College of Science

Quarterly-Semester Staff Award Recipients

2018 Winners

 

2017 Winners

Bernadette Jeffries, Budget Analyst I (CM) Spring

bernadette.sp17.jpgBernadette Jeffries, Budget Analyst I, joined the center of CEMaST (College of Science), in January, 2014, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and background in accounting. She is an asset not only to CEMaST, but to the College, willing to take on difficult tasks and ensuring each is completed with accuracy.

Bernadette has been a member of Staff Council on campus, performing the duties of treasurer and serving on several committees.  More recently volunteering her time, after hours, to work with the Credit Union and assist in auditing, assuring regulations are followed.

Jennifer R. Alexander, IST II (BIO) Spring 

jennifer.sp17.jpgJennifer R. Alexander, Instructional Support Tech. II was originally hired thru a foundation grant in the Biology department in 2013-2014, and more recently re-hired March, 2016.  She is responsible for maintaining plants and animals used in the biology labs.  She has taken on a role in the Bio-Trek center, supporting the plants and animals used and organizing tours taken by students and K-12 visitors to campus.  As a team-player, she supports and assists other staff in the design and planning of plantings and animal exhibits, helping to oversee student assistants, as well as schedule visits of local K-12 groups.

 She has served on the Animal Care and Use Committee, which evaluates protocols for the care and use of vertebrate animals, and requires extensive knowledge of animals and of regulations for their care and use.

Mary C. Stegemann, IST II (KHP) Winter 

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Mary C. Stegemann has been labeled the “Heart behind the Motor Development Clinic (MDC)”, serving both students, striving to become Adapted Physical Education Teachers (APE) as well as pupils, in the community who have motor delay, due to a disability.  Mary has assisted in creating new innovative equipment, from equipment she currently stocks, in order to help the clients, which are there to improve their motor skills.   She is a team player, enthusiastic and an absolute pro at making and maintaining strong bonds.  During the quarter, she coordinates with different faculty members, in order to get students from different departments and or within departments, to come in and complete observation hours on what and how Cal Poly students teach and serve the community.  This task, alone, takes a great deal of teamwork skill.

Mary works with many parents and children.  Many parents love and respect her, for all the dedication she has put into the program.  She coordinates the Motor Development Summer Camp that allows students to earn extra money, while furthering their experience in the field of APE.  The amount of time and effort she takes to plan the summer program is quite impressive.  Working with so many different departments in order to make sure everything is taken care of, and it always is.  Parents know exactly what to do, as does the staff.  She coordinates the schedules and ensures everything is in order to maintain a safe environment for all which is vital when servicing clients with disabilities.

2016 Winners

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Ashley Ysais, SSP III (COS-Advising) Fall 

Ashley Ysais came to the College January 5, 2015 as Advising Counselor (SSP II), bringing with her a wealth of knowledge.  In a short time, she was promoted to SSP III, well deserving.  The people she works with are mainly students, counseling them on curriculum, petitions and careers.  She also works directly with the Department staff and Chairs, ensuring successful advising.  In this position, she has worked hard to establish relationships with departments, faculty, staff and administrators across campus to accomplish working relationships.

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Benjamin John Lucas, IST II (BIO) Winter 

Benjamin began work October, 2014, as Instructional Support Tech. II, Biological Sciences.  Benjamin’s life with the College, began as a student, then to become a Teaching Assistant, and finally into the IST II position.  He has accomplished the tasks of this position, and established new systems to serve more faculty, students and staff with limited resources and time.  He has proved to be an asset to this department. Department Chair, Dr. Craig LaMunyon says ‘Ben handles all areas of his work responsibilities in a professional manner. He is an incredible asset to the department and runs his area smoothly and efficiently.’

 Pearl Viggers, IST III (BIO) Spring

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Pearl Viggers (Biological Sciences Dept.) began as an Instructional Support Tech. II, in 1989.  In 2014 she received a re-class to IST III, after proving that she was more than capable of being in-charge of the CMB, Cellular and Molecular Biology support center.  The CMB supports all the laboratory courses that require reagents, culture materials, cells, enzymes, chemicals and supplies.  This operation is so very large, it requires the employment and supervision of 5-10 undergraduate student employees and 2 graduate assistants each quarter.  In addition to over-seeing the student workers, Pearl oversees several other staff.  Pearl has done a remarkable job, in this position.  She makes sure that each and every lab gets their materials and prepped samples on time and in good condition. 

 Her greatest trait is that she leads by example.  Her students and staff see how hard she works and find inspiration in her pleasant, confident, and knowledgeable approach.  Thus, she leads a team, but she is a member of that team as well and the team performs at a very high level.  Further, she interacts with faculty with the same warmth and grace, no matter what the request.  The department has come to rely heavily on Pearl to solve problems, from cleaning out the lab spaces when faculty retires and disposing/repurposing of their equipment to developing creative solutions to laboratory space demands. 

 Pearl finds time in the summer, to support the NIH-RISE Summer Program.  She also helped elementary school students to learn how to extract DNA from strawberries, as a part of a workshop, from the Lyle Center.  She is an asset to our department.

2015 Winners

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Rebecca (Becki) King, ASCI (CM)  Fall

Began working in CEMaST, Summer 2014, as ASCI.  She brought with her an invaluable knowledge as an experienced public school teacher, and in having the credential was able to attend the Friday evening teaching seminar events, in single subject math and science teachers offered thru CEMaST, her attendance was especially valuable to the students and her value in suggesting special speakers, that would be relevant for CEMaST students.  She has also volunteered to be the "floor captain", for the Emergency Operations Team, of the College of Science.

Her interpersonal relations are in an area where Becki really shines.  She is kind and thoughtful to everyone and sets a tone in the office that is respectful and socially responsible.  She successfully worked with faculty, teachers and researchers from BSCS on a high-demand project.  She anticipates the needs of visitors and assures their visits to the campus are positive.  She is thorough in analyzing student transcripts and following up with what they need for their applications.  Becki shows exceptional commitment to her job in coordinating the office.  She demonstrates efficiency in all aspects, in order to keep the many grant projects, faculty, staff and students productive.  She set up a coordinating board to organize the off-campus demands and anticipated the need for special parking for pick-up and delivery video equipment.  Her leadership in bringing in a totally electronic protocol to apply for Fedco funds has saved countless hours and resources in the office.  She also secured additional furniture, at no cost, by obtaining the resources from facilities.  All done while she supported two successful summer institutes.

harnden.g_fall2015Greg Harnden, IST II (CHM)  Fall

Began work in Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, Spring 2014, as IST II.  Since beginning this postiion, he has significantly improved the physical state of the stockroom, disposing of old, out of date chemicals and reagents no longer needed and removing old damaged equipment.  He has worked with the faculty in purchasing instructional equipment and developed a check-out system for the more expensive pieces, to assist the department in cost-saving measures, for careless use.  In addition, he updated the chemical inventory.  Greg also assists faculty with research activities and safety advice.

Q_OSA_GMsu2015.jpgGeorgina Manzanares, ASC II (PHY)  Summer

In the 2 years that Georgina has been with the Physics & Astronomy Department, she has completely re-organized not only the office, but the entire filing system from paper to fully electronic.  At her initiative, the department Tenure faculty searches became electronic, no further bulky cases of files.  Her efforts have saved an enormous amount of paper, and lead to easier access of important information and retrieval systems.  She is an asset to this department and to the department chair, in setting up an integrated e-calendar to better manage important scheduling and time.  She helped organize the annual department retreat, BBQ, Graduation party and the Women in Phyusics lunches and dinners for the students.  Her primary responsibilities involve support for faculty with contracts, budgeting foundation and state accounts, processing travel requests, coordinating textbook requisitions, hiring student assistants and overall office management.  She is a wonderful "team player" who steps in when the office gets busy - always willing to help resolve problems that may arise.

 dgandersen Dora G. Andersen, ASC II (SEES) Spring

 In June 1998, Dora came to the CSU thru the MBRS Program with Dr. Don Hoyt (Bio) with the College of Ag. Equine Research and Vet. Center, she worked at the Center with Don Hoyt, until fall 2003, where she began with SEES. 

 Under the wing of Barbara Burke (Chemistry) Dora received, (2013) Provost Staff Award (first ever).  Later she served on this committee, to elect a staff, for this award. 

 She was extremely pivotal in organizing the new Discovery Camps at CSU, which brought hundreds of elementary school students both local and international onto campus. During spring, 2015 Dora worked with the 9 programs in the College (SEES, LSAMP, NSF S-STEM Scholars, Calif. Wellness Health Prof. Program, HEARST/SEES Apprentice Program, NSF BioTIER, Academic Excellence Workshop (AEW) Program, Science Faculty-Alumni-Student Mentoring Program, Discovery Summer camps).  The needs of hundreds of students across 3 colleges & several departments. Her diligence and outstanding performance ensured all programs ran in the timeline and at the highest level of quality.  All students met their obligations.  Dora is an Outstanding Staff member.

 mike esquivel Mike Esquivel, ISA II (KHP) Winter

 Mike coming to CPP in 1978 on a football scholarship and then offered a job later as Equipment Tech, by KHP in 1983. is an asset to the KHP department and the CSU.  Mike played on CPP Football Team from 1978-79, while attending the university, he also worked part-time as an equipment room employee.  CPPU offered Mike a scholarship to play football and part of this was to work part-time in KHP.  When football was over, he received a fulltime position. 

Without football, Mike is still a tie to the program and all of its history.  Some say Esquivel has become one of the Bronco’s most valued staff members.  While working at CPP, Mike makes it a point to create connections with the student athletes.  He has made it a goal to memorize all 300 of their names.  Without a doubt, Mike Esquivel has earned the love and respect of the athletic community at CPP.

2014 Winners

 Outstanding Staff Fall 2014 Christina Schwaller, ASA II (MAT) Fall

Dubbed as the “problem solver” for the Math & Stat department, by one of the faculty and assisting students with their   registrations, she is known by the faculty as being personable, intelligent   and much more.  The students have   stated they enjoy interacting with her.  Christina works well individually and in a “team” setting.  She projects optimism and carries out good public relations for the Department.  She makes major contributions in facilitating the evaluation of lecturers in the Department of Mathematics and   Statistics. 

From the beginning, when Christina was a Student Assistant in the department, to present, Christina has proven again and again she is an asset to the department and to the College of Science, in that she is truly an exceptional member of our office staff team, who contributes to our efficiency, productivity, friendly atmosphere and collegial office environment. 

 nam.kim_summer2014.jpg Nam Kim, Info Tech. II Consultant (CS) Summer

Nam came to the Computer Science-College of Science with a vast amount of knowledge since becoming the Information Tech. Consultant II, in computer science, his duties have vastly expanded. Nam assists students in the labs with hardware/software. He consults with faculty in the department, instructing them on hardware/software. He also assists staff in the college and department and is readily available to assist others with questions on software/hardware. Nam installs and configures as well as maintains Unix-like systems, including Linux, MAC OS X and Solaris, as needed. This is not something that everyone in the college uses. Nam installs application software when needed for instruction and research. He responds to IIT related questions and service requests from facutly and staff. He helps to maintain the smooth operation of the department instructional labs. His other duties are high performance computing support. He administers the user accounts. Constructs scripts for task automation. He provides basic instruction and assistance to faculty, staff, students and prepares written user guides and tutorials. He has taken on overseeing the College Servers, that were moved to the CLA bldg.

Nam ineracts with Faculty, Staff and Students on a daily basis. He has received nothing but praise from all three categories. He works directly with Procurement and IIT for Inventory/Services for the College - receiving not only hardware but other equipment, seeing to it that this equipment is set up in the correct office or lab. He is an asset to the Computer Science department and to the College of Science, not just because of his job description, as a technician, but with the experitise of software - Linux. Not many of the tech's are as well versed as Nam is in this software. Linux is a different type of software that some of the students, faculty have requested to use instead of Microsoft. Because of his vast duties, he does not have time to serve on committees, but he does participate in department functions and assist staff, faculty, students with their hardware/software issues - often teaching them.

annie.montes_spring.2014.jpg  Annie Montes, ASC II (CS) Spring

Joining the Computer Science department, from Chemistry department in spring, 2011, Annie has proven to be a valuable asset to not only the department Chair Robert Krebs but to the department itself. She has taken several courses in the software that is used by the department (Excel), but also the online safety and aqmd. As the Department Coordinator, she has become invaluable to the Department Chair in the functions of the office and feel she is a reliable employee. Annie has been instrumental in turning the Computer Science office into a "digital office", including organizing existing hardcopy materials and merging them with electronic forms and documentation that is currently generated. This has become extremely important, as our major has been increasing rapidly, over the last few years.

Annie is very good at getting around in People Soft. She enters classes each term and distributes permission numbers to undergraduate and graduate students. She also assists the Graduate Coordinator in keeping track of project/thesis committee members and setting up individual advisory sections for our graduate students. All of our graduate students know Annie as she walks them through the final steps necessary for arranging for a thesis/project defense, obtaining necessary signatures and finally submitting the paperwork to receive the MS degree. Annie also serves as the main contact for the searches of new faculty. This entails organizing files/CVs and interacting directly with the candidates and faculty to insure a smooth and enjoyable visit to our campus. She arranges trips for the candidates. Each quarter, Annie collects assessment materials from our faculty. These materials are instrumental for maintaining our accreditation. She works with our RTP Chair to arrange for quarterly peer evaluations, collects everyone's evaluations, obtains faculty signatures and distributes these appropriately.

Annie also serves on the Safety Committee for the College of Science (Bldg 8). During Fall conference, she volunteers for the Annual Hot Dog Caper that welcomes back students, faculty and staff.

Monica Baez, ASC II (GSC) Winter

Monica Baez, joined the Geological Sciences Department in 2006. Since becoming a member of the College of Science and Geology Department, as the Administrative Coordinator and assistant to Jon Nourse, Chair, with her friendly and always helpful, highly professional abilities, she has created new ways of operation of the department. Monica, works directly with the Geological Science Club (students, faculty, staff) on group events and with the club itself. Monica works above her regular job description having created Excel workbooks and database's as well as the departments newsletter. She is always willing to learn new. She is an asset to the department and the college.

2013 Winners

Susan Yamada, Business Op. Spec. (BIO) Fall

Ms. Yamada works above her "job description" in the Biological Sciences department, with exceptional performance, in addition, routinely participates in other projects at the Department, College and University levels. In addition with working closely with the department chair to monitor the budget and expenditures, she does an exceptional job supporting the teaching mission of the department. She maintains the inventory order list for each class and places the orders well ahead of the use date. She tracks the orders and notifies the faculty and techical staff when this has shipped and comes in. She also maintains correspondence with the vendors. Ms. Yamada has an outstanding rapport with students, staff, faculty and administrators. Ms. Yamada willingly contributes to various task forces that relate to special projects. She is truely an outstanding staff member and asset to the Biological Sciences department and the College.

Sharon E. Cruise, Instructional Support Asst. II (COS-ISC) Spring

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Sharon, for past 25 yrs, an important part of the College of Science "team", working in the Instructional Support Center of the College making sure that all faculty and staff needs are met, from printing, blackboard assignments, creating course materials and website updates. Over and above her normal daily duties as Instructional Support Assistant II, she spent 2010 - 2013 as the Academic Staff Senator and served on the CSU Budget Committee, making sure that all staff at the university received a monthly report of the meetings and assisting staff with their concerns that they couldn't get resolved on their own. She created the Group Email Account "Mailman" sending out these reports to over 900 staff. She also created a Blackboard account in order for staff to discuss important issues at the CSU level between each other and always Sharon was there to assist them, any time. She has assisted the College staff with their issues, weather personal or work-related, with an end result of 99% accompolishment, all students that request her assistance are either shown where they need to go or an explanation given by Sharon, always willing to assist those in need, her communication skills are exemplary, both in instruction of software to staff and faculty and those students that contact her for assistance either in blackboard or just asking where a department is, as well as software usage in a lab.

Because the college lost its Technical support in 2010, Sharon took on extra duties creating an Inventory Control Excel workbook of each year that the inventory needed to be tracked. Whenever any of the department designated technicians need assistance with inventory, Sharon is there to lend assistance.

The College Website is maintained and updated by Sharon, weather a photo is added, or more detailed structure, sharon obtained certification in software in these fields in order to be 100% at this new assignment. She has done exceptionally well in these areas, keeping everything up-to-date.

She is an asset to the College of Science.

  

    froid-julie.jpg  Julie Foid, ASC II (CHM)-Spring

Her knowledge of university policies and procedures and being the principal contact for faculty and staff, she also handles invoices and accounting, student assistant hiring and payroll, contracts, assists in faculty new searches and hires, helps with scheduling and even walks half way across campus to place a class cancellation notice on a classroom door. She is a welcoming and pleasant person in the department office and is committed to the students and the need to help others. She is extraordinarily competent and often manages to complete the task before it is even requested. The chemistry office would not run as efficiently without her and the department is thankful to have her

   hollinger-steve.jpg Steve Hollinger, IST II (CHM) Winter

Steve is a true all-around instrument technician. He keeps heavily used and aged equipment functioning while fixing an amazing wide-range of complex apparatus. He is crucial in the department's maintenance of very expensive equipment like the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer and -80 freezers. But he also devotes equal time to the more "simple" instrumentation such as pH meters and even ice machines. His very friendly, low-key manner inspires confidence. He is critical to the scholarly work of the department's faculty and the department could not retain its American Chemical Society degree certification without him. He is a valuable resource to the department and college.

 

 Margaret Lau Margaret Lau, Sr. Budget Analyst,(COS-Dean's) Winter

Margaret has the responsibility of handling the College of Science's budget and expenditures which includes grants and scholarships. If she is presented with a question she doesn't have an answer to, she will always go out of her way to seek out an answer by calling other departments or asking office staff. Margaret is always willing to help, is polite, frendly, personable and makes people feel comfortable when they enter the office. She is highly respected by her co-workers, including the Associate Deans and Dean. She has a great sense of humor and people find her very funny.

 2012 Winners

  Lisa Lidle   Lisa Lidle, IST II (KHP) Fall

 As an equipment technician, her primary responsibility is covering the women's equipment room, Darlene May gymnasium, women's locker room, opening both gyms and covering the duties of the other equipment technicians when needed. She relates well to the students and her colleagues, always treating them with respect. She has a calming and positive personality even in difficult situations. KHP would be unable to operate so smoothly if not for her work ethics, quality of performance, responsibility, initiative and great caring personality.

 Sandra Guiterrez-Magallanez, ASA II (CHM) Fall

When asked what Sandra's job is, the only answer is everything. Her knowledge, allows her to cover the work of other people in a highly professional manner, without ever skipping a beat. She works hard to make sure everything is in order to meet deadlines and will stay beyond 5:00 p.m. to help students and faculty. She is very professional, pleasant, outgoing and friendly and has a fine sense of humor. Sandra loves people, works hard and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. The chemistry department is incredibly fortunate to have her sitting in the front desk.

 Ruth Partlow, ASC I (BIO) Spring

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 Ruth, an administrative support assistant in the Biological Sciences department, is commended for her organizational skills and her exceptional ability to interact well with faculty, staff, and students. She is well-versed in both curriculum requirements and student advising and her high level of efficiency stems from her ability to prioritize and organize. Ruth coordinates student assistants, student files and records, and assists faculty in gathering information for advising. She also contributes her time and knowledge to events such as Fall Conference and the annual Biology Career Convention. In addition to maintaining records, Ruth also provides statistics and grade reports for internship contracts and supervisory courses.

“Ruth continuously provides support and assistance to the students who enter the Biological Sciences office seeking her wisdom,” said Biological Sciences student Michelle Murphy. “She is a vital guide to the sometimes confusing path we tread to earn our degrees.”

In addition to her grace under pressure, Ruth is considered to be an important team member in the College of Science. She enthusiastically solicits donations of books, microscopes, and computers to be used by students at Garey High School.

Stephanie Pastor, IST III (CHM) Spring

Not new to the College, Stephannie was a Teaching Associate in 2000. In 2003, hired as the Instructional Support Tech. II for the Chemistry department.

Began as Teaching Assistant in Chemistry, 2000.  Hired as Instructional Support Tech. II and in 2013 reclassed to IST III, overseeing the student assistants for the labs she is in charge of. 

Alma Zenteno, ASC I (BIO) Summer

in 2000, Alma was hired an Administrative Support Assistant II for the Biological Sciences department, by 2015 she received a reclass to Administrative Support Coordinator I.

Ian Carlson, SSP II (MAT) Summer

Summer 2009, Ian was hired by the Mathematics department as Student Support Professional II.  Advising the students in the ILE program and the MDPT (math diagnostic placement test).  The latter is normally given on saturdays.  The lines for the advising of students sometimes wrap around inside the hallways, awaiting the outstanding time that Ian gives each and every student.

Eloise Pro, IST III (Biology) Winter

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 Eloise, an instructional support technician for the Biological Sciences department, serves as a key staff member for laboratory preparation in the Cell and Molecular Biology Stock Room. She coordinates a large number of laboratory courses, gets all materials ready, and works closely with faculty to facilitate a seamless lab environment for students.

"Whenever I come to the lab, the reagents and experiment set-ups are always there and well organized,” said assistant professor of Biological Sciences Wei-Jen Lin. “Whenever I need extra materials or help during class, Eloise always responds right away."

Eloise is especially helpful to new faculty members, sharing her vast collection of lab notes from previous instructors and providing input into the writing of final examinations. She also maintains excellent relationships with past and present student assistants and tries to attend each of their graduation ceremonies to celebrate their achievements.

Karen Speaks, ASC II, (PHY) Winter

Karen came to the Physics department in Summer 2000, from the College of Engineering, where she had worked for 10 years as ASC I.  Not new to the field of working in a department, she brought with her this knowledge.  She continued to work with the faculty-department chair until 2006 when she retired. 

2011 Winners

    brown-michael.jpg     Michael Brown, IST III (BIO)

Michael, an instructional support technician (IST) for the Biological Sciences department, is an authority on greenhouse management and has served as a consultant to other universities on greenhouse construction, maintenance, and operation. He served on the BioTrek Steering Committee and the BioTrek Construction Committee, and his participation was considered critical to the completion of the project. Although Michael’s responsibilities are primarily to prep all botany laboratories, during the past year he was almost exclusively involved with BioTrek, for which he designed and aided construction on the Tropical Rain Forest Learning Center,l the Ethnobotany Learning Center, and the Aquatic Biology Learning Center. In order to help the BioTrek project get off the ground, Michael often worked long hours and weekends on the construction site.

“Mike has shown outstanding initiative and has made many sound and objective judgments concerning almost all aspects of the BioTrek project,” said associate dean and professor George Rainey. “He has been an invaluable asset in the college’s efforts to complete this project in a timely and cost-effective manner.” In addition, Michael’s relationship with the Tongva Native American Indian Tribal Council proved beneficial to the development of the Ethnobotany Learning Center.

Anthony Beachler, Health and Safety Tech. II (Bio) - Summer

Began working as Health and Safety Tech. II in the Biology department, 2002.

   mcatee-mike.jpg     Mike McAtee, Equip. Tech II (GSC) Summer 

  McAtee, an equipment technician for the Geological Science department, also has an alternative role on campus as the director of the College of Science’s Wood and Metal Shop. As an equipment technician, he works closely with faculty and students, as well as with faculty from five other departments. McAtee’s expertise in microscope and camera maintenance and the operation of geoscience instruments is augmented by his wide range of electrical and mechanical skills. As the Wood and Metal Shop director, his expertise in carpentry, metal work, lathe operation and welding have proved invaluable to the Geological Sciences department.

"Mike is equally comfortable repairing microscopes or cameras as he is cutting specimens and making thin sections of rock material,” said department chair and Geological Sciences professor John Klasik. “He is always available to give technical guidance and instruction for safe operation of geology equipment to faculty and students."  McAtee’s assistance with the department’s move into Building 4 was extremely important. He single-handedly moved most of geology’s holdings to the new building and worked with the chemistry and biology departments to facilitate special needs related to their move to Building 4.

Cidni Griffith, ASC II (MAT) Spring

Began as an Instructor, later hired as ASC II working with faculty and other staff in the mathematics department.

Annie Montes, ASA II(CHM) Spring

Began work in Chemistry summer 2006 as ASA II, she has proven to be a valuable asset to the department.

Maria Vaughn, IST I, (PHY) Winter

Maria began working Fall 2007 as IST I, and has proven herself to be invaluable to the department.

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2006 Winners

   howell-floyd.jpg  Floyd Howell, IST III (CHM) Spring

Floyd began work in Chemistry, 1977, a valuable technician and well loved by faculty, staff and students.

        

          houser-jolene.jpg Jolene Houser, IST III (PHY) - Winter

Jolene is a unique entity in the Physics department, serving as both an institutional support technician (IST) and a lecturer. As an IST, she applies her exceptional organizational skills to maintaining well-run stockrooms for both upper and lower division physics laboratories. As a lecturer, Jolene teaches a freshman lab each quarter, providing herself with hands-on experience with the laboratory apparatus that she maintains. She has, upon her own initiative, become a student in the Physics department lower division classes, obtaining a unique student's perspective to augment her roles as faculty and staff.

"Teaching lower division labs has not only improved the effectiveness of her ability to teach and to relate to students, but has also enhanced our ability to understand the needs of each of the lab experiments that we use in lower division," said Physics department equipment technician Douglas Johnson.  Jolene and Douglas are credited with creating and maintaining a well-used catalog of some 450 lecture demo set-ups that faculty use each quarter. The demo descriptions are categorized by the physical principles they demonstrate and the equipment is kept neatly organized on shelves.

Carlos Miranda, Information Tech. Consultant (MAT) Summer

Began work with the Mathematics department Fall 2005, with his background in hardware he became the person faculty, staff and students called on to FIX the problems that arose.

Amanda Klitgaard, ASA II (COS-Dean's) Summer

Mandi as she was called, began work in Deans Office, College of Science Summer 2006 as ASA II. 

2005 Winners

   Pearl Viggers Pearl Viggers, IST II (BIO) - Summer

Pearl began working in the Biology department 1989 as IST II.

 

   Brixie Mathewson   Brixie Mathewson, Budget Analyst, (COS-Dean's) Spring

Brixie began work for the College of Science Dean's office Fall 2003 as Sr. Budget Analyst. 

 

      Ruben Navarro Ruben Navarro, Systems Adminstrator, (CS) Winter

Ruben, began working for Computer Science department Fall 1998 as Lab Tech I, his background and knowledge of hardware and software not just for the CS department but the College all depend on him.

 

2004 Winners

              

   pro-eloise.jpgEloise Pro, IST II (BIO) Summer

 

 Eloise, an instructional support technician for the Biological Sciences department, serves as a key staff member for laboratory preparation in the Cell and Molecular Biology Stock Room. She coordinates a large number of laboratory courses, gets all materials ready, and works closely with faculty to facilitate a seamless lab environment for students.

"Whenever I come to the lab, the reagents and experiment set-ups are always there and well organized,"" said assistant professor of Biological Sciences Wei-Jen Lin. ""Whenever I need extra materials or help during class, Eloise always responds right away."

Eloise is especially helpful to new faculty members, sharing her vast collection of lab notes from previous instructors and providing input into the writing of final examinations. She also maintains excellent relationships with past and present student assistants and tries to attend each of their graduation ceremonies to celebrate their achievements.

     

     hester-pamela.jpg  Pamela Hester, Student Advisor (CS) Winter

 Pam serves as an Advisor/Admissions Coordinator for the Department of Computer Science. She is responsible for advising undergraduate students enrolled in the Computer Science program. She manages almost all student problems including change of majors, student orientation, prerequisite checks for classes and frequent progress checks. She serves as a knowledgeable outlet for students in the Computer Science major or students who are thinking about entering the program. Her willingness to go the extra step to help students demonstrates her passion for the job. Pam’s freshman and sophmore students even continue to come to her for advice when they are juniors and seniors. "Pam does an outstanding job as advisor. She relates well to students and they go to her whenever they have a question or problem,” says Mandayam A. Srinivas, Computer Science Department Chair. “Pam is a tremendous asset to the department and to our majors."

                                        

                              

   howell-floyd.jpg Floyd Howell, IST III (CHM) Wnter

 

Diane Carter, ASC II (COS-Deans) Spring

Diane came to the Math Department as ASC II, but already had an extensive background in IT software/hardware.  Her abilities brought her to the Dean's office.

Nancy Taylor. Budget Analyst (BIO) Spring

Nancy worked in the Dean's offie as ASA II, then ASC II, then Budget Analyst.  She was transferred to the Biology department and brought with her skills beyond the job description, a true asset to the department and college.  Nancy has one of the most friendly dispositions and attitude to help anyone that needs assistance.

Hector M. Maciel, IST I (Phys) Summer

Hector came to the Physics department in 2003 as IST I.

2003 Winners

Hari Singh, Information Tech Consultant III (COS-CS) Summer

Hari first a student of CSUP, receiving his B.S. degree.  Uniquely qualified in all phases of hardware/software under Computer Science he worked for the entire College.  He also taught classes in Computer Science software, his students loved him and learned so much. Extremely valueable to the entire college.

Yen Phun, ASA II (MAT) Spring

Yen began work in the Instructional Support Center in 1999 as a 90-day Temp assignment ASA II.  Later, went to work for the Math department. in a full-time ASA II postion in Fall 2000 in the position of office manager.

Rosalie Giroux, ASC II (GSC) Winter

Rosalie has worked in the Geological Sciences department (27 yrs) as its number one member and Secretary for a number of years. She is the first person seen when walking thru the department door, her bright attitude and smile as well as her knowledge of the work she performs are outstanding. She is well deserving of this award.

Douglas Johnson, Equip. Tech III (PHY) Winter

Doug, who is the Equipment Technician III with the Physics Department, received both a quarterly and annual award from the College of Science. Doug, oversees several other technicians, student assistants and upper division labs. He is responsible for all inventory, purchase requisitions and keeping track of Continuing Education accounts. Doug considers modifying and improving lab equipment the "fun" part of his job. Each year he builds approximately 30 new lecture demonstrations that he presents to faculty annual Fall quarter show. Currently the department boasts over 500 demonstrations to choose from. For the past 10 years, Doug has facilitated the Physics Magic Show, which remains a project that is close to his heart, and with co-workers, performs this at the Annual Staff Appreciation Show each year.  Doug leads the Southern California Physics Technician Association meetings each year, and is an active member of the Physics Instructional Resource Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

2002 Winners

          

  martinson-charlotte.jpg Charlotte Martinson, AOA I (COS-Dean's) Summer

 

Charlotte, an administrative budget analyst for the College of Science, is highly commended for her dedication to the College of Science and the professionalism she brings to the workplace. She is directly responsible for monitoring the fiscal side of the College of Science, tracking a general fund budget of approximately $15 million—as well as other state and Foundation accounts. In this capacity, Charlotte must follow all state accounts, Foundation accounts, reimbursements, fund transfers, grants, and contracts. When the university implemented PeopleSoft, a new budgeting system, she rapidly mastered its nuances and ensured continued stability for the College of Science’s accounting processes. Charlotte’s co-workers commend her efficiency, accuracy, and level-headed approach to difficult situations.  Charlotte served as a member of the 2002 Dean Search Committee. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2001, with her B.S. degree.

             

  brown-michael.jpg Michael Brown, IST III (BIO) Spring 

 

Michael, an instructional support technician (IST) for the Biological Sciences department, is an authority on greenhouse management and has served as a consultant to other universities on greenhouse construction, maintenance, and operation. He served on the BioTrek Steering Committee and the BioTrek Construction Committee, and his participation was considered critical to the completion of the project. Although Michael’s responsibilities are primarily to prep all botany laboratories, during the past year he was almost exclusively involved with BioTrek, for which he designed and aided construction on the Tropical Rain Forest Learning Center,l the Ethnobotany Learning Center, and the Aquatic Biology Learning Center. In order to help the BioTrek project get off the ground, Michael often worked long hours and weekends on the construction site.

“Mike has shown outstanding initiative and has made many sound and objective judgments concerning almost all aspects of the BioTrek project,” said associate dean and professor George Rainey. “He has been an invaluable asset in the college’s efforts to complete this project in a timely and cost-effective manner.”  In addition, Michael’s relationship with the Tongva Native American Indian Tribal Council proved beneficial to the development of the Ethnobotany Learning Center.

             

  partlow-ruth.jpg Ruth Partlow, ASAII (BIO) Winter

 Ruth, an administrative support assistant in the Biological Sciences department, is commended for her organizational skills and her exceptional ability to interact well with faculty, staff, and students. She is well-versed in both curriculum requirements and student advising and her high level of efficiency stems from her ability to prioritize and organize. Ruth coordinates student assistants, student files and records, and assists faculty in gathering information for advising. She also contributes her time and knowledge to events such as Fall Conference and the annual Biology Career Convention. In addition to maintaining records, Ruth also provides statistics and grade reports for internship contracts and supervisory courses.

“Ruth continuously provides support and assistance to the students who enter the Biological Sciences office seeking her wisdom,” said Biological Sciences student Michelle Murphy. “She is a vital guide to the sometimes confusing path we tread to earn our degrees.”

In addition to her grace under pressure, Ruth is considered to be an important team member in the College of Science. She enthusiastically solicits donations of books, microscopes, and computers to be used by students at Garey High School.

2001 Winners

  forrester-carolyn.jpg Carolyn Forrester, ISTIII (CHM) - Summer

   Carolyn, an instructional support technician (IST) for the Chemistry department, is known for her conscientious on-the-job performance. As an IST, she works well with students, staff, and faculty. Carolyn also serves on both the college and department safety committees. She is the building marshall for the Emergency Management Plan in the College of Science and has attended Community Response Team training on her own time and at her own expense. She provides emergency training programs for emergency personnel on a regular basis, evaluates the university environment for hazards and unsafe situations, and works hard to obtain necessary safety equipment for on-site use.

"Carolyn is a tremendous advocate for safety who motivates the university community and volunteer students to get involved with their own safety," said clerical assistant Marilyn Karuza.  Carolyn received the Governor’s Safety Award for her outstanding accomplishments in safety for the College of Science.

                

 pro-eloise.jpg    Eloise Pro, ISTII (BIO) Summer

 Eloise, an instructional support technician for the Biological Sciences department, serves as a key staff member for laboratory preparation in the Cell and Molecular Biology Stock Room. She coordinates a large number of laboratory courses, gets all materials ready, and works closely with faculty to facilitate a seamless lab environment for students.

"Whenever I come to the lab, the reagents and experiment set-ups are always there and well organized,” said assistant professor of Biological Sciences Wei-Jen Lin. “Whenever I need extra materials or help during class, Eloise always responds right away."

Eloise is especially helpful to new faculty members, sharing her vast collection of lab notes from previous instructors and providing input into the writing of final examinations. She also maintains excellent relationships with past and present student assistants and tries to attend each of their graduation ceremonies to celebrate their achievements.

 

          

   mcatee-mike.jpg  Mike McAtee, Eqmt Tech II (GSC) Spring

 McAtee, an equipment technician for the Geological Science department, also has an alternative role on campus as the director of the College of Science’s Wood and Metal Shop. As an equipment technician, he works closely with faculty and students, as well as with faculty from five other departments. McAtee’s expertise in microscope and camera maintenance and the operation of geoscience instruments is augmented by his wide range of electrical and mechanical skills. As the Wood and Metal Shop director, his expertise in carpentry, metal work, lathe operation and welding have proved invaluable to the Geological Sciences department.

"Mike is equally comfortable repairing microscopes or cameras as he is cutting specimens and making thin sections of rock material,” said department chair and Geological Sciences professor John Klasik. “He is always available to give technical guidance and instruction for safe operation of geology equipment to faculty and students."  McAtee’s assistance with the department’s move into Building 4 was extremely important. He single-handedly moved most of geology’s holdings to the new building and worked with the chemistry and biology departments to facilitate special needs related to their move to Building 4.

    borchert-lisa.jpg  Lisa Borchert, ASA II (MAT) Winter

 

 Lisa, an administrative support assistant for the Mathematics department, is commended for her ability to interact with all people in a positive and professional manner. She worked well with the Math Department Search Committee, maintaining and tracking all applicant files and organizing the on-campus interview process.

"I cannot overemphasize how important it is to have this kind of top-level secretarial support of the Search Committee’s efforts," said associate chair and Math professor Alan Krinik. "It simply can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful search." Lisa is also involved with the process of bringing new Math major recruits to campus, serving as their first contact with the department and arranging student-recruit luncheons and campus tours. This involves a great deal of time and organization. Lisa’s hard work has helped to raise the number of incoming Math majors from a declining rate to one of growth.

    houser-jolene.jpg  Jolene Houser, ISTIII (CHM) Winter

Jolene is a unique entity in the Physics department, serving as both an institutional support technician (IST) and a lecturer. As an IST, she applies her exceptional organizational skills to maintaining well-run stockrooms for both upper and lower division physics laboratories. As a lecturer, Jolene teaches a freshman lab each quarter, providing herself with hands-on experience with the laboratory apparatus that she maintains. She has, upon her own initiative, become a student in the Physics department lower division classes, obtaining a unique student's perspective to augment her roles as faculty and staff.

"Teaching lower division labs has not only improved the effectiveness of her ability to teach and to relate to students, but has also enhanced our ability to understand the needs of each of the lab experiments that we use in lower division," said Physics department equipment technician Douglas Johnson.  Jolene and Douglas are credited with creating and maintaining a well-used catalog of some 450 lecture demo set-ups that faculty use each quarter. The demo descriptions are categorized by the physical principles they demonstrate and the equipment is kept neatly organized on shelves.

 2000 Winners

    fujimoto-hernandez-laura.jpg  Laura Fujimoto-Hernandez, ASC II (CHM) Summer

Laura came to the Chemistry department, from the Math department after working there 9 years, finishing her B.S. degree at CSUP.  She is an asset to the Department.

 

 

   schuster-beverly.jpg  Beverly Schuster, ASC II (PHY) Summer

Beverly began work in 1972 in the "Steno Pool" prior to becoming the Instructional Support Center in 1988.  Technical attributes were necessary in the ISC and Beverly brought these skills with her, then began work in the Physics department as Department Secretary.  When classifications were changed Beverly became the Administrative Support Coordinator II for the department.

 

 

      gilbert-bernice.jpg     Bernice Gilbert, PKO (ISC-Instructional Support Center-COS) Spring

 Bernice became a Power Keyboard Operator summer, 1991 with the Instructional Support Center.  Highly skilled technical postiion.  Under supervision of Sharon Cruise and then Associate Dean, Victor Abegg, she was trained to activate the first of on-line forms.  With the assistance of Academic Affairs (Robbie), these forms were put on-line for all of CSU to be able to use. 

                                    

  compton-joy.jpg Joy Compton, ISA I (CS) Spring

 

 Joy Compton, previously a lecturer in computer science, became the first Software Consultant for the Comp. Sci. Lab/College, bringing with her a highly skilled technical field and has updated the many software that CS uses.

 

    babinski-nora.jpg  Nora Babinski, ASC II (MAT) Winter

An Administrative Support Coordinator II, in Mathematics department, she is seen as one of the most important conduits between the department and the students  The mathematics ILE Advisor, Nora consels students for preparatory mathematics classes, advising each and every student on a quarterly basis, placing them in the appropriate course levels and assisting them through their academic progression.

"Many times, the line of students waiting to talk to Nora stretches down the hallway," said the administrative analyst for the Deans office, "but she is always ready and available to counsel them."  In addition to her role as an administrative support coordinator and ILE adviser, Nora also provides her expertise and dedication to the department's MDPT process. 

   

   vestey-andrea.jpg Andrea Vestey, IST III (BIO) Winter

Andrea, an Instructional Support Technician III, for the Biological Sciences department, began her career in 1971, the then school of science as clerical personnel.  Her knowledge and background, had her overseeing the accounting for the department ordering all supplies and instrumentation for the labs, inventory, budget, and eventually becoming the Instructional Support Tech, as the school became the College and classifications changed.  

Andrea is credited for consistently excelling above and beyond her regular duties.  An efficient and capable multi-tasker, aside from keeping the budget, ordering supplies and equipment for quarterly courses and laboratories, she keeps the balanes for the professors and graduate students, as well co-supervises many of the graduate student assistants.  She serves as a member of the Biological Sciences Advisory Committee, has been a member of the Health and Safety Committee and was part of the College of Science Search Committee for a new dean.  She is responsible for a $150,000 donation of equipment from Amgen in 1998, that benefited the Biology, Chemistry and Geological Sciences Departments. 

“Ms. Vestey, has been a pillar of foresight and wisdom for the department of biological sciences, “ says professor Keith E. Arnold.  “She stands alone in providing the management of staff, students and undergraduate workers that makes our operation run smoothly.” 

Andrea designed and executed the plans for the department’s move into the new Biotechnology Buildg (4), which was an enormous task that required an extensive amount of paper and computer work, as well as constant interaction with faculty, vendors, and administrators.