University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Joan Erickson is April U-Shine Award winner

Staff Senate is pleased to announce that the April U-Shine Award recipient is Joan Erickson, Catalog and Database Manager Joan Ericksonfor the Chester Fritz Library.  Joan was nominated by Beth Sorenson, Catalog Librarian for the Chester Fritz Library, and was presented with a check for $50, a small token of appreciation, 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 Joan:  “One of Joan Erickson's many duties is to hire and train the student workers for our department but Joan does more than that.  She purchases movie passes for their birthdays and plans holiday parties and special occasions for them in the library.  At the end of the fall semester, she requests donations from the department and purchases items for stress relief bags for the students as they prepare for finals.  These bags are a hit with the students and contain things to get them through the hectic days of final tests and final papers.  They contain facial tissue, cereal, bottled water, detergent, and a fun activity such as a miniature puzzle or coloring book and crayons.  She is also a sounding board for them when they have problems and keeps the communication lines open so that they can adjust their work schedules when other parts of their lives become hectic.  With 30 plus years of experience, Joan has a broad knowledge of cataloging and the history of the library and is willing to share that knowledge with not only the students but her co-workers as well.  She explains things clearly and is willing to cheerfully repeat the information until it is understood.  I would like Joan to be a candidate for the U-shine award.”

All UND staff members are eligible to receive this award.  Nominations can be submitted through the Staff Senate website at; nomination forms are also available at UND Facilities, Dining Services and the Memorial Union Post Office.

-- Kim Keeley, Staff Senate U-Shine Coordinator, 777-4146,