Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Staff Excellence awarded to Ann Barton-Brown
for release: May 20 , 2010
MONMOUTH – Ann Barton-Brown has a love for art and has found a way to work it in to all aspects of her life. An alumna of Western Oregon University, Barton-Brown was an art major with a focus in ceramics. She owns a pottery wheel and kiln, and continues to create art. In her spare time she forms original silver clay jewelry.
But spare time isn’t something that Barton-Brown has a lot of in her position with the Office of University Residences for the past 13 years as an administrative support and publication design specialist. There is no quick and easy explanation for her job. Barton-Brown is responsible for communicating and reaching current and prospective residence hall students with information and marketing efforts. But what does that entail? A lot. She creates publications for university housing from weekend programs to marketing efforts, to communications with current residents as well as prospective students and their families. She manages the office’s website and does some back-up work for other office staff such as billings, student placements and reception. She also works closely with Campus Dining to create menus, posters and publications to promote Campus Dining venues and events on campus.
Barton-Brown loves everything she does, but most of all, she loves the people. “My favorite thing about working here is the people that I work with. I can’t think of a better boss to have than Tina and our current staff is an incredible group of talented and dedicated people who work hard and have fun along the way. I feel lucky to have ‘landed here’” she said.
Her co-workers reciprocate that feeling and had a lot of great things to say about her. Tina Fuchs, the dean of students, said, “Ann has built a strong reputation on campus as a hard worker; she approaches her job with professionalism, shows respect to others, and cares deeply about her work.”
Patrick Moser, assistant director, facilities and operations of University Residences, said, “I have known and worked with Ann for 13 years. Her dedication to the office, the university, and its students is tremendous. Along with her quality work product, Ann has a heart for people. This year she once again helped coordinate the Office of University Residences’ Governor’s Food Drive effort.”
“Ann is very good at working with the students who come in with questions, concerns, or complaints; she is always patient and takes the time to explain things in a way in which the students will understand,” said Valerie Bagley, assistant director, residential programs. “Since I have known her, Ann has been trying to solve the unending problem – how do we reach each and every one of our residential students with pertinent information? Ann is never satisfied with reaching most of the students and is always figuring out creative ways to reach them all.”
The Mario and Alma Pastega Staff Excellence Award honors a classified or administrative staff member who demonstrates exceptional service to the university. Once nominees are received, a screening committee submits a list of finalists to the president, who then chooses the recipient.
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