Long-time IPN employee, Rebecca (Becky) Morton was named as a
recipient of the Washington State University Employee Excellence
Award for 2009. The award, which will be presented at the
annual WSU Showcase Event on March 27, is given to civil service and
administrative professional staff members to recognize outstanding
contributions in "productivity of the unit, innovative problem
solving, positive working relations, and community service."
Becky has always been a leader in each of these areas, and receiving
this honor is verification of the great job she does for the
department and the university.
In the numerous nominations the award's selection committee received
for Becky, she was described as the genuine "go-to" person in IPN.
She was also commended by faculty, technicians and fellow staff
members as one who can anticipate needs and solve problems even
before they arise. Whenever there is a problem in any area of
the department, Becky is the one who is first in line to help.
Becky's coordination of people and projects and her ability to bring
her team on board for any given assignment all testify to her
exceptional working relationships. Becky is also generous with
her abilities far beyond her job expectations. Her knowledge
and skills in working with international students and assisting them
with visas is rare experience other departments have often sought.
Becky willingly shares her expertise and knowledge whenever she is
asked. Becky has also been a gracious hostess of many IPN
events. She will donate her time, her home and often does so
at her own expense. She put together last year's (Dec. 2008)
departmental Christmas open house, and she also invited a group of
foreign students to her home for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner
(Nov. 2008). Students were told not to bring anything but just
come and enjoy the food, experience and the company. It was
her hope to give international students not only a place to go for the
holiday, but a new appreciation for this truly American cultural
event and an appreciation of our traditional holiday food. She
also gave international students a chance to mingle, get to know
one another and feel more at home with others in the department.
Although much more could be written about Becky's experience, talents,
skills and personal attributes, IPN is
proud to have this wonderful young woman in command of so many
important areas to know that we have one of the best!
Congratulations Becky, and well deserved!