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George Paul, a network cable technician in the IT/telecommunications department, has been named the recipient of the STAR Award for December 2009. He has served the University since 1999.

Brenda Garza, a business specialist in the College of Nursing, nominated him. Her nomination letter follows:

“George went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that the third-floor remodel for the College of Nursing was able to stay on schedule and have the appropriate wiring completed before it became a problem.

“Over the summer, the College of Nursing was having some offices remodeled on the third floor. On June 11, I realized that the phone and data jack were on the opposite side of the room from where the furniture was going to be installed in some of the offices.  On June 20, the paint was going to start being applied, and on June 26, the ceilings were being replaced. I contacted George, who gave me some options. We went with the molding up and over the room instead of moving the boxes. In an ideal world George, needed to get in after the ceiling crew, but after the painters. Our schedule was not like that. George and his crew had all the molding in place before the 20th. He really pushed it and was able to reschedule some other projects. Then in walking through the area, which I had done many times to monitor the construction, I realized I had missed an office. I contacted George on July 7, and by July 9 he had the molding up in that office too. On July 21, George emailed me asking when he could return to run the wires. I told him everything was in and he could do it anytime. He showed up that morning and found out that the people who put in the ceiling put it right on top of the raceway that they had installed. This meant that he had to cut all of the raceways and add another fitting. They did this right away.

“George was asked to do a job that had not been in his schedule. He could have said it would need to wait until the other projects were completed, but he didn’t and was able to reorganize his timelines to fit us in. In addition, George professionally dealt with a situation caused by another company that gave him more work to correct. George was incredible, and his commitment to making sure that the work done in our offices was accurate and professional-looking was amazing.  Working in a department where there are few who do his type of work, and they have to service the entire University, is extremely challenging.  Yet George Paul takes it all in stride and is an outstanding representative of not only the IT/telecommunications department, but also the University as a whole. George is definitely deserving of the STAR Award.”

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.

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