PULLMAN, Wash. – The Administrative Professional Advisory Council recently honored two employees with the sixth annual AP Contribution Award. The award, begun in 2008, recognizes administrative professional employees whose contributions have been beyond the expected or required performance; made a unique difference; or had far reaching or compelling impact to the work area.
 
For 2013, the winners are:
 
Phimister* Teresa Phimister, academic coordinator and advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Vancouver, where she has advised students since 1994.
 
Mary Stender, also an AP Contribution Award winner (2009), nominated Phimister and said:
 
“Teresa has an amazing open door policy to students and has been instrumental in retaining them at WSU through graduation.
 
“She is willing to take on additional tasks for the good of the whole. She is an important member of the advising team at WSU Vancouver, providing leadership and institutional history. She challenges us – with thoughtfulness and a smile – to continue to grow and be even better in our academic roles.
 
“Teresa is active on committees addressing advising and zzusis issues. She volunteers as an advisor workshop presenter, graduation marshal, scholarship application reader and more.”
 
Boyan* Chris Boyan, assistant director of operations in transportation services.
 
Last year he oversaw big changes to WSU football game-day parking made necessary by record attendance and the increased need for donor parking. The solution involved charging for remaining general parking and providing a free off-campus park and ride option.
 
“Chris was integral in dealing with all traffic, transit and parking issues throughout the entire season,” said a nominator. “He definitely was a huge contributor to our unified command approach for all of our home football games.
 
“He was one of the first individuals to greet me upon my arrival on campus a little over 1½ years ago,” this nominator continued. “He made me feel welcome in the Pullman community and invited me over to his house for dinner during my first week or so on the job.”
 
“Chris Boyan has distinguished himself at WSU by running several special parking programs for the university during football game days and during student move-in week last year,” said another nominator. “Both of those programs were fraught with challenges. Chris’ participatory style and willingness to serve the needs of the students and of outside auxiliaries led to success in both endeavors.”
 
Employees receiving honorable mentions for 2013 are:
Kimberly Anderson
Dennis Denman
Devon Grant
Dean Guenther
Kathleen Hagen
Mike Kluzik
Sarah Kohler
Cassie Leonard
Veronica Mendez-Liaina
Christina Parrish
Barbara Smith
Cynthia Williams
Linda Wilson
 
For more on the award-winners through the years, see http://apac.wsu.edu/2008APACAPContributionAwards.html