Lonnie Baxter, Secretary for the Chemistry Department, has been selected as the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Employee of the Month for August 1997.
One member of the Chemistry Department recently commented, "I hope Lonnie never reads her job description; she does way more than this description requires." In addition to the "routine" work required of a secretary, Lonnie has perfected the talent of balancing the demands of ten faculty members. She not only keeps track of her department's expenditures, but at any given time may track up to eight sets of books for faculty and departmental grants.
Lonnie didn't look at the clock in her office when she was part time and she doesn't look at it now that her position is full time. Many times she comes in early and leaves late, as the workload requires. She is always willing to stay late to assist an instructor in the preparation of materials for a class. She does this without complaining or giving the impression she is upset by poor planning on another's part. The quality and quantity of Lonnie's work has never been questioned. It has always been excellent.
Lonnie has played a major role in making the Chemistry Department a good place to work. This is not only true for the professors, but also for the students who work in the stockroom washing laboratory glassware. By treating everyone the same, both faculty and students like her. She always has a positive attitude toward work and life.
Lonnie always has a smile on her face when she talks about the role UNK has played in her life. She was a student worker in the office of Financial Aid while earning her degree here. When the opportunity arose to remain at UNK, Lonnie eagerly sought it. Lonnie is truly dedicated. Wherever she works on campus, her enthusiasm for UNK spreads.
Because of her positive outlook, her outstanding skills, and her commitment to the campus, the University of Nebraska at Kearney recognizes Lonnie Baxter as the Employee of the Month for August 1997.