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University F&A

Employees recognized for commitment

The university’s Finance & Administration Division celebrated its Employee Appreciation Event Jan. 20 to recognize staff from the Engineering & Facilities, Finance, and Operations departments who were nominated during the past quarter  for their commitment to MUSC Excellence.
Each month employees with qualifying nominations for the Employee Recognition Program (ERP) during the preceding month are recognized at the monthly event with an MUSC Excellence gift. Employees of the Quarter are selected by the Rewards & Recognition Committee (RRC) from the eligible nominations received during the quarterly period. The nominations exhibit outstanding work-related behavior or activities relating to the five Pillars of Excellence (people, service, quality, finance and growth).
Employees of the Quarter nominees were Paul Hunt, Carpenter Shop, Engineering & Facilities; Dwayne McMillan, Contracts Inspection, Engineering & Facilities; and Chloe Backman, Occupational Safety & Health, Operations.

PEER Milestone recipients for October, November and December
The PEER Postcard is an employee thank you card used to recognize fellow F&A co-workers observed practicing standards of behaviors consistent with MUSC Excellence in the areas of service, finance, people, quality and growth.

PEER recipients are Donna Rychwa, from left, Rebecca Bowman, Kevin Drayton, Eula Wise and David Blick.

Patti A. Kelly, Human Resources Management; Tonia Brown, Human Resources Management; Lynn Chajewski, Student Accounting; Fred Legare, Mail Services

November: Coleste Amerson, Human Resources Management; Laura Cohen, Engineering & Facilities; Arnold (Ray) Cox, Engineering & Facilities; Hope Grimmett, University Risk Management; Eula Wise, Accounts Payable; Lindsey Zyrsky, Engineering & Facilities

December: David Blick, Engineering & Facilities; Rebecca Bowman, University Risk Management; Hal Capers, Engineering & Facilities; Vicki Dean, University Risk Management; Kevin Drayton, Engineering & Facilities; Sonja Fleming, Human Resources Management; John Fletcher, Engineering & Facilities; Donna Rychwa, Payroll Services; Mark Seprish, Engineering & Facilities
For questions, contact an RRC representatives—Joyce Oltmann, 792-0888 (; Monique C. Robinson, 792-7225 (; Mellie Klinger, 792-3219 (; or Anthony Dunbar, 792-6879 (

Employees of the Quarter
Chloe Backman, Occupational Safety & Health
“Chloe is a vital part of MUSC. She communicates the policies for safety on a daily basis and  is always willing to help with questions regarding equipment pick up. Throughout MUSC, the many departments that turn in unwanted equipment have to get an approval letter from Chloe. She is efficient and effective with this task; always assisting people with the correct way to process property in compliance with the law. She has taught safety classes and will come to a work area to talk to groups about how to keep the work area safe. She shares brochures and other documents that inform us of how to be safe. She goes to labs and explains how to properly clean incubators, freezers, and other items prior to surplus pick up.  Many times, people do not know that they are not in compliance with policy.  Chloe takes a lot of time explaining policy and is a very patient person. She deals with biohazardous items, sometimes things that are very dangerous. Most especially, Chloe is a happy person! This is a much appreciated characteristic of such a busy person. She is one of the nicest people at MUSC. Because of Chloe’s dedication to maintaining safety in the many departments at MUSC and her genuine ability to teach, lead and maintain safety on a daily basis, Chloe should be the employee of the quarter.
Nominated by Kathy McKay, Surplus Property, Finance

Dwayne McMillan, Contracts Inspection (Engineering & Facilities)
“Dwayne was nominated for his outstanding effort and customer service on a College of Dental Medicine (CDM) project during the period of August through October 2009. Although Dwayne had worked on the project as the construction inspector for the last two plus years and was instrumental in its successful completion, his effort during this last three-month period was exceptional. While the project manager was out on leave for three months, Dwayne took over much of the responsibility for insuring that the facility was ready for occupancy by CDM in early September. He coordinated efforts to complete the punch list and resolve other issues that were discovered as the occupants moved into the building. He was the main point of contact for resolving issues after CDM began using the building. He took on these issues by his own initiative.  Dwayne embraced the ideals of MUSC Excellence and provided excellent customer service. He went out of his way to help the occupants when they called about problems or with questions about something they didn’t understand. He never displayed an “it’s not my job” mentality even in those times when it really wasn’t his job.  He did what was needed to help the customer. He accepted every challenge thrown his way and responded in a pleasant and professional manner to which we all aspire. 
Nominated by Philip Mauney, Director of Design, Engineering & Facilities/Administration

Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

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