Congratulations to This Week’s Service Plan of Recognition Recipients

We are proud to name this week’s Service Plan of Recognition awardees for their extraordinary work as Chapman responds to COVID-19. Each staff and administrator selected embodies the dedication and integrity that continues to drive and strengthen Chapman University. 

For information on how to nominate employees, read this article about the New Service Recognition Plan.

This week’s recipients are: 

Reginald Ramos, retail supervisor, Sodexo

Reggie has been a big part of getting Starbucks up and running and keeping the Rinker Café open during this COVID-19 time. – Eric Cameron

 Manuel Benavides, events set-up, Facilities Management

John Cupa, events set-up, Facilities Management

Jorge Ochoa, events set-up, Facilities Management

The Set-up crew has been unbelievably adaptive during these tough times and has, over the past months, worked tirelessly to prepare for the faculty, staff and students’ return to campus.  – Ruben Media

Vince (Buzz) Farmer, facilities painter, Facilities Management

Through the pandemic, Buzz has consistently targeted many of the currently unoccupied areas and offices, patching, painting and putting a clean face on areas in preparation for more to return to campus. He has even made a repair on a Panther pedestal to postpone a very costly stone replacement. – Ed Blatchford

David (Teak) Sato, facilities carpenter, Facilities Management

It should come as no surprise that Facilities is attempting to avoid unnecessary expenditures during the current situation.  Teak has contributed to this saving effort in multiple ways:  he has fabricated literally scores of rolling plexi-shields for office and classroom use, expanded his efforts beyond the carpenter trade into stucco repair, roof repair, drywall replacement, painting and welding.  Branching out as he has done, Facilities has avoided multiple vendor/contractor costs. – Ed Blatchford

Dave Acheson, network project manager, IS&T

Mike Ferguson, network project manager, IS&T

Dave and Mike have taken the time to update network ports across Beckman, Smith Hall, and Keck classrooms to accommodate for the Extron remote monitoring application. They always respond to network related questions and provide on-site support when needed. – Helen Norris

Erik Gomez, classroom technology engineer, IS&T

Erik does a great job solving difficult technical issues with the new technology.  He recently solved a particularly perplexing issue with a missing recording of President Struppa’s class.  He provides that level of service to everyone. – Helen Norris

Jessie Rivera, training specialist, IS&T

Jessie stepped up and quickly got Microsoft Bookings setup and running in order for Student Health to schedule COVID-19 tests.  The process is remarkably easy and has made the new testing protocol much easier. – Helen Norris

Elaine Cortina, public safety dispatcher, Public Safety

Josie Wright, sergeant, public Safety

Chris Wargo, public safety officer, Public Safety

Karlo Munoz, public safety officer, Public Safety

All four were instrumental in identifying and intervening during an attempt to steal COVID-19 campus signage near Schmid gate.  Their attention to detail and professional response prevented the crime from occurring and ensured no loss. – Randy Burba

Sarah Lee, assistant director of content strategy, SMC

In addition to leading the content team, Sarah has been integral in the success of the CU Safely Back website and numerous other SMC initiatives. She provides insightful, strategic direction throughout this particularly challenging time.  – Jamie Ceman