May 2010 Employee Spotlight

| September 15, 2010

Blerina Polovina, admissions associate, Admissions, and Ashley Savage, representative, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., are the winners of the Employee Spotlight Award for May, 2010.

Co-workers in Admissions, where she has worked for three years, consider Blerina Polovina a great team player and a real plus during the department’s recent reorganization.

“We have at times been short-handed and Blerina has really stepped up to help with the extra work,” says her nominator.

“Blerina is always willing to help out, even when she is swamped with work herself. She is very knowledgeable and a huge asset to the Admissions office.”

Polovina, who began working for the University when she was a student, says she is excited to be part of the same institution that made her experience as a student so meaningful.

A “true believer of the power of education,” Polovina says she feels blessed to have the opportunity to assist students in achieving their educational goals.

“I’m surprised and grateful to win the Spotlight Award,” she says. “I do my job because I enjoy doing it, but it feels pretty good being appreciated.”

Polovina chose a day off with pay as her prize.

“Even though Ashley Savage has been employed for only a few months, her work is absolutely exceptional,” says her nominator.

Extremely fast to pick up using the CARS program, Savage learned TA billing on her own and has taught colleagues how to do things they never before knew how to do in CARS.

“Ashley is the most efficient individual I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” says her nominator. “She handles herself in the most professional way possible and always returns phone calls and emails on the spot.”

Savage, who has been with the Fairchild campus since January 2010, enjoys working with her colleagues and the instructors and students at the campus.

Savage says her biggest challenge so far was her first graduation ceremony. “There were a few problems, but everything worked out in the end and we received compliments and thanks for the reception we provided to the graduates,” she says.

In addition to her exceptional on-the-job performance, Savage is working toward a dual Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Human Resources Development.

Savage chose a day off with pay as her prize.

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