PACE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2004
With help from The College of Southern
Idaho, CSI Foundation, and the Student Senate, PACE is proud to sponsor
an opportunity to recognize and appreciate an outstanding professional
and classified staff member. Any CSI full-time professional or
classified employee is eligible for nomination. An employee can
only receive this award one time. Employees that are nominated
but do not receive the award can be re-nominated in future years.
Supervisors, employees, students or members of the College of Southern
Idaho community are invited to nominate an individual for this award.
And the Winners are...
JANET JENSEN & SARAH
PACE Classified Employee of the Year
Janet Jensen, Senior Account Technician
This year’s Classified Employee of the Year has been with CSI for
longer than most of us can remember (over 30 years). She touches
the lives of everyone on campus through her work in the Business
Office. She never hesitates to stay late to assist a colleague -
whether it’s preparing a last minute travel advance for a faculty
member or a financial aid check for a student needing to buy
books. She has been an asset to the CSI Foundation through
facilitating their Foundation accounts. She touches every
employee on campus by preparing monthly payroll checks. She will
process over 25 million in checks each year. And she does all
these things with a smile and no thought to her own needs.
She has researched and investigated new and improved methods to help
the Business Office run faster, smoother and more efficiently.
She often has had to train and learn new computer software on her own
time and at her own expense. She has been instrumental in
creating an organized method for disbursing financial aid money
to students. She attends professional conferences whenever
possible to improve herself personally and professionally and to bring
something back to encourage her departmental team.
She interacts with just about everyone on the CSI campus in one way or
another, as well as representing CSI to our community by her
interactions with vendors and others. She has established an
excellent rapport with several of these people, causing many to ask for
her specifically. She supports many community organizations,
often participating in the Cancer Relay for Life campaign and other
charities. Always saving time for fun, she can also be seen
organizing birthday parties in the Taylor Building.
She is a “behind the scenes” person who exemplifies the spirit of the
PACE Professional Employee
of the Year
Sarah Harris, Life Science Laboratory
The PACE Professional Employee of the Year has been with her Department
since 1990, and they find her indispensable. She is often the
first to arrive and the last to depart. She coordinates all
laboratory activities, including lab preparation, work study
supervision, bid acquisition, safety, and much more. She has
conducted training workshops, works with various agencies to insure
protocols are up to date and in compliance with all governmental and
environmental regulations. She has earned the utmost respect and
appreciation from all of the faculty. She has often been called
upon to step in and teach labs when instructors are sick or during the
summer. She has developed a handbook for work study students and
a student advising notebook for the various programs within her
department. She has written or co-authored several successful
mini-grants for departmental resources
Her benefit to CSI extends far beyond her own department however.
She once identified a problem with kestrels nesting in the new library
gutters, so she had kestrel houses placed to encourage nesting in a
less troublesome place. It worked! She takes classes,
participates in staff organizations such as PACE and Faculty and Staff
Development. She has taught classes for all ages -- kids to
adults. She is an advocate for education and loves to interact
with the students. Students often seek her counsel when doing
make up work, test preparation and review. She takes the time to
encourage students and enjoys the opportunity to interact with them.
She has helped to develop, coordinate, and teach several field-oriented
classes for biology majors. She has accompanied professors and
students to areas such as the Oregon Coast, Costa Rica, Baja, and has
used her extensive knowledge as a faculty peer. She has been a
proponent of science in the community by teaching courses in Kids
College, Science Camp, and Science TREK. She has developed
departmental displays for Student Senate activities highlighting our
department, and will give a career orientation PowerPoint presentation
to several groups of Magic Valley sixth graders this spring.
Her distinctions are many and she deserves the utmost recognition
provided by this award.