December 2009 Employee Spotlight

| February 3, 2010

Jennifer Casady, residence hall director, Housing and Residential Life, and Umaporn Sidalao, admissions officer, Thailand Campus, share the employee spotlight honors for December.

Jennifer Casady

Jennifer Casady

Jennifer Casady was nominated for the Employee Spotlight Award for “being at the front lines of preparedness for and battle with the H1N1 virus” at the St. Louis campus this fall.

The number of cases of the H1N1 virus peaked at the campus during the month of October, with 115 cases reported as of Jan. 28. Pandemic and Infectious Disease Information Web page

As a member of the Student Affairs’ sub-committee of the University’s Pandemic and Infectious Disease Committee, Casady offered helpful suggestions and solutions for dealing with the spread of the virus and handling the students who were ill.

It was Casady’s responsibility to ensure that students diagnosed with H1N1 were either sent home or quarantined in their rooms to keep the illness from spreading. She trained student staff members on response and prevention procedures and facilitated the sick tray program to insure that quarantined students received three meals a day.

Casady’s nominator praises her tireless work with ill students and for caring enough to visit an international student confined in the hospital.

Casady says during her three years with Housing and Residential Life she has enjoyed most of all working with students and helping them develop into leaders.

“Webster is great because of the importance the University places on student/staff relationships and the emphasis on creating and fostering international ties and connections,” she says. “It’s great when students we’ve worked with go on to graduate and work in student affairs and come back and show how much impact we had on them.”

Casady says winning the Employee Spotlight Award is a humbling experience.

“I enjoy my job helping students. This award means other people notice and appreciate that work.”

Casady chose the savings bond as her prize.

Umaporn Sidalao was nominated for her assistance in helping the Thailand Campus achieve its number one priority this year – increasing the number of new students.

“Umaporn gave up her break and holidays to process all applications in record time, resulting in a record number of new students,” says her nominator.

To Sodalao’s credit, she accomplished this while continuing to study for her MBA.

[Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Sidalao was not available to be interviewed.]

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