Gator Garden Party Celebrates 2019 Staff Awardees
By Sheryl E. Taylor
The achievements of the past academic year were recognized at the Gator Garden Party on Thursday, June 13 in The Special Events Center (A300) during UHD’s Annual Staff Awards.
“Presidents, deans, provosts and even students don’t succeed without dedicated professional staff.I have no hesitation to say the staff at UHD are committed, intelligent, capable, focused, disciplined and professional,” said UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. “Any one in a position of leadership knows the importance of staff.”
This year’s event celebrated:
- Years of Service
- Carol Boethel
- Carmen Cuevas
- Balois Galvan
- Linda Gilbert
- Anthony Hodge
- Clifford Worsham
- Academic Awards
- Teresa Estrada
- Brian Flores
- Luisa Gallegos
- David Landry
- Keyana Moseley
- Fallon Noel
- JR. Sears
- La'Tandra Semiens
- Bobbi Shaw
- Dalia Sherif
- Lee Smith
- Myisha Williams
- Staff Impact Awards
- Rookie of The Year: Donald Kesterson
- Whistle While You Work: Gladis Moya
- Goes The Extra Mile: Burgundi Lemondi
- Best Boss: Dawana Lewis
- Rising Star: Caroline Smith
- Staff Excellence Awards
- Wendy Cooper
- Maxine Todd
- T. Chaney Anderson Excellence Award: Reyna Romero
- Community Service Awards
- Said Fattouh (676 hours)
- Joselin Escobar (600 hours)
- Percy Jackson (450 hours)
“Real institutional identity is built on the ground by the people who have dedicated their lives to the growth of an institution,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs & provost. “So when we celebrate your years of service to UHD, we are celebrating the commitment, the dedication and loyalty of good people, like you, for whom this institution owes a great deal of thanks and gratitude because you have created the identity of UHD.”
This year’s staff awards included more than 90 staff members recognized for their years of service to the University—from five years to 30 years of service. According to Muñoz, this year’s recognition for years to service totaled 1,170 of collected service.
The event debuted the new category, Community Service Awards, to this year’s lineup. Three staff members were honored for their combined service of 1,700 hours.
Recognitions were also acknowledged to fellow staffers who serve in the capacity of Public Safety Liaison and Employment Services Mentor.
Special thanks was extended to the Staff Awards Committee, Staff Awards Review Board and Staff Council members who participated in coordinated this year’s event.
“Our annual staff awards provides a platform to celebrate our colleagues’ service and commitment to excellence at UHD,” said Dr. Liza Alonzo, director of Alumni Relations and Staff Council president. “Staff are the backbone of our institution and honoring their accomplishments is one of the greatest privileges I get to be a part of as this year’s Staff Council president.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.