Graduate School Staffer Melody Knox is named one of two Employees of the Quarter by the Department of Human Resources. The second award receipient is Collier Jones with the Division of Information Technology.
Melody Knox, administrative assistant II for the Graduate School, has been named UMBC’s Nonexempt Employee of the Quarter effective April 1 thru June 30, 2011. Melody began her career at UMBC in April 2007 in her current position.
She was nominated by Lisa Portis Morgan, Director of Graduate Progressions and Academic Services for the Graduate School. “Melody is the first line of contact for most of the graduate students,” Portis said. “When she started working in the Graduate School, she learned her job position quickly and does an exceptional job. Her customer service and people skills are to be modeled. Melody is always pleasant and her presence lends itself to a peaceful atmosphere. She has become a mentor for some of the student workers, and their work ethic and personal responsibilities have increased.”
Lisa also said, “Melody often speaks at Women’s conferences and I am sure that she brings as much joy to those women as she does to the Graduate School every day. She is a wonderful mother, wife, sister and daughter. She never complains and always seeks positive outcomes. She deserves to be recognized, for her contributions to the Graduate School and to UMBC.”
Melody was presented her award on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 during a surprise staff meeting. The guest list included staff from the Graduate School including her nominator, Lisa Portis Morgan
Collier Jones, campus portal architect of the Division of Information Technology, has been named UMBC’s Exempt Employee of the Quarter effective April 1 thru June 30, 2011. Collier began his career at UMBC in February 2006 in his current position.
Collier was nominated by Lee Calizo, Director of the Office of Student Life; Eleanor Lewis, Senior Director of Communications of the Office of Institutional Advancement; Erica Johnson, Coordinator of Student Organizations & Involvement of the Office of Student Life; and Rose Huber, former Assistant Director of Publications of the Office of Institutional Advancement.
The group shared the following thought: “Collier has been the ‘heart and the brains’ behind the myUMBC redesign and has been an incredible leader through the process. His collaborative energy is contagious. He listens intently to many audiences in order to make the best decisions possible for the site. He is a delight to work with as he has a positive attitude and he communicates with ‘non-tech’ folks in a way that is helpful and informative. He is a true gift to UMBC.”
Collier was presented his award on April 14, 2010 by Jack Suess, Vice President of the Division of Information Technology. The guest list included staff members from the Division of Information Technology, Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Student Life. Attendees celebrated Collier’s win with a sparkly pony cake and ice cream.
Both recipients received a check for $500, a special parking space, one day of administrative leave, a certificate, their names on the Employee of the Quarter plaques and an invitation to the annual Service Award Ceremony for all the recipients.
Congratulations to Melody and Collier!