Amelia Flood Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Amelia Flood, Marcom, who received a SLU Spark! Amelia was recognized by Katie Hoff, Human Resources, for driving change and innovation.

"Amelia, thank you for going above and beyond with your promotion of the SLU Sparks program this July. Your ideas, follow through, and execution demonstrate creativity and talent that helps meets multiple needs of our community. Thank you for being a partner in making SLU a great place to work! I am looking forward to collaborating with you in the future. Kudos to you for a job well done!"

Mary Sneed Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Mary Sneed, General Counsel, who received a SLU Spark! Mary was recognized by Christina Moore, General Counsel, for serving others.

"I feel very grateful to get to work with Mary every day.  I could nominate her for every category recognized in the SLU Spark program, but I want to highlight her this time for her dedicated service to SLU and the Office of General Counsel.  Not only is Mary one of the nicest people you will ever meet, she is smart, positive, extremely organized, and very hardworking.  She is willing to take on any additional assignment or task and does so with a smile."

Jeremy Pavlich Received a SLU Spark

Congratulations to Jeremy Pavlich, Center for Workforce & Organizational Development, who received a SLU Spark! Jeremy was recognized by Helen Greaves, Center for Workforce & Organizational Development, for serving others.

"The Workforce Center had a full house the week of July 24, 2017, classes running day and night.  Jeremy worked hard to keep classrooms clean, coffee made as well as greet customers and answer any questions they had.  He really stepped it up to ensure things were ran well.  I was proud to see our team work so hard to deliver the highest level of customer service as well as work as a team to keep classrooms and general areas clean and ready for the next class."

Sara Rae Womack Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Sara Rae Womack, Fine & Performing Arts, who received a SLU Spark! Sara Rae was recognized by Laura Franklin, Fine & Performing Arts, for pursuing excellence.

"Thank you for always being willing to learn a new task, to do your best to solve a problem, or to find a better way to do something. Your professionalism and work ethic are greatly appreciated, as is your warm and caring attitude. You make my work life better every day!"

Joey Pieper Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Joey Pieper, ITS-Customer Service, who received a SLU Spark! Joey was recognized by Anna Beasley, Human Resources, for strengthening our community.

"Joey was incredible fast responding and helpful in assisting me with a my docking station. I had never met Joey until yesterday, and while he was working on my laptop, I so appreciated the time he took to get to know me and anticipate other needs I may have with my non-responsive mouse.  I felt very supported by him as a member of our ITS team and SLU community.  I felt like Joey took the time (at the very end of the day) to not only provide excellent customer service but also took the extra effort to find commonalities and develop a relationship.  Thanks, Joey!"

Lindsey Woodard Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Lindsey Woodard, Center for Workforce & Organizational Development, who received a SLU Spark! Lindsey was recognized by Helen Greaves, Center for Workforce & Organizational Development, for pursuing excellence.

"SLU Workforce Center had a full house, both day and night the week of July 24, 2017.  Lindsey worked hard to keep things running smooth.  She did it with a cheerful heart and awesome customer service!  I was proud to see Lindsey and our team handle all logistics from breakfast to lunch orders to getting classrooms ready and taking care of our students!"

Brent Gravois Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Brent Gravois, Facilities Management, who received a SLU Spark! Brent was recognized by Amelia Blanton-Hibner, Social Work, for serving others.

"Brent has been in our building last week and this week painting offices and repairing walls. He has been so very friendly and has really gone above and beyond - ensuring we have the offices reset when he is finished painting, giving us updates on how it is going, and has made what could be a stressful process much better. I'm grateful for his positive attitude and his presence with us this week!"

Vicki Casey Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Vicki Casey, Development Services , who received a SLU Spark! Vicki was recognized by Kris Siebert, Stewardship, for seeking truth.

"After a position was eliminated during the reduction in force, Vicki was given a lot more responsibilities. Throughout this process she has found things that were not being done correctly and or were not being done at all and has created new streamlined processes for many different things within her department and our division."

Ryan Trump Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Ryan Trump, Office of the Registrar, who received a SLU Spark! Ryan was recognized by Janice Barnes, Student Financial Services, for driving change and innovation.

"Ryan has been a tremendous help to me and Student Financial Services as we navigate this new world with less staffing.  He has shared innovative ideas and tools for streamlining mundane processes and has had patience in teaching me those tools.  Ryan is driven by meaningful, solid data and is committed to contributing to that end.  I am grateful Ryan will take the time and talk through processes and changes he has heard across the University with me as he recognizes most changes affect SFS in one way or another.  I am thankful to have Ryan as my colleague!"

Wilma Donald Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Wilma Donald, PMO-Billing Operations, who received a SLU Spark! Wilma was recognized by Kathy Vogt, PMO-Billing Operations, for seeking truth.

"Wilma has been identified for taking the right action. She found a savings bond on our Wald parking lot. She found out who it belonged to and waited patiently each day until they came back to work. She was able to hand deliver the bond to the employee within another department. I am so honored to have an employee willing to do the right thing instead of just walking away from the bond which included the employee's social security and other personal information. Way to go Wilma!"

Melissa Ramel Received a SLU Spark!


Congratulations to Melissa Ramel, Nutrition and Dietetics, who received a SLU Spark! Melissa was recognized by Lori Jones, Nutrition and Dietetics, for strengthening our community.

"Melissa is a excellent employee on my grant.  She works hard to maintain the positive community relationships that sustain our program.  She is able to work respectfully and efficiently in a variety of environments with a diverse group of people.  She is a key factor in the success our program has experienced in the city thus far.  I am lucky to have her on my team!"

Jessica Barreca Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Jessica Barreca, Physical Therapy, who received a SLU Spark! Jessica was recognized by David Pole, Ph.D, Interprofessional Education, for pursuing excellence.

"Jessica Barreca, PT, DPT, is a SPARK in the Center for Interprofessional Education, pursing excellence in education, faculty development, and building relationships with over 30 community agency partners. Jessica has helped raise the community practicum to new levels of engaged service learning, enhanced the benefit to community agency partners, and advanced our work nationally to prepare students to address population health.  Jessica is a positive force in the Center, she demonstrates the pursuit of excellence in learning about community health needs and creating opportunities for ~180 students to develop teamwork and collaboration skills essential for their future practice."

Karen Bolinger Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Karen Bolinger, Social Work, who received a SLU Spark! Karen was recognized by Robin Schneider, Public Health, for serving others.

"Karen played the piano before and after our Student Leadership and Awards Ceremony for the May 2017 graduates.  She is extremely talented, and volunteered her skills.  The music created a reverent and celebratory environment which received positive reviews on the survey we send out regarding our end-of-year ceremonies."

Anne Becker Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Anne Becher, Business Services, who received a SLU Spark! Anne was recognized by Robin Schneider, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, for pursuing excellence.

"I have never met Anne face to face, but she answered an email that I had sent asking a question about Billiken Buy. She took the time to walk me through the procedure, and was so patient and helpful that it made the procedure seem easy! I really appreciate her help and kindness.  It makes you feel good to know that you have such great people working at SLU!"

Diane Devine Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Diane Devine, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Diane was recognized by Kim Reitter, Career Services, for showing compassion.

"When I work with Diane, she is always able to identify with others.  In the nearly year that she has worked at SLU, Diane has been able to develop good relationships, both inside and outside of the department.  As someone who always strives for excellence, she can get overwhelmed by new experiences. However, she is always eager to listen to others, build a consensus, and try new tasks and processes.  I have seen her grow into a confident career counselor who strives to help her students excel in their career decision making and job search skills."

Ahmar Ursani Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Ahmar Ursani, Academic Support, who received a SLU Spark! Ahmar was recognized by LaDonna Utley, Career Services, for serving others.

"I would like to thank Ahmar for always volunteering to help with tasks that require physical labor.  Ahmar is always willing to help and with a smile.  Ahmar recently helped move lots of boxes in and out of our cage and I could not have done it without his help."

Megan Shaffer Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Megan Shaffer, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Megan was recognized by LaDonna Utley, Career Services, for serving others.

"I want to thank Megan for all her hard work helping to keep our office clean and organized.  Megan stepped up and saw an opportunity to organize a donation of unused office supplies in the process."

Collin Miller Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Collin Miller, Ob/Gyn-Research, who received a SLU Spark! Collin was recognized by Mustafa AhmedOb/Gyn-Research, for strengthening our community.

"Collin has been so kind and helpful to me as I start my new position. He is very knowledgeable about statistics and different research projects going on, but he is also very humble and is always available to answer my questions and teach me new things that will help my work.  He gave me a tour of the hospital and helped me get my badge, and still helps me find my way around whenever I get lost. Thanks so much for everything, Collin, I really appreciate it! I feel fortunate to be part of this team!"

LaDonna Utley Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to LaDonna Utley, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! LaDonna was recognized by Kim Reitter, Career Services, for pursuing excellence.

"LaDonna is an excellent and outstanding member of the Career Services team.  As the front line staff member, she is always friendly and eager to help anyone who enters the Student Success Center.  Committed to excellence, she is usually one step ahead of everyone else to make sure tasks are accomplished in an efficient and timely manner.  Good at problem solving, she manages the student workers, handling scheduling and training issues with an easy-going and calm manner.  Always striving for excellence, LaDonna is an essential member of the team!"

Jim Rice Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Jim Rice, Ob/Gyn-Research, who received a SLU Spark! Jim was recognized by Mustafa AhmedOb/Gyn-Research, for strengthening our community.

"Jim has been so kind and helpful to me as I start my new position. He was one of the first people I met when I got here and was kind enough to give me a tour of the place.  He is always available to discuss things and answer any questions I have. He also has the same sense of humor as me, so I think we're going to get along very well! Thanks so much for everything, I really appreciate it! I feel fortunate to be part of this team!"

Judy Thompson Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Judy Thompson, Ob/Gyn-Research, who received a SLU Spark! Judy was recognized by Mustafa AhmedOb/Gyn-Research, for strengthening our community.

"Judy has been so kind and helpful to me as I start my new position. She answers all of my questions with a smile and her door is always open (except when she's in a meeting, of course)! ;) Thanks so much for everything, I really appreciate it! I feel fortunate to be part of this team!"

Toni Dean Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Toni Dean, Facilities, who received a SLU Spark! Toni was recognized by Fay Ellatif, Shared Services, for Pursuing excellence.

"Toni is always going an extra mile in customer service and problem solving. Toni is a hard worker and stays positive in all situations. She is super flexible and is willing to help out with any group, whether in her area or not. Toni is creative and smart. She always take the initiative in all aspects of her work. I would like to recognize her with this Spark for being a great example of Jesuit identity of pursuing excellence and showing compassion."

Karl Aldrich Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Karl Aldrich, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Karl was recognized by Kim Reitter, Career Services, for driving change and innovation.

"As Assistant Director of Career Services, Karl is instrumental in helping the department think strategically and showcasing innovative ideas.  It was his commitment that moved us to transition to the Handshake jobs database.  Because of his insight, we have seen a tremendous growth in the number of employer and student users to the database.  Through his leadership, we have increased the number of employers who attend the career fairs, supported new events such as the Betabox Challenge and Networking Simple.  Karl's insight has helped us strategically consider efforts and ideas to become a world-class career center!"

Kimberly Barnes Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Kimberly Barnes, IM-Hem/Onc Clinic, who received a SLU Spark! Kim was recognized by Chris Fairchild, IM-Hem/Onc Clinic, for serving others.

"I want to recognize Kim Barnes for being a team player and helping during a time in the clinic when we had 2 patient coordinators our sick and 1 patient coordinator on vacation. Kim is our Senior Patient Coordinator and she helped keep the clinic moving smoothly with so many people out unexpectedly.  I appreciate all she did during this time."

Susan Gale Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Susan Gale, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Susan was recognized by Kim Reitter, Career Services, for seeking truth.

"Although Susan has worked at SLU for more than 18 years, she is a staff member who continually works at improvement and embracing change.  She has embraced her outreach to the School of Professional Studies and Education, meeting with key faculty and staff and learning their curriculum and various career paths.  She has embraced change this semester by improving in her counseling skills and in learning new technology.  In the past, Susan would hesitate from volunteering for projects of which she may not excel; however, in the past few months, she has volunteered for new projects and no longer fears change.  She is continually growing as a professional and seeks truth by always acting with integrity."

Danielle Mungenast Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Danielle Mungenast, Human Resources, who received a SLU Spark! Danielle was recognized by Denise Parker, Curricular Affairs, for serving others.

"I have been working in PeopleAdmin updating departmental position descriptions, etc. and PeopleAdmin was having issues.  I kept receiving error messages.  Danielle was responsive to my questions, assisted when needed to have changes made and provided insight with the error that I was receiving.  She helped to make the process from my side much easier and smoother.  Her help and guidance is greatly appreciated."

Teri Monken Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Teri Monken, Parking and Card Services, who received a SLU Spark.  Teri was recognized by Janet Oberle, Athletics, for Pursuing excellence.

"Teri went above and beyond to help me as I am working through some processes I don't normally support due to staffing changes.  She was helpful AND unbelievably expedient!  Plus, she is always friendly and willing to help.  I appreciate her very much!"