Outstanding staff exemplify work ethic

Each of Tennessee Tech's four 1996 Outstanding Staff Award winners was honored during Luncheon Forum on Monday with a plaque and a $500 honorarium.

The winners are Shelia Kendrick of Graduate Studies, Lorraine Luegge of Academic Affairs, Julie Manis of the Library Media Center and Richard Maxwell of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

The Outstanding Staff Awards program was established in 1989 as a show of appreciation for professional responsibility to the most outstanding of our clerical and support staff. A committee of clerical and support staff, as well as a faculty member, an administrator and a student, review nominations submitted campuswide. Awards are based on job performance, attitude toward work and the university, attendance and perseverance, professional development and suggestions for improvement.

Kendrick, graduate analyst, edits all theses/dissertations submitted by our graduate students and monitors their progress from registration through graduation. She's also responsible for maintaining and publishing our graduate catalog and thesis preparation guide. Since joining the Tennessee Tech family in 1986, Kendrick has earned a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and passed the CPS Exam.

"Shelia is one of a kind," says Rebecca Quattlebaum, dean of Graduate Studies. "She provides that spark of enthusiasm and vitality that keeps the 'wheels oiled' and all of us pleased to be serving students. She genuinely likes and respects the people around her and is constantly serving others, and that spirit is contagious. Shelia is creative and resourceful and yet exacting with details. She is a self starter who enjoys a challenge and can be counted on to meet necessary deadlines."

Luegge, executive aide, is not only responsible for a large number of daily functions in Academic Affairs -- such as Performance Funding activities -- but she also serves as "support" for various university committees. She is a former chairperson of the Commission on the Status of Women and was instrumental in helping develop our Women's Center. Luegge joined the university in 1976 and has since passed the CPS Exam and continues to take courses toward an undergraduate degree.

"Ms. Luegge's performance is exceptional," says Leo McGee, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. "She is always very efficient, very cheerful and very eager to take on any tasks assigned to her. The independence she exhibits in handling various aspects of the Performance Funding program and in the preparation of the University Catalog is most impressive. She is a tremendous asset."

Manis, interim coordinator of the Media Center, was hired as a media specialist in early 1991 but upon the retirement of Carolyn Whitson only two months later, was appointed to the position she's held ever since. Divisional coordinators, with Director Winston Walden, form the Library's management team, which oversees operations.

"Ms. Manis has functioned extremely well as an active participant of the management group," says Walden. "It had to be a difficult and delicate position for her to assume a role, but she did, made nothing but positive contributions and won the respect of the senior librarians. All who work with her in the Library and all the students and faculty she serves agree that Ms. Manis is competent, knowledgeable, effective and extremely pleasant to work with."

An mathematics alumnus of Tennessee Tech, Manis now is pursuing a master's degree in library science at UT-Knoxville.

Maxwell, engineering lab technician since 1989, developed and maintains a work scheduling program in the Civil Engineering labs assuring faculty that their needs are met in a timely manner. He is EPA-certified for refrigerant recovery and state-certified in electrical work.

"Our faculty tends to set exceptionally high standards for work performed by the departmental technician, and Mr. Maxwell continually exceeds all expectations," says William Bonner, interim chairperson of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

"Mr. Maxwell always works with a smile. Although the pressures, at times, are great, he works with an air of enthusiasm. This verstile craftsperson continually works to stay current with technology. He is always conscious of costs and is exceptional in his efforts to conserve materials and adapt where possible."

A committee of clerical and support staff, as well as a faculty member, an administrator and a student, review nominations for the annual Outstanding Staff Awards.