Administrative support associate
Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
“When I received the email that I was given a Staff Shout Out, I was so surprised … It made me feel so appreciated knowing that my work was such a big help to someone else.”
Whitney Ward, administrative support associate in Appalachian’s Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs
BOONE, N.C. — Whitney Ward, an administrative support associate in Appalachian State University’s Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs, is the winner of the Staff Shout Out program’s June drawing. Ward is among nearly 600 Appalachian staff members who have been recognized for their Shout Out-worthy service to the university since January.
In her role, Ward provides reception assistance for the three programs overseen by the division: App State Online, the university’s North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies and the Office of Summer Sessions and Professional Development.
Ward received her Staff Shout Out from Lacy Schmidt, an administrative support specialist in Appalachian’s Office of Conference and Camp Services.
“Whitney went above and beyond for months to help me with a special project,” Schmidt said. “She was so helpful, positive and thorough, and I so appreciate her help and endlessly positive attitude.”
“When I received the email that I was given a Staff Shout Out, I was so surprised and it brought a huge smile to my face!” Ward said. “It made me feel so appreciated knowing that my work was such a big help to someone else.”
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.
As her drawing prize, Ward will receive a gift from the University Bookstore valued at $25.
To view a complete list of June Staff Shout Out recipients, click here. For lists of Appalachian staff members who have received a Shout Out to date, visit https://staffsenate.appstate.edu/committees/staff-recognition.
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About the Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs
The Division of Educational Outreach and Summer Programs at Appalachian State University, working closely with all academic departments and other divisions of the university, provides individuals access to a continuum of educational and enrichment experiences outside the confines of the residential academic year. The division oversees the following units: App State Online, the Office of Summer Sessions and Professional Development, and the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies. Learn more at https://educationaloutreach.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.