Mary Kelly Glidewell
Recruiting services manager
Career Development Center
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
BOONE, N.C. — The Staff Shout Out program at Appalachian State University announces Mary Kelly Glidewell, recruiting services manager in Appalachian’s Career Development Center, as the winner of its November drawing.
As part of her prize, Glidewell received a gift from the University Bookstore valued at $25.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to receive the Staff Shout Out (award) for the month of November,” Glidewell said. “Being nominated as a ‘Model Mountaineer’ by a peer means everything to me and makes me proud to be a part of the Mountaineer Family!”
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.
“Giving a shout out is a great way for co-workers to promote a positive and supportive work environment,” said Chris Trew, chair of the Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee and student services specialist in the Office of the Registrar. “It is good to see so many team players on our campus making a positive impact.”
Glidewell’s anonymous Staff Shout Out nominator said, “Mary Kelly has been a lifesaver with all the events the Career Center has been doing … and has been amazing in the transition to Handshake, answering so many questions from employers and making sure that all the jobs for our students get approved!”
Dr. Susan McCracken, director of career development and economic engagement in the Career Development Center, who is Glidewell’s supervisor, said, “Mary Kelly is a tremendous member of the Career Development Center team and we are so lucky she chose us. She juggles so many critical pieces of our office — event planning, communications, employer connections — from behind the scenes. Mary Kelly is a valued colleague by all in Career Development!”
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.
Trew said, as of November, Staff Senate has delivered 838 Shout Outs to Appalachian staff members.
About the Career Development Center
The Career Development Center at Appalachian State University supports the mission of the university and its Division of Student Affairs in developing lifelong learners and leaders by engaging and challenging students within a culture of care and inclusion. Students who participate in the center’s services are able to identify core values, beliefs and skills and use them to articulate relatable career goals; acquire transferable skills and relevant experiences for future professional endeavors; and utilize resources that are available to gain experiential learning opportunities and cultivate professional networks. Learn more at https://careers.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.