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Student Affairs Summer Employee of the Month

Paula Hicks currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Appalachian State University Child Development Center here. Paula has been with the University for 28 years.

Her nominator stated "Paula is always taking on additional responsibilities with a smile. In May while the Director was out, she calmly handled a situation without letting others know there was even a problem. By being a calm leader, she didn't stress the other staff out and clearly handle the problem at hand.

Paula we appreciate you and congratulate you on being this Summer's' Employee of the Month.

Aug 12
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April Student Affairs Employee of the Month - Ms. Geralyn Mitchell

Geralyn currently serves as the Assistant Director and Career Counselor for the College of Fine and Applied Arts along with the Hayes School of Music in the Career Development Center.  Geralyn has been with the University for 5 years.  

Her nominator stated "On April 4, Appalachian hosted our first Talent Jam and Geralyn took lead on this initiative.  Talent Jam was a community pitch event where individuals had 60 seconds to showcase their talents that would be of interest to employers and employers had 60 seconds to pitch their talent needs. The program was coordinated and planned with community partners - Boone and Blowing Rock chambers, Watauga Economic Development Commission and Silicon Hollar.

She scheduled monthly planning meetings, prepared materials for those who were pitching and also coached some of them. That collaborate embodies engage. Care - this concept was design to reach students and recent alumni for whom a traditional Job Fair is intimidating or not in a setting that feels welcome. Talent Jam was at Ransom and as such allowed more natural conversation.

I had several conversations with students about their career ideas and plans that I would have unlikely had at Holmes Center at the Internship and Job Fair. Finally transform - this was a new an innovative program. Geralyn tracked down leads for pitchers and was able to get a wide variety of folks to come - from a first year student on the soccer team who wants to provide private coaching to the CFO of Maymead needing to hire for a controller. That was transformative to bring all these pieces under one roof.

The other part was watching the students who did pitch get on stage with minimal prep and speak confidently about their talents including one student who is a member of our SDAP community who pitched her musical performance talents. Geralyn took lead to create a new exciting and super engaging program that blended community and university and engaged the students/alumni who participated (estimate 50-70 of the total 170-200) with leaders and business owners in Watauga County.

Geralyn we appreciate you and congratulate you on being April's Employee of the Month.

Jun 19
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March Student Affairs Employee of the Month - Ms. Sue Reese

Sue currently serves as the Administrative Assistant in charge of the departmental budget and payroll for University Recreation. Sue has been with University Recreation for 14 years and the University for almost 16 years. Her nominator stated "One of my favorite things about Ms. Sue is her dedication to ensure her work is correct. She is always willing to spend time with each student who comes in that has questions or need assistance. Sue is always willing to stop what she is working on to assist the student with their question or gaining access to computer, copier, office supplies, finding the right staff person, etc. Her spirit and work ethic is Appalachian through and through!"

Congratulations Sue for all you do for the Appalachian Family! Your hard work and dedication to students, staff, faculty and the community have not gone unnoticed! 

May 21
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December Employee of the Month

Daniel Lightfoot, Technology Support Analyst, has received the Student Affairs Employee of the Month for December. He has been with the University and the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership for almost 15 years. His nominator stated "Daniel is constantly going above and beyond the call of duty but especially during the Board of Trustees meetings. He ensures that he is in the building at all times during their visit to make sure if anything does go wrong he is there to fix it. December was a busy month for events and Daniel was right there going above and beyond his responsibilities to ensure that things ran smoothly with a smile on his face."

Daniel we cannot thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to our students, faculty, staff and community! Congratulations!   

Jan 24
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