Not lacking in quantity or quality of nominations, the 2010 Employee Service Award recipients share one additional characteristic. According to their respective nominators, they’re also representative of one of the university’s core tenets — cura personalis. Their caring and concern for others helped them rise to the top in consideration for this year’s awards.
“In her work with insurance claims for Risk Management, she’s pleasant, patient and informative in dealing with university employees in stressful situations because of their illness or injury,” said a nominator. “She embodies the university spirit in the way she treats others.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with all the different people inside and outside the university,” said Pawlik. “That’s what’s kept me there — being able to help all different people.”
“Marcia isn’t only deserving of this award because of her tenure at Marquette, but because of the way she has allowed others to grow as a result of her friendliness and warmth,” said another nominator.
“When students embark on the 17-month executive MBA program in August, the program holds a farewell dinner with spouses and family members,” said a nominator. “The fact that she recognizes the support of spouses and children exemplifies cura personalis.”
“I really enjoy the contact with so many different people from so many different walks of life,” said Simmons. “We have engineers, physicians, English majors, communication majors, lawyers, business majors — of course — and everyone in between. Some are just out of college and others are on their encore career. They are all looking to advance their knowledge, skills and careers. It is great to be a part of that.”
In a broad sense, her job is to connect or reconnect School of Dentistry alumni and dental professionals in general to the dental school, coordinating continuing education programming, reunions, receptions and other alumni events.
“I believe we can train people to do a job, but we cannot train them to care, and for me that is what really sets Carol apart from others — her caring spirit,” said a nominator. “She is an outstanding individual dedicated to improving the Marquette environment as demonstrated over and over again in her 20-plus years at Marquette.”
“Sandra’s creativity to continuously develop the imagination of our children is priceless,” said a nominator. “I think she instills values into children just as every parent would do with their own. I highly trust Sandra with the well-being of my own children, and most parents would agree this is a ‘status’ that is earned.”
“I love exploring old and new things with the children and watching them take flight as they learn a new skill,” said Wicker. “I enjoy seeing kids get excited about turning four because they know soon they will be able to come to my room at the center.”