UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Jones is a River Falls native and resident who joined the facilities staff in 1992 as a custodian. Like many of her colleagues, Jones has been responsible for many facilities. She's been assigned to work at Hagestad Student Center, Residence Life, Stratton Hall, the Agricultural Sciences Building, East Hathorn Hall and South Hall. Currently, she is assigned to Davee Library.
Nate Beeman, UWRF custodial services program supervisor, who nominated Jones, said she brings a lot of "extras" to the job. "Kris, in particular, is always willing to go the extra mile. She never turns me down for anything out of the ordinary. She is the first to volunteer for assignments. She willingly comes in on Saturdays or she rearranges her personal schedule to help out. She's in it for what's best for the university.
"Every place she's worked, she's been well-liked. When she transfers to another building, people are unhappy to see her leave." Nylander said Jones embodies what UWRF is all about.
"It's not really about bricks and mortar that makes the campus special," Nylander said. "Kris knows precisely what it is. She told me: 'It's the people. I like to meet all of the new people in the offices. I've made some really good friends; including some who remain my friends even if they are no longer on campus.' "
Athletics financial specialist Doris Wolf and Davee Library custodian Kristine Jones are the recipients of the 2002 Recognition Awards to Classified Staff.
The award was initiated eight years ago and recognizes a UWRF staff member who represents blue collar, craft, security, and technical workers, and a member from the administrative support, fiscal staff, and non-represented workers.
They are nominated by their peers or supervisors and selected for success in fulfilling overall job responsibilities; participating in university service projects outside of their job; and overall human relations skills.
In announcing the award, Chancellor Ann Lydecker said classified staff fulfill a crucial role on campus. "Without them, our campus simply wouldn't function very well. They are the individuals who program our computers, answer our phones and truly run our offices, and who keep the buildings and grounds looking exceptional."
Presenting the awards at the University's awards night was Virgil Nylander, vice chancellor for administration and finance.
Wolf began working part-time as a typist in the Athletics Department in 1981. Since then she has been promoted four times, and, said Nylander, with each new assignment has excelled at her responsibilities.
Presently, she monitors athletics accounts, tracks monthly budgets, maintains the records and serves as the eligibility liaison with the Registrar's office and with coaches. Wolf also prepares NCAA reports, game schedules, contracts, purchase order, travel arrangements, and handles game-day responsibilities.
Interim Athletics Director Rick Bowen, in nominating Wolf for the award, noted: "Doris goes above and beyond to get the job done. She is invaluable to the smooth running of the athletic program. Her loyalty to the University, her work ethic, her outstanding interpersonal skills, and her years of dedicated service make her a truly valued employee."