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

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Pride of Indiana is a regular feature in Inside IU that allows Indiana University 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.

Thank you to the following IU employees:

IU Bloomington

Susan Barlow, of the Indiana University School of Optometry Atwater Eye Care Center, whose nominator wrote: "Susan makes the Atwater Eye Care Center a better place each and every day. She is often the first person our patients encounter, and she greets them with a warm smile and reassurance. This is the easy part of her day. She adeptly juggles checking the schedules to be sure they are correct, making sure emergency patients are taken care of, doctors are aware of the updates and necessary adjustments are made in a way that allows the day to flow seamlessly in spite of the countless demands and potential distractions. Susan is one of those people you can count on to accomplish any task and perform her job above expectation. She, and the rest of the great staff at the Atwater Eye Care Center, help people to see their best and protect one of their most precious gifts: sight. Thank you, Susan for the great job you do."

Katie Noel, of the Center for Postsecondary Research, whose nominator wrote: "Thanks so much, Katie, for facilitating the major office moves we have had to undertake in Eigenmann Hall in August and September. Your organizational skills and sharp mind for details and logistics were essential. Most importantly, even when any problems arose during the process (elevator breaking down, etc.), you kept your calm, and your good humor remained intact. Your collegial relationship with Space Management staff was also invaluable. The center is so lucky to have you! Thanks again."

IUPUI

Karen Sloan, of the School of Engineering and Technology, whose nominator wrote: "Karen has gone above and beyond with graduation applications coming in from IUPUC. IUPUC engineering students study in Columbus but receive their degrees through IUPUI. Karen has been beyond flexible in helping students and new advisors at IUPUC navigate the process and to correct any mistakes. She has shown extraordinary patience with our questions about the process and always responds quickly to questions. We are grateful for her support!"

IUPUC

Aimee Zoeller, of the Division of Liberal Arts, whose nominator wrote: "Having served as Aimee's colleague and supervisor for the last five years, I have been greatly impressed by the depth and breadth of her abiding commitment to social justice and tolerance. The 2017 winner of the IUPUC Excellence in Diversity Award, Aimee is a prominent proponent of diversity on our campus and community. She leads academic initiatives that have deepened our understanding of gender, race and ethnicity. She also envisions and implements community projects that have increased inclusiveness. For example, Aimee organizes Columbus' annual Arts for AIDS event on World AIDS Day. For this past year's World AIDS Day on Dec. 4, Aimee and her students arranged for a presentation by Dr. William Cooke, the award-winning physician who helped stem the AIDS outbreak in Scott County, and a performance by Berita, an internationally renowned South African folk singer."

IU South Bend

Deborah Richards, of the purchasing department, whose nominator wrote: "Deb is always willing to help anyone, be it a phone call from someone on our South Bend campus or the Bloomington campus or our many regional campuses or a co-worker or student stopping in at her door. She goes out of her way to help others, answering questions with patience and compassion for those who call on her even when it's Deb's lunch hour or after five o'clock. Her expertise in purchasing and university contracts, her knowledge of policy and willingness to explain and instruct are phenomenal and go above and beyond, even when it's a co-worker needing assistance with logging in to a Zoom meeting for the first time. In her walks on our South Bend campus and across the river to our student housing, Deb has helped students and parents find their way. She is an amazing representative of Indiana University to everyone she interacts with."

IU Fort Wayne

Seth Kilty, of the School of Medicine, whose nominator wrote: "I would like to thank Seth for his dedication to getting questions answered and issues resolved for his team as we transitioned over to the IU system. Although he was new to his position and had his own hands full, he kept his staff updated regularly so we felt represented and informed. He was persistent in getting clarifications and answers so staff could continue to do their jobs effectively during this time. We appreciate his positive outlook and task-oriented approach and are thankful he was here to help navigate through everything."