June 2013 Employee Spotlight

| June 26, 2013

Mary Claire Sorensen, department associate, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Janet Stapleton, department associate, Melbourne Campus, Fla., share the Employee Spotlight honors for June 2013.



Mary Claire Sorensen‘s nominator says Mary Claire consistently displays dedication, compassion, encouragement and support for the students in Webster’s counseling program. In addition, “She always has a smile and a joke in her pocket.”

During her two years with the University, Mary Claire has helped the St. Louis campus and extended campuses by providing effective solutions and answers for many difficult situations. “Her exceptional skill and professionalism has gained the rapport, trust and respect of students and colleagues.”

Mary Claire was extremely involved in the planning of Webster University’s first cross-cultural conference Cross-Cultural Engagement: Building a Diverse and Dynamic Community in October 2012. The event, open to all faculty, staff and students, was coordinated by a three-person committee that included Mary Claire.

“The work Mary Claire put into this conference allowed Webster faculty to build on professional development and strongly reflected Webster’s mission on diversity,” says her nominator.

Mary Claire enjoys working with the counseling program students and helping them in any way she can. She also is touched by the “passion and dedication” of the faculty members in the program. “They have made a positive impact on my life and it has been a pleasure to work with them.”

She says working on the cross-cultural conference was one of the best things she has done since coming to Webster. “It was exciting to meet so different people and welcome the community to be part of such a wonderful workshop at Webster.”

Mary Claire chose a day off with pay as her prize.




Janet Stapleton‘s main focus at the Melbourne campus location is student services. Her six years of service make her the longest serving member of the Melbourne team.

Janet’s nominator says she has made innumerable practical and significant contributions to Melbourne’s operations, including streamlining processes — from tracking prospects via her “database wizardry” — to enlivening student orientation sessions with visual effects.

“In addition to her many contributions, Janet has the ability to relate to students with a warm and engaging manner, both on the phone and in person,” says the nominator. “She has no equal when it comes to customer/student care and service.

“Her enthusiasm is contagious and helps to make our campus not only a great place to learn, but a place where everyone is truly valued.”

Janet’s says her goal is to treat each student like someone who has been invited to her home. She not only remembers their name but genuinely cares about each one as a person.

Janet enjoys celebrating with students as they arrive for the final class in their degree program. “There is hugging, clapping and congratulations all around,” Janet says. “Sometimes I even queue up The Final Countdown by the Swedish band Europe. I have many, many fond memories of those moments.”

Janet chose a day off with pay as her prize.



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