls that she works in. She treats the students with respect and she truly cares for their well-being. Bonita is willing to help them with any problems they bring to her."
She is also well respected by her peers, "Many of of the building services staff go to her when they have problems or questions regarding their work. She stops whatever she is doing to help others."
Another nominee said this, "Bonita is one of the hardest working women I know. She goes far beyond what she has to do."
March 2015 — Jeff Moyers
For almost 18 years, Jeff Moyers has been the face of the College's Print Shop. He handles everything from copies and printing to billing and supervising student workers.
Jeff's positive attitude and hard work were recognized Thursday, March 19, as he was awarded the March 2015 inSPIRE Award.
"Simply put, Jeff Moyers is one of the kindest and most caring people that I have worked with in my life-long association with Marietta College," said someone who nominated Jeff. "He is VERY committed to providing quality products to the campus and he goes out of his way to fill EVERY request. Because of the nature of my work with Jeff, I frequently have 'last minute' projects and he completes every one and does so with a smile and a laugh."
Another nominator said, "I have used the Print Shop's services many times over the years. Whether I have a routine print job, or an emergency, Jeff is always helpful and quick to respond. ... Jeff is a valuable member of the College and his skills and efforts make my job easier!"
February 2015 — Michele Hupp
As the Office Assistant in Student Financial Aid, Michele Hupp is asked to provide a high level of customer service to Marietta's students. But someone who nominated her for the February inSPIRE Award believes she does even more.
"She consistently goes above and beyond what is expected in helping students and their parents. She not only gives them the information that they need but she takes the initiative to check back with them until we receive what we need to disburse their financial aid. She is always calm and caring regardless of whether the person she is helping is pleasant or irritable."
So it is easy to see why Michele won the honor.
One of her colleagues also appreciates her contributions to the team.
"She has been an invaluable help to me, always looking for ways to make my job easier. She has taken on tasks that are not normally part of her job to help speed up our processes just because she saw she could make things flow better."
January 2015 — Gillian Keeley
Gillian Keeley is listed as an employee in the College's Physical Plant, but her contributions in that area are just one of the reasons she was the recipient of the January inSPIRE Award.
Just read what a nominee had to say about her: " She takes an interest in faculty and students, and does not see work as 'just a job,' but instead as something in which to truly invest. To that end, Gillian seeks to help raise awareness of diversity on campus. Gillian has mentored at least one student who was being bullied because he/she was 'different.'
Gillian also hosts a tea party as part of International Week, putting in a HUGE amount of effort to replicate English tea time (complete with her beautiful china and home-made food) while educating participants about English history and tradition.
She received her honor in February, but was still honored with the rewards that come with earning the prize each month — including a special parking spot, a gift certificate from the bookstore and a free lunch at Gilman.
December 2014 — Laura Pytlik
It’s clear by the nomination forms that Laura Pytlik is one of the more valuable members of the Department of Petroleum Engineering & Geology.
“Besides handling the office duties for 12 faculty and four to five adjuncts every semester, serving as our receptionist and the face of our department for all of the industry contacts … Laura serves as ‘mother’ to nearly 400 Petroleum Engineering majors and 60 Geology majors,” said a nomination form signed by the entire department employees.
Laura’s dedication to the department was recognized in December as she is the inSPIRE Award winner. She received the honor during the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting on Dec. 18.
Like past winners, she received a certificate acknowledging the award, along with a gift card to the bookstore, a free lunch at Gilman and a variety of other gifts that the winner receives each month.
November 2014 — Joe Hohman
The inSPIRE Award is a relatively new honor handed out at Marietta College, but it’s pretty clear by the nominations in November that Joe Hohman, Community Coordinator for Student Life, was deserving.
“Joe is such a caring person to the students. As a housekeeper in Fayerweather, I’ve seen him early in the morning until late afternoon and he’s always concerned about their well being, even when they wake him up when the are locked out, having issues with other students, pet sitter, he encourages, disciplines, and respects students and staff,” said one nominator. “I can honestly say he has helped out many with his kindness and smile. Joe has made a difference at Marietta College.”
Another nominator said the following: “Joe went out of his way to welcome me as a colleague and to help me feel at home in a new city. Not only does he serve as a CC for Fourth Street housing, but (he) advises two student organizations and is always a presence at campus events, whether they are hosted by our office or another. There is something about Joe that makes students feel comfortable and safe, which is such an important trait in student affairs.”
Joe received the inSPIRE Award for November during the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 20.
Like past winners, he received a certificate acknowledging the award, along with a gift card to the bookstore, a free lunch at Gilman and a variety of other gifts that the winner receives each month.
October 2014 — Shelley Kendall
Shelley Kindall, who works building services in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, received the inSPIRE Award for October 2014. The award was presented at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting on Oct. 16.
Shelley received a certificate acknowledging the award, along with a gift card to the bookstore, a free lunch at Gilman and the other items the winner receives each month.
Based on the nominations, it is clear Shelley is an integral part of the Physical Plant team.
"Shelley is one of the most dedicated people on campus," read one nomination.
September 2014 — Billie Huck
Billie Huck, an administrative assistant in the Education Department, received the inSPIRE Award for September 2014. Since there was no meeting in September, Billie was honored at the October meeting.
Billie received the inSPIRE certificate, along with a gift card to the bookstore, a free lunch at Gilman and the other items the winner receives each month.
She joined the Education Department in March of 2014 and made an immediate impact.
"She has exceeded our performance expectations in all areas," said one the nominators. "She came into the position as administrative assistant and quickly organized the office and made it an efficient, attractive and welcoming space for faculty and students."
August 2014 — Gary Bosworth
Gary Bosworth, a PC Technician in Information Technology, received the inSPIRE Award for August 2014. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
President Bruno presented Gary with his award, along with all of the other gift cards and items the winner receives each month.
Gary received glowing recommendations from colleagues across campus and this statement sums up why he was the clear choice in August.
"The best part of working with Gary is he apologized for not being able to do it faster," the nominator said. "He completed the work without a single complaint and he kept his sense of humor through the whole thing."
July 2014 — Tara Meagle
In her nearly six years at Marietta College, Tara Meagle has always been up to any challenge or request presented to her. During the past few months she has been asked to take on more responsibilities as part of the Advancement team.
For her efforts and dedication, Tara has been named the July 2014 recipient of the inSPIRE Award. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
"I am really honored to receive the inSPIRE Award," Tara said. "There is a quote that I have always liked and that is how I try to live my life. 'Unless you start something you don't know if it is going to work or not.' That is what I have done this year. I have taken on new responsibilites and I have loved every minute of it and I'm looking forward to learning and doing more at Marietta College."
Like past winners, Tara received an inSPIRE thermal tumbler, a certificate of recognition, a gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, and a reserved parking space for one month.
June 2014 — Linda Roesch
Tucked away in the Worthington Center for Teaching Excellence, sometimes Linda Roesch can go unnoticed on campus. But that is not the case at all.
The Instructional Technologist was named the June 2014 recipient of the inSPIRE Award. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
One of the people who nominated Linda said, “She has always gone beyond the call of duty to provide me (and other faculty) with technological help and support in a timely and effective manner. She has always responded to my requests eagerly, promptly and effectively.”
Another person wrote, “I have found Linda to be extremely efficient. She is timely in aiding with technology issues. She offers insight into issues and questions I have regarding her field of expertise.”
Like past winners, Linda received an inSPIRE thermal tumbler, a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, and a reserved parking space for one month.
May 2014 — Amanda Haney-Cech
Marietta College faculty and staff believe in putting student needs on the top of any priority list. If you had to put a person on top of the list who place student success as a priority it would probably be Amanda Haney-Cech.
The Director of the Academic Resource Center was recently named the May 2014 recipient of the inSPIRE Award. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
A person who nominated Amanda said, “Amanda goes out of her way for so many students to help them reach their potential. She puts in long hours, supports them in their extra curricular events, and has made a huge difference in developing students who struggle into students who succeed.”
Like past winners, Amanda received an inSPIRE thermal stylized tumbler, a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, and a reserved parking space for one month.
April 2014 — Mark Theobald
Grounds Supervisor Mark Theobald is the April 2014 recipient of the inSPIRE Award. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
President Bruno was on hand again to honor this month's recipient in the Trustee Conference Room. Like other winners, Mark received an inSPIRE thermal stylized tumbler, a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, and a reserved parking space for one month.
On one of the nominee forms, Mark was described as "going above and beyond in his position at Physical Plant. In addition to all of the work he does as grounds supervisor, Mark is a dedicated member of the Sustainability Committee, and is conscientious about planting native species on campus as well as conserving water and following other environmental practices in maintaining the grounds."
March 2014 — Wendy Thieman
Wendy Thieman, administrative assistant in the Department of Athletics, is the March 2014 recipient of the inSPIRE Award. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
While President Bruno was there to honor Wendy, so was a large contingent from Athletics, including the Director Larry Hiser. Like other winners, Wendy received an inSPIRE thermal stylized tumbler, a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, and a reserved parking space for one month.
Many individuals nominated Wendy for the honor, but one pointed out how she manages more than 30 coaches.
“She is the only support person in the whole department, and she oversees the Hall of Fame banquet, Pioneer Club golf outing and serves as the adviser to the Student Athlete Advisory Council.”
Another nominator said, “She often takes on jobs and roles that keep her here well after normal working hours on a regular basis, and is often found working weekends as well.”
February 2014 — Beverly Renner
Beverly Renner, administrative assistant in the Department of Communications, is the February 2014 recipient of the inSPIRE Award. The award is presented monthly at the MC Staff Advisory Council meeting.
President Bruno was again on hand to present Renner with an inSPIRE thermal stylize tumbler, as well as a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman Dining Hall, and a reserved parking space for one month.
One of the individuals who nominated Beverly noted her willingness to conduct training sessions for MAP-Works as just one of many reasons why she should be considered for the honor.
"She knows the system well, believes in the system, and wants to share her knowledge with others. She is well-received as a trainer."
January 2014 — Paula Lewis
Paula Lewis, academic secretary for three departments, was honored with the first inSPIRE Award on Friday, Jan. 17, during a special ceremony in the Trustee Conference Room.
President Bruno presented Paula with the award, including the first inSPIRE thermal stylized tumbler. She also received a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman, and a reserved parking space.
Paula, who serves Business & Economics, History, Philosophy and Religion and Political Science, received nominations from all three departments. One of the nominators said the following:
"The Department of Business & Economics ran three faculty searches in the period of October-December 2013. Paula was responsible for communicating with the finalists (approximately 10 people), helping with their travel and lodging arrangements, creating their interview schedules and confirming all appointments, videotaping their teaching demonstrations ... and informing some 120-plus people that they had not been selected for the positions."