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February 2007

Release Date: February 21, 2007

ASU Recognizes Four Staff Members with Employee Excellence Awards

Four staff members have been named recipients of Employee Excellence Awards for their job performance at Angelo State University during the 2006 calendar year.

They are Michael Martin, director of graphics, Communications and Marketing; Jeff Sefcik, Computer Center manager/enterprise resource planning technical lead, Information Technology; Lisa Sheppard, budget and payroll assistant, Budget and Payroll Services; and Cindy Weeaks, coordinator of reports, Registrar’s Office.

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 24 ASU staff members nominated by their fellow employees for outstanding overall job performance or outstanding performance on a special project.

An ASU employee since 1977, Martin was recognized for his role in revamping the ASU Alumni Magazine. In addition to his normal duties, Martin willingly took on the job of designing three 36-page magazines a year. In the process he increased the quality of and the public response to the magazine. Said one letter of nomination, “his creativity and talent are evident with each turn of the page.”

Sefcik, who has worked at ASU for 18 years, was recognized for his critical role in the three-year implementation of a new software that unified all administrative systems. His oversight and management of the technical issues related to the transition earned him recognition by other universities seeking direction in implementing their own systems. One nominating letter noted that his “commitment to delivering quality services to ASU is demonstrated on a daily basis.”

Sheppard, an Angelo State employee since 1991, was cited for her dependability, diligence and ongoing commitment to serving the university. Her willingness to not only work after hours or on weekends to do her own job but also to help others was recognized in a letter of nomination from a fellow employee. Another nominating letter said, Sheppard “has held positions in numerous departments and has consistently excelled at everything she does.”

Weeaks joined the ASU staff in 1996 and was honored for her effectiveness in handling not only her regular job responsibilities but also additional duties brought on by the transition to a new software system in the Registrar’s Office. She assumed a leadership role in that implementation and maintained her normal level of professionalism even when working 50-60 hours a week. Said a nominating letter, “she continues to be an outstanding asset to ASU.”

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