Highlights from UM-Flint Staff Council’s spring meeting and awards breakfast

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Jo Klingler (holding award) of UM-Flint's Department of Public Health and Health Sciences received the 2018 Staff Recognition Award.
Jo Klingler (holding award) of UM-Flint's Department of Public Health and Health Sciences received the 2018 Staff Recognition Award.

The Staff Council at the University of Michigan-Flint held its 25th annual spring meeting and awards breakfast on May 16.

Staff members who attended the event enjoyed a complimentary padfolio gift, breakfast from Fandangles, and expressions of gratitude for their service to campus from administrators, faculty, and fellow staff members.

The program highlighted the accomplishments of the Staff Council over the past year, including its initiative to personally welcome new campus hires on their first day, hosting the inaugural Staff Tailgate Party, and the election of three council members to UM-Flint’s 2018-19 budget committee.

Newly elected Staff Council members for 2018-19 were announced. They are:

  • Gary Ashley, University Outreach
  • Sarah Bennett, Financial Services & Budget
  • Matt Bohlen, Graduate Programs
  • Kathrine Colpaert, International Center
  • Jill Hubbard, Office of the Chancellor
  • Christopher Jones, Admissions and Recruitment
  • Bob Mabbitt, University Communications & Marketing
  • Julie Westenfeld, Admissions and Recruitment

Council members completing the second and final year of their term were also recognized. They are:

  • Helen Budd, Student Veterans Resource Center
  • Celia Dell, Office of the Registrar
  • Martha Hanley, Philosophy
  • Jennifer Phillips, Biology
  • Denise Taft, Biology
  • Lori Rathbun, Education (outgoing Staff Council Chair)

University Advancement’s Matt Bueby was named new Staff Council chair for 2018-19. Joining Matt in the completion of their two-year term next year are:

  • Jason Gooding, ITS (vice chair)
  • Sara Cyrus, Financial Aid
  • Melissa Richardson, Education
  • Alex Straley, Housing & Residential Life
  • Leanne Vamossy, Counseling & Psychological Services

The following recipients of the Sterling Staff Award, presented to staff members who “make a difference” and “go the extra distance in their work,” were recognized at the event:

  • Linda Blakey, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Matt Bueby, University Advancement
  • Sandy Campbell, Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Sara Cyrus, Financial Aid
  • Jeff Dobbs, Student Success Center
  • Suzanne Fielder, Facilities & Operations
  • Susan Gano-Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Maggie Golembiewski, Student Success Center
  • Michelle Graham, Financial Services & Budget
  • Steven Harrow, AIMS
  • Amy Hartwig, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kristin Johnson, Biology
  • Darlene Lorence, Printing Services
  • Brooke Michaels, Student Success Center
  • Lori Rathbun, Education
  • Gentry Robinson, AIMS
  • Brenda Roth, Procurement and Contracts
  • Patti Ruhala, Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Suzanne Shivnen, Political Science
  • Chris Smith, Office of Extended Learning
  • Alex Straley, Housing & Residential Life
  • Peggy Sturtz, Financial Services & Budget
  • Jennifer Swank, Admissions
  • Tamasha Vorrice, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kalena Williams, Public Health and Health Sciences

The Staff Recognition Award was established by Staff Council in 1995 to “recognize those members of the Staff Assembly who consistently serve the campus and University in an exemplary manner.” This year’s Staff Recognition Award nominees were:

  • Jami Caulkins, College of Arts & Sciences Deans Office
  • Carol Chaney, Music
  • Susie Churchill, Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics
  • Amy Clolinger, Recreational Services
  • Lacey Faulkner, History
  • Darlene Lorence, Printing Services
  • Anthony Mills, Information Technology Services
  • Lisa Pagano-Lawrence, Nursing
  • Monica Panik, University Advancement
  • Tonja Petrella, Human Resources
  • Crystal Quaderer, Event And Building Services
  • Antonio Riggs, School of Management
  • Louanne Snyder, Financial Aid

Jo Klingler, business administrator in Public Health and Health Sciences, was presented with the 2018 Staff Recognition Award. When he announced Klingler as this year’s recipient, incoming Staff Council chair Matt Bueby said she “exhibits the rare ability of being able to balance her role while doing it with fierce compassion, whose door is always open, and who celebrates the highs and carries you through the lows. She has had a profound impact on UM-Flint over the years and has touched so many lives.”

Klingler said she plans to retire later this year.

Staff Council vice chair Jason Gooding presented the event’s final award—which was a surprise to the audience and recipient alike. Tom Price from Fandangles, who coordinates and conducts catering services at many UM-Flint events, was named 2018’s “Outstanding Friend of the Staff.”

Staff Council plans to continue recognizing “friends of the staff” with this award at the spring meeting and awards breakfast each year going forward.

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