Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Employee of the Month Winners & FAQs

Liara Maharaj – January 2019

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month (EOM) for January 2019: Liara Maharaj.

Liara is an Accountant who splits her time between the Business Services Office and the CARD office on Campus. Her nominators, Jenna Capp and Kevin Sowers, told us:

“Everyone knows they can count on her to be accurate in her work and passionate about the students, vendors and employees she helps daily. While balancing her job duties, she earned her MBA at UCF. Liara displays a positive attitude and consistently works to further her department goals. She supports the University’s goals by staying active in financial management improvements and diversity initiatives.”

As USPS Employee of the Month, Liara received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, and her name in lights on the UCF campus marquee. She is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit https://hr.ucf.edu/files/USPS-Employee-of-the-Month-Nomination-Process.pdf

 

 

Susan Sumser – December 2018

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month (EOM) for December 2018: Susan Sumser. Susan is the Program Assistant in the Immunization Department of Health Services. Kimberly Thrash and Donovan Williams, who took the time to acknowledge her excellent efforts, had this to say about her:

Since Sue took over the position in 2016, she has set the bar for program management. She successfully completed 56 orientations, ensuring the lowest number possible of incompletes, processing 14,856 incoming and transfer students. Her customer service is outstanding. She can be counted on to always follow through and find the answers to any questions. It is professionals like her, with that personal touch, who make UCF such an amazing university.”

“Sue wholeheartedly exudes the UCF core values of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence.”

As USPS Employee of the Month, Sue received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, her name in lights on the UCF campus marquee, and an introduction to President Whittaker. She is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit https://hr.ucf.edu/files/USPS-Employee-of-the-Month-Nomination-Process.pdf

 

 

Aristotle Fidel Fernandez – November 2018

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month (EOM) for November 2018: Aristotle Fidel Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez is the Senior Clerk at the Postal Services Operations in Facilities. He has worked for UCF since December 1995 – 23 years! Mike Jackson and Hector Cardona, who took the time to acknowledge his excellent efforts among their colleagues, had this to say about him:

“Fidel comes to work with a positive attitude daily and is always helping others before himself. He gets multiple jobs done while exceeding expectations. He keys in hundreds of UCF departmental packages, sorts thousands of letters and makes sure the mail is delivered to the correct department. He is a model of the type of employee we strive to have at UCF Postal Services.”

As USPS Employee of the Month, Aristotle received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, his name in lights on the UCF campus marquee, an introduction to President Whittaker. He is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit https://hr.ucf.edu/files/USPS-Employee-of-the-Month-Nomination-Process.pdf

 

 

Miguel Guzman – October 2018

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month for October 2018: Miguel Guzman. Miguel joined UCF in April 2013 and is the Office Assistant for Parking Services Operations. His nominators had this to say about him:

​”“To the UCF community, parking of one’s vehicle is often the first impression. With  18,000 parking spaces on our campus and 63,000+ students, Miguel is dedicated to excellence and promoting efficiency. He identifies gaps in the service experience and recommends to his supervisor solutions to enhance parking operations. His strategies help to amplify pedestrian safety, reduce personnel staffing, and manage pedestrians with a smile.”

“On football game days, he’s always one step ahead of traffic flow by anticipating when to close a garage. As a field supervisor, he always practices great customer service skills, never saying no and always finding a solution. His character, experience, customer service and dedication help our parking operations every day. He never sets out for praise, but honestly cares for the UCF community and strives for excellence each day.”

As USPS Employee of the Month, Miguel received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, his name in lights on the UCF campus marquee, an introduction to the UCF Board of Trustees, and is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit USPS Employee of the Month Nomination Process 2018 19

 

Hollesha Foster – September 2018

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month (EOM) for September 2018: Hollesha Foster. Hollesha joined UCF in October 2015 and is the Office Manager at the College of Science Dean’s Office. Her nominators had this to say about her:

​”What I have learned about Hollesha is she takes great pride in not just helping a single person or individual, but in helping all of us be successful at UCF RESTORES, College of Sciences and the University at large. She sets a great example for the University. She is open to new opportunities and doesn’t hesitate to reach out to help others.”

“I think of Hollesha when I read UCF’s ‘The Power of Potential’ which states: ‘when more people unleash their full potential, anything is possible.’ I believe her attention to detail when training stems from her understanding of unleashing the potential in others. She demands excellence of herself and encourages others to be the best they can be.”

As USPS Employee of the Month, Hollesha received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, her name in lights on the UCF campus marquee, an introduction to the UCF Board of Trustees, and is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit USPS Employee of the Month Nomination Process 2018 19

 

Jeanette Holder – August 2018

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month (EOM) for August 2018: Jeanette Holder. Jeanette is the Senior Administrative Assistant at UCF Connect Headquarters Administration. She has worked at UCF since May 1989. Her nominators had this to say about her:

“Dedication, dependability and knowledge are only three of the attributes that come to mind when describing Ms. Holder. Her dedication to UCF is illustrated by her commitment to the faculty, staff and students. She embodies UCF’s mission, vision, values, and goals through her daily efforts of support for the administrative infrastructure of UCF Connect.”

“Jeanette is a professional who works in partnership with all areas and levels of the UCF Connect campuses. She has proven to be a problem-solver when issues have arisen and offered to assist whenever appropriate. Her extensive history at UCF provides her with a solid foundation and she is a valued and respected team member.”

As USPS Employee of the Month, Jeanette received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, her name in lights on the UCF campus marquee, an introduction to the UCF Board of Trustees, and is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit USPS Employee of the Month Nomination Process 2018 19

 

 

Ashli VanHorn – July 2018

Please join UCF Human Resources in congratulating the newest USPS Employee of the Month (EOM) for July 2018: Ashli VanHorn. Ashli was hired at UCF in March 2014 as the Facilities Scheduler in the College of Arts and Humanities. Her nominators had this to say about her:

“Ashli is an integral part of the Academic support team for the College of Arts and Humanities, managing all aspects of the college schedule, including providing insight toward college initiatives with Global UCF, UCF Online and UCF Downtown. She has provided support for curriculum process, especially as we transition to a new tracking and management programs. Ashli helped grow the student credit hour production 5.5% in the 2016-17 academic year. This increase led the college to be in the top five performers at the university. By ensuring we build a schedule that is student-focused, Ashli has helped the college stay on track to meet Challenge 2020 related goals to student success.

As USPS Employee of the Month, Ashli received a $200 cash award, $25 from UCF Business Services and UCF Bookstore, her name in lights on the UCF campus marquee, an introduction to the UCF Board of Trustees, and is now eligible for the USPS Employee of the Year $2,500 award, announced at the UCF Annual Awards Program.

The University of Central Florida USPS Employee of the Month and Year Awards recognize exceptional performance of currently employed USPS staff. We welcome your nomination and assistance in recognizing exceptional university employees. To see eligibility criteria or to nominate someone, visit USPS Employee of the Month Nomination Process 2018 19

 

 

EOM Deadlines 2018-2019

Who is eligible for Employee of the Month?

What does an Employee of the Month receive?

Who can nominate an employee for Employee of the Month?

How long will the nominated employee remain in the pool?

Who selects the Employee of the Month?

How can I market for USPS EOM nominations in my department?

2009-2019 Winners

How do I nominate an employee?

If I have questions, who can I contact?

Who is eligible for Employee of the Month?

  • USPS employees in good standing with a minimum of 2 years USPS
    service.
  • Employees can only receive this award a maximum of one time
    every 3 years.**Human Resources will verify eligibility

What does an Employee of the Month receive?

  • Introduction to President Whittaker and members of the Board of Trustees
  • Marquee announcement on the sign in front of UCF
  • Certificate and letter of recognition from the Chief Human Resources Officer/VP of Human Resources
  • Special gift from Theatre UCF
  • “Goody” bag from Human Resources
  • Surprise delivery from the prize patrol
  • Recognition at the Annual Employee Awards Program
  • One of the 12 Employees of Month will be named Employee of the Year and will receive a $2,500 (before taxes) check
  • One time $200 cash award (via paycheck)
  • Preloaded $25.00 Fairwinds Credit Union gift card that can be used at any retail business on campus
  • $25 in UCF Bookstore products

Thanks to Business Services for supporting our EOM program!

Who can nominate an employee for Employee of the Month?
  • Anyone with UCF affiliation can nominate a deserving candidate.  UCF affiliation refers to a fellow employee, student, parent of a student, or someone who conducts business with the university. For additional information please go to HR’s General Information and Process page found here.

How long will the nominated employee remain in the pool?

  • Each complete nomination packet will remain in the Employee of the Month pool for one year. After one year if the nominee is not chosen for Employee of the Month, the Nominator may resubmit the Nomination Packet in hard copy format or via the electronic process

Who selects the Employee of the Month?

  • The Employee Recognition Committee selects the Employee of the Month. The  committee reviews the completed Nomination Packets and votes on the winner each month. The committee is comprised of USPS, A&P and Faculty employees.

2009-2019 Winners

How do I nominate an employee?

  •  If you would like to nominate a USPS employee, the EOM nomination packet is available in hard copy nominator form here and supporter form here or via electronic submission visit here .
  • If you have questions, please contact Deborah.frankenbach@ucf.edu or 407-823-2777.