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Published: February 7, 2019 Author: George E. Mauzy Jr.

The purpose of the Non-bargaining Classified Employee of the Month award is to acknowledge and recognize those who are setting the standards for excellence and innovation at Ohio University.

This recognition is Classified Senate’s way of awarding those employees who have shown outstanding individual achievement and performance of their jobs, while inspiring and supporting the achievement of others. Criteria include:

  • Positive attitude and serving as a role model
  • Productivity and commitment to quality
  • Initiative and taking on additional responsibilities


The January 2019 recipient is Tammy Andrews, an administrative specialist in the Division of Student Affairs who was nominated by Adam Grimm and Chad Barnhardt.

This is a sampling of the comments made by her nominators:

Adam Grimm: Tammy shows excellence in her daily job by giving great attention to detail, having excellent customer service skills and showing care and concern when helping students in need. She is easy to get along with and I am proud to call her a DOSA co-worker and friend. Students and staff adore her and the Office of the Dean of Students is lucky to have her as part of their team.

Chad Barnhardt: I can’t say enough good things about Tammy. She is kind, generous, and thoughtful. She goes above and beyond to help our students, student employees, parents and colleagues. She is committed to her work and does a fantastic job of balancing the needs of our staff. She essentially has four bosses asking her to do different things and still manages all of the challenges of our office and our work. She is compassionate and helpful to everyone. We are a better staff because Tammy is in the Dean of Students Office.

How surprised were you to win the Employee of the Month award?

I was really surprised. I had no idea.

What is your job title and how long have you worked it?

My job title is the administrative specialist in the Dean of Students office. I have worked there for one year and seven months and I have loved every minute of it! I have worked at Ohio University for 10 years.

What are the most enjoyable things about your job?

I work with a great team of colleagues. I like being able to help students and parents when they have questions and making a difference.

What is your hometown and where do you live now?

My hometown is Corning, Ohio, where I grew up for the first 20 years of my life. I now live in New Marshfield, Ohio, which has been my home for the past 20 years.

What are your long-term goals?

I would like to earn my master’s degree from Ohio University and become more physically active.

If you weren’t in your present job, you would be working as ___?

I would be an administrative assistant in education somewhere else. I can’t picture myself not working in education. If I had to choose a new career path I would be a small business owner. My daughter has always wanted to start her own business so I would help her achieve that dream.

What things in life are the most important to you?

My family.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

Any warm beach. I love the sound of the ocean, which has a sense of calm and relaxation to it.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, yard work, getting together with friends, birdwatching, doing things around my house and relaxing on the beach.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

That I am a very sentimental person. It really is the small things that make me happy.

What are your favorite TV shows?

“This is Us,” “The Real Housewives,” “Bluebloods,” “Law and Order,” and “The Young and the Restless.”

Who are your favorite musicians?

It changes, but right now I like Fleetwood Mac, Pink and whoever is on the radio.

What is the next big event you can't wait for?

To watch my kids graduate from Ohio University. It is a little ways off, but nothing would make me prouder than to see my kids walk across the same stage that I did and become an Ohio University graduate.

Who are your favorite celebrities?

Ellen DeGeneres because she makes me laugh.

Who are the most annoying celebrities?

Jim McMahon who was the quarterback for the Chicago Bears. He thought he was too cool for school and the sunglasses that he always wears are annoying.

What is your dream car/truck/SUV?

A Chevy Silverado truck because my husband has always bought me an SUV to drive. Now it is his turn to buy the truck that he wants.

What are your favorite sayings or quotes?

I have three of them: I have something real quick. Have you done this? Really?