One of the many things that makes Wilkes University so special are the faculty and staff members who go above and beyond every day. That has never been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several departments, divisions and specific individuals were celebrated this fall in recognition of their contributions that make Wilkes a great place to live, learn and grow.
Five faculty and staff members were honored with the 2020 President’s Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize individuals who reflect excellence in their work based on the University’s core values. This is the fifth year for the awards program.
- Wei Du, assistant professor of electrical engineering and physics, was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship for his efforts in advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate Wilkes constituents.
- Jason Wagner, application developer for the Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation for his efforts in promoting programs, ideas and sustainable practices.
- Brian Bogert, director of institutional research, was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Community for his efforts in collaborating with others on campus with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging.
- Shelli Holt-Macey, director of experiential programs in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring for her efforts in nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things.
- Ellen Newell, associate professor of psychology, was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity for her efforts in embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity.
In addition, a “Good on Ya” gratitude tour allowed Greg and Angela Cant, as well as various members of the campus community, to thank our essential divisions, many who continued to report to campus during the statewide stay-at-home order. Greg and Angela delivered treats and remarks of gratitude around campus this fall.
“Good on ya” is an Australian phrase that means job well done. In all, about a dozen campus departments were recognized both in person and via Zoom.