Recognition Round-Up

May 22, 2020
A weekly report of Spiders at their best

Each week during the University's modified operating status, HR will collect stories about the amazing work that faculty and staff have done to transition to remote classes and work, to maintain the campus during a pandemic, and to contribute to our greater community. Submit your stories to

 Alem Areki Assists Jepson School in Sharing Commencement Webpage

Sequestered in the basement of Jepson Hall, the Web Development team members are seldom seen by other UR employees whose offices are more visible. Yet our Web Development team’s efforts ensure that the work of so many of us is visible to internal and external audiences on our UR website. During the last six months, I have called or emailed Alem Areki with a variety of website questions. He responds quickly and often works outside the normal 8:30-5 hours. Most recently, he worked his magic to make the Jepson Finale/Commencement page appear at the top of the Jepson homepage during Commencement weekend. Thank you, Alem, for sharing your knowledge and expertise to assist others in sharing UR’s story on the website.

- Cassie Price, Manager, Communications and Academic Research, Jepson School of Leadership Studies

Francine Reynolds Solves Student Campus Access During Move-Out

I would like to nominate Francine Reynolds, One Card Services. She worked double time with our access provider to figure a way to comply with the access requirements for the students returning to retrieve their items. This took an enormous amount of time and testing to create a solution in a very short amount of time. She went over and beyond to come up with a solution.

- Dianne St. John, Administrative Coordinator, One Card Office

Liza Carpenter Helps Education Department Transition During COVID-19

The Education Department would like to recognize Liza Carpenter for her exceptional commitment to our department and the university. Her engagement and dedication during the past year and the Covid-19 transition have been instrumental for the smooth functioning of the Department.

She has diligently and meticulously assisted the administrative chair and helped manage the work load of the department. Liza interacts thoughtfully and helpfully with students and collaborates meaningfully and significantly across campus, including through her service on the A&S Staff Engagement Committee. We are grateful for Liza’s professionalism, forward-thinking ability, motivation!

- Dr. Mavis Brown, Department of Education, Interim Chair

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