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Honored Employees of the Year

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 RECIPIENTS

The following distinguished awards are given by the Professional Staff Association, the Association of Classified Staff, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the President. Each year, employees are chosen through a rigorous nomination process. The recipients represent a few of the many very talented and dedicated employees at Boise State.

2019-20 Outstanding Classified Staff of the Year

The distinction of being the Outstanding Classified Employee of the year, is awarded to Classified Employees who have displayed a deep and sincere commitment to their work, our Shared Values, and to our University. It’s an award that is earned by those who have chosen to go above and beyond their call of duty in service to their team, their peers, and everyone they meet. The recipient of this award and those who were nominated for it are true examples of the very best our Classified Staff at Boise State have to offer.

Please contact acemailbox@boisestate.edu for more information about this award.

  • Julie Parke

    Julie Parke

    Technical Records Specialist

    Nominated by: Brenna Albaugh

    “In our department, Julie is actively looking for ways to help support our team. Julie is always offering a helping hand, an analytic mind to help solve problems, and assistance with achieving goals. Julie does the little things and the big things. Our department places a crucial part in making payments to our vendor community. Julie is definitely at the forefront of many of our successes. Whether that be by helping everyone remember to put the checks in the mail, making sure unclaimed property checks are invoiced, or even offering to go to the Statehouse to get the mail during these weird times (COVID shutdown). In UFS, we have determined value words we all want to live/work by in order to create the work culture we all want. Each and every single day, Julie is representing our value words to our team, the campus community, to new hires, and even to our vendor community. She is extremely team-oriented, ethical, adaptable, and respectful. She is a go-getter that likes to get things done, she likes to problem solve with others to help them be successful, and she is always considering ways to help improve our processes.”

    Procurement and Vendor Services

    Nominated by: Brenna Albaugh

    “In our department, Julie is actively looking for ways to help support our team. Julie is always offering a helping hand, an analytic mind to help solve problems, and assistance with achieving goals. Julie does the little things and the big things. Our department places a crucial part in making payments to our vendor community. Julie is definitely at the forefront of many of our successes. Whether that be by helping everyone remember to put the checks in the mail, making sure unclaimed property checks are invoiced, or even offering to go to the Statehouse to get the mail during these weird times (COVID shutdown). In UFS, we have determined value words we all want to live/work by in order to create the work culture we all want. Each and every single day, Julie is representing our value words to our team, the campus community, to new hires, and even to our vendor community. She is extremely team-oriented, ethical, adaptable, and respectful. She is a go-getter that likes to get things done, she likes to problem solve with others to help them be successful, and she is always considering ways to help improve our processes.”

2020 Professional Staff of the Year

The Professional Staff Association Member of the Year is awarded to the Professional Staff member for recognized loyalty, outstanding performance, commitment, and dedication to Boise State and the success of its students. This award is intended to recognize the member of our campus who goes above and beyond; who has a love for our campus, students, and employees; and who shares their passion for helping, improving, and caring for the campus community and the mission of Boise State.

Please contact psasenate@boisestate.edu for more information about this award.

  • Rob Littrell

    Rob Littrell

    Assistant Director of Emergency Management

    Nominated by: Suzy Arnette, John Kaplan, Tana Monroe, Jacy Nary, Stan Niccolls, Barb Beagles

    “There is one word to describe Rob – Committed.”

    “Whether he is coordinating a tabletop exercise to teach people about incident command or responding to a real campus emergency, Rob is knowledgeable and extremely patient during times of high stress. Rob’s ability to communicate effectively and collaborate help Boise State recover as quickly as possible following an event on campus. His passion for his job is evident in the quality of the work he produces.”  

    “Unless forced to go home for dinner and a little sleep, Rob has scarcely left the Emergency Operations Center since before this crisis began.”

    “Rob bleeds blue! Being the head of Emergency Operations, he has a role in almost everything that occurs on campus. Whether it’s large events like football games, the Garth Brooks concert, or NCAA basketball
    tournaments, to planning for floods, snow-megedans, or evacuations, he’s the one you will find running the
    show behind the scenes.”

    Office of Emergency Management

    Nominated by: Suzy Arnette, John Kaplan, Tana Monroe, Jacy Nary, Stan Niccolls, Barb Beagles

    “There is one word to describe Rob – Committed.”

    “Whether he is coordinating a tabletop exercise to teach people about incident command or responding to a real campus emergency, Rob is knowledgeable and extremely patient during times of high stress. Rob’s ability to communicate effectively and collaborate help Boise State recover as quickly as possible following an event on campus. His passion for his job is evident in the quality of the work he produces.”  

    “Unless forced to go home for dinner and a little sleep, Rob has scarcely left the Emergency Operations Center since before this crisis began.”

    “Rob bleeds blue! Being the head of Emergency Operations, he has a role in almost everything that occurs on campus. Whether it’s large events like football games, the Garth Brooks concert, or NCAA basketball
    tournaments, to planning for floods, snow-megedans, or evacuations, he’s the one you will find running the
    show behind the scenes.”

2020 Distinguished Professors

This title constitutes one of the highest honors that may be given to a faculty member at Boise State University and is reserved for a select few who have made significant contributions to their academic disciplines.

Please contact provost@boisestate.edu for questions regarding this award.

  • James McNamara

    James McNamara

    Professor and Department Chair

    McNamara, chair of the geosciences department, is considered an international leader in watershed hydrology. He is a prolific scientist and researcher who has worked as lead investigator on more than $3 million in grant projects, and has been co-investigator on another $9 million in grant projects. In addition, he has published 90 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited more than 4,700 times. In addition, McNamara is credited as having created Boise State’s master’s program in hydrologic science, launched the Dry Creek Experimental Watershed project, and in addition to his research, works as the primary advisor for 36 graduate students.

    Department of Geoscience

    McNamara, chair of the geosciences department, is considered an international leader in watershed hydrology. He is a prolific scientist and researcher who has worked as lead investigator on more than $3 million in grant projects, and has been co-investigator on another $9 million in grant projects. In addition, he has published 90 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited more than 4,700 times. In addition, McNamara is credited as having created Boise State’s master’s program in hydrologic science, launched the Dry Creek Experimental Watershed project, and in addition to his research, works as the primary advisor for 36 graduate students.

  • Mark Schmitz

    Mark Schmitz

    Professor and Director

    Schmitz is a prolific writer, researcher and leader in his field of isotope geochronology and its application to Earth history. He has published more than 100 peer-review articles and is arguably the most cited scientific author at Boise State University, having been cited more than 15,000 times. Roughly 9,500 of those instances are found in one edited volume – “The Geologic Time Scale 2012” – which underscores his work’s significance in the broad field of Earth Sciences. He has also supported his research on campus with $6.5 million in grants and awards funding – all while shouldering one of the highest teaching loads in the Department of Geosciences.

    Isotope Geology Laboratory, Department of Geoscience

    Schmitz is a prolific writer, researcher and leader in his field of isotope geochronology and its application to Earth history. He has published more than 100 peer-review articles and is arguably the most cited scientific author at Boise State University, having been cited more than 15,000 times. Roughly 9,500 of those instances are found in one edited volume – “The Geologic Time Scale 2012” – which underscores his work’s significance in the broad field of Earth Sciences. He has also supported his research on campus with $6.5 million in grants and awards funding – all while shouldering one of the highest teaching loads in the Department of Geosciences.

2020 President's Community Service Award

The President’s Community Service Award provides the campus community an opportunity to celebrate and honor individuals, or groups of faculty, staff, or students, who are serving our community in extraordinary ways. Nominations are accepted year-round and can be submitted here.

Please contact thuydungstiffler@boisestate.edu with any questions regarding this award.

  • Amy Vecchione

    Amy Vecchione

    Associate Professor/Head of Emerging Technologies and Experiential Learning

    Emerging Technology & Experiential Learning, Albertsons Library
  • Brett Shelton

    Brett Shelton

    Professor

    Educational Technology

2019-2020 Award Nominees

2019-2020 Outstanding Classified Staff of the Year

  • Rocky Wing
  • Eva Everett
  • Rocky Yoneda
  • Kimberlianne Taylor
  • Michelle Estrada
  • Saul Mesa
  • Steve Stover
  • Mendi Edgar
  • Kili Murphy

2020 Professional Staff of the Year

  • Suzy Arnette
  • Heather Berry
  • Terrell Couch
  • Mary Crowell
  • Chris Davis
  • Anna Drennan
  • Medi Edgar
  • Linda Georgiev
  • Amber Hoye
  • Michele Kelly
  • Benjamin King
  • Yanice Kirkendall
  • Csea Leonard
  • Holly Levin
  • Erin Lien
  • Natalie Newell
  • Kimber Shaw

2020 President’s Community Service Award

  • Alicia Garza
  • Andrea Eborn
  • Brittany Brand
  • Caile Spear
  • Casey Keck
  • Christine Loucks
  • Crystal Ivie
  • Crystal Scott
  • Darrin Pufall-Purdy
  • Diana Doumas
  • Erin Taylor
  • Fatima Cornwall
  • Heather Carlson
  • Holly Levin
  • Jackie Throngard
  • Jen Schneider
  • Jim Munger
  • Joseph P. Coyle
  • Julia Beard
  • Kathy Hurley
  • Kelli Soll
  • Kelly Myers
  • Leandra Aburusa-Lete
  • Lillian Smith
  • Mario Pile
  • Mike Sherwood
  • Ramona Clark
  • Richard Sevier
  • Sara Swanson
  • Stephanie Marlow
  • Campus/Housing Custodians
  • Francisco Salinas and team
  • Human Resources
  • The first cohort of the Boise State Hometown Challenge

Past Recipients