Ellie Stephens, program support technician in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, has been selected as the employee of the month for November.
Ellie’s nominator praised her professionalism and expertise, noting that she expertly administers the graduate student funding and monitors students’ progress toward completion of their degrees. She actively supports campus diversity through her input to the VT-IMSD and VT-PREP programs and stays up to date on the ever-changing rules on admittance and academic progress of graduate students.
Ellie’s commitment, initiative, and contributions are reflected by the strength and size of the graduate program, but they also extend far beyond her role as graduate coordinator. She assists staff members with administrative needs, supports research and instructional programs, and assists with publications, applications, and course materials whenever possible. Most notably, her nominator points out that “she remains poised and extremely supportive of faculty and staff members and graduate students. Those qualities reflect Ellie’s professionalism and passion for her job, making her an exemplary candidate for this award.”