Ellen Van De Voorde, Associate Director of Finance and Administration, received the Don Schultheis Award for Outstanding Staff Members for her service at the annual School of Liberal Arts Staff Appreciation Luncheon on November 24th.
As associate director of finance and administration, Van De Voorde’s is responsible for human resources within the school as well as payroll for liberal arts employees. She also assists the assistant dean for finance and administration with fiscal analyses, budget construction, and year-end closings.
"There is no better time than 2014 for us to say thank you to Ellen, and the Schultheis award is a fine way to do that," Dean William Blomquist said.
During 2014, Van De Voorde went above and beyond to assist at both the school and department levels.
For example, she aided the Department of Communication Studies during the prolonged absence of two key staff members. In their letter of nomination, Kristina Sheeler, Department of Communication Studies chair, and Jill Cobb, Assistant to the Chair, explained how Van De Voorde helped the program by completing a wide-range of HR tasks for current and new employees usually managed by the department staff.
In order to take on the extra duties, Van De Voorde said she prioritized based on how a task at hand would affect a paycheck for someone; and deadlines for the remainder of responsibilities."It is because of Ellen that we are still standing today, and, quite frankly, thriving," said Sheeler and Cobb. "Without Ellen’s presence, our department would have suffered tremendously."
The Don Schultheis Award for Outstanding Staff Members is named in honor of Don Schultheis, the long-time (and first) School of Liberal Arts’ fiscal officer and a key figure in the development of the School.
"It was quite an honor and a surprise," says Van De Voorde. "It is certainly rewarding to be acknowledged for hard work."