Staff Awards Announced at ASU
February 13, 2014
Four Angelo State University staff members – Aaron Carrillo, Pauline Balderas, Paula Dowler and Jeromey Whitaker – have earned the President’s Awards for Staff Excellence and another – Brenda Stewart – has received the Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award for Execution.
Carrillo, a printer in the ASU Print Shop, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service. Balderas, advancement services coordinator in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation. Dowler, international services and budget coordinator in the Center for International Studies (CIS), earned the President’s Award for Commitment to Excellence. Whitaker, associate director for University Recreation and Intramurals, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.
Stewart, degree audit and curriculum coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs, earned the Chancellor’s Rowan Award for developing a process which helped all ASU colleges with graduation certification. The Rowan Award annually recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in carrying out a major project during the last academic year.
The honorees were recognized during a university-wide ceremony Thursday on campus. The President’s Award recipients were selected from 39 nominees and the Chancellor’s Rowan Award honoree was chosen from eight nominees. The four Staff Excellence Award recipients received a $1,000 honorarium and a presentation piece while the Rowan Award winner received a $1,500 honorarium during the program in the University Center.
Carrillo, an ASU employee since 2000, was praised for his reliability, efficiency, unfailing punctuality and attention to detail in serving campus clients with their various printing needs. Even on difficult projects with a short turnaround time such as the commencement program, Carrillo was recognized for his willingness to work after hours and to always meet the customer’s needs.
Joining the ASU staff in 2004, Balderas was cited for her professionalism, clear communication and expertise in managing the Development Office’s databases that are critical to ASU’s fundraising and alumni relations. She was praised for her innovative work in leading a team that automated an Alumni Association process to reduce both data entry time and the risk of human error.
Dowler, who joined the ASU staff in 2004, was lauded for her overall commitment to excellence in not only managing the CIS’s budget and financial processes but also in assisting students and faculty with their various needs. She operates the CIS’s passport services and helps coordinate the arrangements for the university’s myriad study abroad programs. She is also active in the community.
An ASU staff member since 2008, Whitaker was recognized for his strong leadership and dedication to student success, resulting in record student and team participation in the university’s intramural program. Under his leadership, ASU teams have won 14 regional championships in flag football and basketball as well as five national championships in flag football.
Stewart, who joined the ASU staff in 1988, was recognized for her technical skill in improving the workflow processes for graduation certification and for her leadership in working with the administrative assistants in the academic colleges to implement the new process. Stewart did the testing and provided the training, including the supporting materials, for all the administrative assistants.