Since 2016, IUPUC has been honoring employees on a quarterly basis for work that goes above and beyond their normal course of duties. For the first time since its beginning in 2016, two employees were selected to receive the Employee of the Quarter Award for Q4, 2018. Those employees are Andrea Brown, Academic Advisor, Division of Nursing, and Cheryl Harman, Office Coordinator, Office of Registrar Services.
“While it is always difficult to select a single recipient among the many nominations, this past quarter was exceedingly difficult” said Dr. Reinhold Hill, Vice Chancellor and Dean of IUPUC. “The fact that I am selecting two recipients shouldn’t diminish the award’s value in any way, but rather it should be a testament to the level of commitment all of our employees show.”
Recipients of the award receive five free drinks at the IUPUC Café during the quarter and one free meal special per month at the café for each of the three months.
Andrea has been at IUPUC since 2017 and currently works as an Academic Advisor in the Division of Nursing. “I love being able to provide guidance so that students can be successful in their academic plans and professional career goals,” said Andrea.
Andrea’s nominator had this to say about her: “Her efficiency is unprecedented and has increased the productivity of the entire division even outside the nursing advising office. Her devotion to the students’ success reflects IUPUC’s strategic initiative of promoting undergraduate student learning and success. I believe that Andrea’s hard work and devotion is what makes this nursing division as successful as it is.”
Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education from the University of Toledo. After completing her undergraduate studies in 2011, she found her passion for working in higher education while working for the University of Toledo as an Alternative Media Specialist. “In my time working in Higher Education, I realized that I would not be where I was in my career without the support of advisors and influential mentors. Therefore, I decided to obtain a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.” Andrea completed her Master’s degree in 2014.
In addition to working for the Division of Nursing at IUPUC, Andrea also enjoys photography, spending time with her two Doodle pups, and watching the Cleveland Browns play on Sundays with her husband.
Cheryl originally started working for IUPUC in 1977 before moving to Houston, Texas with her husband a year and a half later. She moved back to Columbus with her husband in 1985 but stayed out of the workforce for a few years to focus on raising their family. Cheryl rejoined the IUPUC community in 1987 as a Student Services Secretary and has now been here for more than 30 years. “In my 30+ years I have seen the library in three different locations, new buildings built, gravel parking lots be paved, a large gymnasium converted into offices, and many staff and structural changes.”
This is what Cheryl’s nominator had to say about her: “Cheryl Harman is amazing. She has taken on many duties over the past year and especially in the past month since the director departed from the Registrar’s Office. Cheryl comes to work every day with a can do attitude and she handles a high volume of work in a very professional manner. She supports this community in a variety of ways and I have heard her more than once say that IUPUC feels like home.”
After graduating from the last graduating class from “Columbus High School” in 1973, Cheryl attended Indiana Vocational College (Ivy Tech) and attained an associate’s degree. She began her professional career in higher education working for Ivy Tech in their Student Services office before beginning her journey here at IUPUC.
She has been married to her husband, Tom, for 40 years, has two grown children, and a two-and-a-half-year-old grandson. “I feel very honored to receive this Employee of the Quarter Award for just coming in and doing my job to the best of my knowledge. I could not work with a nicer group of people!”