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Julie Kumbier

Julie Kumbier, support staff member in the Registrar’s Office, has been named the recipient of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 2013 April STAR Award.

Kumbier was nominated by Jane Kramer. Portions of her nomination follow:

“Julie Kumbier accepted her information systems support position in the Registrar’s Office roughly three years ago at a time when the challenge of creating the Student Academic Report (STAR) for the Center for New Learning was just beginning. After minimal training in the basics of coding, Julie tackled the challenge of extending that coding back to 2006–a task that is a serious challenge for an individual well-versed in PeopleSoft and DARS software encoding. Through her efforts, and by working closely with the staff of CNL, the STAR is now functioning for all plans within their program, and students are able to access the same STAR information as those in other programs have had access to for more than ten years.

“The Registrar information systems support tech positions require coordination with department administrators across campus, and Julie has established those relationships to capably advise them and successfully perform her duties. She has also improved communication pathways between her office and students applying for graduation, which has helped clarify the process and minimize problems for her graduation applicants. Earlier this year, a new information systems support tech was hired, and Julie has actively participated in the training of that individual.

“Beyond her duties, in her three years in the Registrar’s Office, Julie has volunteered to coordinate numerous activities in the department. Her performance skills were quickly put to use in our haunted Halloween her first year here. She subsequently organized the support techs in a performance for our Homecoming games competition. She is currently the manager of the department’s Sunshine Fund. Julie has recently been forced to balance her workload with a series of serious family challenges. It seems we all face family crises at one time or another, but the workload of the Registrar’s support tech positions is a challenge when we can concentrate on program changes from across campus, follow-up communication with students who have applied for the next graduation round, and at the same time begin initial correspondence with students applying for the following graduation round. Julie has found a way to balance these work and family challenges, and if for nothing else, she deserves CSAC STAR recognition.”

Winners of the STAR Award receive a framed certificate, a reserved parking space for one month and a gift from University Books & More. The award for exceptional performance is presented each month to a member of the classified staff who has worked at least six months at UW Oshkosh.

The CSAC Awards & Recognition Committee submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.