Staff recognized with Chancellor’s Service Excellence awards

Kevin Gecowets
Kevin Gecowets was recognized with the Chancellor's Service Excellence Ambassador of the Year Bronze Award.

Awards were created to honor employees who have gone above and beyond

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 9, 2016) — Two teams and one individual from Kennesaw State University were recently recognized for outstanding service by the chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

Chancellor Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby presented the Service Excellence awards to the Kennesaw State Information Technology Services Help Desk; Kevin Gecowets, director of the Center for University Learning; and Elaine Williams, Linda Stanley, Dorothy Zinsmeister, Harry Trendell and the KSU Retirees Association Steering Committee.

Gecowets was recognized with the Chancellor's Service Excellence Ambassador of the Year Bronze Award, and the retirees association steering committee received an Honorable Mention certificate for “Team of the Year.”

The Help Desk received the "Help Desk Center of the Year Gold Award."

“The team efforts stand as a genuine example of Service Excellence – consistently exceeding the expectations of our constituents,” Huckaby said. “We are proud of your service excellence efforts to make the University System of Georgia ‘United in Service and Quality.’”

The members of the Help Desk team are Michael Lenna, assistant director, Sammy Wong, Heather Henderson, Matt Southern, Patricia West, Dermot Fenlon, Dontre' McCain, Derrick Stewart, Richard Parker, and Christopher Radcliff. Student assistant team members are Bridgette Pepper, Jada Shamley, Jhaphia Williams, Mizzani Walker-Holmes, Morgan Zimmerman, Nicholas Cipollina, Kaleb Green, and Tyler Chesser.

A video of the ceremony can be found at:



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