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thumb SusanHenrySusan Henry is someone all Tennessee Tech University employees want on their team.

Virginia Lewis never abandons a student who wants to improve academically.

Rickey Flatt is a one-man army.

No job is too hard or too dirty for Ronald Romzek.

Each of the four TTU clerical and support staff members were recognized for being “outstanding.”

Every year, TTU faculty, staff and students nominate exceptional staff members for the outstanding clerical and support staff award who are then recognized at a reception with TTU President Phil Oldham.

Henry is an administrative associate in the Student Activities Office, where she schedules and coordinates more than 3,000 events in the Roaden University Center and the Derryberry Hall Auditorium every year. She also helps students start clubs and organizations by helping them file their paperwork. She trains all the workers at the university’s information desk.

“Susan can do it all and we in the office receive many comments to that effect from building tenets, customers, visitors and students,” said Katie Williams, coordinator in the Office of Student Activities. “She is a team player and believes we should work together to accomplish our goals.

“Susan demonstrates this belief by going above and beyond to support each function of the office.”

Henry has been at TTU since 1987 and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as a university employee.

thumb VirginiaLewisLewis is a student support associate in the Athletics for Academics and Student Welfare Office, where she serves as a literacy tutor and writing specialist, helping athletes improve their grades and abilities.

“Through a combination of individual counseling, candid criticism and regular conferencing, this writing specialist has succeeded in reaching many students whom other educators might have abandoned,” said Lance Jasitt, assistant director of the Athletics for Academics and Student Welfare Office. “Virginia has been directly responsible for creating not only a community of writers, but she has been molding a community of mature thinkers and citizens in her work in the Department of Athletics.”

Lewis has been at TTU since 2009.

thumb RickeyFlattFlatt is the go-to contact to get anything fixed at TTU’s Appalachian Center for Craft. He works as an electrician, carpenter, painter, mason, HVAC operator, mechanic and licensed wastewater operator. He has repaired or rebuilt most of the equipment in the art studios at the Craft Center during his time at TTU.

“I have found that he serves as an inspiration to both faculty, and most importantly, to our students in his insistence that work that is necessary is also work that should be approached with care and professionalism, no matter how small or overwhelming a project might appear from the outset,” said Craft Center director Jeffrey Adams.

“Although it is not always a glamorous job that awaits Rickey each morning, his commitment and love of this facility is clear in each facet of his responsibilities.”

Flatt has been at the Craft Center since 1986.

thumb RonRomzekRomzek is the steam and chiller operator at TTU and is always on the look out for ways to make the boiler plant more efficient and safe.

“Often, he has worked double shifts to cover for his co-workers. Ron isn’t a complainer, he is a fixer,” said Don Davis, director of TTU’s printing services and post office. “He is an excellent leader and has been influential in the development of many of the best workers in the boiler area.”

Romzek has been at TTU since 1992.