57 Honored With UK Outstanding Staff Awards

By Whitney Harder

(Oct. 23, 2015) — Recognizing the accomplishments of staff across the University of Kentucky, 57 UK staff members were honored with Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) Wednesday at Spindletop Hall. This was the sixth year for the event sponsored by the Office of the President and UK Staff Senate.

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, representatives of the Board of Trustees, colleagues and other campus leaders were in attendance to celebrate the awardees. Entertainment included performances by students from the UK Department of Theatre and Dance and a jazz ensemble from the UK School of Music.

“You are our heroes on the frontlines; supporting and contributing to the important work that happens across our campus each day," said President Capilouto to honorees. "You inspire your fellow colleagues and proudly represent your unit, college and our university. Without you, all that we do through our multi-faceted work, and the 150-year-old legacy we carry forward would not be possible. We would not be here today without you."

OSA winners were all referred by their respective work units as their most deserving employees of 2014-15.

"Staff members are very grateful that President Capilouto and the Staff Senate value their work and take the opportunity each year to honor them at such a beautiful place, The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall," said Holly Jones Clark, OSA program chair. "I am delighted that the program continues to grow. Our newest participant is the College of Fine Arts whose students provided exceptional entertainment this year. Our hope is that colleges and units without award programs will establish them."

The 57 OSA winners represented 20 colleges and administrative units, including the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, College of Arts and Sciences, Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Communication and Information, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Health Sciences, College of Law, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, Human Resources, Office of Development, Office of the Treasurer, Student Affairs, UK HealthCare, UK HealthCare IT, UK Libraries, and Undergraduate Education.

2015 Outstanding Staff Award winners are:

Tammy Barnes

Susan Campbell

Lisa Slone Cox

Endre Fink

Olivia Coleman Jones

Walter Rhodus

John Stanhope

Riley Jason Walton

Lori Eckdahl

Raegan Wilson

Allo Petro

Deborah S. O'Daniel

Michelle Lowe

Maggie Chapman

Amber Troxell

Barbara Dickson

Sherry Hamilton

Tami Jones

Phyllis Bates

Kimberly Nicholas

Diane Freeman

Shelia D. Williams

Jane V. Andrus

Sam Woolery

Wayne Centers

Patricia Alvayay

Kerrie Moore

Margaret L. McGladrey

Kimberly Blanton

Bryan Boling

Janice Bugg

Linda Clements

Diana Gregory

Dianna L. Holtzhauer

Peggy Scheibel

Donna Woolums

Lisa V. Wright

Joy Barnes

Robert Brown

Sharon Maclaughlin

Laura J. Williams

Ashley Myers

Ward Suthon

Carol Watson

Marie Dale

Janet Layman

Peggy Phillips

George Thomas Barker

Debbie A. Brown

Kristin Sullivan Cruser

Seth Flynn

Lois Thomas

Tori Amason

Debbie Calvert

Marie Hartke

Jacob L. Karnes, Jr.

C. Lynn Hiler

The OSA Program Committee includes Holly Jones Clark, Misty Dotson, Ayriana Catlett, Mindy McCulley, James K. Morris and Clem Stambaugh.