This honor was awarded to employees who have demonstrated excellent performance, team effort, supportive, positive attitude and good work ethic. This award is intended for employees who have demonstrated excellent performance, team effort, supportive approach, positive attitude and good work ethic. Nominees can include individuals who not only submitted an idea that improved cost-effectiveness, safety or convenience; promoted sustainability; and/or solved a problem on campus, but also supported the implementation of the idea in a manner consistent with department procedures and a spirit of promoting collaboration among students, faculty, staff and community members. This could also include suggestion of an idea, procedure or program that, when implemented, resulted in improved operations. Categories include grounds, housekeeping, office, plants, and trades.
Grounds - Peggy Eidson
A long time employee who has made a huge difference on campus. The hard work she has put in to changing the look of our grounds has greatly impacted WCU as a whole and our first impression. Visitors often comment on how colorful and well kept our flowerbeds look. You will frequently see Peggy and her staff working thru tough weather conditions to continually improve our appearance. Not only that, Peggy is thoughtful, nice and easy going. She is always willing to help out when called upon and so giving of her time and energy. Please help me congratulate Peggy for her outstanding service and performance in the Grounds Area.
Housekeeping - Mary Watkins
Sheworks tirelessly to provide a clean learning environment in the Coulter Building. She cleans the building in a way that is unmatched by most housekeepers. Her inspections are always good and it shows she pays attention to detail. Mary is friendly to students, faculty and staff. She understands her role at WCU and provides support to all of Facilities Management. Please help me congratulate Mary for her outstanding service and performance in the Housekeeping Area.
Office (Main Office, Warehouse, Safety, Work Control, Planning Design & Construction and Energy Management) - Homer Harris
He has worked at WCU for over 26 years and in that time he has served on Grounds, Warehouse and Paint Dept.’s. For the past 7 he has been the building inspector. Homer demonstrates outstanding administrative and supervisory skills. He has a cheerful personality, is courteous and always smiling. When taking on project he gives it his all by coming in early and staying late as necessary. Homer demands a high level of quality on his projects and shows true dedication to WCU. Please help me congratulate Homer for his outstanding service and performance in the Office Area.
Plants (Water Plant & Steam Plant)
Trades (Carpentry, HVAC, Plumb, Electric, Resale, Paint, Mechanic) - Bo Aiken
A truly gifted craftsman who consistently puts forth his very best efforts in accomplishing any task assigned to him. He is a hard worker and his ability compliments the efforts of his co-workers. A great example of this is the remodel of the Chancellor’s house. It was a huge project in which Bo worked countless hours including weekends. He continually goes over and above what is expected of him. He is also one heck of a nice guy. Please help me congratulate Bo Aiken for his outstanding service and performance in the Trades Area!
Overall Outstanding Staff of the Year Award - Mike Shuler & Len Wilkes
This nomination is not just for one person, but for a team as they work together. Due to budget cuts this shop is now operating with only two full time employees. Given this change Mike & Len have done an excellent job. Productivity has increased and customer satisfaction has improved. The backlog of work orders is being appropriately maintained. Several depts. on campus rely on them to keep our vehicles and small engine equipment running. Without their efforts, many folks would not be able to do their job. They put up with all of our gripping and whining and still have good attitudes. Mike & Len maintain a high quality of work. They are always on call to help out with vehicles, and highly dedicated to the job. Please help me congratulate Mike & Len for his service and performance as Facilities Management Outstanding Employees of the Year!