University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

U Shine award winners named for July, August

The U-Shine award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of his or her way to make UND a better place. All U-Shine Award winners are presented with a check for $50, a small token of appreciation, and a certificate by Staff Senate President Diane Hillebrand.

July winner was Bob Schindele, BST, Facilities Management. Bob was nominated by Bert Klamm, formerly Administrative Assistant in the VPFO’s Office, currently in Athletics.

Here is an excerpt of what was said about Bob: “Bob exemplifies extraordinary behavior each day in his interactions with the people within Twamley. His friendly cheerful attitude is apparent and his happy-go-lucky approach is welcomed. Bob treats everyone with respect he does what is right and accepts personal responsibility. Everyone thinks Bob is great!! When he first started, he was dusting the VP's office and part of the design on a plaque came loose and fell off. First thing the next morning he stopped in to explain what happened and aaid he'd arrange to have it repaired. He took responsibility for his actions and didn't wait for the plaque to be noticed and then questioned. There have been similar stories shared exemplifying the same type of behavior within other Twamley offices. Bob truly deserves the U-Shine award as he shines every day. Thanks Bob - we are so lucky to have you on staff.”

August winner was Michael Frantes, BST, Facilities Management. Michael was nominated by Jennifer Aamodt, Project Manager, Admissions and Financial Aid.

Here is an excerpt of what was said about Michael: “Mike does an exceptional job of keeping the Gorecki Alumni Center spotless. He goes out of his way to make sure that the building and grounds are not only well-kept but continue to look brand new. He even does windows – not an easy task in a glass building! He takes great pride in his work and it shows. On top of that, he's truly a delight to work with. Mike has taken on some unexpected duties as well, rescuing animals from the window well. He’s removed a bird and freed a baby bunny who fell down the egress window and was terrified. This is above and beyond the call of duty and he takes care of it with a smile and great sense of humor. We appreciate all his hard work.”

Lynn Lee, Staff Senate U-Shine Coordinator, 777.3905,