University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Richard (Rick) Helmowski is September U-Shine recipient

Richard Helmowski-FinalStaff Senate is pleased to announce that the September U-Shine Award recipient is Rick Helmowski, courier for mailing services.  He was nominated by Jane Traub, coop education support staff, Career Services, and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate Vice President Diane Hillebrand.

This award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of his or her way to make UND a better place.

Here is an excerpt of what was said about Rick: “One Friday morning in early June, I received a phone call from the medical school.  The computers and monitors for our office were delivered there instead.  The caller told me I would need to call FedEx and arrange for them to pick up our shipment and then deliver it to our office.

Right after I hung up the phone, our mailman, Rick Helmowski, arrived with the morning mail. He greeted me and asked how my Friday was going.  I told him about the phone call I had just received, and how I now had to call FedEx to go get them. He immediately said "I'll go get them for you."  I asked if it was on his route and he said that no, it wasn't, but it wouldn't take long for him to run over and get them.  He did so, and we had our shipment of computers and monitors shortly after that.

Rick is an incredible asset to our University.  He always walks into our office with a smile and a friendly greeting and it's always a highlight of the morning when he comes in.  His willingness to go above and beyond to help us out by going to get our computers and monitors was greatly appreciated by our whole office.”

All UND staff members are eligible to receive this award.  Nominations can be submitted through the Staff Senate web site at; forms are available at Facilities, Dining Services and the Memorial Union Post Office.  Nominations must be received by the 15th of each month.

-- Kim Keeley, coordinator, U-Shine, 777.4146,

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