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WSE Staff Recognition Awards

WSE Staff Recognition Award Nominees 2019

Nominees for the 2019 WSE Staff Recognition Awards (Image: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)

The Whiting School of Engineering’s annual Staff Recognition Awards provide all of us with an opportunity to recognize the hardworking and talented staff who advance WSE’s mission, who demonstrate superior leadership, and who motivate and inspire those around them.


Nomination Information



Nominees must be employed in the Whiting School for a minimum of one year (except for the Rookie Award), be in good standing at the university, and have a satisfactory job performance.


Nomination Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement or innovation and contribute to their departmental/center/institute, WSE, or JHU, beyond the scope of their position.
  • Contribute to exceptional productivity or major process improvements.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to members of the university community.
  • Motivate and inspire the people around them.
  • Show outstanding leadership, professionalism, and/or initiative.


Nomination Categories

  • Rookie of the Year (employed between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018, one award)
  • Excellence Awards (three awards)


Nomination Process

  • Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 22, 2019.
  • Nominations should be submitted using this form.
  • Each nomination must consist of a nominator’s letter addressing the above criteria.


Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, consisting of staff from WSE departments and areas and at least one member who is external to the School. WSE Human Resources will oversee the process, but will not contribute to the committee’s decisions.


Recipients will receive a $500 award, certificate and gift at the Staff Recognition Luncheon.


Award winners from 2017, 2018, and 2019 are not eligible for nomination in 2019.

Excluded staff include:


2019 Winners

  • Rookie of the Year: Kelly Culotta, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, CS
  • Excellence: Kristin Bechtel, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, AMS
  • Excellence: Michael Lester, Grants and Contracts Analyst, EHE
  • Excellence: Margo Williams, Instructional Designer, EP


2018 Winners

  • Rookie of the Year: Dana Walter-Shock, Sr. Academic Program Coordinator, ECE
  • Excellence: Thomas Benassi, Laboratory Manager, MechE
  • Excellence: Alecia Flynn, Academic Program Coordinator, ICM
  • Excellence: Cynthia Larichiuta, Program Coordinator, Machine Shop


2017 Winners

  • Rookie of the Year: Shawna O’Brien, Administrative Coordinator, MechE
  • Excellence: Elizabeth Bieluczyk, Senior Administrative Coordinator, HEMI
  • Excellence: Cathy Jancuk, Undergraduate Program Manager, BME
  • Excellence: Javonnia Thomas, Senior Financial Analyst, CS


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