UH Presents Staff Excellence Awards

By Kristina Michel

UH presented Staff Excellence Awards to eight staff members in recognition of their hard work and outstanding contributions.

CandelariFawn Candelari
As office coordinator to the College of Optometry’s Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service, Fawn Candelari frequently works with children under age 6 and special needs patients. Upon her arrival to the clinic, she took the initiative to clean up processes and streamline efficiency of patient care. Candelari also requested more clinic time, allowing the clinic to see more patients and optometry students to gain more clinical experience.

CantuTony Cantu
Whether painting, constructing or repairing, Anthony “Tony” Cantu, skilled trades technician 1 for the College of Optometry, does the job quickly and always with a smile. One colleague called him, “the best maintenance professional I’ve seen in my 38 years at UH,” his nominator wrote.

ChristensenTroy Christensen
In addition to his duties as an administrative assistant to the Texas Center for Superconductivity, Troy Christensen has held leadership positions on many UH committees, including Staff Council and Cougar Allies. “Troy has contributed to enhancing UH’s reputation and stature,” his nominator wrote.

MyersElsie Myers
According to her nominators, in a recent audit, the Department of Chemistry had the best outcome in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics thanks in part to department business administrator Elsie Myers. “Elsie monitors the reconciliation reports for the Department. She works closely with staff to ensure that all cost centers, federal grants and contracts are reviewed thoroughly. The superb outcome of the recent Department audit documents her excellent technical skills and leadership,” her nominator wrote.

RhodenBrenda Rhoden
Described by her co-workers as “the core of the Honors College,” Director of Student Affairs Brenda Rhoden’s dedication to students resulted in the creation of the Honors Mentor program, the Leadership Studies minor and the reinvention of the Honors Retreat.

RosasTimothy Rosas
Information services manager Timothy Rosas’ work in the College of Education Center for Information Technology in Education has helped raise the college’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report. “During Rosas’ leadership, the Texas Education Agency and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators have remarked with enthusiasm and wonder at the strength of our technology. Our ranking in U.S. News has risen as a result of our increased technology resources and security,” his nominator wrote.

TorresBarbara Torres
Barbara Torres, executive secretary of the Cullen College of Engineering Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES), has been referred by her colleagues as the heart of the program. “Barbara sets the tone for all who enter the office suite,” her nominator wrote.

MauricioMauricio Vazquez
According to his colleagues in Facilities Management, Mauricio Vazquez is a super star at his job as a skilled trades technician on the minor in-house construction team. “Without question, Mauricio is a valuable asset,” his nominator wrote.


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