Two outstanding employees were recognized for their dedication and service to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center during the 2019 Campus Awards ceremony Thursday.
Daniel Cox, an IT administrator II in the Department of Information Technology Services, won the 2019 Thomas Connell Lichterman Employee of the Year Award. Dustin Fulton, MS, associate director of Student Affairs for Conduct and Community Standards and student conduct officer in Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, won the 2019 Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award.
Both of the winners received plaques and $1,500 checks. The awards are presented through the Office of Equity and Diversity. Finalists are nominated by their colleagues, and the winners are determined after interviews with a selection committee. The ceremony was held in the College of Pharmacy lobby.
“UTHSC’s campus awards demonstrate how much inclusion is valued in our workplace,” said Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP, assistant vice chancellor for Equity and Diversity, Title IX coordinator,and chief diversity officer at UTHSC. “The recognized finalists offer a body of work, contributions, and actions that are consistent and meaningful through their ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches, and styles that enable departmental and institutional successes.”
The Thomas Connell Lichterman Employee of the Year Award is presented to a non-exempt employee who demonstrates the high standards and positive characteristics exemplified by Lichterman, who was a messenger for UTMG and UTHSC for 11 years. Cox has been with UTHSC since 2012.
Finalists for the 2019 Lichterman Award included Amaya Hamilton, College of Pharmacy; Elaine Robinson, Occupational Therapy; and Anthony Wells, Lab Animal Care Unit.
The Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award was established during the Health Science Center Family Campaign, a fund-raising initiative of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs for families of UTHSC. The award recognizes non-faculty exempt employees who have demonstrated outstanding service and/or who have made significant contributions to the university community beyond that normally expected for their positions. Drs. Michael and Chandra Alston, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, associate vice chancellor of Human Resources, are the primary donors behind this award. To donate to the award fund, please visit the UTHSC Exempt Staff Award Giving Page.
Exempt Staff Award winner Fulton has been with UTHSC since 2014. Finalists for the 2019 Award included Lisa Hall, ITS Business Productivity Solutions; Judith Nyabando, Institutional Effectiveness; and Ann Salina, Office of Enrollment Management.