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Big Orange Shout-Out

Big Orange Shout-Outs provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer recognition. They allow EM team members to recognize other team members (peers, supervisors, and direct reports) for their extraordinary contributions.

Below is a collection of shout-outs we have received throughout the duration of this program. Send in your own shout-out!

 

Logan Kerr & Lexie Walker

Massive shout out to Logan & Lexie for stepping up to help with the timetable over the past month! You have no idea the impact your work has had in the overall process and I am so grateful for your willingness to pitch in and help with the communication process of the timetable. You all are true rock stars and I am honored to work with you every day. Love you both!

Laura Stansell

Logan Kerr & Lexie Walker

Massive shout out to Logan & Lexie for stepping up to help with the timetable over the past month! You have no idea the impact your work has had in the overall process and I am so grateful for your willingness to pitch in and help with the communication process of the timetable. You all are true rock stars and I am honored to work with you every day. Love you both!

Laura Stansell

Julie Gillette

Huge shout-out to Julie Gillette! She is such a huge help to me and everyone else at One Stop! She is always willing to answer my many, many questions--and always with a smile and a happy word! Julie is also 100% VOL. I really appreciate how hard she works to give our students the very best experience possible. You're awesome, Julie!

Becky Sparks

Pete Saenz

Where to even begin about Peter Saenz. I have never met a more hardworking, TEAM player who is always there to lend a hand. Pete, you inspire me to stay positive, no matter the day, time or situation at hand. I know I can always count on you to drop what you're doing to answer a question, help with calls, and be a friend when I need one. Thank you for everything you do, Pete. I appreciate you so much! You are one of the many reasons I love this Big Orange Family 🙂

Lauren E Wilensky

Kim Heinz

Kim's expert management of the mailroom and fulfillment center ensures that we all get our incoming mail on time and that our outgoing letters and packages get first class treatment. If you are ever doing a program and thinking about materials, be sure to check with Kim - she is so knowledgeable and creative that usually she will think of a thing or two that you overlooked. Thanks Kim for keeping all of EM in the know!

Tom Broadhead

Josh Martin

Thank you to Josh Martin for always being the calm and reassuring presence that our students need. He handles each interaction with care, meeting the student where they are. I’ve learned so much from Josh over the years that has proven critical to helping our students during this difficult time. It also doesn’t hurt that he answers on average 80+ phone calls a day! #rockstar

Julie Gillette

Nabila Siwji

Nabila is just a beautiful person inside and out! I appreciate the conversations we have about life and making plans to go work out but never do (hahaha). Thanks for being you Nabila! The office is a brighter place with your presence.

JaNay' Turner

Julian Wright

I just want to give a shout-out to Julian for always being his genuine self. He always brings joy and fun to any conversation and that kind of energy is definitely needed in these times. He's also a hard working man and always goes above and beyond to help students!

JaNay' Turner

Laura Harkleroad

Today I want to give a shout-out to Laura! Many times, our supervisors are unsung heroes since they are expected to work overtime and go the extra mile. She has worked so hard to get our new Dynamic Forms process up and running to help Financial Aid be the pioneers for this process at UTK. She has done so much to create new solutions to help distribute CARES funding to students and to keep her team going! Laura has done great things for Financial Aid and Enrollment Management, so I want to say thank you for everything that you've done to make UTK a brighter place and to help make the student experience a better one!

Brenda Patterson

Mary Winchester

Innovator is the word that comes to mind when I think of Mary Winchester. In the couple of projects I've had the privileged of working with Mary on, she's taught me with ingenuity and work you can achieve something that's so much better than the status quo. In addition, Mary's charisma could light up a room, and she handles every situation with the utmost professionalism.

So grateful to be able to work with you!

Michael Smith-Porter

JaNay' Turner

JaNay' - it has been a true pleasure working alongside you throughout the various projects we've worked on together.

I was in awe at all you did for the EM Spirit Week. To see so many people in the division participate in spirit week and grow closer together through it was amazing. All thanks to you! You are one of the most passionate people I've ever met; so happy you are apart of the EM team!

Michael Smith-Porter

To the Freshman Recruitment Team, I love each and every one of you. Our Tuesday afternoon meetings are the highlight of my week. When I get to connect with each of you one-on-one, I always depart the interaction with warmth in my heart. It is truly a blessing to work alongside each of you because the talent within our team is spectacular to watch. I want you to know I hope and pray happiness fills your heart each day and you achieve success in all aspects of your work.

Clayton Alexander

Clay Alexander

There are too many positive things to say about Clay! He is one of the strongest leaders I have ever met. He is incredibly genuine and kind to everyone he encounters. In the short time I have known him, I can honestly say he is the type of person I strive to be like. From the moment I met Clay I knew he was going to be someone I looked up to and admired. I feel like I have already learned so much from him! Literally everyone that I know that knows Clay loves him and respects him.

Jacob DeLuca

Jacob Deluca

I absolutely LOVE that I have the privilege of working with Jacob. Every meeting, email, message - Jacob is always such a ray of sunshine. He has such a great ability to bring joy into the most sour of situations. Every interaction with him leaves a smile on my face.

Maggie Keene

Brenda Patterson

Special Shout-Out to Brenda! She not only created but also hosted a challenging and fun crossword competition. Not only is Brenda a valuable CFO, she's also the Financial Aid's team Cruise Director which means that she is always thinking up creative and fun ways to keep people involved and connected. Great job Brenda!

Curtis Lee-Perez