CASL Staff Recognition Awardees
Celebrating All Staff Loyalty
Awardees for Summer 2022
I wish to recognize the vitally important role that Nada has played in the hire of five new staff members here in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters over the last 6 months.
During a time where the Dean's Office was very short staffed and when she was moving into a new and expanded professional role (not to mention the additional work she was doing to fill in for vacated staff positions in the Dean's office), Nada committed her time to serving on search committees for two departmental Administrative Specialists (Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Statistics--the latter of which ran through two cycles due to an unsuccessful initial search), an Administrative Specialist Intermediate in the Dean's Office, and the Business Administrator Senior and Business and Financial Operations Administrator positions in the Dean's office.
In all of these searches (as reflected in comments by the participating Chairs and other search committee members) Nada offered great insight into the various candidates' strengths and weaknesses and greatly assisted in the addition of five outstanding new staff members to the college. This is a vitally important contribution and one that should be recognized.
Thank you Nada for helping to shape the future course of our college through your outstanding work in these searches.
Lindsay has held down much of the administrative duties in the department this past academic year, as her excellent fellow administrators Lisa and Lori have had to be out for personal reasons at different times.
Lindsay is always helpful, very responsive, and it's great to work with her. I really appreciate the hard work that she and Lisa and Lori do to make the department function.
I am a less-than-perfect account keeper. Sue works with me and makes sure everything is right. She "rescues" me from time to time. Her work with me on my Ottawa accounts in invaluable.
I've been working closely with Greg for the past 18 months on a grant funded project to record and digitize the Aspects of the Holocaust course. Greg’s been a wonderful collaborator on the project, serving as cameraman, executive producer, engineer and creative consultant, all the while trying to keep me on track. Greg also worked with Sidney Bolkosky to record an earlier version of this course for the CASL Reach program in the early 2000’s.
I’ve also been privileged to work with Greg for over 22 years in my role as curator of the Voice/Vision Archive. He’s filmed and recorded numerous events and speakers hosted by the archive. Greg also played a key role in filming a large portion of the interviews found in the archive and his work plays a key role in the success of the archive.
Greg’s work on the earlier version of this course and his work with the Voice/Vision archive made him an invaluable collaborator on this project.
Awardees for Winter 2022
Congratulations to Nada Bachir for receiving the Winter 2022 prize!
I want to recognize Nada for her outstanding work this year on managing the college's Promotion and Tenure process. While P&T support has been a part of Nada's work load for the last couple of this years, this year, due to a number of staff departures, the entire process fell to her. Nada handled this sudden transition with the utmost poise and professionalism and she expertly guided the college's heavy case load (14 cases-about double what we normally see) through the entirety of the process without a single error or problem.
Indeed, in my now eight years of involvement with the college's Promotion and Tenure cases I have never seen the process run as smoothly or as flawlessly as it did this year. This success is due entirely to Nada's hard work, intellect, and perseverance. She had no one to mentor her through the process or to assist with the work that needed to be done. In fact, sudden absences in other academic areas on campus left Nada in the position of quickly becoming the campus expert on all things P&T.
As always, Nada was gracious in sharing her expertise and the lessons she learned in the process. The entire college owes Nada a big "thank you" for her work in this area.
Sue Gedert is an integral member of the CASL community and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Although much of her work happens "behind the scenes" and may, at times, seem invisible, her expertise in marketing and digital content does not go unnoticed. Sue's domain is expansive, supporting the college's marketing and communication efforts, social media initiatives, webpage development, and more!
Despite this long list of key responsibilities, Sue is always available to assist with even the smallest of marketing and web requests. I can't count the numerous times I've reached out to her for information or assistance over the years with everything from promoting an event or course or student org to updating a website. Each time, no matter the ask, Sue is at the ready with an answer or an update!
Moreover, she is kind, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. It is clear that Sue truly cares about our campus--going above and beyond is simply her normal. Sue does such a wonderful job promoting the exciting work of our faculty, staff, and students, all the while making us feel seen, heard, and supported. I hope she knows that she is seen and supported, too!
Rick is the very face of positivity to our students and faculty. As an instructional learning associate, he supports the training and operation of all the software for our multimedia activities in the CASL TV studio and the many courses in Journalism and Screen Studies. He also helps support technology in the Kochoff Language Lab and for the Applied Arts.
He’s always ready to help a student solve a technical problem and he has designed and offered countless workshops to support our courses. During the pandemic he created training videos and resources that students and faculty could use to supplement our online classes. We couldn’t succeed with our program in JASS without the dedication (and smile on his face) that Rick provides on a daily basis.
Lindsay is always ready and willing to help, no matter what is thrown at her. She has stepped up and is showing everyday how to navigate difficult issues and tasks, always with a smile and a calmed attitude. I couldn´t be in better hands. Thank you, Lindsay, I´m really happy to work with you!!
Awardees for Fall 2021
Congratulations to Rachel Buzzeo for receiving the Fall 2021 prize!
I want to celebrate the Dean's Office staff team. Each and every one of you has gone above and beyond to make sure that the work of the college and our service to our community has not missed a beat in the absence of CASL's Administrative Director. All of you willingly stepped up to take on additional tasks, to puzzle through where work might be stalled out and to then unstick it, to help and support each other along with me and the Associate Deans, to volunteer for extra hours on campus to ensure staff coverage for our office, and to offer excellent suggestions and advice relative to how we can move forward and do our work even better than we have in the past. I have such an amazing team and I am so very proud and appreciative of each and every one of you!
Lisa has worked for LCC/LPA for many years, and has always taken care of many aspects of departmental life. She has worked closely with me and my colleagues on the schedule of class, always going the extra mile to iron out any difficulties and clear up miscommunication. She has been a positive presence during the merger into one department, and has worked hard to make the new department a success. She has been courageous during the pandemic and has faced up to personal loss and setbacks with a brave, kind and open heart. She is extremely worthy of this award and recognition.
Rachel Buzzeo is an exceptional member of our CASL community and the UM-Dearborn campus at large. Last year, the administrative responsibilities for the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program, housed in CWP, were moved into Behavioral Sciences. Without batting an eye, Rachel graciously added CCJ duties to her extensive portfolio.
Rachel, being the incredibly skilled and organized individual that she is, made this transition appear effortless. Moreover, her extensive institutional knowledge has meant that she is always one step ahead of any important CCJ administrative tasks--even when they are new to her. Of course, she has not only gone above and beyond to support CCJ faculty and students, but continues to go above and beyond in supporting all Behavioral Sciences faculty and students.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program and the Behavioral Sciences are so incredibly lucky to have Rachel in our corner. We simply could not function without her!
Rachel has worked tirelessly to help me administer a Michigan Fitness Foundation grant called Safe Routes to Schools. This grant is complicated as it has many state and federal regulations attached to it. The project has been extremely successful in a large part because of Rachel. She already has a lot of responsibilities and is working in an under staffed department, yet, she has risen to the occasion to support this project. I am beyond grateful to Rachel and feel lucky on a daily basis to work with her.
Every student who encounters Liz knows what a caring staff member she is! Liz gives students personalized assistance to land great internships. And in addition to her great work on behalf of CASL students, Liz is a volunteer at Vista Maria and the Dearborn Animal Shelter. She is very generous with her time and talents to help others.
As Mary transitions into her new full-time role in CECS, I thought it important to recognize the great work that she performed for many years here in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. Because of the nature of Mary's work, she did not necessarily have a high profile in the college. Those that worked with her, however, knew very well the level of commitment and expertise that she brought to her role as a post-grant support specialist.
Her work in this capacity was always first rate and it enabled college faculty to comfortably seek and obtain significant grants, knowing that once the grant landed, Mary would be there to guide them. Likewise, CASL staff relied upon Mary's knowledge of grant administration to better support their faculty and to ensure that all relevant guidelines/requirements were adhered to. Mary did all of this with a smile on her face and in a patient, non-judgmental, friendly way.
Most recently, Mary also agreed to work additional hours to continue supporting CASL grants as the college looks to transition to a new support model. Thank you Mary for your many years of outstanding work in support of CASL! We will miss you.
Patti is one of the best resources on this campus for students, from helping them find jobs to helping them find confidence. Students tell me all the time how inspiring and helpful she is! She has so many great ideas for our department, and her vision for the future of internships on this campus is amazing. Her respect for students, staff and faculty is outstanding.
This nomination is for Mrs. Patricia Martin and Ms. Elizabeth Clark.
Mrs. Martin is not only a great source of information and always willing to share this information with other member of the Internship Advisory Council. She is always willing to help us as we meet that proverbial "wall" in front of us. She has always responded to my emails in a very timely manner and keeps us updated with any possible new internship positions that become available.
Granted, some may say that this is part of her "job description" it may be but her passion and her zeal in doing her job must be recognized.
Again, all comments are for Pattie and Liz, this is a "pair" that can beat any "full house".
Lori has worked for our department for many years, taking care of a large number of faculty and students. She has worked tirelessly on our behalf as we merged from two departments into one, and the success and good spirits of the new department owe a lot to her positive and professional approach. Recently one staff member has gone on medical leave, leaving just Lori and Lindsay to handle all of the administrative and secretarial support.
Lori is kind and efficient. Last year she gave expert guidance and support for the Promotion and Tenure Committee, as the Chair was on sabbatical and the Interim Chair was clinical. I was in charge of P&T but relied on her for her guidance and suggestions about forms and procedures. Lori is an astoundingly good administrator and a great human being, and she is profoundly worthy of the Celebrating All Staff Loyalty Award.
Lindsay has worked for our department for several years, taking care of a large number of faculty and students. She has worked steadily for us as we merged from two departments into one, and her hard work and good will have promoted the success of the merger. Recently one staff member has gone on medical leave, leaving just Lori and Lindsay to handle all of the administrative and secretarial support.
Last year Lindsay went above and beyond the call of duty in managing the creation and administration of a Qualtrix survey designed by my students in LING 475 Language Diversity in Southeastern Michigan: The Arab American Community. Because of Lindsay's technical guidance and support, students were able to research, compare, and analyze Family Language Policy in multilingual households in Dearborn and other communities. This would not have been possible without Lindsay's hard work, dedication, and technical expertise.
Lindsay is a promising staff member who can look forward to a successful and productive career in higher education administration. She is eminently worthy of the Celebrating All Staff Loyalty Award.
Lori, Lisa, and Lindsay have taken care of the members of LCC/LPA throughout the pandemic. They have balanced a heavier workload and changing onsite/offsite workplaces. They have kept everything organized for faculty, staff, and students in so many ways I cannot count. This involved the highest level of professionalism, communication, and teamwork.
I know that in my experience chairing the Promotion and Tenure Committee while the Chair was on sabbatical, and in conducting my class research for LING 475 Language Diversity in Southeastern Michigan: The Arab American Community, and in planning the multiple schedules and changes necessitated by the pandemic, that Lori, Lisa, and Lindsay communicated and quickly found ways to answer difficult questions and find solutions, making the work possible and successful.
They are each worthy of this award and recognition, and as a team they have shouldered a huge burden and brought success to a newly merged department. Thank you, Team LCC/LPA/Humanities!
TEAM-L is the backbone of the department and they are going above and beyond making sure everyone is supported despite the amount of work and requests. If we were in person and working normally, they'd get a BIG PARTY. We owe them a lot!
Amazing support despite being understaffed due to departmental merger and while being inundated with requests during COVID!
The L-Team -Lori, Lisa and Lindsay- have been fantastic the whole time we were working remotely and even more fantastic during this return-to-campus semester. They have been ready to help us with simple and more complex requests; sending us updates on department business; reminding us of upcoming deadlines; and excelling at being nice, compassionate and understanding of faculty and student needs and of many last-minute requests. This team gets things done and answers questions or will find an answer for you within a day.
Lori, Lisa and Lindsay are professional, focused and always very kind. They have managed the transition from two to one department with no problem at all and made everybody feel part of one great team! I am so grateful for their constant assistance and congratulate Lori on assembling such an effective team. They truly deserve the CASL Staff Loyalty Award!