Director of graduate enrolled student services and development
Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies
Staff Shout Out monthly drawing winner
Appalachian State University Staff Shout Out program
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Laura Padgett ’02 has been named the winner of the May drawing organized by Appalachian’s Staff Shout Out program — an informal recognition initiative created by Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition Committee.
Padgett, an Appalachian alumna who serves as director of graduate enrolled student services and development in Appalachian’s Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies, is one of more than 1,200 Appalachian staff members who have been recognized as of June 30 for their Shout Out-worthy service to the university. The program has received a total of 2,222 Shout Out submissions as of June 30, which include multiple Shout Outs for individual staff members.
In her May Shout Out to Padgett, Amy Roberts, senior director of finance and systems for Appalachian’s Campus Services, recognized Padgett for crafting 50 washable cloth face masks by hand for Campus Services staff.
Of Padgett’s efforts, Roberts said, “I’m so happy to recognize Laura for her wonderful contribution of time and talent to this vital safety effort. Her care and commitment toward the Mountaineer family is exceptional! When we were having trouble sourcing enough face coverings to keep up with our employees’ needs, Laura filled the gap for us with the cloth masks she made.”
Regarding her Shout Out, Padgett said, “I am humbled to be selected for this recognition and grateful to those who work very hard to celebrate Appalachian staff members. It was my absolute pleasure to make the masks for App State employees, and I am more than willing to make more if more are needed as we move forward.”
The Staff Shout Out program 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. Although this card is typically handwritten and delivered to by a Staff Senate member, the program has suspended deliveries of cards amid the COVID-19 situation but continues to email the Shout Out details to both recipients and their supervisors. Each recipient is also entered into a monthly drawing for a gift from the University Bookstore.
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About graduate education at Appalachian
Appalachian State University’s Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies helps individuals reach the next level in their career advancement and preparedness. The school offers 70 graduate degree and certificate programs in a range of disciplines, including doctoral programs in education (Ed.D.) and psychology (Psy.D.). Classes are offered at the main campus in Boone as well as online and face-to-face at locations around northwestern North Carolina. The graduate school enrolls nearly 1,800 students. Learn more at https://graduate.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.