Numerous UMKC Staff Awarded for Excellence in Service

Second annual ceremony recognizes contributions
Bill Marse stands in the audience while being applauded for 45 years of service

Excellence at UMKC is not just the standard for our students, it is the standard for everyone who lives, works and visits our university. For more than 1,300 staff members, excellence in customer service and quality of work are not just university values, they’re personal ethics, and the annual Staff Awards event gives our campus community a chance to recognize those who make a difference at UMKC.

On the morning, Feb. 27, hundreds of staff members gathered for the second annual Staff Awards celebration in the James. C. Olson Performing Arts Center to celebrate a commitment to student success, diversity and inclusion, engagement and outreach and research and discovery. The celebration also included milestone anniversaries, staff who were a part of the 2018 graduating class and staff who completed leadership development courses offered through the university.

“It is important to host events like the Staff Awards because it reminds us that our work is valuable and our people are our most valuable asset.”

- Chancellor Mauli Agrawal

Whether working directly with students, coordinating programs and services for the greater Kansas City community, or providing foundational support for the various departments and academic units that make up our campus community, UMKC staff are a key part of our mission to be a transformational force in our community and in the world.

“We strive each day to recognize staff as an important factor in the equation that makes up UMKC, and that contributes to the totality of the success of our university,” said Staff Council Chair Roland Hemmings.

Congratulations to the 2019 Staff Awards recipients

45-year Milestone Anniversary

Bill Marse

2018 summer and fall graduates

Cary Chelladurai
Lauren Dorsett
April Graham
Anthony Labat
Courtney McCain

Supervisory Development Series Graduates

Haley Anderson
Dakota Juhan
Andrew Hansbrough
Nancy Bahner
Francis Magrone
Benjamin Zygmunt
Rebecca Bergman
Heather Miller
Michelle Heiman
Thom Boogher
Sarah Mote
Jennifer Burrus
Mary Parsons
Cary Chelladurai
Christopher Rocco
Brian Daly
Shannon Ross
Aaron David
John Smith
Stacy Downs
Elora Thomas
Alison Eaton
Hai Vu
Shana Eisentrager
Sandy Wilson

Administrative Leadership Development Program Graduates

Thom Boogher
Megan Cross
Sean Grube
Becky Pottebaum
Fred Schlichting
Molly Wilensky
Rob Williams

Staff Council Dedication Award

Liza Hughey

Living the Values Awards

Kristen Abell, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications
Cheryl Adam, Conservatory of Music and Dance
Casey Bauer, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Rebecca Bergman, College of Arts and Sciences
Andrea Brown, School of Law
Cary Chelladurai, School of Medicine
Lawrence Dreyfus, Academic Affairs, being recognized by the Office of Research Services
Shana Eisentrager, School of Pharmacy
Stephanie Griffin, School of Computing and Engineering
Libby Hanssen, University Libraries
Wes Hinman, Information Services
Amelia Howard, Intercollegiate Athletics
Jody Jeffries, Student Affairs
Steve Jenks, Campus Facilities Management
Michelle Kroner, Affirmative Action
Bill Marse, School of Dentistry
Kim McNeley, University College
Lauren Petrillo, School of Biological Sciences
Polly Prendergast, School of Education
Nancy Wilkinson, Henry W. Bloch School of Management

University Staff Awards

Excellence in Student Success – Corinna Beck, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Excellence in Research and Creative Works – Chelsea Dahlstrom, Office of Research Services
Excellence in Engagement and Outreach – Erin Christensen, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Excellence in Multiculturalism, Globalism, Diversity and Inclusion – Tamica Lige, School of Pharmacy
Excellence in Planning, Operations and Stewardship – Amy Carlson, Registration and Records
Chancellor’s Staff Award for Extraordinary Contributions – Mary Flores, School of Biological Sciences


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Published: Feb 28, 2019

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