Volunteer Services

Volunteer of the Month

 

 

December 2013

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Alvis "Buddy" Poe

“Buddy formerly worked for Continuing Education (now the School of Professional and Continuing Studies). He left UMSL to work for the federal government. After retiring earlier this year he brought his experience and talent back to UMSL. Buddy helped with the Crucial Early Years Conference, he wrote instructions for using a new software package, and most recently is helping the Campus Testing Center during the peak exam season. Everyone who works with Buddy loves him. He is always positive and pleasant.
We have been most fortunate to work with Buddy”

 

Gina V. Ganahl, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Studies

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November 2013

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 Marilyn Smith

“Marilyn is such an enormous asset when it comes to completing commencement mailings (which are very large). With her attention to detail and industriousness, she is able to complete a 1000+ piece mailing (something that would generally require 2 or more people) quickly and efficiently. Not only that, but she always arrives on time with a smile on her face – her positive attitude is contagious and reflects in all that she does for us. We are very lucky that she is able to help us out, and we know that when Marilyn is on the job, we can rest assured it will be completed on time and to high standards.” 

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October 2013

 

Chris Bates

"Chris volunteered the last two months in the Benefits area of the Human Resources Department.  She answered phone calls, typed up labels for file folders and assisted with special projects.  She even brought in nuts and candy on very stressful days!  Her strong background in HR and her professional attitude helped us through an extremely busy time.”

JoAnn Westbrook, Human Resources

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September 2013

 

Ron and Susan Williams

 “Susan & Ron were relaxed, confident, professional, and timely. They supported our event with grace, flexibility, and were friendly and engaging with everyone. It was a pleasure to get to know them, and to work with them.”

Chani Smason, Graduate Student Center

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August 2013

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Jadah Tate

 "Jadah, who worked in the infant room as part of the 2013 Service Academy, was fantastic.  She was motivated and really showed an interest in each of the children and families.  She was eager to help in any way that we asked her and she took initiative in the classroom when there was down time."

Karen Taylor, University Child Development Center

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July 2013

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Ron Goldfeder

“Ron has been a huge asset to the Barriger Collection since he began volunteering here in January.  His in depth knowledge of railroad history, experience as a researcher and author of railroad topics and years of experience as a volunteer at the Museum of Transportation and as a former employee of the Science Center make him an invaluable part of our team.  Ron has consistently shown that he can handle large projects with ease and we are truly honored to have him working with us here at the library.”

Nick Fry, Merantile Library

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June 2013

Mary Cobb

Mary Cobb

"Mary Cobb volunteers at the Children’s Advocacy Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She is dependable and our clients look forward to seeing her each week.  She was hesitant when she first joined our team; now, she says she realy enjoys working with the children.  The caregivers, children and staff at CAC are very grateful that Mary is dedicated to the task and unselfishly gives of her time."

  Glenda Simms, Children’s Advocacy Center

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May 2013

John Roberts

John Roberts

" John was in contact with UMSL well before the Vet Center opened, chomping at the bit to help veterans even thought we didn't have an outlet for him. When we finally opened our doors he began volunteering his time every Monday afternoon from 1-4pm. He helps veterans access information on jobs, specifally those organizations who are looking to hire veterans. His work includes every facet of the employment search from helping write resumes to even making phone calls on behalf of individual student veterans."
 
Ryan Barrett, Interim Director UMSL Veteran's Center
 
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April 2013

 

Megan Robbins 

Megan Robbins

"Megan is a highly motivated and mature young woman.  She has a deep passion for working in the gallery setting and it shows.  Megan takes time to involve herself with the Gallery Visio Student Government Board and offers unique ideas and new ways to enhance student life here on campus.  Megan strives to take a professional approach to every task and is always willing to do whatever it takes to provide a quality experience for patrons here at Gallery Visio."

Stephanie Sivils - Gallery Visio

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March 2013

 

Nancy Casey 

Nancy Casey

“After retiring from MIMH, Nancy recently came back as a volunteer. Because she is familiar with the Institute and our employees, not a lot of supervision is needed. She has updated our office floor plans, has helped with a telephone audit, and reorganized our grants and contracts storage room. She is detail oriented, takes initiative and, most importantly, is a happy worker. Nancy’s volunteer service for MIMH is truly making a difference. We are so pleased that she has come back to work with us and appreciate the many things she does for MIMH."

Vicki Eichhorn - Office Supervisor, Missouri Institure of Mental Health
 
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February 2013

 

Jumai Ali 

Jumai Ali

"Jumai joined our staff at the Computer Education & Training Center in December and has been diligent in her work. She is helping us update our curriculum and has been painstakingly thorough in her research.  Jumai was eager to dive into this project and we are looking forward to working with her on the next task."

Kate Moore - Associate Director, Professional & Continuing Studies

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January 2013

 

Colby Brown

Colby Brown

"Colby volunteers at the Sedexo Food Court area of the Millennium Student Center. He keeps the area of the condiments sparkling clean and the plastic cutlery, napkins, salt, pepper, cream, and sugar supplied.  He also has to make sure the floor where the employees are working is free from spills of any kind. Colby is tasked to watch out for his fellow workers and take care that they don't have any mishaps."

Pedro Salazar - Vocational Skills Program

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