Statement of Wonderfulness
in Celebration of
This “unsung hero” was nominated by his colleagues due to an “unswerving dedication to the unit, its staff, the general public and students at large.” As the Memorial Union Operations Supervisor, Mike has “demonstrated considerable talents and skills in helping to develop a workplace that supports and advances the human spirit.”
Mike’s direct responsibilities are to see that the cleaning of the MU is performed and that the after-hours building manager student staff is trained and ready to serve. Mike has also played roles in hiring student staff, coordinating multi-trade projects like data wiring, supporting and installing new water systems, coordinating the launch of the International Resource Center and developing a better training plan for the MU lifts and other equipment.
What about his role in students’ lives? One colleague commented on the “constant trail of students moving in through Mike’s open door.” The colleague detailed that many students seek support from Mike when they are trying to manage problems, but that many also want to share a result on a mid-term, whether or not they landed the big job they were worried about, or overall general well-being. His office has been described as a “safe space for students and staff.”
Mike was seen as a “very positive influence” and that he gets along well with everyone. Mike was identified as having recently introduced Strengths Quest to his team of workers and that he has been instrumental in the increase of professionalism and efficiency exhibited by his staff. Mike was described as “a breath of fresh air” to the organization and that he has “amazing energy, resourcefulness, and dedication.” According to a colleague, Mike has brought “knowledge, vision, patience, wisdom and humor” to his work. You truly seem to embody the core values of Student Affairs and OSU. Thank you for sharing your gifts!
15th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 26, 2010