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Four Receive ASU Staff Excellence Awards

February 28, 2012

Four Angelo State University employees – James Daniel “Dan” Robertson, Charles Sebesta, Lindsay Boynton and Jonathan Hawkins – have been named recipients of the President’s Award for Staff Excellence for outstanding job performance in 2011.  

Robertson is associate director of University Recreation and Intramurals.  Sebesta is a building maintenance technician with Facilities Management.  Boynton works as coordinator for leadership development in the Center for Student Involvement.  Hawkins is employed as a technology services specialist for Information Technology. 

The four were selected from 29 overall nominees in four categories for the awards given each spring semester in recognition of exemplary job performance during the preceding calendar year.  The President’s Award for Staff Excellence recognizes non-teaching staff members whose job performance exceeds the customary standards or who exhibit outstanding skill or dedication while performing special projects. 

The 2011 award recipients, selected by a committee of the ASU Staff Senate, each received a $1,000 honorarium and an engraved presentation piece during a ceremony Tuesday on campus.  

Robertson received the President’s Staff Excellence Award for Commitment to Excellence.  An ASU employee since 2004, Robertson was one of 11 ASU staff members nominated in that category.  His nomination letters noted his unquestionable work ethic, his dedication to the ASU community and his department, his stewardship of ASU resources and his commitment to continuous improvement. 

Said one nominating letter, “Dan is actively involved in the direct supervision and administration of the activities, facilities and personnel of intramural sports, club sports, fitness, facilities, outdoor adventures, open recreation, and aquatics.  Due to his direct efforts, the Intramural Sports Program was recognized nationally by Princeton Review as an institution where ‘everyone plays intramural sports.’”    

Sebesta earned the President’s Staff Excellence Award for Excellence in Customer Service.  He joined the staff in 2002 and was one of 13 nominees in this category.  His nominating letter praised his patience and positive attitude in all situations and his willingness to help people with any of their needs in the course of his job.  

As stated in the nominating letter, Sebesta “treats people with respect, listens to the problem/situation and then tackles the task with a positive attitude.  He is patient and never treats any job or question as unimportant or insignificant….You can always count on Charlie to go the extra mile.  It is never necessary to remind Charlie about problems.  He is dedicated to providing the best possible service at all times, and we believe that ASU benefits greatly from his commitment.”  

The President’s Staff Excellence Award for Excellence in Innovation went to Boynton, one of four nominees in that category.  She has been on the ASU staff since 2009.  Her nomination letter lauded her innovative strategies in strengthening the university’s LEAD Program in helping develop students into leaders for ASU and for life.  Under her leadership, participation has grown significantly due to her out-of-the-box efforts in promotion and program planning.  

Her letter of nomination stated, “Lindsay has a personality and a heart for students that really shows.  It is easy to see that the students of ASU are the top priority in all of her decision-making.  The students can see this and they really respond well to her.  She is a star in a department that is oft forgotten across campus.” 

Hawkins, who has been on the ASU staff since 2010, received the President’s Staff Excellence Award for Excellence in Leadership.  As one of two nominees in this category, Hawkins was praised for his oversight of 20 student information technology technicians and how he builds a relationship of mutual respect between peer and supervisor to the benefit of campus clientele.  

The letter nominating Hawkins for the award stated, “Since he has taken on a leadership role with the department, he has been instrumental for the majority of changes that have occurred within IT.  This has included redesigning the way the Help Desk, now called Service Center, assists the faculty and staff of Angelo State University.  Through his efforts the efficiency of the Service Center has increased by almost 70 percent.”

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