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Spotlight Awards

We are pleased to have the Spotlight Awards as an added means of acknowledging and demonstrating timely appreciation and recognition for the exceptional contributions of individuals at Smith. We encourage you to participate in this program by nominating another employee for extraordinary contributions or service.

Throughout the academic year, we will recognize members of the Smith community for their outstanding contributions to the college through the Spotlight Awards Program. Smith's employee recognition program is designed to acknowledge an increased number of staff in the Smith community whose contributions go above and beyond the everyday scope of their responsibilities.

All employees, managers and supervisors are encouraged to nominate staff colleagues, inside or outside of their departments, by submitting a Spotlight Award Nomination Form.

The Spotlight Awards cycle will run from April 1 to March 31. Senior administrators will receive nominations for staff working in their areas and select Spotlight Award recipients.

Spotlight Awards have a pretaxed value of $150 and will be included in the recipient's pay check usually within two weeks of receiving recognition. Recipients will also receive a Spotlight Award Certificate from his or her supervisor or department head. Periodically, we will feature all Spotlight Award recipients and publish excerpts taken from the nomination forms.

In the spring, human resources will host a celebratory Spotlight Awards Reception for the entire community to gather and congratulate all of the Spotlight Award recipients for the year. Recipients will be eligible to participate in a special grand-prize drawing.

2015 Spotlight Awards

Erica Banz

Assistant Director Residence Life, Student Affairs

Nominated by:
Becky Shaw

Tamra Bates

Director Office of Student Engagement, Office of Student Engagement

Nominated by:
Julianne Ohotnicky

Chrissie Bell

Administrative Assistant, Classics

Nominated by:
Thalia Pandiri

Tina Benoit

Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources

Nominated by:
Jinny Mason

Brandon Buehring

Area Coodinator, Student Affairs

Nominated by:
Julianne Ohotnicky

Iryna Calderon

Administrative Assistant, Development

Nominated by:
Allison Gomes

Annie Cohen

Area Coodinator, Student Affairs

Nominated by:
Becky Shaw

Matthew Cook

Floater Cook, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Erika Herring

Rachel Cook

Administrative Assistant, Exercise & Sport Studies

Nominated by:
James Johnson

Michelle Daley

Cook Assistant, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Pat Mahar

Rhonda Davis

Summer Conference Service Manager, Office of Student Engagement

Nominated by:
Peg Pitzer, Steve Campbell

Stephen Davis

Associate Program Director/Computer Tech Instructor, CEEDS

Nominated by:
Paul Wetzel

Jackie Demarey

Kitchen Assistant, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Rick Rubin

Karen Denno

Systems Coordinator, Admission

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Ashavan Doyon

Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs

Nominated by:
Erica Banz

Michelle Finley

Administrative Assistant - Foreign Language, Foreign Languages

Nominated by:
Marguarite Harrison

Katie Fitzgerald

Advancement Data Coordinator, Development

Nominated by:
Pattie Thornton, Kate Wallen

Susan Froehlich

Lab Supervisor, Engineering

Nominated by:
Susan Voss

Cynthia Furtek

Administrative Assistant, East Asian Languages & Literature

Nominated by:
Tom Rohlich, Alexandra Keller, Kimberly Kono

Patricia Gilbert

Administrative Coordinator, School for Social Work

Nominated by:
Dawn Faucher

Thomas Gralinski

Outreach Coordinator, Center for Community Collaboration

Nominated by:
Jennifer Walters

Martin Green

Assistant Director, Engineering

Nominated by:
Susan Voss

Erika Herring

Secretary, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Kathy Zieja

Janet Huckowicz

Application Systems Analyst, Information Technology Services

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Kaja Katamay

Application Systems Analyst, Information Technology Services

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Patricia Kingston

Advancement Data Assistant, Development

Nominated by:
Maureen Trafford

Sara Kirk

Administrative Assistant, Center for the Environment

Nominated by:
Joanne Benkley

Donna Kortes

Administrative Assistant, Clark Science Center Administration

Nominated by:
Ruth Haas

Lou Ann Krawczynski

Director of Development Resources, Development

Nominated by:
Marea Wexler

Karen Kristof

Sr. Associate Director/Admission Marketing, Admission

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Anne Marie LaFosse

Acknowledgement Coordinator, Development

Nominated by:
Marissa Hoechstetter

Ellen Lord

Program Coordinator, Religious & Spiritual Life

Nominated by:
Jennifer Walters

Wendy Martinez

Program Coordinator, College Relations

Nominated by:
Sarah Craig

Kathryn Messier

Assistant for Administration, Admission

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Hilary Mikucki

Kosher Floater Chef, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Susan Steenburgh

David Oepowicz

Administrative Assistant, Landscape Studies

Nominated by:
Anne Leone

Dana Parsons

Laboratory Supervisor, Physics

Nominated by:
Gary Felder

Maria Petrie

Campus Center Cook Assistant, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Anne Stolarik

Susan Rice

HR Technology Specialist, Human Resources

Nominated by:
Matt Cook

L'Tanya Richmond

Director Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs

Nominated by:
Julianne Ohotnicky

Mark Ricker

Chef, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Pat Mahar

Kirsten Ritter

Database Administrator, Information Technology Services

Nominated by:
Sylvia White

Jennifer Roberts

Administrative Assistant, English Language & Literature

Nominated by:
Sabina Knight, Cornelia Pearsall

Avril Russell

Administrative Assistant, Human Resources

Nominated by:
Dwight Hamilton, Larry Hunt

Atiyeh Sakaei-Far

Web and Systems Developer, Admission

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Joanne Satkowski

Program Assistant, Admission

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Rachel Siegel

Administrative Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies

Nominated by:
Elisabeth Armstrong

Stacey Steinbach

Area Coodinator, Student Affairs

Nominated by:
Becky Shaw

Anne Stolarik

Campus Center Cook Assistant, Dining Services

Nominated by:
Patty Hentz

Jennifer Tenczar

Payroll/Disbursement Assistant, Payroll/Disbursement

Nominated by:
Trish Rockett

Dahlia Ting

Event Scheduler, Music

Nominated by:
Margaret Sarkissian

Maureen Trafford

Advancement Service Director, Development

Nominated by:
Kamlyn Allman; Gift Planning Office

Tricia Walter

Business Intelligence Developer, Information Technology Services

Nominated by:
Debra Shaver, Sarah Moriaty

Patricia Wheeler

Executive Assistant, College Relations

Nominated by:
Sam Masinter

Karla Youngblood

Assistant Director Facilities Operations/Project Manager, Facilities Management

Nominated by:
Kathy Zieja