Standing Ovations

Standing Ovations

Read the latest standing ovations submitted this year. Recent recipients are:

George Sills, Hector Mitchell, Sarah Williams, Matt Kerr, Crystal Jester, Tim Bowman, Sherry Clinton, Lynda Lotich, Jordan Jones and Grounds Crew, Andrea Whittington, Craig Bradley and William Lee; Erica Archie, Barbara (BJ) Crosby, Kimberlie Scales and Heidi Sosa; Elizabeth Davis, and Dave LaVack

Who do you want to recognize? 

Pause and give someone a standing ovation.

George Sills of Accounts Payable

George has taken on an incredible amount of work during a very busy time of year and has done it all with such admirable positivity and strength. He is knowledgeable and capable, even under the stress the past few weeks have brought, and his patience and fortitude are commendable. He is greatly appreciated and admired!

Hector Mitchell of Housekeeping

Hector is incredibly responsive and respectful. No matter how late I am in requesting assistance with a venue set-up, he always manages to get it done. And it's always done exactly as I have requested. He plays such a vital role at UNCSA in making sure that we all can do the best for our students.

Sarah William of the School of Filmmaking

Sarah Williams is an amazing employee, but on top of that, she’s been the glue that has the School of Filmmaking together through multiple transitions in leadership over the past few years. It’s no surprise that our new dean is so happy with her executive assistant – she knows her stuff, she’s kind, she’s funny, and it’s clear she cares about her work and coworkers. It might not be immediately apparent to folks around her because she keeps such a calm, professional demeanor, but Sarah is always juggling a dozen high priority needs at any given time. We are so lucky to have her!

Matt Kerr of One Card

Matt has been here only since May, and has already made it clear that he’s here to work. He’s fixed previous door issues and has been so awesome and active in planning for future things. Our department really appreciates his work and we’re really glad that One Card and the door group was able to get such good help.

Crystal Jester of Advancement

Crystal has been pulling double-duty serving as business manager to both Advancement and Strategic Communications since June while Strategic Communication’s business manager has been vacant. She is professional, positive, helpful, and is doing twice the amount of work for an extended amount of time. 

Tim Bowman of School of Filmmaking

Tim proposed to Dean Deborah LaVine about ways to promote and honor both the film faculty and staff artists with a School of Filmmaking Faculty and Staff Art Exhibit Series. I understand the initiative has since included Anna Sutton opening a faculty and staff meeting with a poem from her book, and Dolores Watson to do storytelling. Your suggestion has brought joy to many and may spur other divisions to be more inclusive of staff artists!

Sherry Clinton of Environmental Services

"I really appreciate the way Sherry takes care of us in the New Media Building. There's a whole lot of random stuff that happens in that building, and she always makes sure we're looking good. I'm glad she's here."

Lynda Lotich of Kenan Institute for the Arts

"For over 18 years Lynda Lotich has served UNCSA and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts – most recently as the Interim Executive Director of the Kenan Institute from June 15, 2020, through Aug. 13, 2021. Despite the challenges and uncertainties that came with the global pandemic and transition in Institutional leadership, each member of the staff has been supported and offered an opportunity to excel. Lynda is unwavering in her commitment to the missions of UNCSA and the Kenan Institute, as well as the well being of the Institute’s staff and constituents. Staff comments are:

  • "During a time when much of the world was carrying a heavy load, Lynda helped to lighten the load that I carried, as a staff member and also as a local artist. I received an unexpected but much needed level of support both personally and professionally from Lynda and could not have asked for more, as her concern for our personal peace improved our overall productivity.”
  • “Lynda Lotich is an extraordinary Supervisor and human being. She sets the culture of the Institute by modeling attention to detail, empathy, and an incredibly reliable work ethic. I've felt extremely privileged these past years to work under her mentorship. Even when faced with the most difficult of challenges, Mrs. Lotich is composed and steadfast. She is a trusted confidant in the workplace and a champion for her staff.”
  • “I am very fortunate to have been under Lynda Lotich’s leadership, especially over the past year. She has been so supportive and understanding of our needs as we all navigated our changing climate.”
  • “Lynda has guided the Kenan Institute with her impeccable timing, her infinite wisdom, her witty sense of humor and her steadfast demeanor. I have learned from her the art of saying just enough and asking the right questions and the importance of singing a jazzy rendition of “Happy Birthday.” She has shouldered many burdens without ever letting on how much they weighed her down, while also sharing those of the staff without complaint. I will be forever grateful to her.”
  • “Lynda has given me much needed and appreciated advice on topics ranging from managing grants and programs, to how to ask thoughtful questions to get the information we need to get to move the Kenan Institute and its programs forward.”

From all of the staff, and from the Institute’s new Executive Director Kevin Bitterman, we say thank you to Lynda for her extraordinary service."

Jordan Jones and Grounds Crew

"The grounds were beautiful for the chancellor's installation -- from the hanging baskets and the flower beds to the mowed lawn. It was lovely."

Andrea Whittington of Facilities Management

"Andrea is the sole administrative support associate in the Facilities Management Division, which has over 60 employees. In addition to working daily with the associate vice chancellor of Facilities Management, improving work processes and solving problems, Andrea's tireless work oversees all purchasing and P-Card transactions for Facilities, Building Environmental Services and Grounds. Andrea also communicates with the entire University about anything related to Facilities, from School Dude tutoring and tracking down mystery shipments to emergency requests. There are many more responsibilities to Andrea's role other than what I mentioned already, so she is extremely busy all the time keeping up with our ever changing priorities, but what I think Andrea does to go above and beyond her heavy workload is that she has taken on the additional responsibilities of being interim business coordinator for the last four months. Not only has she kept that position functioning, but she has made improvements to the processes of the vacant role as well. Andrea works overtime and on weekends to handle the responsibilities of both jobs and in the short time as interim, she has made significant and long needed improvements to the financial spreadsheets for the capital budget. Andrea is thoughtful, tenacious and fair in her work and in her interactions with other employees. She has become a very important and valuable go-to person for our department and she is very deserving of a Standing Ovation!"

Craig Bradley and William Lee of Information Technologies

"In the midst of their regular duties, Craig and Will have both worked with the Registrar's Office to implement new processes/reports that have shaved hours and in some cases days off processing time in specific areas. In turn this allows the Registrar's Office to serve the arts schools and divisions, as well as, students and enrollment management in a more efficient manner as these processes have university wide impact."

Erica Archie, Barbara (BJ) Crosby, Kimberlie Scales and Heidi Sosa of Residence Life Housekeeping

"We did an AMAZING job cleaning High school, Lower Housing and Center Stage Apartments.  Two years ago we were a  team around 25 employees during summer. This year it was only four of us and we managed to do everything that was assigned to us and more. I wanted to take this time to CONGRATULATE this AWESOME TEAM !!!"

Bill Lee of Information Technologies

"Bill is helping our department implement three detailed projects simultaneously. Throughout the process, he has been extremely responsive, anticipatory of potential problems, and has suggested solutions to avoid issues. He has spent untold numbers of hours to make these projects a reality. Without Bill, none of these projects would be possible!"

Elizabeth Davis of Institutional Research

Elizabeth Davis is helpful in enabling groups, departments, or schools to collect data using Qualtrics. For those of us who have a UNCSA Qualtrics account, Davis can be counted on to quickly responds to questions or to jump on a Teams meeting to share screens. She investigates ways that we don’t have to re-invent surveys. While people may come to her frustrated, she is calm and encouraging and works with others to help them achieve their goals. In addition, she suggests ways that we can communicate the survey results back to the group or to the campus. If you hear about Qualtrics training, it is usually in an email that Davis has sent."

Dave LaVack of Information Technologies

"With the onslaught of UNCSA moving to Dynamic Forms, Dave LaVack’s workload has increased greatly -- yet he still maintains his excellent customer service focus. He is helpful in thinking of ways to leverage the logic of this form system to ask just the questions that the person needs to answer. He is a team player and a valued, highly participatory member of anything of which he is a part."