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School Highlights

Staff satisfaction and support

  • To enhance staff morale and demonstrate appreciation of staff excellence, the school has created new service awards and named their inaugural recipients. The Dean’s Excellence Award went to Peter Anderson, lighting and sound supervisor at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. Receiving Rising Star Awards for Excellence in a New Position were James Bruning, an administrative assistant reporting to the associate dean for research, and Luz Montoya, a financial assistant with the school’s finance team. 
  • The CommStaff Advisory Council was assembled to give staff a platform for voicing concerns and advising the dean on supportive policies. The council meets monthly and among other issues is exploring professional development opportunities, community building, and technology improvements.
  • LaShanta’ Le’Sure joined the dean’s office support staff this spring as program administrator for faculty affairs and administrative activities; she previously worked in the communication sciences and disorders department. Postdoctoral fellow Michelle Rivera has been hired by the dean’s office as a research assistant.