2019 Recipients

2nd Quarter

Administrative 

Lynn Waugh and others Lynn Waugh
Manager, Body Donor Program 
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Heritage College, Athens 

As the person who manages the Body Donor Program and ensures that the medical morphology lab runs smoothly, Lynn Waugh is an important member of the Heritage College’s academic team. “Although she doesn't participate in teaching the activities occurring in the lab, her ongoing management and support is critical to the success of those activities,” said her nominator. 

As part of her duties, Waugh recruits and enrolls new members for the Body Donor Program, which includes interacting with donor families and processing required paperwork. But her work extends further, making sure that faculty have the resources they need to teach students in the lab. “Before every lab, I ask her for last-minute materials or extra resources, and they are always ready,” her nominator said. “When we transition to a new semester or learning activity, she is often reminding me of the resources needed for the upcoming labs.” 

The college also benefited from Waugh’s unique skills and knowledge when setting up medical morphology labs in Dublin and Cleveland, and she continues to support medical morphology learning activities at each site. “Regardless of the wide-ranging responsibilities and situations she encounters, Lynn is optimistic, has a great sense of humor and is extremely helpful and easy to work with,” her nominator said. 
 

Classified 

Jan Moody Jan Moody
Executive Assistant
Office of Clinical Education
Heritage College, Dublin 

When the Office of Clinical Education was down support staff, Executive Assistant Jan Moody stepped up to take on additional duties without hesitation. “Jan has filled their shoes, no questions asked, added new tasks to her plate, and done so in a positive and professional manner, both within the Office of Clinical Education and externally with hospital partners,” said one nominator.   

In addition to assisting with reports, catering, meeting agendas and more, Moody has also ensured that the Office of Clinical Education maintained the necessary records for the OPTI [Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution] over the last few years, and she’s assisted staff in developing new curricula for institutions and programs as they transition to single GME accreditation. Moody also has represented the college as a member of Ohio University’s Classified Senate.  

With her attention to detail, her initiative and her willingness to dive right into new tasks, Moody has brought a fresh eye and new ideas to discussions throughout the Office of Clinical Education. “She is never hesitant to volunteer to assist her colleagues in their tasks and will even ask probing questions to improve our collective work product,” said another nominator.    

Faculty 

None this quarter 

 

1st Quarter

Administrative

Awardee holding award

Dan Smith
Telehealth Director
Office of Information and Learning Technologies
Heritage College, Athens

When Telehealth Director Dan Smith retired April 30, the college lost a trusted resource and its well-known “voice in the sky.” “I cannot begin to measure the impact he has shown to the Heritage College over his many years of employment,” said one nominator. “Dan arrives to work before many, and until recently, typically stayed later than most to ensure seamless video conferencing and support for all of the Heritage College’s events – academic, administrative, student-led, social, etc.” Over the last year, Smith and the videoconferencing team supported over 11,500 hours of videoconferencing, including 6,000 hours for a telehealth network supporting Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services and Hopewell Health Centers. 

But Smith’s expertise doesn’t end there. “Whether you’re asking for general IT advice or looking for information regarding the origin of a specific coffee bean, Dan's encyclopedia-like brain will find what you're looking for,” said another nominator. Dan has always been a great resource for just about any issue we had and needed assistance with.” And through it all, nominators agree that he’s always been a great colleague. “His outgoing, fun personality has made for a very entertaining work place and a pleasure to be around,” said one. “He always provides valuable feedback, even when it may not be something I want to hear,” said another nominator. “He is always willing to share with you his stock of coffee or tea and give you a HCOM history lesson!”

In addition to his CARE award, Smith also received a trillium award – trillium #111 for always being the voice in the sky from Grosvenor West 111 – for his years of dedicated service to the college.
 

Classified

Awardee holding award

Miriam Thomas
Employment Coordinator
Office of Administrative Services
Heritage College, Athens

Employment Coordinator Miriam Thomas has long provided a welcoming voice to those contacting our human resources office. But earlier this year, she willingly expanded her duties when she stepped in to assist the Office of the Executive Dean after support staff there moved on to other positions at the university. She quickly pitched in to organize files and help plan office moves, while also tackling the unique inquiries that come through the college’s main phone line and continuing to handle her duties within HR. "She has tackled each new task with ease or accepted it as a challenge/opportunity to learn more about the college and university,” said one nominator. “We are grateful and thankful for her going above and beyond the call of duty to learn a new office within the college to assist us when we needed it the most!”

The fact that Thomas pitched in so quickly doesn’t surprise those who know her best, though. “Since I came to the Heritage College, I have been impressed with Miriam's work ethic, welcoming presence and thoroughness,” said another nominator. “After seeing her in action in the Dean's Office, I also must add ‘flexibility’ and ‘graciousness’ to the qualities I admire in Miriam.”
 

Faculty

Awardee holding award

Yuriy Slyvka, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Lecturer, Anatomical Sciences
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Heritage College, Athens

When Felicia Nowak, M.D., Ph.D., a longtime Heritage College faculty member, passed away unexpectedly earlier this year, Associate Lecturer Yuriy Slyvka, M.D., Ph.D., quickly stepped up to help ensure that her research, her students and even her family had needed support during this difficult time. “Yuriy has demonstrated incredible loyalty and dedication in honoring Dr. Nowak and her research,” said one nominator. “He continues to be dedicated to working on her research projects and manuscripts to assure the work gets published on her behalf. He has demonstrated extreme selflessness during this difficult time period and says that his only concern is having her work published as part of her lasting legacy.”

Another nominator noted that much of Slyvka’s support has gone on quietly, out of the public eye. “He has done a lot behind the scenes to make sure her students have what they need and that her research will continue to flourish by collaborating with Dr. Sonia Najjar,” the nominator said. And while his dedication to securing Nowak’s research legacy is notable, nominators also were quick to point out that Slyvka’s dedication didn’t end there. “Yuriy has welcomed Felicia's son into his home and family,” said another nominator. “Many times, we think of this award in terms of the qualities that an employee demonstrates in the office or in the lab, but Yuriy's care, compassion and character clearly extend far beyond the workplace.”