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Pride of Indiana: Thank-you messages to and from IU employees

Feb 28, 2018

Pride of Indiana is a regular feature in Inside IU that allows IU faculty and staff to recognize their colleagues for IU-related work they’ve done that goes above and beyond their job duties or responsibilities.

Submit a Pride of Indiana shout-out for a colleague who makes a difference in your department.

A graphic of the state of Indiana that has a banner over it saying Pride of Indiana

Thank you to the following IU employees:

All Campuses

University Information Technology Services, whose nominator wrote: “Thanks to UITS for the new Group Accounts task. This is really helpful in tracking multiple group accounts I own.”

IU Bloomington

Lauren McCalister, of the Groups Scholars Program, whose nominator wrote: “We welcome Lauren to the full-time Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs staff! We are looking forward to your shiny positive outlook making a difference!”

Delgar Woodruff, of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, whose nominator wrote: “In the few months Delgar has been in her new position as assistant director, she has done an amazing job. The ability to prioritize the needs of our customers can be difficult for some, yet in this short time she has mastered this skill. She always has great questions and understands when issues need to be escalated. This allows us to respond quickly and accurately to our students, counselors and campus partners whether we are in the office or out on the road traveling. We truly appreciate her efforts!”


Kristina Borger, of the School of Medicine-South Bend, whose nominator wrote: “I’d would like to recognize Kristina Borger for her continuous dedication to the school, faculty, staff and most of all students at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend. She provides assistance to faculty and staff above and beyond normal office hours. No matter the problem, Kristina resolves these situations with a positive attitude. She is first to volunteer to help when resources are maximized and is one of the most conscientious team members with which I have ever worked. Kristina makes a positive difference in the work we all do, and for that I am grateful.”

Rachel Forster, of the Fairbanks School of Public Health, whose nominator wrote: “If you ask any undergraduate student in the Fairbanks School of Public Health if they know Rachel Forster, chances are they will light up and say, ‘Yes! Rachel is the best!’ Rachel does a phenomenal job. As our recruiter, she builds strong relationships with prospective students and gets them excited about public health, but she doesn’t stop there. She also maintains those relationships with current students and makes sure our students feel supported and connected while they are here. We are so lucky to have her representing our school. Thank you, Rachel, for all that you do!”

Emily Hardwick, of the Office of Research Support, School of Nursing, whose nominator wrote: “Emily Hardwick is a true gem who is passionate, dedicated, visionary and innovative. She continually questions existing processes and creates solutions for improvement. She takes outstanding responsibility to make sure services are provided well. She is always positive, even when the workload is heavy and requests for services are late. Emily is a true change agent with the school in her service as Staff Council co-president and member of the strategic planning, search and other schoolwide committees.”

Brenda Shelton, of the Neuroscience department, whose nominator wrote: “Thank you to Brenda for always being the go-to person in our department. You make everything easier!”

IU East

Beth South, of the library, whose nominator wrote: “Beth has created an interesting online course about the history of IU East, as part of her role as archivist for the campus and to celebrate the IU Bicentennial. We appreciate her hard work for this, and it is particularly relevant as IU East will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2021. The course is free and self-paced and is available now on the IU Expand website. She will continue to add modules as we continue to mine the archives for information treasures!”

IU Southeast

Shane Thomas, of the Advising Center for Exploratory Students, whose nominator wrote: “Shane Thomas is one of the most cheerful and enthusiastic colleagues with whom I have the pleasure to work. He’s always willing to share his time with students, whether that means appearing in a student video project or visiting a classroom to share his insight on time management and other essential skills. Students feel comfortable working with him, and he’s truly an asset to our campus and community.”

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