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Two Tennessee Tech University employees won 2010-11 Outstanding Clerical and Support Staff Awards recently for their ongoing dedication to the university, exceptional job performance and great attitudes.

Recipients are Rebecca Asher, secretary for the chemical engineering department, and Tammy Martin, executive aide for the College of Business.

Established in 1989, the awards show appreciation to TTU's most dedicated and outstanding clerical and support staff members. These awards are based on job performance, attitude, attendance and perseverance, professional development and suggestions for improvement.

Go here to learn more about the awards process and nominate an employee.


Rebecca Asher

<thumb_Rebecca_Asher2010Asher is perhaps the best advocate a student majoring in chemical engineering can have. When one student was hospitalized with viral meningitis and unable to return to school, Asher willingly stepped up to assist the student in maintaining contact with professors and keeping abreast of the latest changes at TTU.


And when an auto accident prevented this same student from returning to school again, Asher helped again to provide much-needed assistance.

"Once again, she stepped in to make certain [our son] had everything required for him to graduate this May," the student's father wrote in support of Asher's nomination for the recommendation. "We cannot express in words our gratitude for such an exemplary employee at TTU and are very thankful for all the assistance Mrs. Asher has provided."

Asher was nominated for the award by her department's chairperson, Pedro E. Arce, who described Asher's professionalism as among the best.

Arce cited Asher's expertise in helping the department upgrade to a mobile laptop computing environment for students. Asher's management of the changeover successfully pushed the project forward so that renovations could be completed cost-effecitvely.

"She is an amazing staff colleague that matches very few that I have had the chance to observe in my career," Arce said. "Her very positive and smiley personality is always a welcoming greeting for all who need her assistance."

Asher began working at TTU in 2006 in the Office of Academic Affairs. She joined the chemical engineering department in January 2007.


Tammy Martin

<thumb_Tammy_Martin2010Martin is described as the glue that really holds the College of Business together. She's the one others turn to for advice and guidance to get the job done right.


"Critical work is never left undone. She is pleasant with students, and always puts their needs first. She comes in early and leaves late. She shepherds paperwork through the appropriate maze, and is invaluable in her knowledge of TTU policies, procedures and personnel. The entire College of Business calls on her for assistance with these issues," said James Jordan-Wagner, College of Business dean.

Martin's colleagues cite her experience and expertise as a major reason why the college maintains its status as a top regional business school.

"Tammy has played a significant role in helping us continue our regional niche as a leading business school not only for students but for entrepreneurs, industry and government," said Kevin Liska, BusinessMedia Center director. "Over the last 20 years, I have worked with more than 100 individuals at the College of Business. If you asked me to evaluate all the outstanding contributors to our college, Tammy Martin would definitely rank at the top!"

Martin is a constant in the College of Business even during times of transition.

"Tammy has been the glue that held our college together. She has provided the consistency that the faculty, staff and administration needed to keep the college running smoothly," said Lelia F. Gibson, director of communications and special projects for the college. "Tammy can be counted on to assist with whatever needs to be done in our college regardless of whether it fits her job description."

Martin has been the executive aide for the college's dean since 2001. Before that, she worked as an account clerk and secretary for the college. She joined TTU in 1984.