2005 Distinguished Staff Award Winners (L to R):
- FSU President Dave Eisler
- Gary Lutz
- Mandy Seiferlein
- Leroy Wright
- Paul Sullivan
- Karen Lobdell
Ferris employees chosen for the award include Karen Lobdell, secretary, University
College; Gary Lutz, lead TAC coordinator, Information Systems & Technology; Mandy
Seiferlein, administrative assistant, Pharmacy (Kalamazoo); Paul Sullivan, director,
Birkam Health Center; and Leroy Wright, assistant director, Residential Life.
These outstanding individuals were nominated by their peers for their positive attitude and enthusiasm for Ferris, their interest in the success of students, cooperation with other staff, participation as a member of the Ferris community and their public service to others.
Lobdell, employed at Ferris since 2000, is a secretary in University College. Along
with providing support to faculty and students, she provides support for Joan Totten,
department head of Developmental Programs and Curriculum; Shelly VandePanne, FSUS
coordinator; and Christina Hollenbeck, SLA program coordinator. She is currently working
on her bachelor's degree, and has maintained a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.
In her spare time she volunteers for the United Way and Relay for Life, and she is
a public notary.
Lutz, lead TAC coordinator, is responsible for the successful coordination of the
students and staff of the TAC, ensuring positive customer relations while trying to
solve complex technical related issues quickly and efficiently. He has successfully
transitioned from student apartment manager to part-time computer technician, full-time
help desk manager to lead TAC coordinator in his seven years of service to Ferris.
He serves on many committees at the University, is the Ferris men's volleyball club
advisor, and is an executive board member of the West Michigan Help Desk Institute
serving as Web master.
Seiferlein, administrative assistant at the College of Pharmacy in Kalamazoo, supports
students by taking the time to know them and help them in any way she can, even if
that means staying late to assist students who are finishing up their rounds. She
also supports faculty and the entire department through a variety of activities including
coordinating and taking minutes for monthly meetings, and she plays a strong role
in the coordination of the faculty development program and faculty recruitment efforts.
In addition to her full-time position, she is a full-time graduate student pursuing
a master of public administration with a concentration in health care administration.
Sullivan, director of the Birkam Health Center, has been an active employee of Ferris
for over 30 years. He began his employment as a residence hall director, and returned
five years later as the University's psychological counselor. Over time he developed
the center into a fully functioning counseling center, and in 1996 he assumed the
role of director. As director he is responsible for staff, operation and services
of the health center.
Wright, residential life assistant director, is in his third year of employment at
Ferris. He is responsible for supervising five residence hall directors, community
development and programming, advising the Residence Hall Association, recruitment,
selection and training of 16 desk services managers and over 250 desk service assistants