Chelsie Powell, Center for eLearning

My online students weren't able to see feedback for assignments. Within minutes Ms. Powell cheerfully walked me through the steps to change the needed settings at my class sites. She was friendly and extremely helpful.


Carmen James, Human Resources

Thank you to Carmen James for co-facilitating the training on hiring student workers. It was very beneficial to assist hiring managers in understanding the onboarding process and the legalities behind it.


Tanja Rouse, Financial Aid

Kudos to Tanja Rouse for co-facilitating the training on hiring student workers, specifically how to navigate and understand Federal Work Study! We appreciate you!


Phenix Culbertson, Career Opportunities

I want to recognize Phenix Culbertson for co-facilitating the training on hiring student workers. It was very beneficial to on-campus hiring managers and answered questions on posting jobs in Purple Briefcase.


Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

I just lost my dear husband, Daniel Goff, to cancer, and although I feel as though no one understands or even cares how bad it hurts, it took a perfect stranger to give me just the love and comfort I needed—without judging me.


Jordan Thompson, Bursary

Jordan has gone above and beyond helping me restore my classes after having trouble with outside funding. 


Dr. Nanci Scheetz, Middle, Second, Reading, & Deaf Ed

Dr. Scheetz was part of a team responsible for approving my request to have one credit hour waived. This was a very big deal! This critical decision helped me be able to graduate my senior year versus graduating this Summer. She has been an exceptional, honest, and determined instructor. Simply filling out this form is not enough to show my gratitude for her exceptional role as my instructor. Thanks for helping me be great, Dr. Scheetz! I can now focus on my Senior Year. 


Kenneth Rumstay, Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences and Engineering Technology

I fell in the University Center parking lot and scattered my materials. Dr. Rumstay turned around and walked back to check on me and even carried part of my materials to my office on the 2nd floor. His care and concern made my day! Great person! 


Mary Ann Redhage, COEHS Advising Center

I'm an Interpreting senior who was stuck with a one-credit-hour course that conflicted with my internship hours, possibly preventing me from graduating. She emailed and made calls until we realized an amazing solution I never thought was an option. This credit was approved to be waived by the Department Head. I was ecstatic! She could've given up on me after the first attempts, but she didn't. I can't explain the joy this gave me. Now I can focus on my senior year! I am looking forward to graduating in the Spring. 


Neal Culbreth, Bursary

Mr. Culbreth promptly responded to my inquiry regarding my son's, James Morris', spring tuition. Mr. Culbreth has consistently provided timely answers to all of my questions. I sincerely appreciate his caring and concern, especially during this trying time of COVID-19 restrictions. 


Dr. Shaun Ault, Math

Thank you for helping me get the graduation requirements set. He went above and beyond with what was expected. He took time out of his busy day to talk to me about my options. He made sure that I fully understood each option and that I made a well-informed decision. Thank you. 


Dr. Jin Wang, Math

Thank you for helping me get the graduation requirements set. He went above and beyond with what was expected. He took time out of his busy day to talk to me about my options. He made sure that I fully understood each option and that I made a well-informed decision. Thank you. 


Heather Craft, Office of Accounting and Procurement

Heather Craft has gone way above and beyond what anyone in Purchasing should have to deal with in helping the MLIS Program pay our annual accreditation fee. Problems at the accreditor's office have made it very difficult for us to pay our invoice. Heather has been exceptionally helpful and patient as we try to work with the accreditor to get the information we need in the format we need to pay our annual fee. Thank you so much for your patience, Heather! 


Cody Parks, IT

I could not figure out the two-factor authentication process. I had been trying for several days. Cody was very patient and very helpful. Kudos for the awesome customer service. 


Jamya Roberts, Bursary

Jamya helped resolve an issue with an online student's account. The student contacted my office expressing confusion and upset with fees and tuition, and Jamya helped explain why the online student was being assessed the "wrong" tuition. She was so friendly and patient on a stressful Monday morning- she did not end our call until she had an answer to our questions and confusion. Without her, our office would not have been able to assist and deescalate this online student's concerns. Thank you so much, Jamya! 


Dr. Ellis Heath, Economics 

Dr. Heath has put a lot of time and effort into getting me enrolled in the classes I needed to graduate. He always has a positive attitude and has kept me motivated even when I felt discouraged. Thank you for everything! 


Judy Worthy, Custodial Services

My birthday was yesterday, and she got me balloons and a card. She is always caring about the students and will do special things for them to lights up everyone's day! 


Hunter Baxter, IT

Hunter Baxter emailed me quickly then promptly followed up, by calling my cell to get to the root of the problem. He then assured me he would take care of my ESS problem. Hunter then called me back to confirm to me he fixed my ESS problem. This allowed me to move on with my employment at VSU.


 

Dr. Michelle Ocasio, Modern and Classical Languages

When I needed to prepare an online class on short notice, Dr. Ocasio shared with me all the material that she created and taught me how to handle it in the online environment. It was very generous and I appreciate it very much. She is tech-savvy and is always happy to help me and others with her expertise. Thank you so much, Michelle!


Amy Chew, Library

I was hoping to read a book by a professor from Finland. I put in an interlibrary loan for it and no universities in the US had it for loan. Our interlibrary loan department contacted the author, and she's sending one to our library so we can have a copy. That is just the above and beyond awesomeness that makes our interlibrary loan department so great.


Pepper Croft, IT

We discovered our Terra Dotta study abroad software was not connecting to the LDAP server after the USG banner migration in March 2020. Pepper was involved in the original software installation so I called her first for advice and she immediately returned my call.  She contacted the team at VSU that would be responsible for correcting this problem. She followed through daily with the software company and the team to ensure the problem was fixed.  She responds to e-mails immediately which is always a great help!


Caterina Barro, New Media Center

I was in need of a laptop during a last-minute virtual meeting, in such a rush of time, Caterina assisted me throughout the whole process with great patience. For that, I'm so very thankful for NMC staff and student assistants for providing such great professional services. Keep up the good work Caterina!


Jeremy Hardin, New Media Center

I was in need of a laptop during a last-minute virtual meeting, in such a rush of time, Jeremy personally handed me the laptop to my workstation. For that, I'm so very thankful for NMC staff and student assistants for providing such great professional services. Keep up the good work NMC!


Cliff Giddens, IT

Cliff spent hours on phone calls and making changes on solving a software issue with a database system we use in our office. It was a problem even the software company couldn't figure it out in one call. He kept at it and finally found a solution and now we are back up and running.


Catherine Bowers, Library

I've had Cat do a library instruction session with my upper-level media course in the past, and every time she does a phenomenal job. She goes above and beyond to learn about the course and the assignment(s) that students are working toward and comes to the class prepared for how she can help my students, specifically. Each time she is energetic and passionate and gives research discussions a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy each time I learn that she will be giving the session in my class, and I know the students benefit greatly from learning from her. She is awesome at what she does!


Timothy Wilson, Physical Plant - Landscape and Grounds

I had lost my phone and was wandering around looking for it when Tim came up and offered to help me. He took part of his lunch break to search the grounds and parking lot with me and eventually found my phone. It was a really stressful moment, and he was so kind and considerate. I hope that he knows how much I really appreciated his help and that he is a wonderful person!


Ashton Young, Academic Advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

I feel very lucky to have the privilege of working regularly with the excellent academic advisors in the College of the Arts, who always go above and beyond in their "regular" advising of our Art & Design students.  However, when I encountered a student in one of my CORE courses with whom I was having some difficulty reaching, I was so pleased to find the same level of prompt and exceptional assistance in Ashton Young, advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  I just wanted to express my personal appreciation as a faculty member to have the assistance of such wonderful professional advisors as we strive to help our students achieve academic success!


Abolanle Dahunsi, Academic Support Center

I was having trouble making an outline for my Senior Seminar research paper. Bola helped explain what would be best for my main talking points and why that it is best. She even stated that I can email her if I still needed help or needed a peer review.


Shannon Zapf, One Card Services

Shannon came in after hours and on her day off to produce a replacement card for a student. Shannon is always willing to help in ways that go above and beyond her job requirements. 


Susan Jones, Plant Services

The occupants on the north end of Ashley Hall are very grateful to Susan Jones for finding out the cause and ensuring that a correction was made to an error with the heating system for our building. The temperatures were extremely cold in our offices. Her dedication to ensuring it was corrected as quickly as possible and her concern for our well-being and comfort is very commendable and very much appreciated.


Dr. Michael Black, Institutional Effectiveness

Michael Black helped me create the report I needed from SmartEvals with a quick email and follow-up directions. I had spent several hours trying to bend the system to my will, increasing my frustration, but with two emails, he showed me how to get what I needed. His ability to help faculty navigate varied systems and portals is phenomenal.


Sandra Barrios, VPFA & Budgeting Services

Sandra helped me with my payroll tax issue and she was so helpful and so patient. She stayed with me until I understood everything and then she sent me emails with information. She truly cared about helping me. The Payroll Department has an absolute gem of an employee working for them. Keep up the great work Sandra! Thank you again for all you did for me!


Gary Thomas, Central Warehouse

I would like to send out words of appreciation for these delivery workers for assisting us with moving and swapping out desks for our department. They worked diligently to make sure the furniture was moved and set up properly. Thank you for all you do!


Donnell Grady, Central Warehouse

I would like to send out words of appreciation for these delivery workers for assisting us with moving and swapping out desks for our department. They worked diligently to make sure the furniture was moved and set up properly. Thank you for all you do!


Heather Craft, Office of Accounting and Procurement

Ms. Craft helped me tremendously dealing with the state budget page. She also had a very positive attitude and knew her stuff!


West Rogers, IT

West Rogers is always professional and very helpful. I know that he will handle any issues that I have. 


Marsha Dukes, eLearning

Immediately before the start of Spring semester, a faculty member had an emergency and had to be replaced with a  new adjunct. Marsha went above and beyond over the weekend before classes started to make sure the two courses were up and running. Thank you so much!


 

Sarah Bring, IT

Sarah and her team were a great support in assisting me with setting up orientation. While the classroom support team is always willing to assist and help out where they can, this past week was a great depiction of their dedicated work. Due to her team's great efforts, we were able to set up multiple stations on the fly in time for orientation. I am extremely thankful for the teamwork they provided this past week.


Guy Ervin, University Advancement

Thank you to Guy for bringing his own talents, personality, and organization each and every day. Guy is hardworking and I appreciate everything he does for University Advancement.


Linda Reinhard, University Advancement

Thank you to Linda for bringing her own talents, personality, and organization each and every day. Linda is hardworking and I appreciate everything she does for University Advancement.


Leola Sharp, University Advancement

Thank you to Leola for bringing her own talents, personality, and organization each and every day. Leola is hardworking and I appreciate everything she does for University Advancement.


Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

Kudos to Kyle Culpepper for helping me get set up with a laptop and hotspot from the New Media Center at the beginning of the pandemic. I was having issues in requesting items needed and he was quite instrumental in walking me through the process. I appreciate Kyle's time and patience.


Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

Kyle really aided me in developing a visual representation of my research. I am grateful for his patience and his expertise. He was very efficient when editing. He gave me breadth for which I could "just be" in the moment and embody my message. Kyle is always so caring!


Kyle Culpepper, New Media Center

Kyle was eager to assist me and my students with editing the narrated PowerPoint presentation for the VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium. Kyle worked with me for two hours troubleshooting the audio and this was not an easy task. I am so grateful for his help and diligence. Thank you for all that you do.


Diane Bellflowers, Physical Plant Admin

Diane has been a huge help for Campus Recreation as we are rebranding and changing colors in the Student Rec Center. Her professional guidance has been amazing. We would not be able to have achieved this without her help. We have had a large number of positive comments on these changes that she has helped us with. Thank you, Diane.


Dan Cody, Facilities Planning

Dan has been outstanding in helping us with a large number of projects. These projects vary in size and scale, but in every case, Dan is an excellent professional and always willing to help. Recently, he has been helping with some projects that the VPSA has strongly supported. These would not have moved forward without Dan’s hard work. You are making a positive difference for thousands of students and we greatly appreciate you.


Heather Craft, Office of Accounting and Procurement

Heather Craft is just wonderful to work with. She could be buried under 70 purchase order requests and she still answers the phone with such a pleasant greeting. The Student Success and Marketing teams have been working hard on getting advertising going for the new Online College, and it has required several new vendors. Each time we send a new quote and contract to Heather, she is ready to assist in any way she can. She is patient, understanding, and works incredibly hard. She makes sure we don't feel bad when we call her with an urgent need. I'm so glad Heather is on the VSU team with us!


Heather Craft, Office of Accounting and Procurement

Heather has been doing an amazing job helping with critical projects that were in danger of increasing in price because of materials going up. Her ability to get these projects through the process saved the University money and will have a positive impact on students. She helped us with a couple of requests that will replace equipment that is more than 20 years old and daily used by students. Thank you, Heather. We greatly appreciate your efforts. 


Zonnya Lane, Office of Accounting and Procurement

I was having an issue signing off on my PC.  When I called Zonnya she did not hesitate to get the issue resolved. She was very patient and had excellent customer service skills.


A'Shondee Kinlaw, Graduate School Admissions

A'Shondee returned to campus from quarantine in May 2020 as an essential worker. She has always made sure someone was here to assist our graduate students and applicants. In a time where everything felt very unstable and uncertain, A'Shondee was and remains a constant for our student population. Her presence and her efforts are one of the defining reasons our enrollment was not negatively impacted during this pandemic.


Brian Anderson, IT

We did our first event using the Live option in Teams. Thanks to Brian we were able to broadcast a panel discussion to all the students in the Langdale College of Business Administration. We are so appreciative of his support for this event and getting it set up for the students.


Hunter Baxter, IT

Hunter followed up with me after multiple days of playing phone tag. His wizardry with the VSU-related software helped me out in a bind. His patience and kindness were greatly appreciated!


Hunter Baxter, IT

Hunter went in and changed the expense report due to a typo. He saved me and other administrators about 1-2 hours of work. Thank you for all your help.


Sheila Hall, IT

I needed help with a difficult task and Sheila Hall came to the rescue. She and Roberto Leal were able to recreate the document needed for our department to complete the task.


Quinncy Thomas, IT

The President's Office had candidates on campus all week. Thursday night the TV in the Rotunda stopped working. Quinncy came over and stayed late to make sure it was up and running for the President's use.


Lynette Hepburn-Richardson, Career Opportunities

At the start of each semester, Ms. Hepburn-Richardson presents information on writing a cover letter and developing a resume along with a professional appearance to the senior nursing leadership students. She and her staff review the documents and provide feedback. The students also attend a mock interview session where their appearance and interview skills are evaluated. Ms. Hepburn-Richardson and her staff provide feedback that helps to prepare the graduating senior nursing students for a job interview. The students always have extremely positive comments regarding how this prepares them to enter the job market. 


Tanya Fontaine, Financial Aid - Veterans Affairs

Tanya has gone above and beyond to help our veterans and their dependents. While working from home and from the office, she is always on point. She makes sure that the students are well informed about their educational benefits. 


April Jankowski, COHUSS Advising

Ms. Jankowski is the nicest person ever! She treats everyone with respect and goes out of her way to make sure you are succeeding. I am thankful for people like Mrs. Jankowski at VSU because I know she cares about the success of her students.


Rosemary Sirmans, Creative Services

I needed a last-minute design for several pieces for the "Countdown to Commencement" rollout on March 1st. Rosemary moved her already busy schedule around to make these designs so we could meet our deadline. She is always patient and willing to help. She is such a pleasure to work with and is a true gem at Valdosta State! 


Rebecca Petrella, Graduate Studies and Research

During the pandemic, Rebecca was instrumental in transitioning the graduate admission paper process to the new electronic process (Radius). Before March 2020, no one could imagine doing any part of the graduate admissions process remotely. She embraced the challenge to ensure a smooth transition from one system to the next. Her efforts made it possible for the increase in enrollment of graduate programs. I am in awe of the grit she showed during this past year. 


Jessica Powers, Graduate Admissions

During the pandemic, Jessica was instrumental in transitioning the graduate admission paper process to the new electronic process (Radius). Before March 2020, no one could imagine doing any part of the graduate admissions process remotely. She embraced the challenge to ensure a smooth transition from one system to the next. Her efforts made it possible for the increase in enrollment of graduate programs. I am in awe of the grit she showed during this past year. 


Ernest Smith, Graduate School Admissions

One of my graduate students has had a tough year personally and she missed a deadline to submit her poster to the Graduate Research Symposium. Ernest worked very late at night to include a student's work at the last minute. His work ethic is exceptional, and he always goes above and beyond to support our graduate students. Thank you, Ernest!


Ernest Smith, Graduate School Admissions

Mr. Smith has been instrumental in editing and publishing my research (dissertation, graduate symposium, 3MT). He has guided and encouraged me. He has been a cheerleader and really helped me to push myself more. I feel that he has somewhat mentored me through a number of uncharted adventures. I am most grateful for Mr. Smith. 


Dr. Jonathan Krispin, Management & Healthcare Administration

Before class started, Dr. Krispin was heading back to his office and witnessed a student drop her jacket. He took time out of his rushed schedule and chased her down just to give her the jacket. It was a genuine moment of kindness from him when he thought no one was looking. 


Jeff Shipley, LCOBA

We did our first event using the Live option in Teams. Thanks to Jeff we were able to broadcast a panel discussion to all the students in the Langdale College of Business Administration. We are so appreciative of his support for this event and creating the QR code to allow students to log in easily to the event. 


Rafiah Jenkins, School of Nursing

Rafiah was available after hours to help me sort out a student issue with an exam that had been taken and couldn't be located in OneDrive. She responded quickly and efficiently to sort out the problem and find the exam. Ultimately the student was very grateful, and I am so thankful that Rafiah is always gracious and accommodating.


Dr. Deborah Paine, Education

Dr. Paine provided me with excellent assistance and guidance with reviewing my transcripts and becoming a VSU student. She was kind and knowledgeable. She took the extra steps to ensure that my questions were answered and my particular case was reviewed with exceptional care. I truly appreciate the time and consideration that Dr. Paine provided. 


Grace Goehring, Computer Science

Grace Goehring helped assist me in purchasing items for my research. She went above and beyond in checking errors and issues, providing quick responses, and getting approvals. She is always considerate, efficient, and pleasant. Thank you, Grace! 


Samantha Paul, Library

I am working on my thesis for my master's, and I called Odum Library to get assistance with my research. I was trying to find something very specific with not a lot of information to search with. Samantha did not give up until I found what I needed. She was so sweet and patient. She even forwarded resources that would be beneficial! Thank you, Samantha! 


Dr. David Nelson, Communication Arts

Dave is such a caring colleague! This past year has been tough and Dave has always taken time out of his day to check in on me and other faculty. He's even talked me down from stressful situations a couple of times. Thank you, Dave! 


Dr. David Nelson, Communication Arts

Dave is such a caring colleague. He regularly stops by to check in with how I'm doing and handling stress. He offers sound advice and truly cares. Recently I've had some awful things happen and Dave took time out of his day to listen to my stress and sent me an encouraging and uplifting video to help me through things. While it seems like a small gesture, it truly meant so much to me that he cared enough to not only check-in but follow up. Dave really cares about his colleagues and it shows. 


Dr. Brian Sowa, Communication Arts

Dr. Sowa is always so friendly, nice, and caring. Every interaction I have had with him has been pleasant and uplifting. He walked from Communication Arts to the Fine Arts Building to hand-deliver a thank you card to me on Administrative Assistant's Day. After a particularly crazy month, this was an invaluable gesture. Thank you for all you do, Dr. Sowa! 


Dr. Karen Acosta, Modern & Classical Languages

I have received helpful advice from Dr. Karen Acosta many times. She is always helping others in my department with her expertise. This semester, Dr. Acosta shared with me her class, which I will be teaching for the first time online. It was extremely generous, and I am very grateful for it. Thank you for being such a great colleague, Karen! 


Dr. Alan Bernstein, Library

During the beginning of the pandemic when the VSU campus closed, Odum Library remained open for students who stayed on campus.  Dr. Alan Bernstein helped to ensure that staff and students were safely distanced and proper protocols were being followed. Many thanks to Dr. Bernstein and his leadership during this time. 


Honey Coppage, Academic Affairs

I needed to reserve multiple rooms across several locations on the main campus for a summer camp. With Honey's assistance, I was able to secure the spaces that were needed. She is always very helpful and makes every effort to accommodate my requests.


Robert Freidhoff, Student Success

I was leaving main campus when I received a call from Rob Freidhoff. He noticed something wrong with my tire. He asked me whether I was just leaving main campus and then alerted me that my tire was flat. Unbelievably, I had not even noticed the loud banging noise coming from the right back side of my car. He offered to come and look at it and change it if needed. He then followed up with me later to ensure that I was okay. Knowing that other employees have my back in this regard goes above and beyond. This kind of concern and willingness to help is the mark of a good human and totally lives out our Blazer creed. I am so appreciative that he walks the talk. 


Dr. Jamie Landau, CELT

Jamie has gone out of her way to help colleagues, assist with training, and following up on our mental health during the pandemic. Kudos! 


Mark Mears, College of Science & Mathematics

Since I began my employment with VSU, Mark has always been more than willing to assist me and provide me with training when needed.  He is a great listener, extremely patient, and extremely knowledgeable. I appreciate the time he has spent helping me develop into my new role in the Chemistry Department. 


Nicole Foster, Student Health

I want to thank Nicole and the entire Student Health Center for their support this month! The Counseling Center was impacted by COVID-19 in early March and we reached out to Nicole to see if she could help us with our phone coverage due to having less staff in the office. She and her office were so helpful and generous. We are so thankful for their teamwork, leadership, and generosity!


Nicole Foster, Student Health

Ms. Pierce and Ms. Foster have been dedicated to ensuring that the students and faculty who receive vaccinations for COVID-19 are able to come in and have a smooth process. Thank you! 


Student Health Center Staff

I want to thank the staff of the Student Health Center for all of their hard work this year with the assistance they have provided to the campus with regards to COVID-19 Reporting and now the COVID-19 vaccine. The entire staff has risen to every challenge and has excelled. Thank you all so much for your dedication to our campus community. 


Dr. Zduy Chu, Housing and Residence Life

Dr. Chu went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed to prepare for a successful Orientation. Thank you for all that you do! 


Shawn Phippen, Campus Recreation

I am a new employee at VSU, and during my interview, Shawn went out of his way to acknowledge me and thank me for being here. Just this small act impacted the rest of my day, making me feel more confident working here at VSU. Thank you for your genuine kindness and concern! 


Shawn Phippen, Campus Recreation

While attending Orientation training, I was feeling down, and Shawn was so attentive to how I felt. It completely made my day. Thank you so much. 


Graham Nguyen, Creative Services

Since we could not have an in-person ceremony, the Employee Recognition Video was produced to honor all the employees who have reached milestones with their service to VSU. It was interesting, honoring the employees, and letting the entire campus be a part of the recognition. Thank you for your great video production. 


Justin Wiese, Printing Services

Justin is always so patient and willing to go the extra mile when we need things printed (often at the last minute when events pop up).  I always hate having to ask when it’s last minute, but Justin always is so accommodating, even if it means working late or coming in on weekends. All with a sense of humor!  Thank you for your dedication, Justin. I really appreciate you. 


eLearning & CELT

To everyone in eLearning and CELT, thanks so much for your exceptional service during this past year. Even though everyone who teaches had to adopt new technologies and new strategies, you were there to lend your support, expertise, and encouragement. Thank you so much! 


Katrina Crumpton, Housing and Residence Life

Katrina went out of her way to find a student that was reported as being neglected. She provided the student with resources and gave him some needed items. The student was very grateful. 


Louise Nathan, Housing

I wanted to participate in the Scanvenger Hunt and Ms. Louise agreed to walk along with me and take my pictures. Thank you, Ms. Louise Nathan! 


Gary Morford, University Police

Officer Morford responded to a call where a student was injured. Not only did he provide exceptional care for the student, he even went well beyond his expected duty to provide both additional items and assistance. His actions demonstrate the genuine care he has and his professionalism towards keeping students safe and ensuring their well-being. As an aside, he also served in the Marines for which we salute and thank him for his service. 


Chris Smith, Parking and Transporation

Chris assists our office often when we have guests coming to campus who need a reserved space or access to the parking lots. He also helps us with parking during actual events. Many times this requires him to come in early, stay late, or work in the rain, however, he always has a smile, and is willing to help. We really appreciate him.


Robbyn DeSpain, Communications

Robbyn has been a complete gem since the day she started here at VSU. She is a joy to work with and does her job so well! We are so excited to have her as a part of our team. 


Robbyn DeSpain, Communications

Robbyn DeSpain has come on our campus and worked miracles! She has cared more about our events and making sure the word gets out than anyone else in my 30 years at VSU. She wants our events to be successful and works with us to reach out to our guests in as many ways as possible. She also helped us pull off our launch of the new Countdown to Commencement and the new Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week. Attendance has been great because she made sure everyone knew about the events taking place. She has informed more graduates or faculty/staff about these events than has ever been done in VSU history. Robbyn and her team get it, and they understand the importance of communication. Thank you Robbyn for all of your hard work and dedication to Event Services and Valdosta State!


Wade Bugby, IT

The President's Office had candidates on campus all week and on Thursday night the TV in the Rotunda stopped working. Wade came over and stayed late to make sure it was up and running for the President's use. Thank you. 


Wade Bugby, IT

I want to let Wade know just how much I appreciate all of his help over the last year. He has been a tremendous help in resolving remote issues that allowed me to work from home during the pandemic. He even assisted me with an issue over the weekend. He is always friendly and very professional.  He also always states that "it's not a bother, he's just doing his job"!  What a wonderful asset he is to Valdosta State University. 


Steve Fesler, Plant Operations

Steve is such an important part of any art installations we do in the library or in the Copeland Museum. He hangs all our pictures.  He always measures carefully to center the pictures based on our very rough layout. It is due to him that everything looks professional and not haphazard. He came to us in early April and hung 12 pictures in our newly renovated left side of North Odum Library.  Some of the pictures were huge (around 5' x7'), and some required 3-point secure hangers which are very precise to use. Steve has been hanging art in the library for 10 years, and thanks to him, it looks beautiful. I can't stress enough how important Steve has been for art on campus. Thank you so much, Steve. 


Steve Fesler, Plant Operations

We want to thank Steve for his help with assembling a furniture item that ended up taking up many hours of his time and also for hanging numerous framed items in our office suite. We always know we can count on him to lend a helping hand when needed. 


Jeremy Hankinson, Library

Unfortunately, our old VSU mascot, Blaze the Dragon, has not been on display for several months. There were plans in place to reinstate him this Summer, as his new mannequin had just arrived. However, once we learned that specific activity for faculty/staff appreciation week included a scavenger hunt picture with "Old Blaze" it became a top priority. Thankfully, Jeremy led a team of individuals in the process of resuscitating Blaze in record time! 


Amy Chew, Library

Amy assisted me in understanding the best practices for discovering information on specific research topics. After many hours of failed searches, she took the time to help identify numerous databases and USG resources to help ensure I am successful. After spending 45 minutes with Amy, I'm more excited about starting my dissertation at VSU. #ImpactThatMatters 


Amy Chew, Library

While trying to help a local heir with a complicated estate, I needed an obscure German language publication from 1929. I did not have a complete citation, and all I could provide was a blurry, nearly unreadable picture. Professor Chew found the document in two days and got an Austrian library to send me a clean scan. Not only was a mystery solved, but a fellow Valdostan was incredibly happy. This is all because diligent people like Amy Chew always make VSU the place to work! 


Neal Culbreth, Bursary

Shortly after the campus switched to remote we learned that we needed to refund monies to students who lived on campus for Housing, Meals, and some mandatory fees. This was not an easy task from a logistics perspective.  Neal worked diligently to test the refunds and manually entered the bulk that needed processing. He also continued to come into work each day and pleaded to be added to the "essential" list so that he would be able to enter the building. After the refunds were completed, we got word that we would be responsible for distributing the federal CARES fund. Neal once again rolled up his sleeves and got to work. His hard work and dedication helped to assist our students who needed financial assistance. 


Jake Martin, COSM Advising Center

Mr. Martin goes out of his way to help me out, making sure I am on the path to graduate. He is very quick to respond to emails whenever I need something. He also sends great resources to help resolve any confusion I have about anything regarding the University. Thank you. 


Laura Carter, School of Nursing

Our Senior 2 nursing students take an exit exam at the end of their Nursing program. The instructor of the class is Sandie Delk, and the students expressed to her that they really wanted to be in the classroom for this exam even though that is not the current norm. She started searching for rooms all over campus, but none were available for the exam days. Our faculty (Laura, Mallory, and Kelly) were made aware of the situation, and they rearranged their classes to be all online that day so that the seniors could come test live. They also made themselves available to help proctor the exam along with Robin Kern. The students were so thankful, and it never would have happened without these faculty members going above and beyond. This was such exceptional care for our students, so I wanted it to be recognized! 


Sandra Delk, School of Nursing

Our Senior 2 nursing students take an exit exam at the end of their Nursing program. The instructor of the class is Sandie Delk, and the students expressed to her that they really wanted to be in the classroom for this exam even though that is not the current norm. She started searching for rooms all over campus, but none were available for the exam days. Our faculty (Laura, Mallory, and Kelly) were made aware of the situation, and they rearranged their classes to be all online that day so that the seniors could come test live. They also made themselves available to help proctor the exam along with Robin Kern. The students were so thankful, and it never would have happened without these faculty members going above and beyond. This was such exceptional care for our students, so I wanted it to be recognized! 


Robin Kern, School of Nursing

Our Senior 2 nursing students take an exit exam at the end of their Nursing program. The instructor of the class is Sandie Delk, and the students expressed to her that they really wanted to be in the classroom for this exam even though that is not the current norm. She started searching for rooms all over campus, but none were available for the exam days. Our faculty (Laura, Mallory, and Kelly) were made aware of the situation, and they rearranged their classes to be all online that day so that the seniors could come test live. They also made themselves available to help proctor the exam along with Robin Kern. The students were so thankful, and it never would have happened without these faculty members going above and beyond. This was such exceptional care for our students, so I wanted it to be recognized! 


Robin Kern, School of Nursing

During the passing of my father, Robin took over all of the duties for my class so that I could focus on my grief and taking care of my family. She truly exhibited the Blazer Creed and showed true friendship during my loss. I could not have made it without her support. Thank you. 


Mallory Lane, School of Nursing

Our Senior 2 nursing students take an exit exam at the end of their Nursing program. The instructor of the class is Sandie Delk, and the students expressed to her that they really wanted to be in the classroom for this exam even though that is not the current norm. She started searching for rooms all over campus, but none were available for the exam days. Our faculty (Laura, Mallory, and Kelly) were made aware of the situation, and they rearranged their classes to be all online that day so that the seniors could come test live. They also made themselves available to help proctor the exam along with Robin Kern. The students were so thankful, and it never would have happened without these faculty members going above and beyond. This was such exceptional care for our students, so I wanted it to be recognized! 


Kelly Lowery, School of Nursing

Our Senior 2 nursing students take an exit exam at the end of their Nursing program. The instructor of the class is Sandie Delk, and the students expressed to her that they really wanted to be in the classroom for this exam even though that is not the current norm. She started searching for rooms all over campus, but none were available for the exam days. Our faculty (Laura, Mallory, and Kelly) were made aware of the situation, and they rearranged their classes to be all online that day so that the seniors could come test live. They also made themselves available to help proctor the exam along with Robin Kern. The students were so thankful, and it never would have happened without these faculty members going above and beyond. This was such exceptional care for our students, so I wanted it to be recognized! 


Ben Graham, University Police

I had a flat tire and Officer Graham came out to assist me. After realizing it wasn't possible to remove the tire with the tools in my car, Officer Graham walked with me to a nearby station to see if they could help. He walked back to my car with me and also followed me to the station. He then stood by and waited while my tire was changed. He really went above and beyond and I can't thank him enough. I'm incredibly grateful. 


Britt Bugby, eLearning

I copied a folder in BlazeVIEW and two assignments submitted by students the night before disappeared. I reached out to Britt for help, and she went above and beyond to figure out the issue and help me solve it with the help of ITS. It saved me and the students a lot of time and headaches! 


Chelsie Powell, Center for eLearning

I had to be out of the office unexpectedly for a couple of days and Chelsie went way above and beyond to cover during my absence. Not only did she take on extra calls, emails, and helpdesk tickets, but she also willingly took on the student tips video that had to be published the following Monday. More importantly than the work, Chelsie messaged me and immediately asked how she could help. She updated me throughout with how things were going and sent positive messages and well-wishes that brightened my day when I really needed it. Chelsie is truly representative of what it means to be a Blazer. 


Daniel Smith, eLearning

Danny is just the best. I needed several links converted this week so I could share them with others. He jumped in and got everything fixed, even anticipating what needed to be fixed next. It's such a comfort to know Danny is on the job and so cheerful and quick in helping us get done, what we need to get done, particularly to help our students. 


Todd Howard, Physical Plant - Landscape and Grounds

We had candidates on campus all last week. Todd came over and made sure our golf cart was clean and ready to go for the campus tours. He always has a smile and a great attitude when asked to help. Thank you so much! 


Douglas Parker, Physical Plant - Landscape and Grounds

We had candidates on campus all last week. Doug came over and made sure our golf cart was clean and ready to go for the campus tours and came back that afternoon and helped us get the cover back on it. He always has a smile and a great attitude when asked to help. Thank you so much! 


Cecilia Pierce, Student Health

Ms. Pierce and Ms. Foster have been dedicated to ensuring that the students and faculty who receive vaccinations for COVID-19 are able to come in and have a smooth process. 


Carl Brown, IT

Carl came over at the very end of the day to assist with One Drive issues. He stayed late with no complaints and returned the following day to ensure all was working properly. Every encounter I have had with him has always been pleasant. Carl is definitely an asset to the IT department and VSU. 


Lynn McQuain, Campus Services

I misplaced my computer and the lovely custodians helped me locate it. They helped me search the Bailey Science Center. They saved my mental health! Also, they have provided great service to the Valdosta State community! 


Ron Butler, Campus Mail

Mr. Ron has been so lovely during the transitions we've been through over this past year! He and the campus mail team have continued to be flexible and communicative with us to ensure the safe and timely delivery of our mail and packages to the appropriate people. Thanks to the whole campus mail team for making sure we received all our materials and mail during such hectic times! 


Ramona Wing, Campus Services

Mona has been instrumental in organizing and implanting the cleaning and sterilization of the entire campus. She is an extremely hard worker. 


Plant Operations

I would like to recognize the entire department of Plant Operations. They go above and beyond making the campus look and feel as wonderful as it does. No matter how crazy or last-minute the request can be, it has always been a joy working with this department because each of them is dedicated to keeping up the standard that we all have set for VSU. 


Annjannette Atkins, Communications

We were attempting to finalize an HTML template design and had problems with the CSS code. We reached out to Anjie, and she graciously set aside time in her busy schedule to troubleshoot and come up with a solution. Thanks to her support, we completed the design before the deadline. I am so grateful to Anjie for her expertise and willingness to help. She is a tremendous asset to VSU! 


Annjannette Atkins, Communications

Anjie has done an awesome job with the new design of the Commencement webpage! The difference is unbelievable and I am so proud of the good information displayed in a clear and precise manner for our graduates. I know we asked for a lot and she was so patient with us designing it perfectly, thank you so much! 


Annjannette Atkins, Communications

Anjie has been so helpful in updating the Commencement website to include more organized, interesting, communications for our graduates, faculty, staff, and guests. Our site looks 100% better, the graphics and the information have been tremendous in introducing our new Countdown to Commencement for graduates and setting up a new page for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week. In the past, these things would have taken a year, or probably not at all. Thank you Anjie for your patience and hard work in promoting good things happening at VSU! 


Taylor Powell, Communications

Taylor has always been good, but my recent involvement with her launching our new Countdown to Commencement,  and new Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week has been fabulous. Taylor understands the importance of communication  Our social media and marketing team has taken VSU to a new level of communication.  She has great ideas to try something different that has never been done. Such a breath of fresh air for our campus! Thank you Taylor for being an awesome team member and helping what we do in Event Services be noticed! 


Marsha Walden, COHUSS Advising Center

Marsha Walden has encouraged me to continue my education as a late-in-life student. She has constantly kept a close eye on my progress and success in the University. She always made the time to listen and was very instrumental in beginning the process of applying to Grad school. Her welcoming disposition and willingness to lend an ear even if it was not school-related made me feel as though my success was important to her. I am very thankful that she was the first point of contact for me at VSU. It is my hope that she receives in her life as much as she has given. 


Student Union Student Workers

The student staff of the Student Union has worked hard every day to keep the Union safe for our campus community. From sanitizing the facility to making sure everyone has a mask, they have gone above and beyond their "normal" job duties and have taken their new responsibilities seriously and always in a good-natured approach. Thank all of you for your hard work and dedication! 


Anna Katherine Goodin, Event Services

Anna Katherine is a student employee in our Event Services department. Last week when we were setting up to host the NCAA Regional Basketball tournament, along with several other events, she really stepped up.  She worked alongside us with every aspect of the setup.  She stayed late several days, even on Friday.  She was here with me until after 4 pm putting the finishing touches at The Complex.  I am very appreciative of all her hard work and the strong work ethic she demonstrated.  She went above and beyond her normal duties with a positive attitude all week.  Thank you, AK! 


McKenzie Hart, VPFA & Budgeting Services

McKenzie has always responded to my calls and emails regarding the financials in an extremely professional and timely matter.  I appreciate her time and efforts in helping me develop into my administrative role in the Chemistry Department. Thank you for all of your assistance! 


Jenny White, VPFA & Budgeting Services

Jenny is an amazing person that goes above and beyond.  I've called her on many occasions needing assistance.  No matter what time of day, she will always give you her undivided attention. 


Lynn Darsey, Auxiliary Services 

Lynn has been so helpful in assisting with preparation for our week-long Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week. She has gone above and beyond, planning and helping during the week at appreciation events. I greatly appreciate that I can always count on her to lend a helping hand, even if it's not necessarily her job. She is definitely an asset to VSU. 


Hazel McCoggle, Campus Recreation

Hazel has been a force of nature battling potential COVID-19 from impacting students at the Student Rec Center. She has designed new cleaning protocols to disinfect every touchable element of the entire SRC. She continues to educate everyone on what they can do to help prevent the spread, all while maintaining a wonderfully cheerful attitude. She is a joy to work with and a positive influence on all around her. 


Hazel McCoggle, Campus Recreation

Hazel continues to work to keep people safe from COVID-19. She works with her team to keep the SRC and all areas of Campus Recreation clean. She reminds members to keep their masks on and to social distance. She has been a positive role model to help us all in this time. Thank you, Hazel! 


Mallory Lane, School of Nursing

I was in the middle of simulation when I received a call that my father was not doing well. I sent a text to Mallory. She immediately arrived and finished the simulation so that the students would not have to make the day up. During the passing of my father, Mallory completely took over simulation and managing the labs. Mallory was truly a Godsend and allowed me the time to be with my father during his illness and passing. 


Dominique Adkins, IT

We asked Dominique to try to make something happen on MyVSU that had not been done before, and instead of saying we can’t do that, he tried our crazy idea and made it work! Thank you so much, Dominique. Employees like you with a "can do" attitude help make VSU better every day. 


Yvonne Landers, VPFA & Budgeting Services

Yvonne's assistance in helping me with budgets and payroll was incredible. She is always extremely helpful and pleasant to work with. 


Shannon McGee, Auxillary Services

Shannon has been so helpful in assisting with preparation for our week-long Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week. She has gone above and beyond with planning and helping at appreciation events. I greatly appreciate that I can always count on her to lend a helping hand, even if it's not necessarily her job. She is definitely an asset to VSU. 


Brittany Aikens, Student Affairs

The Counseling Center was impacted by COVID-19 early in March. We realized there would be a significant challenge with having someone available to answer the phones and schedule appointments due to a decreased staff in the office. Brittany works downstairs in the Student Health Center and when we reached out for help she saved the day! She learned our system on the fly and took great care of our students. We're so appreciative of her and the entire Student Health Center for their support that week! 


Carla Jordan, Career Opportunities

Carla always has a smile on her face, a positive demeanor, has a great Blazer spirit, and always looking out for our student’s best interests. Thank you for being such a great Blazer! 


Joe Ritter, Plant Operations

Joe has been such a great addition to our campus. Since his arrival, he has provided such great support for Event Services. He is always positive, professional, and willing to help! Thank you, Joe! 


Jeff Grant, Creative Services

Jeff, thank you for your patience with our last-minute requests and for offering suggestions for the best products for our needed use. Your knowledge and professionalism make my job so much easier. Thank you for all your help throughout the years! 


Shauna Branch, Student Success

Shauna always has the most positive and professional demeanor that is contagious. She is always willing to help with our events and we love having her be the first face our guests see. Thank you for being such a great representative of VSU! 


Rebecca Taylor, Testing

Anytime I ask Rebecca if she can help with an event, the answer is always yes. Rebecca’s dedication to our student organizations is tremendous. Her involvement is truly remarkable. Thank you so much for your support of VSU throughout the years! 


Matt Malone, University Advancement

Thank you for hosting the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Trivia this week. It was such a fun event and we truly appreciate you taking time out of your evening to time do this! You are always so willing to help whenever we call, true Blazer through and through! 


Quinncy Thomas, IT

Quinncy and his team have been so wonderful to work with. “Can’t do it” is not in his vocabulary. He is always professional, dependable, and friendly. We are so fortunate to have him at VSU. Thank you for always being there for events! 


Sage Merwin, Event Services

The staff of the Office of Event Services put a significant amount of time and effort into planning and executing Employee Appreciation Week! They did this at a time of the year when they are all also heavily involved in planning and executing Spring Commencement! They have come in early and stayed late for several weeks to ensure that our employees and our graduates have stellar events! Well done, Event Services! 


Leah Robinson, Event Services

The staff of the Office of Event Services put a significant amount of time and effort into planning and executing Employee Appreciation Week! They did this at a time of the year when they are all also heavily involved in planning and executing Spring Commencement! They have come in early and stayed late for several weeks to ensure that our employees and our graduates have stellar events! Well done, Event Services! 


Amanda Hoch, Event Services

The staff of the Office of Event Services put a significant amount of time and effort into planning and executing Employee Appreciation Week! They did this at a time of the year when they are all also heavily involved in planning and executing Spring Commencement! They have come in early and stayed late for several weeks to ensure that our employees and our graduates have stellar events! Well done, Event Services! 


Sydney Land, Event Services

The staff of the Office of Event Services put a significant amount of time and effort into planning and executing Employee Appreciation Week! They did this at a time of the year when they are all also heavily involved in planning and executing Spring Commencement! They have come in early and stayed late for several weeks to ensure that our employees and our graduates have stellar events! Well done, Event Services! 


 

Dr. Theodore Uyeno, Biology

Dr. Uyeno helped me in every way to pass his class when I had some hard personal life struggles. He is a great professor and looks out for his students.


Amanda Williams, Campus Mail

Amanda went out of her way to help me track down some packages that were needed for an event the same day.  She called to update me each time she received new information. She was extremely helpful, kind, and provided exceptional customer service. Thank you!


Karen Shepard, Office of the Registrar

Karen has been very helpful. I appreciate her assistance in the GOML-OTE course scheduling and registration. She resolved the problems in an efficient way when I needed help.


Joel Dion, New Media Center

I just wanted to say thank you to Joel Dion.  I turned in a borrowed laptop on Monday and wasn't aware that I left the USB on the computer. Joel went out of his way to bring it to me at the Financial Aid Office and it is greatly appreciated.


Julia Stokes, COEHS

Many thanks to Ms. Julia Stokes for being present for our graduates during a hectic week, and also for our students during the past year.  Your kind presence, competence, and willingness make such a positive difference in our department. Thank you!


Douglas Carlson, Archives

Thank you for the quick response to my obit request!


Sandra Barrios, VPFA & Budgeting Services

Sandra Barrios deserves much praise and acknowledgment. My department manages over 200 student employees and often there is confusion over a timesheet, hours, or profiles. It gets confusing and she is always just a call away. Anytime I need assistance she is there. She was such a big help this weekend when it turned out so many staff members input hours after my approval/time entry. Sandra, thank you for all you do and for being one of my favorite campus partners to work with. I am forever grateful.


Stanley Jones, Registrar

Stanley Jones regularly goes above and beyond to help faculty, staff, and students. Mr. Jones made sure that another student was dropped for classes when the student was not able to take care of matters himself. He is always proactive about working to ensure faculty report grades in a timely manner, and he sacrifices his own time to help those faculty who struggle with Banner. He is always caring, professional, and responsible; a credit to VSU.


Daire Salgado, IT

Daire took time to design a program for me to follow. She worked on it until she accomplished exactly what I needed. She made it possible for my work to be on time.  Thank you for the wonderful service.


Michele Blankenship, School of Nursing

Michele Blankenship always does a fantastic job setting up the lab and organizing simulation activities. She went above and beyond when, on a moment's notice, she stepped in to cover for a lab instructor who was absent. She did such an amazing job demonstrating skills and answering student questions. I am grateful to work with someone who is so supportive, hard-working, and dedicated to teaching. Thanks, Michele!