PUYALLUP – A computer systems administrator at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Vernene Scheurer, is the first recipient of the newly created WSU Administrative Professional Employee of the Year award at the Puyallup campus.
 
Scheurer began her WSU career in 1973 as a scientific programmer in Sociology, transferring to the Computer Center in 1977. She earned her MBA degree in 1979 in business with an emphasis on statistics. She moved to the Puyallup Research and Extension Center as a scientific programmer in 1983, becoming an administrative professional in 1994.
 
Comments from fellow staff members who work with her published in the APAC newsletter illustrate much of the reason she was chosen for this honor:
 
• “Vernene responds to calls for IT assistance swiftly and cheerfully. She is very professional and…treats everyone with tremendous respect.”
 
• “Vernene is extremely astute in accessing the needs for staff.”
 
• “[She] is highly professional and technically competent, however, it is her remarkable quality of service to others that makes Vernene so exceptional. She is unfailingly patient and supportive…her respect for her co-workers is legendary.”
 
• “Vernene is equally generous with her time to all employees at WSU Puyallup. She…makes life at the Center better for all of us.”
 
Scheurer is an active participant both in campus committees and in many community activities. She and her husband Larry have two children and a new granddaughter.