Office of Relocation and Dual Career Assistance, Office of Human Resources
Staff Shout Out quarterly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
“We are thrilled with how successful the Staff Shout Out program has been and continues to be. It just goes to show how many Appalachian staff members are going above and beyond every day, and that people are noticing.”
Katie Howard, Staff Senate chair
BOONE, N.C. — The Staff Shout Out program at Appalachian State University announces Becky Gosky, coordinator in Appalachian’s Office of Relocation and Dual Career Assistance, which is housed in the university’s Office of Human Resources, as the winner of its second quarterly drawing. Gosky, who received her Staff Shout Out in June, won a gift from the University Bookstore valued at $25.
The Staff Shout Out program, an informal recognition initiative created by Appalachian’s Staff Recognition Committee — a committee of Staff Senate — aims to highlight Appalachian staff members for their positive contributions to the university. The committee works to improve employee engagement and encourage an environment of support and appreciation.
“We are thrilled with how successful the Staff Shout Out program has been and continues to be,” said Katie Howard, Staff Senate chair and assistant director of grants resources and services in Appalachian’s Office of Research.
“It just goes to show how many Appalachian staff members are going above and beyond every day, and that people are noticing. Since January, the program has received an average of over 60 Shout Outs per month, which is just incredible,” she added.
Jennifer Hayward, development specialist in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business, gave Gosky her Staff Shout Out.
“Becky is always a pleasure to work with and is a fantastic source of helpful information in her area,” Hayward said of Gosky’s service to the Appalachian campus community. “Her professionalism is enhanced by her compassion and true desire to be of service to Appalachian faculty and staff. ASU is incredibly lucky to have Becky on its staff.”
In response to receiving the good news, Gosky said, “Thank you, all! I am so humbled to receive this Shout Out and to be the quarterly drawing winner.”
According to Chris Trew, chair of the Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee, the Staff Shout Out program has received such a positive response that the Office of the Chancellor and Appalachian’s Office of Human Resources are providing additional support and funds so that monthly prizes for the program can be awarded moving forward.
Recipients of a Shout Out are notified the month following their nomination and receive a card detailing why they were nominated, which is handwritten and personally delivered by a member of Staff Senate. Each recipient is also entered into a monthly drawing for a gift from the University Bookstore.
Examples of Shout Out-worthy actions:
- Going above and beyond to help a fellow co-worker or student.
- Picking up trash on campus grounds just because.
- Encouraging recycling in your office.
- Having an infectious positive attitude.
- Taking initiative.
- Helping a co-worker complete a task voluntarily.
- Random acts of kindness.
To date, a total of 376 Staff Shout Outs have been given.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.