Dr. Julie Keys
Staff psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services Center
Training coordinator for Appalachian’s master’s in psychology program
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
“I am so pleased to see our campus embrace the Shout Out program and to see all of the support co-workers give each other.”
Chris Trew, chair of Appalachian’s Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee
BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Julie Keys, a staff psychologist in Appalachian State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center, was recently announced as the October winner of the Staff Shout Out program’s monthly drawing.
As part of winning, Keys, who is also the training coordinator for Appalachian’s master’s in psychology program, received a gift from the University Bookstore valued at $25.
The Staff Shout Out program, an informal recognition initiative created by Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition Committee, 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.
“I am so pleased to see our campus embrace the Shout Out program and to see all of the support co-workers give each other. We hope to deliver 1,000 Shout Outs by the end of the year,” said Chris Trew, chair of the Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee and student services specialist in the Office of the Registrar.
Concerning the Shout Out she received, Keys said, “All my gratitude to (Dr.) Leslie Martin, aka ‘Beeper,’ without whom this would not have been possible.”
Martin, who recognized Keys with a Shout Out, is associate director of training services in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
Examples of actions for which Appalachian staff members have received Shout Outs:
- Going above and beyond to help a fellow co-worker or student.
- Picking up trash on campus grounds just because.
- Encouraging recycling among officemates.
- Having an infectious positive attitude.
- Taking initiative.
- Helping a co-worker complete a task voluntarily.
- Random acts of kindness.
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.
More than 700 Appalachian staff members have received Staff Shout Outs since the program’s inception in January.
About Appalachian’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Appalachian State University supports the mission of the university and its Division of Student Affairs in the academic, vocational, emotional, social and cultural development of students. The goal of the center is to assist the Appalachian Community in maximizing the personal growth and development of its members. Services, which are primarily offered to students, focus on education, prevention, remediation and crisis management. These services help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the attitudes, abilities and knowledge that will enable them to be successful and take full advantage of their college experience. Learn more at https://counseling.appstate.edu.
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 more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.