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Staff Excellence Award Recipients

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes individuals for exemplary performance. These staff members’ service and commitment to students and fellow employees make our College a great place to work and thrive. Bios are included below for the most recent recipients.


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Paige Erhart

When you are a new employee, first impressions and acts of kindness go a long way. Paige is one of those such people who has always taken the time to engage with me, inform me, answer questions, and just be a welcoming colleague to go to for anything. She makes time for everyone – each of her team members and those, like me, who want to connect. I never hear her complain. She takes on each day and each interaction with positivity and wants you to leave the conversation feeling good. I am very thankful to have such a great role model in our office.


Katie Davis

Katie is a true professional. She embodies the essence and ideals of higher education. Katie is a continual learner who applies her new knowledge to her work. When there is a call for volunteers, Katie is the first to sign up. When there is a question, Katie has the answer. Katie is an exemplar of class, who commands respect, not through loud or violent language, but through showing up, doing the work, supporting her students, and supporting her faculty. Katie is a major asset to the vision and mission of the College, a significant contributor to our success, and leader among her peers.


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Sarah Kelley

Sarah is a talented and reliable colleague that engages collaboratively with many departments across the CoB and is consistent in both her communication and deliverables. I know that when I am working with Sarah on a project for our respective departments that together we will produce fantastic results. She is team-oriented, positive, thinks outside of the box, is innovative and intelligent, and above all, helpful. She supports our students, staff, and faculty and consistently goes above and beyond. Thank you Sarah!


Manjiri Menezes

Manjiri’s tireless dedication to our students, her peers, and our College leaders has been evident in every initiative she has taken-on in building our new Student Affairs and Academic Support Services (SAASS) unit in the Graduate Programs Office. Knowing that we would need to launch the initiative before being able to add any additional staff, Manjiri agreed to take on the management of all student services for the Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA, Innovation MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Business Analytics. A tall order, indeed. She has been quick to launch into every new student services project we have rolled out and slow to ask for assistance herself, which has resulted in long hours and a million moving parts that she has kept running like a well-oiled machine. She has done all of this with a high level of knowledge, skill, and professionalism, and an enduring desire to do what is right for our students—and always with a smile. As we add to our staff and our capacity to serve our student and program team in the coming months, Manjiri’s expertise and spirit of care and support will help us reach our ultimate goal of providing a world-class graduate experience for our graduate students that will keep them engaged in the College of Business community for years to come. Her willingness to go the extra mile every single time will continue to add tremendous value for our students and for those of us lucky enough to have her on our team. Thank you for the opportunity to nominate her for well-deserved recognition.


Donna Zinser Clark
Donna Clark

Donna is well-liked and respected throughout the college, university and community, not just by staff and faculty, but also by students. She works with many different units in the college and university, and all seem genuinely glad to work with her. I have seen and heard about staff and students who seek her advice and counsel on event planning. She is always willing to help with any task, no matter how small or large, even if it falls outside of her job responsibilities. While Donna is an outstanding staff member of the COB and is professional through-and-through, she is also a wonderful friend to so many of us in the college. Donna is gracious and kind and always makes others feel welcomed, valued, and appreciated.


Tracy Dunaway

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Joan Hammer


Susie Thompson
Katherine Haynes


Peggy Prater
Laura Ahrens


Missy Moutardier
John Merchant

Cardinal Spirit Award

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Staff Excellence Award

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes individuals for exemplary performance and who make a positive difference.

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