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April - June 2014

Employee of the Quarter
Award Recipients

Regina Donohue
Rebecca Struckmeier

The Department of Human Resources would like to congratulate Regina Donohue and Rebecca Struckmeier on receiving this honor.

Regina (Jean) Donohue, Executive Administrative Assistant I for Financial Services, has been named UMBC’s Nonexempt Employee of the Quarter effective April 1 thru June 30, 2013. Jean began her service at UMBC in August of 1972 where she briefly worked for the Bookstore and left the next year to work with her husband in his business. She returned to UMBC on October 1989 as an Administrative Assistant I for the Office of Institutional Advancement. In August of 1998, Jean took on the position of Administrative Assistant I in the History department. In 2000 Jean moved to the position of Administrative Assistant II in her current department, Financial Services. One year later Jean was promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant I.
Jean was nominated by Cheryl Johnson, Accountant I for Financial Services, and Michele Kimery, Executive Administrative Assistant I for the Department of Human Resources. Many people in Financial Services depend on Jean. Cheryl stated that, “For 13 years, Jean has been the go to person in Financial Services, supporting over 60 staff members. She is the person to see for all administrative related tasks, such as processing payroll, coordinating job searches, ordering office supplies and equipment, coordinating repair orders, scheduling meetings and training sessions, and drafting letters and meeting minutes.  Jean is the person who welcomes new employees and prepares them for their new adventure as a UMBC staff member.  She is a leader, organizer and motivator.  Jean is always patient, kind, compassionate and encouraging.  She is the glue that binds us together in Financial Services.”
Jean has been instrumental in the integration of several new staff members throughout UMBC and has rooted a place in their hearts. Michele, who formerly worked in Financial Services when she first came to UMBC, declares, “Coming from a small family business, the university was a new environment for me to become accustomed to. However, with Jean as one of my closest colleagues, teacher, and mentor, my transition to university service was seamless. Even in this present day, Jean is one of my ‘go-to’ people when I need support, advice, or a colleague to brainstorm ideas with. I contribute a lot of my success at UMBC to Jean, because in those early days, she truly cared about me and took the time to train me in ‘all things UMBC related’ to ensure that I had the best start possible.” Regina was presented her award on April 23, 2014 along with her colleague, Rebecca Struckmeier who was selected Exempt Employee of the Quarter. Knowing it would be difficult to plan a surprise party for Jean; Financial Services staff had Jean coordinate the presentation celebration for Rebecca.  She was quite shocked when two cakes arrived, one for Rebecca and one for herself. She was delighted to learn she had been selected as Employee of the Quarter.

Rebecca Struckmeier, Manager for Financial Services, has been named UMBC’s Exempt Employee of the Quarter effective April 1 thru June 30, 2013. Rebecca began her career at UMBC in June 2009 as an Accountant for Financial Services and held that position until 2012 where she advanced to the position of Manager.
Rebecca was nominated by Jesse Mashbaum, Business Manager for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office.  Jesse states, “She has a deep and broad understanding of how PeopleSoft works in the finance area. She is unfailingly polite and pleasant, prompt in responding to phone calls or e-mails, and diligent in solving problems. She is one of the most reliable and professional people at the university and one of the special people who make the campus work.”
Tim Kuonen, Assistant Director for Financial Services, wholeheartedly supported Rebecca’s nomination. Tim says, “Rebecca is an exemplary staff member of UMBC, and a valuable asset to the Department of Financial Services.  She has been instrumental in many of the initiatives we have undertaken, resulting in productivity and quality improvements within our department, to the benefit of the campus community.  With Rebecca’s contributions, we have strengthened automated edits that further prevent incorrect changes being applied against accounting chart strings. People often take the time to come to me to express their gratitude for the level of assistance they receive from Rebecca. She communicates clearly and positively, is eager to share her knowledge, and willingly takes on additional challenging tasks.” Financial Services held a joint surprise celebration for Rebecca and Jean Donohue on April 23, 2014.  Rebecca was surprised to learn she had been selected as EOQ.  She was presented a charming bouquet of flowers and enjoyed sharing her delectable cake with her coworkers.

Each recipient will receive a check for $500, a special parking space, one day of administrative leave, a certificate, his/her name on the Employee of the Quarter plaque and an invitation to the annual Service Award Ceremony for all the recipients.

Human Resources offers special thanks to everyone that nominated an employee for the award. Previous nominations received will be eligible for consideration for one year from the date received. The next Employee of the Quarter recipients will be selected in July.

Learn how to nominate an employee that you feel is deserving of this award for the next quarter.

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