Winner: Jerad Nigh (Nominated by Jess Sweitzer and Dough Schooley)
"Jerad Nigh is one of the most supportive folks on our campus. Jerad works hard to meet the needs of our campus in a friendly and supportive way. He regularly works to keep our students and our campus safe. Whenever something needs to be done, Jerad jumps in to help. He is truly a team player. We appreciate his positive nature and dedication to our campus. He is truly a collaborative individual." (Jess Sweitzer)
"May presented numerous challenges to our Campus Patrol department. Officer Jerad Nigh performed his duties as Supervisor by completing numerous key requests and creating detailed scheduling of officers covering our campus properties. He also covered many shifts due to COVID-19 precautions from officers possibly exposed and then quarantined. He worked parts of all 3 shifts (day, afternoon, and night), seeming to effortlessly glide from day to day and week to week. I did not see him complain one time, and he remained very positive and extremely efficient during the performing of his numerous duties. The outcome of his efforts was solid, and he is a strong example for our department and observant staff members. His commitment to Westminster College is sincere. I am grateful to work on any team with Officer Nigh!" (Dough Schooley)
Melissa Nisonger (Nominated by Michael Santarosa)
After we closed the office and the rest of us started working remotely, Melissa came to the office each day and took on a lot of additional tasks that couldn't be done by other staff. Because Melissa was already the point person for "special registrations," that responsibility expanded, and she ended up handling the increased load of "unusual stuff." All of that assistance really helped us navigate the end of Spring and the start of May-term and Graduate Summer as smoothly as possible.
Alexa Price (Nominated by Quincey Otuafi)
Alexa has been with Westminster for a little over a year, and she has been such an outstanding member of the admissions team. She is thoughtful and strategic in the work that she does. Alexa is always willing to help and has taken on many successful projects for our office. When I think of Alexa, I have nothing but good things to say about her and her commitment to serving prospective students and families as they make their decision to attend Westminster. She is an excellent liaison for Honors and overall student advocate.
Jovana Sisovic (Nominated by Orn Bodvarsson)
Jovana is the Director of the Westminster Tax Clinic (WTC), which provides high quality, transformative internship experiences to Gore School of Business students and serves the broader community by providing pro bono tax preparation and financial advocacy services. The clinic is part of the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, comprising such tax clinics around the country. There are other clinics based at higher education institutions in Utah, but Westminster's clinic is the best thanks in large part to Jovana's outstanding leadership. Students register for a course in the Gore School, which has as its primary activity doing an internship in the clinic.
Jovana trains and mentors the student interns, who work directly with community clients, helping them with their taxes. These interns are generally very well trained and do a great job. Jovana also manages the business operations of the clinic, regularly bringing in enough grant money to keep the clinic as a self-sustaining operation.
The clinic is the highest producer of tax preparation services in the state and, without a doubt, has the biggest impact on the community. Jovana also puts on an annual two-day professional event called the Westminster Tax Institute. With the Westminster Tax Institute, tax professionals from around the region and some Westminster employees and students get two days of intensive training from speakers and other experts that Jovana recruits.
The Westminster Tax Institute is a highly respected training program and is always takes in more revenue than it costs to put on, the residual donated back to the community. The Westminster Tax Institute would not be so successful without Jovana's hard work. Jovana is a highly dedicated, professional, and super competent staff professional who is a joy to work with. I just can't think of a better staff-person on campus to get this award right now.
Donna Campbell (Nominated by Collin Bess)
Donna has worked for Westminster College since 2014. Throughout her years at the institution, she has been dedicated to the mission of the college. She works in the admissions operations office, and she excels at her duties in processing all admissions documents that our institution receives, guiding student workers and staff, and keeping up with other projects are department is going through.
Donna has been great about building relationships with other departments across campus and being a mentor to staff members in the admissions office. We all look forward to speaking with Donna and sharing stories with her.
During the recent COVID-19 scare, she has demonstrated her commitment to the college by stepping up and adapting to the working from home environment. Donna is a key asset to keep the admissions department operating during these times and it would be great for the college to recognize her continual dedication and support.