SPOKANE, Wash. — Two employees of Washington State University Spokane have been awarded 2002 WSU Spokane Staff Excellence Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the campus.

Jon Schad, campus facilities manager, received the Administrative/Professional Staff Excellence Award. Schad has been with WSU Spokane since 1998. Prior to joining WSU Spokane, he spent six years with the Community Colleges of Spokane, and five-plus years with Seattle Community Colleges, in buildings and grounds work. He owned a Seattle contracting business for several years, and holds an A.A. in theology.

Campus dean and executive officer Bill Gray, in making the presentation, cited Schad’s “calm, steady leadership,” his ability to lead a team in providing a high level of service to the campus, and his ability to work effectively with the many campus constituencies involved in facilities management issues. His nominators lauded Schad’s courteous and helpful manner, his dedication to the well-being of the entire campus, and his integrity and honesty.

Linda Loos, principal assistant for Cooperative Extension faculty at WSU Spokane, received the Classified Staff Excellence Award. Co-workers praised her quality of work, problem-solving skills and software expertise. Gray, in making the presentation to Loos, thanked her for her professionalism, sense of humor and campus contributions.

Linda holds three A.A.S. degrees in administrative and computer support specialties, two from Spokane Community College and one from Spokane Technical Institute. She came to WSU Spokane in 1990 while a student at SCC, working as a clerical assistant for the Health Research and Education Center. In 1992, she moved to Cooperative Extension as a secretary, and subsequently was promoted through the ranks of secretary senior, administrative assistant and most recently to principal assistant.

“Our campus strategic plan has as one of its key goals recognition of faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders,” Gray said. “We believe it is important to highlight those who go above and beyond the call of duty to make WSU Spokane a better place to learn, work and succeed.”

The WSU Spokane Employee Excellence Award carries a $1,000 award. Recipients are nominated by co-workers and are chosen for their quality of work and contributions to work environment and the larger community.