Center for Academic Excellence
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
“Receiving the Staff Shout Out was a pleasant surprise, but it does not surprise me that someone on my team nominated me for it; everyone is extremely supportive.”
Michelle Melton, web developer/programmer in Appalachian’s Center for Academic Excellence
BOONE, N.C. — The Staff Shout Out program at Appalachian State University has announced Michelle Melton, web developer/programmer in the university’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), as the winner of its March drawing. Melton, who is also pursuing a master’s in computer science at Appalachian, is one of 53 staff members who received a Shout Out in March.
“Michelle goes above and beyond to respond to questions from both her colleagues and faculty on campus,” said Melton’s anonymous Shout Out submitter. “She is thorough in responses and also great at project management, which helps keep our crew on track.”
Melton is one of two developers who build, support and maintain some of the university’s academic web applications, including the learning management system AsULearn. “I help to monitor the applications to make sure they are running smoothly, complete and test updates, and program and integrate new features to meet the needs of campus users,” she explained.
She also recently developed a custom branded AsULearn mobile app, which became available to users in early March.
Additionally, Melton works with Appalachian’s Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs), who directly support the faculty, staff and students who use AsULearn. When an AsULearn user has an issue, she helps the ITCs diagnose and resolve the problem.
Melton said she is appreciative to have received a Staff Shout Out and considers herself “lucky to work with an amazing team because everyone in CAE is extremely passionate about the work they are doing. Each person is motivated to provide the best support they can to campus, both in terms of existing services as well as being innovative in finding new ways to support faculty and staff development,” she said.
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.
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.
For her drawing prize, Melton will receive a gift from the University Bookstore valued at $25.
“Receiving the Staff Shout Out was a pleasant surprise, but it does not surprise me that someone on my team nominated me for it; everyone is extremely supportive,” Melton said. “I truly look forward to coming to work every day, in part because I enjoy my work, but in large part because I love working with this team.”
To view a complete list of Appalachian staff members who received Shout Outs in March, click here.
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About the Center for Academic Excellence
The Center for Academic Excellence is Appalachian State University's lead teaching and learning resource for faculty, staff and students. It was formed in 2016 by combining the staff and resources from Learning Technology Services and Faculty and Academic Development into a single, comprehensive center dedicated to growing excellence in teaching and learning and supporting faculty and student success. Among its services, the center provides support for teaching innovation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, learning technologies and professional development for faculty and staff. Learn more at https://cae.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is 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.