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TWU to recognize staff at Honors Convocation


DENTON — Three Texas Woman’s University staff members will be honored for their contributions to the university during Honors Convocation ceremonies Thursday, April 19. Convocation begins at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus.

David Sweeten, assistant director of the TWU Student Union in Denton, and Linda Thornton, a custodian for Facilities Management and Construction on TWU’s Parkland campus, will receive Outstanding Staff Achievement awards. Stephany Compton, distance learning librarian at the TWU Denton campus, will receive the TWU Excellence Award.

Recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Awards must be full-time TWU employees who have a minimum of two years of continuous service to the university and who exhibit superior job performance and a high degree of proficiency in their position. The TWU Award of Excellence is presented to a full-time employee who has a minimum of five years continuous service with TWU. The employee should display outstanding personality traits such as loyalty, dedication, initiative and reliability, and should demonstrate the ability to relate well to all members of the university community.

David Sweeten

As assistant director for the student union, Mr. Sweeten is known for his positive attitude and his patience, reliability and customer service. In addition to his responsibilities running the day-to-day operations of the TWU Student Union, Mr. Sweeten can often be found assisting TWU students, faculty and staff with their events.

Mr. Sweeten is responsible for developing and coordinating the “Putting Fore Pioneers” athletic fundraising event, which raised, in this its third year, $929 for athletic scholarships. He also started the tradition of “TWU night at the ballpark” and “TWU night at the stars” so the TWU community could enjoy professional baseball and hockey games at reduced prices.

His nominators — and there were many — remarked how well he works with his customers and how willing he is to offer his assistance at a moment’s notice. Kyle Voles, director of the TWU Student Union, said, “David is the type of employee who does not sit back and wait for something to happen. He is continually seeking new ways to improve the daily functions of the student union.”

Linda Thornton

As a custodian at the TWU Parkland campus, Ms. Thornton always performs her day-to-day and extra duties with a smile on her face. Whether responding to classroom, lab or office needs or performing special requests such as moving furniture, she is always willing to do whatever it takes to enhance the learning environment for students and faculty. Ms. Thornton is proud of her campus, and that pride is reflected in the enthusiasm she brings to everything she does.
Students, faculty and staff appreciate Ms. Thornton for being responsible, skilled and able to solve their problems quickly and competently. Even more, they appreciate the genuine spirit of cooperation with which she fulfills any request. As Janet Dalsheimer, associate clinical professor of nursing, said, “In addition to performing her job tasks well, Linda’s wonderful disposition is her great strength. She is always smiling and pleasant and is a true professional.”

Stephany Compton

Ms. Compton, a distance learning librarian, is known as the “energizer bunny” – she just keeps going and going and going. Because her library patrons are distance learners who may never set foot inside the building, Ms. Compton often puts herself in the student’s place, doing whatever it takes to make the distance learner’s experience a positive one.

She frequently volunteers her free time to train online students on the library’s database in face-to-face orientations on evenings and weekends — not only on the TWU Denton, Parkland and Presbyterian campuses, but also to groups of students in Temple, Tyler, Fort Worth and Plano. For Ms. Compton, customer service is not just an expression — it is a way of life.

Elaine Cox, health sciences librarian, said, “Stephany deserves the TWU award for outstanding achievement, because she embodies everything the university strives to produce – an untiring, diligent professional who attacks her job responsibilities with enthusiasm, expertise, humility and spirit.”


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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