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February 2005

Release Date: February 10 , 2005

Four Staff Members Honored with ASU Employee Excellence Awards

Four staff members have been named recipients of the 2004 Employee Excellence Awards at Angelo State University.

They are Faustino G. "Frosty" Aguilar, information technology analyst with Information Technology; Jody Casares, human resources and payroll systems specialist with the Human Resources Office; Charlotte Klepac, departmental secretary, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Flor Madero, coordinator of educational opportunity services, Office of Educational Opportunity Services.

The Employee Excellence Awards are given each spring semester in recognition of outstanding job performance during the preceding calendar year. The awards recognize non-teaching staff members whose job performance exceeds the customary standards or who exhibit outstanding skills or dedication while performing special projects.

Each of the four recipients received a plaque and $300 honorarium. They were selected from 27 ASU staff members nominated for the award by their fellow employees.

An ASU employee since 1998, Aguilar was recognized for his extensive work in implementing initial phases of the university's new Banner system, a financial management system streamlining and improving all of ASU's fiscal systems and affecting all offices on campus. Aguilar's commitment to the project helped the university meet an aggressive timeline.

Casares was honored for her overall exemplary performance and for her part in developing and improving the payroll processes implemented through the new Banner system. While assuming additional responsibilities that required extensive after-hours work, she maintained a high standard of customer service. She has been employed at ASU since 2002.

Klepac, who joined the ASU staff in 1987, was cited for her continuing excellence in serving the multiple needs of her department and in helping operations move smoothly in support of the department's teaching mission. Her administrative skills were enhanced by her people skills in dealing with the varied needs of the department's students and faculty.

Madero was praised for her high motivation, strong work ethic and infectious enthusiasm in handling her responsibilities, which include advising freshmen and transfer students. She also advises all students in the Up and Coming Scholars Program and coordinates the Mother/Daughter program. She has been employed at the university since 2001.