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October - December 2013

Employee of the Quarter
Award Recipients

Rene McCoy
Vladimir Plotkin

The Department of Human Resources would like to congratulate Rene McCoy and Vladimir Plotkin on receiving this honor.

Rene McCoy, Postal Service Processor for Campus Card and Mail Services since September of 2003, has been named UMBC’s Nonexempt Employee of the Quarter effective October 1 thru December 31, 2013.

Rene was nominated for this award by Emma Sellers, Program Management Specialist for the Department of Political Science. Sellers states that, “Rene is patient, deals with people in a pleasant fashion, and is respectful. Her excellent customer service skills impact the UMBC community in a positive manner when delivering the mail and packages. She is very knowledgeable in the United States Postal Service rules, as well as UMBC’s rules and regulations. I think Rene’s customer service skills are outstanding, and she has a good humor even when put under pressure from delivering the mail in inclement weather conditions. Cheryl Blackwell-Johnson, from the Educational Department, commented that Rene has an excellent attitude and is always helpful in answering faculty questions on how to mail certain packages, regular mail, and quoting the best rate for these items to the best of her knowledge. Rachel Mack, from the Admissions Office, states that Rene has a positive attitude, does her job well, and is very professional. As she enters the room, there is always a smile on her face, and she always says ‘Good Morning’.”

Rene is an active member in her church. She provides direct care for her grandmother, which reflects her passion to help others.

On October 16th, Rene arrived to the mail room for a “staff meeting” and was astounded to discover that she has been selected as Employee of the Quarter. A scrumptious cake was enjoyed by all.

Vladimir Plotkin, Systems Engineer/Coordinator for the Division of Information Technology, has been named UMBC’s Exempt Employee of the Quarter effective October 1 thru December 31, 2013. Vladimir began his career in UMBC in 2000 as an LAN Administrator and was promoted, in 2010, to the position of Coordinator.
Vladimir was nominated for this award by James Sonnichsen, Specialist for the Department of Information Technology.  Sonnichsen says, “The technical knowledge Vladimir possesses allows DoIT as a whole to take on almost any project that comes to us. He has always gone out of his way to pass on his expertise and show patience in the process which in the IT field is something that does not come along often. He engineered and performed the installation of UMBC’s virtual server environment and Enterprise storage set up. These systems are essentially the backbone of the entire campuses’ computer infrastructure. He performs the duties that would be handled by two or three specialists at other universities. The work of IT professionals usually ‘flies under the radar’ so to speak.  We have set the expectation that the systems we maintain for faculty and staff will always be up and running to the best of our abilities.  A lot of the work we do goes on in the background with 2:00 a.m. pages, late night upgrading, coming in over breaks when systems go down, etc.  Vladimir is truly one of these unsung heroes allowing UMBC to run as smoothly as possible.” Vladimir, when he is not fixing systems at UMBC, enjoys spending time with his young twins; a boy and a girl.
On October 29th, Vladimir arrived in the DoIT conference room with his laptop under his arm ready to give a presentation on Box.  He was quite surprised to learn he had been selected as Employee of the Quarter.  After the presentation, Vladimir was treated to a celebratory luncheon.

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 January.

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

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