Regents announce College Workers Excellence Awards for 2022

September 26, 2022

MADISON, Wis.—The College of Wisconsin System Board of Regents right now introduced the recipients of the College Workers Excellence Awards. These awards acknowledge distinctive service to the college and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its college employees. The 2022 recipients shall be honored on the subsequent Regents assembly, September 30.

The awards, of their second yr, are a part of a household of awards that the Regents sponsor, together with the Regents Instructing Excellence Awards, the Regents Tutorial Workers Excellence Awards, and the Regents Variety Awards.

“The Board of Regents is proud to acknowledge this yr’s recipients of the College Workers Excellence Awards,” mentioned Regent Kyle Weatherly, chair of the choice committee. “We’re delighted to highlight the numerous methods their devoted service helps scholar success and strengthens our UW campus communities.”

Award recipients are chosen for superior efficiency leading to important contributions to the division and college; use of optimistic private interplay to handle work adjustments; and a persistently progressive method that improves productiveness and work high quality. Every recipient is awarded $7,500 to help skilled improvement or program enhancements.

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The 2022 recipients embody two people and one program:

  • Nicole Owen

    Nicole Owen, Tutorial Division Affiliate, Division of Arithmetic, UW-Eau Claire.
    Owen is the educational division affiliate for one of many largest departments on campus. Along with supporting the arithmetic division chair, school, employees, and college students, she helps plan large-scale occasions the division sponsors, together with recruitment occasions such because the annual Math Meet. A member of the College Workers Council since 2016, Owen was elected council chair in October 2020. She participated in campus deliberations in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, assembly with shared governance, the Speedy Response Staff, the chancellor’s management group, and neighborhood well being leaders to grasp the pandemic, debate issues, and attain consensus on tips on how to create a secure studying setting. In 2016, she co-developed the Administrative Skilled Collaboration Group, and in 2021, she joined the UW-Eau Claire Caregiving Group, which advocates for caregiving wants for each employees and college students on campus. Owen is a part of the planning group for the 2023 Nationwide Convention on Undergraduate Analysis, a serious occasion UW-Eau Claire will host subsequent spring for 4,000 scholar researchers from throughout the nation.

  • Jo Johnson

    Jolanda “Jo” Johnson, Assistant Director of Payroll and Advantages, Human Assets, UW-Stout.
    Johnson has labored within the Human Assets workplace at UW-Stout since 1999, taking over positions of larger duty over that point. The campus neighborhood appreciates her empathy, dependability, and big-picture pondering. She helped conceive of and implement the AskHR program to make sure well timed responses to requests and questions. She additionally labored with programmers to develop a piece overload tracker to interchange an outdated spreadsheet system. For each new programs, she helped implement the software program options and the change administration course of. She is a part of the Administrative Transformation Challenge advisory committee and collaborates with UW-Shared Companies to offer suggestions and evaluate coaching supplies developed for payroll and advantages throughout your entire UW System. She turned a trusted useful resource for workers to go to for assist and steerage in the course of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson earned the Stout College Workers Worker of the Month in January 2018 and has been nominated for the award greater than another worker.

  • Custodial Companies, UW-River Falls.
    The UW-River Falls Custodial Companies departments are an integral a part of campus life, making a clear, secure, welcoming neighborhood for college kids, workers, and guests. Workers embody the spirit of campus core values and contribute positively to the college’s mission of serving to put together college students to be productive, artistic, moral, engaged residents and leaders. This system employs greater than 50 scholar custodian workers, together with a scholar hiring coordinator and scholar trainers. Skilled supervisors and custodians work along with the numerous scholar custodian employees to offer wonderful service to campus. Custodial items tailored their job obligations and elevated cleansing procedures in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, discovering new methods to fulfill the expanded workload, even when understaffed. As one instance, they helped to empty and clear a big residence corridor in a single week so it was prepared for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation. Campus guests persistently praise the cleanliness of the college buildings and their optimistic interactions with custodial employees. Custodial Companies earned the primary Chancellor’s Recognition Award for College Workers in 2021.

Different members of the College Workers Excellence Awards choice committee included Regent Scott Beightol, Regent Jennifer Staton, and Regent Dana Wachs.


The committee additionally acknowledges the essential contributions of this yr’s different nominees:

Particular person nominees included Amy Ibuaka, UW-Inexperienced Bay; Jeri Baller, UW-La Crosse; Glenn Morgan, UW-Milwaukee; Keith Hussey, UW-River Falls; and Nick Ciesinski, UW-Whitewater.

Program nominees included the UW-Madison DoIT Digital Publishing and Printing Companies; UW-Milwaukee Mail Companies; UW-Stout College Eating Companies; and UW-Whitewater Sustainability Program.

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The College of Wisconsin System serves roughly 161,000 college students. Awarding almost 37,000 levels yearly, the UW System is Wisconsin’s expertise pipeline, placing graduates in place to extend their incomes energy, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a greater place to stay. Almost 90 % of in-state UW System graduates keep in Wisconsin 5 years after incomes a level. The UW System gives a 23:1 return on state funding. UW System establishments additionally contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s tradition and economic system with groundbreaking analysis, new firms and patents, and boundless artistic mental power.