Applause Awards Recipients - 2010

Scott Lance, Workstation Security and Services

My computer failed this semester.  Scott went above and beyond to help diagnose and solve my problem.  I am so relieved and grateful! — Nominated by Elaine Newman, Professor of Mathematics, November 2, 2010

IT Help Desk Team

A huge round of applause for the IT Help Desk Team that consistently helps out the Academic Senate in stupendous ways, both for our IT and Media needs. — Nominated by Laurel Holmstrom Vega, Office of the Provost, September 30, 2010

Sandy Destiny, Director of Creative Services

Those of us working to promote the 2010 season of the Music and Theatre Arts Department are indeed grateful to Sandy Destiny this summer as she designed and produced full color posters for our upcoming performances without missing a beat. She created five posters for Music and eight for Theatre Arts under very tight deadlines with the speed and efficiency of a well-seasoned professional graphic designer, turning out incredible work the two departments are very, very excited about. For Theatre Arts, she worked to enhance the wonderful designs provided by SSU art students. Sandy was receptive to our ideas and had helpful suggestions of her own, making it easy to rely on her judgment. That kind of trust is especially important given the time frame and logistics of viewing artwork in progress. Thank you, Sandy.  We appreciate all your efforts. You made a difference. — Nominated by Jean Wasp and Jessica Anderson, University Affairs; and, Ruth Wilson, Paul Draper, and Jenny Juhl, Music and Theatre Arts Department, September 20, 2010

Dr. Elaine Wellin, Sociology Lecturer

Dr. Elaine Wellin has coordinated the School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series for the last 10 years. She has done this out of the goodness of her heart and her desire to help the School share the excellent information that comes out of the scholarship in which our faculty are engaged. Her ability to coordinate the 20 presentations a year and to organize the whole event for this many years has often gone unappreciated. We want her to know that her work is honored and duly noted. We are very grateful to Dr. Elaine Wellin's work. — Nominated by Elaine Leeder, Dean, School of Social Sciences, August 30, 2010

SSU Dining Staff

I want to take a moment to thank every member of the dining services staff who worked so hard to make our breakfast and lunch on Staff Appreciation Day. I am sure the staff will join me in saying a huge THANK YOU!! We appreciate your efforts! — Nominated by Dolores Bainter, Administrative Coordinator, Music Department, August 26, 2010

Norma Obrador, Custodian, Facilities Services

Norma has an outstanding work ethic, and it shows in her work. She is responsible for the cleaning of the GMC Music Education Building and the GMC Performance Center. The restrooms are always sparkling, rugs vacuumed nightly, and supplies are always re-stocked. Norma has a high level of concern for these buildings, and keeps us informed of any issues. We appreciate her dedication to her job. The Music Department faculty and staff say, Bravo Norma! — Nominated by Dolores Bainter, Administrative Coordinator, Music Department, August 26, 2010

Kevin Martin, GMC Facilities Director

Kevin Martin deserves a big thank you for always doing his best to make time to unlock, open and show guests around the Green Music Center. No matter when I contact him, he does his best to make himself available. So many people want to see the Green Music Center at unusual times and sometimes with very little notice. Thanks for making it work Kevin. — Nominated by Susan Kashack, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications, University Affairs, August 26, 2010

All Employees

It is with a joyful servant's heart that we at the SSUmmer Grille would like to extend our gratitude to the campus for allowing us to be of service to you this summer. While we try to enhance this community through our efforts, it was each of you who enhanced our experience, by bringing your families and friends to share the 'dawg days of summer' with us at the grille. Thank you for your support and hope you know that we can't wait to do it again next year! Be well. — Nominated by The SSUummer Grille Staff, August 26, 2010

Cecilia O'Brien, Events Coordinator, and Patti Sinclair, Associate Director, Dining Services

Yet another successful CANDEL Program Kick-Off Luncheon, thanks to Cecilia O'Brien and Patti Sinclair! Cecilia and Patti have been wonderful to work with - consistently professional and patient with all of my endless changes. You guys are the best! Thanks so much! — Nominated by Rosemary Galten, CANDEL Program Coordinator, August 20, 2010

Jean Sugiyama, Network Security and Communication Services

Another successful CANDEL Kick-off event, thanks to Jean for helping our students stay connected! I appreciate all you do for our program - thanks again! — Nominated by Rosemary Galten, CANDEL Program, August 3, 2010

Julie Dinkins, Paula Hammett, and Joe Marquez, SSU Library

Yet another successful CANDEL Program Library Orientation! Thank you for your hard work and incredible patience - I really appreciate all you do for our students every year. You guys are the best! — Nominated by Rosemary Galten, CANDEL Program , August 3, 2010

Christopher Dinno, Facilities Management

Christopher and his crew have been instrumental in the implementation of the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove, from design to completion. Now he is deeply involved in bringing the Anne Frank horsechestnut tree sapling to our campus. Without his leadership and "can do attitude" none of these feats would have been accomplished. We deeply appreciate all he has done to bring this dream to fruition. — Nominated by Elaine Leeder, Dean, School of Social Sciences, June 2, 2010

Facilities and Landscaping Staff, Facilities Management

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics applauds the Trades staff from the Facilities and Grounds Department for their outstanding work in preparing our softball facility for hosting the NCAA Division II West Regional play-offs. Their commitment to excellence in their everyday work assignments was exceptional. They installed hundreds of fence slats and a new windscreen in less than two days including painting the backstop area. They also did a tremendous job installing a new bullpen that was required for us to host this prestigious NCAA event. There are many other jobs they handled for this event too numerous to detail here. Without the fantastic effort of these individuals we would not have been in a position to keep our softball team at home to host the NCAA Regionals. On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, we applaud your efforts on our behalf. — Nominated by Bill Fusco, Senior Director for Athletics, May 11, 2010

Todd Simmons and Chuck Elliot, Operations and Engineering

Todd and Chuck always ensure Police Services vehicles are repaired and ready to serve the community. For example, recently 3 of the Police vehicles were out of service at the same time due to mechanical failures. Todd and Chuck, understanding the importance of getting the vehicles back on the road, worked tirelessly to diagnose the problem and successfully affect repairs that resulted in the vehicles quickly returning to service. Todd and Chuck's willingness to help is greatly appreciated. Their combined efforts make our jobs easier! — Nominated by Dave Dougherty, Police Officer, May 2, 2010

Joe McNiff, Laborer, and Henry Amaral, Lead Mover and Events Coordinator, Housekeeping

On April 12, Joe McNiff and Henry Amaral quickly replenished Reprographics press room hand soap dispensers for each of our three shop area sinks and replaced with new dispensers where needed. Joe and Henry's prompt and friendly response to our service request is truly appreciated. — Nominated by Liona Spring, Reprographic Process Assistant, April 20, 2010

Matt Bedford, Building Service Engineer, Operations and Engineering

During our requested maintenance service on April 12 to the two clean/fresh air ventilation systems in Reprographics press room, Matt Bedford identified the necessary critical corrections to restore the fresh air ventilation system to operational standards. Matt always responds promptly and professionally to our service requests. We appreciate and value Matt's quick attention and knowledge to Reprographics press room's building engineering needs. — Nominated by Liona Spring, Reprographic Process Assistant, April 20, 2010

Sue Bennett, Administrative Information Systems and Peter Flores, Common Management System

Sue and Peter have worked diligently for months on the Online Orientation Reservation system that will allow incoming students to sign up for Orientation using their MySSU account. Their patience, creativity, perseverance, hard work and humor have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Both the Orientation Program and all incoming students will benefit from their extra hours and dedicated work. Thanks! — Nominated by Jacqueline Holley, Coordinator for New Student Orientation and Family Programs, March 30, 2010

Jennifer O'Neil, Instructional Technology Services, Information Technology

Here, at this big institution, entropy--the natural movement from order to disorder--attacks us 24/7. Only with constant diligence do we fit the battle, and, I want the University to recognize Jen O'Neil as one in the Library who, I feel, best keeps entropy at bay. Like a good chess player, Jen can think "three moves ahead" and anticipate potential problems. Her multi-departmental knowledge helps immensely and her ability to act as a "go between" makes work easier for everyone. But her greatest quality is her love of the Library and her desire to make it work for everyone. — Nominated by Jack Ritchie, Library Assistant, March 30, 2010

Stephanie Torres, Instructional Technology Services, Information Technology

A big thank you to Stephanie (and Nate and Jeremy) for helping us realize our dream of having the Holocaust Lectures available via the internet. Stephanie and her crew have been able to post both old and new lectures on the Sonoma State You Tube channel. Thanks for helping us spread the word, Stephanie.— Nominated by Myrna Goodman, Director, March 16, 2010

Barbara Moore, Information Technology Web Services

The Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide web site was sorely in need of updating. Babs worked with me to reformat the pages and created a new "public face" for the Center. I know I am not the only "html challenged" person on this campus who is grateful for her skill and willingness to help. Thanks Babs. — Nominated by Myrna Goodman, Director, March 4, 2010

Anastacio Diaz , Facilities Services

Anastacio recently installed a computer corner desk in the Art and Art History Department Image Collection to provide more space for our digital image production process. The job required trimming back the existing counter and refinishing the edge. Anastacio fit the job into his schedule so that it could be done right away before the semester started and with his crew moved all of my work materials and equipment off of the counter and then put them back again to make the process almost invisible for my work flow. He demonstrated expert skill in workmanship and provided me with a much improved working space. Thanks again, Anastacio! — Nominated by Karen Kessel, Visual Resources Specialist, March 3, 2010

Stephen Mallory, Operations and Engineering

Stephen Mallory spent a whole morning investigating our ongoing problems with the remote control connections for the slide projectors in our art history lecture room. He took time to get them working before the next classes and worked with Media Services to have replacement parts ordered so that we will not have to keep using duct tape to make the remotes work in the future. Stephen recognized the need for maintaining our existing technology until we can complete the migration our 150,000 slide collection to digital images and obtain administration support for a digital image storage and delivery system to go with our digital projectors so that faculty can find and deliver the digital images they need for their lectures and websites. — Nominated by Karen Kessel, Visual Resources Specialist, March 3, 2010

Tai Russotti, School of Arts and Humanities

We would like to applaud Tai for her extraordinary effort and excellent work during January and February while we were in between Department AC's. Tai was responsive to our department needs and was always quick to action and ready to help us out. We are so grateful to have had her help us out during this transition. She's the best! — Nominated by Brian S. Wilson, Music Department Chair, March 1, 2010

Brianna Kiler, Music Department Student Assistant

We would like to applaud Brianna for her amazing work recently when we were in between Department AC's. Brianna went above and beyond the call of duty. She was able to work independently on complex projects and was responsive to our department needs. Her willingness to help us out and her work ethic are indeed laudable. Way to go Brianna! — Nominated by Brian S. Wilson, Music Department Chair, March 1, 2010

Tech High Students and Staff

Tech High students and staff provide invaluable help to the custodial staff by preparing their classrooms for cleaning on an almost daily basis. Our limited resources and time would not allow us to do what we can do now were it not for this assistance. Thank you Tech High, and know that your efforts are greatly appreciated. — Nominated by Paul Clinton, Night Custodian, February 2, 2010

Barbara Moore, Information Technology Web Services

Barbara Moore's title should be the Web Angel of Sonoma State. The push to make our course websites accessible has been a challenge for those of us not well-schooled in Dreamweaver, but over break, Barbara was able to look over my webpages, critique their accessibility, and send me mini-tutorials via email to explain how to fix them. She is tremendous! — Nominated by Suzanne Toczyski, Professor of French, January 29, 2010

Steve Francisco and Manual Moreno, Housekeeping

Many thanks go to the outstanding work of Steve Francisco and Manuel Moreno of the housekeeping staff.  You did a great job one night early in January after I went home, and while you may be invisible to us because of your late night work schedules, the impact you have on our daily work is significant.   We appreciate everything you do to keep the campus and our work areas clean and safe.  Thank you for the consistently excellent job you do every day, and your commitment to Sonoma State University. — Nominated by Kathleen Spitzer, Employee Services, January 26, 2010

Katie McCormick, School of Social Sciences

We would like to applaud Katie McCormick in Social Sciences for her extraordinary effort and excellent work on the Spring 2010 contracts. Katie was receptive to the challenge of completing the task early and has set a new model for timely completion of the contracts before the end of the fall semester! Thank you Katie. — Nominated by Faculty Affairs, January 26, 2010

Steven Nank, Shipping and Receiving

Steven Nank solves all of my problems. You probably think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not. He runs his shipping and receiving department like a well-oiled machine. Everything is in order and he knows where everything is placed. I know this because it seems like I am constantly calling him about one thing or another, and he is always super helpful, patient, jolly and informative. If I need to have a special mailing picked up or a package dropped off or in dire need of mailing peanuts.....he's got it all taken care of! He's the best. If there is one thing I have to complain about it would be Steven's title; it should really be 'Giving Coordinator'. Thanks! — Nominated by Holly Sautner, School of Social Sciences, January 21, 2010