Support Staff Member of the Year Award

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Support Staff Member of the Year, Rhonda Bolton!


Rhonda's nominators had the following to say:

“Rhonda Bolton is a Clinic Assistant in Medical Clinic Gold at the University Health Center. Rhonda's positive attitude, innovation, problem-solving, hard work, and leadership among her peers is Extraordinary. She is constantly looking for ways to improve our clinic's workflow to make life easier for both our patients and our fellow staff, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and "tips and tricks" of the trade. Rhonda is always friendly and approachable, and she's helped train two new employee this year.

In addition to her Everyday Excellence in our clinic, she has also been key in fine-tuning our Testing Center which was developed very quickly to address the need to test symptomatic patients for Covid-19 in a safe environment at UHC. Her leadership and innovation continued when she took what we learned in developing the internal UHC Testing Center to also help the UHC/VetMed team in developing the patient workflow for Surveillance Testing at Legion Field.

Rhonda Bolton is an example of excellence to us all, she is an asset to UGA and UHC, and I believe that she is well-deserving of being recognized as the Student Affairs Support Staff Member of the year.”


“Rhonda is wonderful; I started working here in January from Piedmont Athens Regional and the change was a big difference, even overwhelming at times. Rhonda welcomed me with open arms, guided me in the right direction daily, trained me, answered all my questions, even when it was much always with [a] Positive attitude very Professional with smile at all times. She has shared all her knowledge to help make me a more positive employee of UGA. She is [a] leader of her peers, always willing to lend hand or help without hesitation she has made my transition so much easier. I have to speak for Gold clinic to say she's a blessing. Rhonda is always going that extra mile for the clinic any way she can even if just leaning an ear. She leaves a mark; she's not here for money, she takes pride in her work [in] my observation and it's very encouraging to me and other new staff and patients.”


Recipient: Individual

Do you know someone who works behind the scenes to ensure their department is successful? Do you want to help them get the recognition they deserve?

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs staff member serving in a support role (administrative support, building/facility services, security, etc.) who positively contributes to their department’s success and enhances the work environment.

Nominations will be evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Performing job responsibilities in an exemplary manner
  • Promoting a positive environment in their office/department
  • Providing outstanding customer service
  • Striving for efficiency without compromising quality of work
  • Demonstrating attention to detail in all facets of performance
  • Actively supporting endeavors of the division or campus community
  • Nominee serves in a support staff role in UGA Student Affairs at time of nomination

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