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 Date: February 5, 2013 Contact:  Jeremy Shapiro 361-570-4296

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UHV honors Employee of the Year at luncheon


 

Cherlyn Hodge, a University of Houston-Victoria student advising coordinator in the School of Arts & Sciences, is recognized by UHV President Phil Castille as the university’s 2012 Employee of the Year during Tuesday’s Faculty & Staff Recognition Luncheon.

 

University of Houston-Victoria staff chose a student advising coordinator as the university’s 2012 Employee of the Year.

Cherlyn Hodge, student advising coordinator in the School of Arts & Sciences, received the top honor Tuesday at the university’s annual Faculty & Staff Recognition Luncheon. University employees attended the event to recognize faculty and staff members celebrating employment anniversaries.

Hodge began working at UHV in 2004. She provides guidance for all of the school’s degree programs and is the adviser for all UHV student athletes. She also serves as an adviser for the Black Student Union.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award,” she said. “It’s also an honor for my fellow advisers. We all work well together. It’s not just a win for me. It’s a win for our advising team.”

Hodge had no idea she would be chosen as Employee of the Year. She said the recognition is even more special because it came from her peers and because UHV is her alma mater. Hodge earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 2008.

“I’ve worked for UHV for awhile and my favorite part of the job is working with student athletes,” she said. “Every situation is unique, so it’s fun.”

Tracey Fox, director of services for the School of Arts & Sciences, said Hodge is dependable, efficient and a huge asset to the school.

“She is well versed in each of the degree programs as well as admissions policies and procedures,” Fox said. “She deserves to be recognized for her outstanding work ethic and service to UHV.”

UHV staff members cast votes on an email ballot listing each 2012 UHV Employee of the Month who still works at the university. In addition to Hodge, others listed on the ballot were:

  • Mary Field, senior secretary in the School of Business Administration
  • Carolyn Fritz, records coordinator in the Office of Admissions
  • Eliza Fortner, financial aid specialist in the Financial Aid Office
  • Sandy Mendez, senior secretary in the School of Business Administration
  • Lynn Silkey, administration assistant in the Office of Student Affairs
  • Roberto Tonsul, instructional technology specialist in the School of Nursing
  • Yole Degado, senior accounting analyst in Finance
  • Miles Harrison, LAN administrator in Information Technology
  • Ralph Castorena, student recruitment coordinator in LEAD

Hodge received a $500 check, a UHV T-shirt and a plaque. Her name also will be engraved on the Employee of the Year plaque displayed in UHV University West.

A second Employee Recognition Luncheon will take place at UH Sugar Land on Feb. 19 for those UHV employees who work at that teaching center or the UH System at Cinco Ranch.

UHV also recognized employees who have worked for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years at the university. Each employee’s name, title and department are listed below.

Five Years

  • Amy Barnhill, assistant professor, School of Education & Human Development
  • Lisa Barr, associate director, Small Business Development Center
  • Magen Besancon, senior coordinator of student recruitment, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Veronica Bures, senior administrative assistant, Finance
  • Chris Burford, systems analyst, Information Technology
  • Maria Salome Chavarria Salgado, lecturer, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Cassandra Clark, senior secretary, Office of Admissions
  • Allen Clifton Jr., groundskeeper, Facilities Services
  • Paula Cobler, interim director of marketing and communications, Marketing
  • Tracey Fox, director of services, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Angela Green, coordinator for student advising, School of Business Administration
  • Jere Hammer, assistant professor, School of Nursing
  • Melissa Jersild, coordinator of student recruitment, School of Business Administration
  • Billy Lagal, manager of LEAD and Student Recruitment
  • Tamara Lair, coordinator of student advising, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Jeffry Moe, assistant professor, School of Education & Human Development
  • Peggy Opiela, senior secretary, School of Business Administration
  • Anette Phillips, senior coordinator of student services, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Ana Laura Pineda, certification analyst, School of Education & Human Development
  • Della Rampley, administrative secretary, Marketing
  • Ruston Raybon, audio visual technician, Information Technology
  • Mary Lou Rendon, senior student receivables analyst, Business Services
  • Connie Rodriguez, office assistant, Human Resources
  • Marci Rojas, accounting analyst, Finance
  • Paige Ruschhaupt, tutoring coordinator, Academic Center
  • Kayla Sappington, instructional designer, School of Business Administration
  • Kaci Spence, senior secretary, Special Events
  • Donna Stringer, assistant professor, School of Business Administration
  • Brenda Svetlik, director of capital projects, Business Services
  • Tabatha Temple, coordinator for student financial services, Business Services
  • Beverly Tomek, assistant professor, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Shainy Varghese, assistant professor, School of Nursing

10 Years

  • Kathy Caylor, senior accounting analyst, Finance
  • Chien-Ping Chen, associate professor, School of Business Administration
  • Tracy Damborsky, administrative secretary, Facilities Services
  • Jeffrey Di Leo, dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Xavier Garza-Gomez, associate dean, School of Business Administration
  • Faye Landry, administrative coordinator, Office of the President
  • Judy Lucas, admissions/records analyst, Office of Admissions
  • June Nelson, senior accountant, Finance
  • Ronald Salazar, associate professor, School of Business Administration
  • Siva Somasundaram, associate professor, School of Arts & Sciences
  • David Summers, associate professor, School of Business Administration

15 Years

  • Sherry Faulk, senior secretary, Finance
  • Lois Lemke, bursar, Business Services
  • Karen Sanders, senior administrative assistant, Office of the Provost
  • Tong-Ai Zhang, director of institutional research, Office of the Provost

20 Years

  • Elois Kraatz, international student coordinator, Office of Admissions
  • Linda Lassmann, UHV training and development assistant
  • Mary Mahan, lead custodian, Facility Services
  • Carolyn Mallory, UHV financial aid director
  • Melody Olsen, accounts payable specialist, Finance
  • Laura Smith, UHV director of human resources and affirmative action

25 Years

  • Sheron Barnes, special collections librarian, Victoria College/UHV Library
  • Rick Harrington, professor, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Luh-Yu “Louie” Ren, associate professor, School of Business Administration

30 Years

  • Sherrie Kroll, senior systems administrator, Information Technology
  • Karen Locher, associate director, VC/UHV Library

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.