Cyndi Schroeder is the Coordinator of Academic Support Programs in the Registrar's Office. In that capacity, she juggles a number of responsibilities related to student success at UNK. Cyndi is solely responsible for maintaining all undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the On-Course degree audit system. She also creates and maintains all articulation agreements with other institutions in Nebraska and bordering states.
In order to save money and improve efficiency, Cyndi singularly took on the task of designing and producing camera-ready copy for the UNK Transfer Guide. This required her to learn several new computer programs and to format all of the data. Now, the Office of Registrar can perform these duties that had formerly been contracted out of the office. In addition, she works closely with all UNK academic departments and with the community colleges to gather updated course and program information for inclusion in the guide. As a direct result of Cyndi's work, UNK was recently singled out among the University campuses for having the most comprehensive articulation agreements and for making this information available on the web site.
Cyndi also developed a multimedia presentation on the EASI registration system for incoming students. What began as a simple PowerPoint presentation has become, through many hours of editing on Cyndi's part, a high-quality, professional video presentation to orient new students to the EASI system.
Cindy has a fine reputation as the "office counselor," as she listens patiently to the concerns, both professional and personal, of other staff members. Then, she offers well-reasoned advice, when appropriate, or reassures her peers through her caring presence. Cyndi is also the office cheerleader, providing balloons to celebrate special accomplishments, routing cards for birthdays and other events, and collecting money for gifts or flowers. Her finely tuned sensitivity makes Cyndi cognizant of the needs of others; thus, she is careful to include everyone when making decisions that will affect them.
The most remarkable aspect of Cyndi's job performance is neither her ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, nor the sheer magnitude of her many accomplishments. Rather, it is her attitude and the approach she brings to her job. Cyndi sets high expectations for herself and is not satisfied with doing only what is asked of her. She routinely goes beyond the satisfactory as she strives to exceed normal expectations. She does whatever needs to be done at critical times, often addressing needs without being asked.
Because of her dedication to students and the wider UNK community in her job performance, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is pleased to name Cyndi Schroeder the Employee of the Month for November 2000.