The "You Rock Box" is a peer to peer recognition program that allows library staff to recognize and reward each other for both small and large accomplishments. The program began in January, 2017. This page will feature honorees for the current year.
Patrick Hawk -- Steward and Sustain (Nominated by Heather Barbour)
Not only for being an awesome broomball captain and goalie, but that is true as well! Patrick is always helpful when you have computer problems, IT questions, you are planning a chili cook off, and with recommending TV shows, movies or games you might be interested in. I’ve seen Patrick teach new broomball players the basics and helped other team members learn to refine their skills. Whether your computer is acting up, you have an IT question, the team is taking the ice, or crafting souperbowl trophies Patrick is always willing to lend a hand! Patrick, You ROCK!
Lori Chapin -- Create and Innovate (Nominated by Kevin Messner)
Laura Birkenhauer -- Advise and Instruct (Nominated by Abi Morgan
Laura Birkenhauer is a Library Rock Star for so many reasons. She is a wonderful colleague with her positive, upbeat attitude and she is willing to lend a hand in any situation, from instruction assistance with huge freshmen business classes to feeding sleep-deprived students late night breakfast during Finals. She is fantastic at notifying the rest of the library staff about ways to get involved, and she always rewards you with a thank you email faster than the speed of light. Laura, YOU ROCK!
Craig Boman -- Access and Borrow (Nominated by Patrick Hawk)
Eric Weaver -- Access and Borrow (Nominated by Lori Chapin)
Eric Weaver is well deserving of the Rock box and I wish everyone could have the chance to work with him. When you serve on a committee or work on a project with Eric you can rest assured that you are not working alone. Eric is one of the most reliable people in the libraries. He contributes in big ways, both in group work and his own responsibilities in the Music Library. He has worked hard to make the Music library welcoming and accessible; his playlists in particular are excellent (if I do say so) and a lot of fun. The branches can sometimes feel isolating so I want to make sure that Eric knows he is appreciated and his hard work does not go unnoticed. Thanks Eric, you rock!
Elizabeth Maurer - Steward & Sustain (Nominated by Laura Birkenhauer)
✩ ELIZABETH MAURER, ROCK STAR ✩
Nominated by Laura Birkenhauer, August 31, 2018
Although we work in very different areas of the library,it’s been a joy to get to know Elizabeth through committee work.
She is clearly very passionate about her job and delivers exceptional service anytime I need to refer a patron or question to her.
Elizabeth is someone I know I can always count on! Whether it’s helping with an event, a tour, stuffing dozens of giveaway bags…
no matter the task, big or small, I am confident that Elizabeth will give it 110%! One of my favorite things about Elizabeth is that although she is a very busy person – between her work, classes, wedding planning, volunteering and everything else on her plate – she is never too busy to take the time to ask how things are going, lend a listening ear, spread a little kindness and brighten up your day! Elizabeth, thank you for your commitment to the Libraries and for being such an outstanding colleague!
✩ YOU ROCK! ✩
Kevin Messner -- Advise and Instruct (Nominated by Craig Boman)
Abi Morgan - Advise and Instruct (Nominated by Eric Weaver)
Abi has been a terrific member of the Access and Borrow team. As a member of the Library Game Night planning group her creativity and first-to-arrive-last-to-leave level of dedication has been a huge factor in their success. She has worked hard to increase attendance, offered creative solutions for unanticipated budget limitations, and during events has demonstrated games to new players with patience and friendliness. She's also been a great peer during the reorganization transition; her reliability has been really important as the circulation staff work together to design the best version of A&B. I also know she has been a great asset in the ongoing collection reconciliation project. We're sad to lose her in our division but we're sure she's headed to great accomplishments. Keep rockin'!