Chancellor Little recognizes staff contributions during annual awards ceremony


The Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Awards ceremony honored nearly 70 staff members for the contributions to campus.

UM-Dearborn honored nearly 70 staff members this summer during the annual Chancellor's Staff Recognition Awards ceremony. The ceremony recognizes staff members for the significant contributions they make toward the university's mission. 

Chancellor Daniel Little welcomed more than 150 staff members and guests to the event, which took place Wednesday, July 12, in Fairlane Center.

“Every time I come into a room full of UM-Dearborn staff, I realize how lucky we all are to be working at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” he said, thanking them for their commitment to collaboration, inclusion and creating a positive work environment. “A community that is genuinely welcoming and inclusive is a better place to work and is a more productive place to work.”

The chancellor presented five awards during the ceremony: Exceptional Service, Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Long-term Achievement and Outstanding Services to the Metropolitan Community and University. Award recipients were nominated by faculty, staff and students, and selected by the Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Awards committee.


Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Awards


Exceptional Service Award

Elisa Madrigal, administrative specialist, Department of Literature, Philosophy, and Arts

Madrigal received the Exceptional Service Award for her work to maintain a high level of service during a time of transition in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. In addition to staffing the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and Arts for several months on her own, she also assisted another shorthanded department within the college. Colleagues said her professionalism and work ethic never wavered.

“Her work was nothing short of exceptional for both departments,” one nominator noted, “which she kept running efficiently with great humor and grace.”

Exceptional Performance Award

Linda Grimm, laboratory manager, Department of Natural Sciences

Grimm received the Exceptional Performance Award for her efforts in planning, designing and providing oversight for the new Natural Sciences Building laboratories. Colleagues also noted her commitment to training and mentoring student lab assistants and her dedication to the university’s metropolitan impact through participation in events like the Wayne County Science Olympiad and the Rouge River Water Festival.

“Linda is the type of person who rolls up her sleeves every day to help students, staff and faculty,” wrote one nominator. “And [she] does it with care, technical know-how and humanity.”

Exceptional Long-Term Achievement Award

John Berger, custodian II, Physical Plant-Building Services

Berger received the Exceptional Long-Term Achievement Award after serving UM-Dearborn for more than three decades. He worked at the Henry Ford Estate for 25 years before moving to the main campus, with colleagues noting his willingness to go beyond his job title.

“His job title should be ‘person entrusted with guarding and maintaining property,’” wrote one nominator. “He is the steward. He has an eye for detail and takes enormous pride in doing even the simplest tasks to perfection.”

Outstanding Service to Metropolitan Community and University Award

Tim Davis, director, iLabs

Davis received the Outstanding Service to Metropolitan Community and University Award for his efforts to extend the university’s mission by establishing connections throughout southeast Michigan and across the state. Nominators noted that Davis has recently overseen projects that partner UM-Dearborn students and fauclty with organizations including Ford Motor Company Fund, ACCESS, JD Power, Detroit Metro Airport and Willow Run Airport.

“Tim’s work has resulted in connections between UM-Dearborn students, area businesses and nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan,” one nominator wrote. “His work has also impacted faculty, providing practice-­oriented research opportunities. This is especially important today, as university stakeholders demand to see and know the relevance of faculty research to business practice.”

Exceptional Team Award

External Relations Web Team: Laura Garling, Alyssa Kata, Christina Hu, Patrick Irish, Mike Battistone

The External Relations Web Team received the Exceptional Team Award for their cross-campus work to launch a newly designed website. The team met with nearly every office on campus to discuss the new sitemap and content transition plans.

“This team combines subject matter expertise, hard work and amazing interpersonal skills to accomplish this massive project,” wrote one nominator. “There are few projects on campus that touch every office and also attempt to make sure all voices are heard and supported. This group was able to accomplish this and so much more to create our amazing new website.”

Milestone Work Anniversaries

5 years

Katherine Allen, Kevin Bean, Christopher Casey, Mary Davis, Christine Dunning, Ronald Ernst, Anita Green, Katie Hayes, Michael Hicks, Frederick Hoffman, Kate Malicke, Daxesh Modi, Rachel Olson, Catherine McPherson, Gary Perttunen, Ted Strother, Charles Toeppe, Ryan Worden

10 years

Shareia Carter, Timothy Davis, Marie Elliott, Diane Gulyas, Debra Peffer

15 years

Winston Cannon, Kristine Day, Anthony Delarosa, Rich Durant, Ross Grzywacz, Rory Hoffman, Elisa Madrigal, Odell McGlothian, Ray Metz, Urana Pridemore, Carrie Shumaker, Robert Simpson, Julie Tigani

20 years

Patrick Armatis, Suzette Crandell, Monique Davis, Lynda Dioszegi, Dennis Dzwigalski, Jason Forsberg, Sherri Frost, Richard Guathier, Kathleen Kern, Sharon Lobdell, Robert Sharkus, Deborah Stark-Knight

30 years

John Berger, Paul Beteag, Susan Guinn, Michael Kmiec, Robert Perry, Charlotte Saskewitch, Jeanette Whiting

35 years

James Hilsabeck, Charles Keskie, Lori Lewis

40 years

Merinda Moccia, Ronald Smith

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