Congratulations to the 2021 - 2022 Support Staff Member of the Year:

Katie Ricks!

Katie’s nominator had the following to say:

“It is my pleasure to nominate Katie Ricks for the Support Staff Member of the Year Award. Since Katie joined our team last year, she has quickly become a valued staff member, a trusted colleague, and a friend. Katie greets any visitor to the Greek Life Office with a warm smile and can often help get any issue solved, whether that is getting connected to another staff member, helping the students print last minute flyers, or welcoming them into the office to hear about their day.

Katie’s previous professional experience in event management has added great value to all facets of the Greek Life Office. From assisting with ordering meals and reviewing Panhellenic Recruitment schedules to suggesting new ideas for the National Pan-Hellenic Step Show, she is always willing to help out where needed, even if outside of her direct job responsibilities. During a staff meeting, we had been discussing ways to engage all of our students through new programming. As a result, Katie was quick to step in and help organize a ‘Greek Night’ at an upcoming UGA baseball game. She has worked diligently to engage and incorporate all four of our governing councils so that it is a fun experience for all.

Katie’s keen attention to detail has been a tremendous help with managing and tracking the financial accounts within the office. Though she has little accounting or finance background, Katie has been a quick learner and has become a resource for all staff members. It is apparent that she has quickly become someone that staff members and students can come to with questions or issues and she will do whatever she can to get answers and solutions.

Other Greek Life Staff Members contributed the following words of support for Katie:

‘Having a team where everyone contributes to its success is the dream of any Director but especially a new one. Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of working with Katie in her role as Administrative Associate and have been so impressed by the level of commitment she’s displayed to the success of the Greek Life Office and how that commitment has shaped her work. Katie does an exceptional job promoting a positive environment in the office and her team player attitude is reflected by our student workers and other staff in the office. She’s quick to take on tasks with a smile and meets the challenges of the day with the attitude of a champion. Katie has also worked alongside our staff members to improve procedures in the Greek Life Office from roster management to financial reporting striving for ways to increase our efficiency while continuing to provide a high-quality product in her work. As someone that has used her knowledge, talents, and skillsets to improve the Greek Life Office and overall contribute to its success I wholeheartedly believe that Katie embodies the qualities and characteristics deserving of this award and I am happy to contribute to her nomination.’

‘Katie has truly been a pleasure to work with. Her positive attitude and eagerness to assist colleagues with various projects and tasks has made her an irreplaceable member of our team. Katie has proven time after time that she is effective and proficient in her various roles. With her support and knowledge, our office continues to support students at the highest level.’

For these reasons and more, Katie is an excellent candidate for the Support Staff Member of the Year Award.”

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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