UM Employee Recognition Event Slated for April 29

April 19, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has designated Friday, April 29, UM Employee Recognition Day to show appreciation to all employees and to celebrate the impressive contributions they make to the success of the University.

UM Employee Recognition Day will be celebrated throughout campus and will conclude with a reception for all employees from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The theme this year is “UM Employee Carnival.”

The reception will include entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and prize drawings. A number of awards will be given at the reception to honor outstanding faculty and staff. The 2016 recipients follow:

  • Outstanding Teamwork Award: Facilities Services Work Order Desk

o Pat Gibson
o Cassy Gladwin
o Colleen Murphey
o Patti Thompson

  • Academic Administrator Award: Kelly Webster, director, The Writing Center
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Award : Jameel Chaudhry, campus architect
  • Distinguished Scholar Award : Bharath Sriraman, professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Distinguished Service to International Education Award : Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, director of Study Abroad, Student Exchanges & Institutional Partnerships, Office of International Programs
  • Distinguished Teaching Award :

o Tobin Miller Shearer, associate professor, Department of History
o Martin Nie, director, Bolle Center for People and Forests

  • Montana Faculty Service Award : Stacey Gordon, associate professor, Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award : Edwin Burke, chair, Department of Forest Management
  • Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award : Teresa Branch, vice president for Student Affairs
  • Outstanding Faculty Advising Award : Ginger Collins, assistant professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Outstanding Mentoring Award : James Caringi, associate professor, School of Social Work
  • Outstanding Service to Students Award : Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising, Davidson Honors College
  • Outstanding Service to the Campus Community Award : Drew Colling, SARC director, campus assault prevention coordinator
  • Outstanding Staff Award – Campus Interaction and Meritorious Job Performance : Shauna Layton, graphic designer, Printing and Graphic Services
  • Outstanding Staff Award – Excellence in Job Performance : Karen Hurd, administrative associate, Environmental Studies Program

To help UM employees acknowledge colleagues and coworkers who have contributed to their success, a recognition website allows employees to send personal messages of appreciation. Messages can be posted online at until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28. They will be delivered to recipients via email on Employee Recognition Day.

For more ideas about ways to recognize the valuable contributions of employees, colleagues and co-workers, visit

Contact: Jed Liston, UM Employee Recognition Day Committee co-chair, 406-243-2361,; Sheila Wright, UM Employee Recognition Day Committee co-chair, 406-243-4225,