In honor of employee appreciation week, employees were asked to “Share their Stories” as a UWGB employee. When asked “Who or what motivates you to work hard at your job?” the following employees wrote:
“I am motivated to succeed and to excel when I feel like I am my colleagues are treated like respected members of a team. No one here is making a tremendous amount of money, so our motivation and inspiration comes from knowing that we are helping our students and our customers and that the work we do is valued and appreciated by the university.”
Eric Craver, Outreach & Adult Access
“My co-workers, the students, just the atmosphere at the University!”
Paula Marcec, Chancellor’s Office
“Doing what I can to help the faculty, staff and students on campus motivates me. I enjoy doing what is best for our students. I feel we are all here to help each student succeed, so we may as well do what we can to help each other.”
Sue Machuca, Phoenix Bookstore
“Working with students with disabilities, there is always something to learn about the students, accommodations, new technology and working with faculty. Seeing student gain the confidence to grow and achieve their goals is a great motivator to me.”
Lynn Niemi, Disability Services
“Surprisingly, Jen Jones motivates me to work hard every day. She isn’t my supervisor or even a direct co-worker, but she has an ability to motivate and inspire others around her like I have never seen before. She radiates positivity and her constant stream of encouragement helps me be a better employee every day. Kudos to the Jen Jones of the world! I love having the opportunity to work with her on projects and collaborations. She is a shining star!”
Diana Delbecchi, Financial Aid
“Feeling appreciated for what I do and treated fairly and with respect.” Dan Moore, Outreach & Adult Access.
“I was a first-generation college student who was extremely fortunate to receive full scholarship funding for my undergraduate education. I recognize today what a huge gift that was and feel that in my role today I am paying that gift forward.” Shannon Badura, University Advancement.
“My coworkers. I found a family when I started working in the Dean of Students Office. (I want to give a shout out to Toni Bergeon and Lore Slattery. Love you guys!!)” Amanda Wildenberg, Dean of Students Office.
“Thankful student-athletes and coaches make the work worth it.” Jake Timm, Athletics.
“I enjoy helping people. We all spend a lot of our lives at work, so whatever each of us can do to make other’s work life better, we should! It is important to always treat our co-workers, students, and visitors with professionalism, courtesy and respect.” Jolene Truckenbrod, Human Resources
“The people I work with make me want to come to work everyday. No two days are alike and that keeps the job exciting.” Katie Stilp, PEA and DJS.
“I find that the dedicated staff in the Academic Advising Office motivates me to get the transfer student evaluations done as quickly and accurately as possible so that they have the information they need to help our students.” Mike Kanzenbach, Registrar.
Check back tomorrow to hear what employees have to say is their favorite part, experience, or aspect of their positions at UWGB!