OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Traci Melton - Student Affairs Service Award 2009-10

Statement of Wonderfulness

in Celebration of

Traci Melton
University Housing & Dining Services


According to her colleagues, Traci Melton sets the bar high with her efforts in the work place and the community. One colleague referred to her as “superwoman” stating how she does it all while remaining calm, caring, and professional.

Traci is a mentor to many and an expert at what she does. As assistant manager for McNary Dining Center, she helps students and staff be successful both professionally and personally. One person said “she has been a great mentor and has helped me reach and exceed any expectations for me and my job”. With change all around, Traci has been described as the glue that holds things together and keeps things moving forward.

Traci does her job effectively and efficiently and helps out wherever needed. Traci runs Boardwalk, Raintree, Calabaloo’s, and Main Squeeze which are all very successful. She is the head of the customer service committee and involved in almost everything that involves the dining centers. Whatever it takes to keep the staff and customers’ needs met and the dining hall center running smoothly, she does. Traci steps in for missing staff members, she helps in the bakery, she does dishes, wipes tables, runs the cash register, helps plan and put on special events…whatever it takes.

Not only does Traci give her all at work, she supports the community as well. Traci is involved with the annual food drive, The Giving Tree, providing holiday meals for CARDVA families, Vina Moses, and she coaches youth softball. Traci genuinely cares for other people and it shows in all aspects of her life.

Words used to describe Traci are: leader, mentor, innovative problem solver, knowledgeable, exemplary, thoughtful, and superwoman.

So, whether it organizing a gingerbread competition, supporting a staff member seeking professional development, or washing dishes, Traci gives her all and is an example to those around her. Traci brings a positive attitude to everything she does and is said to be the heart and soul of the dining center.

Thank you for your commitment to McNary Dining Center, the university, the community, and to all those who rely on a welcoming environment and a hot meal. You are making a positive difference in the lives of many people and now it’s time to recognize and celebrate you!

15th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 26, 2010