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January - March 2013

Employee of the Quarter
Award Recipients

Melanie Berry
Nancy Clements

The Department of Human Resources would like to congratulate Melanie Berry and Nancy Clements on receiving this honor.

Melanie Berry, Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Visual Arts, has been named UMBC’s Exempt Employee of the Quarter effective January 1 thru March 31, 2013. Melanie began her career at UMBC in August 1997 as Program Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts. She was promoted to her current position in August 2002.

Melanie was nominated by Fred Worden, Associate Professor for the Department of Visual Arts. Fred said, “Melanie Berry’s responsibilities as Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Visual Arts include advising faculty on questions pertaining to student advising. In this capacity, she has to answer an endless stream of questions from individual Visual Arts faculty. Melanie always brings an enormous reservoir of patience and good humor to this process. She never succumbs to the temptation to reprimand faculty for failing to learn some basic aspect of the advising process. She also provides valuable information at faculty meetings about how both the department and the individual Concentrations are doing at enrolling classes and recruiting new students. Additionally, she played an important role in developing articulation agreement with area community colleges. These agreements have been instrumental in increasing the number of transfer students into the department. In summary, I think all the Visual Arts faculty has come to rely on both Melanie’s expertise as well her easy going personality. She is always ready to help out and she brings an extremely generous spirit to all her undertakings.”

Fred further commented that, “Melanie helped develop and implement the department’s portfolio review procedures by which students are accepted as Visual Arts majors. She designed and implemented a process for gathering and analyzing various statistics reflecting enrollment and graduation rates in the seven Concentrations that make up the Department of Visual Arts”. Melanie is also on the Board of Directors of Greenmount School and a Block Captain for the Radnor Winston Neighborhood Association.

Melanie was presented her award on January 24th at a luncheon for the Visual Arts Department. Melanie was very excited and honored to receive the award.

Nancy Clements, Academic Program Specialist for Continuing & Professional Studies, has been named UMBC’s Nonexempt Employee of the Quarter effective January 1 thru March 31, 2013. Nancy first joined UMBC in February 2006 as an Administrative Assistant I for the Division of Professional Education and Training (DPET).  She was promoted to her current position in July 2007.

Nancy was nominated by Dr. Richard Forno, Graduate Program Director for the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE). Richard stated that, “Nancy is the support specialist for several professional masters programs, including the Cybersecurity Program that I joined UMBC in 2010 to oversee. Thanks largely to her efforts in handling/processing applications (frequently under tight deadlines and with several ‘special cases’ needing additional attention), our program has grown from 33 to nearly 150 students in one year, much to the delight of the 10th floor. Moreover, she continues to be an invaluable resource to me in making sure we are able to meet student expectations across-the-board, and routinely goes above and beyond what’s expected of program coordinators in supporting my requirements. More important (both to me and the University) is her ability to deal with people, problems, and issues in a clear-headed, objective, and personal manner and ‘see through things through to completion’ regardless if it’s a scheduling problem, instructor action, or student inquiry.”

Richard also added, “It is difficult to identify a specific series of tasks that Nancy deserves recognition for. Rather it is her ‘total person’, ‘willing and can-do spirit’, and ‘attention to detail’ and overall positive and highly effective performance that have made the back-office administration and implementation of the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program so successful since its inception. For me Nancy has been a resource beyond office hours; a large part of why the new Graduate Cybersecurity Program grew so well in 2011 is because we (Nancy, me, and others) were able to conduct work outside of the office, in the evenings, and over weekends or holidays-not only to meet our work demands but also to ensure students received personal attention from us. This has been mentioned to me by several students as a reason why they came to UMBC and why they appreciate how our program operates. The ‘human touch’ takes time, but it’s one of the things that makes UMBC different from our competition.”

A presentation was held on January 24, 2013. In attendance was the Continuing & Professional Studies staff who congratulated Nancy with a confetti and balloon decorated cake.

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 April.

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

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