Technology Excellence Award
The Technology Excellence Award recognizes the exemplary performance of Information Technology Services staff members who consistently provide a level of service significantly above and beyond specific job responsibilities.
Employees of Information Technology Services are eligible to receive the annual award of $1500. Nominations for the Technology Excellence Award may be made by faculty, staff, or co-workers. A letter addressing the nominee’s exemplary contributions, accomplishments and job performance and/or extraordinary service to faculty, staff, and students is to be submitted to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology.
Established in 2009, the first award was presented in September, 2010.
2012- Jeremy Childress
Jeremy Childress has been a Network Administrator for Information Technology Services since 2005. As a network administrator, he supports the wired network and the wireless network, as well as cable TV infrastructure. He regularly monitors security issues and daily makes sure ITS staff members are aware of vulnerabilities and malware that are known to impact higher education users. Jeremy is the always the first person to volunteer for new projects and to help with problems that arise unexpectedly. He volunteers to assist the Helpdesk when they are overwhelmed with student laptops that need to connect to the wireless network. He is often called after hours to address problems, some that are network-related and some that are application-related. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he committed many days to the installation of upgraded connectivity between the UNK campus and the Museum of Nebraska Art. This started as a simple equipment replacement, but because the technology was new, evolved into a difficult transition requiring many hours of testing with frequent failures. He was patient, congenial, and respectful of the MONA staff and their needs during the extended upgrade process.
2011 – Dylan Evans
Dylan Evans has been a System Administrator for Information Technology Services since 2005. As the system administrator for the web servers and content management system behind the UNK web site, he was called upon to shoulder additional responsibilities when the UNK Webmaster resigned in December, 2010. Dylan helped several departments complete projects that had aggressive timelines. He assisted with web site communications during campus emergencies. He worked after hours and on holidays. He served as a technical advisor to the search committee tasked with filling the Webmaster position. One of his nominations stated, “He was unfailingly pleasant to work with, consistently exceeded what he was asked to do and worked as a team player. He is the model of what the Information Technology Award stands for.”
2010 – Kay Liibbe
Kay joined the staff of Information Technology Services in 2005 as a Programmer/Analyst. Kay played a key role in the conversion of data from UNK’s SIS Plus application to PeopleSoft. She worked evenings, weekends and holidays to make sure the project stayed on track. Her co-workers noted that she never complained and often smiled through problems and bad news. Kay’s goal was to make the transition to the new system a little less painful and to provide a seamless experience for students, faculty and staff.
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