UHV recognizes Employee of the Year at luncheon

Debbie Jozwiak, the University of Houston-Victoria general accounting manager, is recognized by UHV President Phil Castille as the university's 2011 Employee of the Year.

The University of Houston-Victoria 2011 Employee of the Year is the general accounting manager for the university, it was announced on Tuesday.

Debbie Jozwiak received the top honor at the university's annual Employee Recognition Luncheon. University employees gathered to recognize those celebrating employment anniversaries at UHV and to honor other employees for their hard work.

"I like my job at UHV because of the challenges that a university environment provides," Jozwiak said after the luncheon. "Very seldom is it repetitive."

A second Employee Recognition Luncheon will take place at the University of Houston-Sugar Land campus on Feb. 21 for those UHV employees who work at that teaching center or the UH System at Cinco Ranch.

Jozwiak was voted the Employee of the Year by other UHV staff members from an emailed ballot listing each 2011 UHV Employee of the Month. In addition to Jozwiak, others listed on the ballot were the following:

Juan Diego Martinez, student services generalist, Student Life & Services

Lou Ellen Callarman, library associate, Victoria College/UHV Library

Eric Chacon, Web developer, Information Technology

Miles Harrison, LAN administrator, Information Technology

Melody Vecera, creative services manager, Marketing

Ana Laura Pineda, admission and records analyst,

Admissions & Records Mary Borden, online support technician,

School of Business Administration

Nikki Wilmoth, administrative assistant, School of Nursing

Yvonne Garcia, international student specialist, Admissions & Records

Karen Pantel, benefits and HRMS manager, Human Resources

Melissa Jersild, coordinator of student recruitment, School of Business Administration

Jozwiak began work at UHV in 1993 as an accounts payable supervisor in the Finance Department. She also was a senior accountant, the accounts payable manager and the general accounting manager before starting her current job.

"When a special project or difficult situation arises, Debbie can always be counted on to not only take on the task in a professional manner but also to approach it enthusiastically as a challenge and an opportunity to learn something new," UHV Comptroller Val Walden said after the luncheon. "Debbie is an inspiration to everyone she works with and is a tremendous asset to the university."

In recognition of Jozwiak's achievement as the 2011 Employee of the Year, she received a $500 check, a UHV T-shirt and a plaque. Her name also was engraved on the Employee of the Year plaque displayed in UHV University West.

UHV also recognized employees who have worked for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years at the university. Each employee's name, title and department are listed below:

Five Years

Andrew Baerg, associate professor, School of Arts & Sciences

Eric Chacon, Web developer, Information Technology

Linda Dune, assistant professor, School of Nursing

Amy Hatmaker, career services specialist, Career Services

Joe Humphreys, director, Small Business Development Center

Darren Keesee, online support technician, School of Arts & Sciences

Keri Lambeth, head softball coach, Athletics

Juan Diego Martinez, student services generalist, Student Life & Services

Denise Neill, assistant professor, School of Nursing

Vivian Nowazek, assistant clinical professor, School of Nursing

Nancy Penry, training and development coordinator, Training & Development

Terry Puhl, head baseball coach, Athletics

Amanda Reid, Internet technician, Information Technology

David Reyes, student services evening assistant, Student Life & Services

Stephanie Solansky, assistant professor, School of Business Administration

Melody Vecera, creative services manager, Marketing

10 Years

Vera Adamchik, associate professor, School of Business Administration

Linda Bagwell, payroll assistant, Human Resources

Harry Bashaw, Internet technician, Marketing

Robin Cadle, director of stewardship and planned giving, University Advancement

Dyana Cochrum, administrative assistant, School of Education & Human Development

Elizabeth Corte, senior administrative secretary, Information Technology

Mary Densman, SBDC assistant, Small Business Development Center

Jianjun "John" Du, associate professor, School of Business Administration

David "Randy" Fingers, groundskeeper, Facilities Services

Ida Flores, custodian II, Facilities Services

Emily Harrison, student advising coordinator, School of Business Administration

Angela Hartmann, research administrator, Research Development

Kristy Hennessey, marketing and recruitment coordinator, School of Business Administration

Beverley Hoerig, instructional designer, Provost's Office

Yong-Gyo Lee, associate professor, School of Business Administration

John Meade, senior maintenance technician, Facilities Services

Sandy Mendez, senior secretary, School of Business Administration

Tracey Moore-Sweeney, grant facilitator, University Advancement

Karen Pantel, benefits and HRMS manager, Human Resources

Darlene Pullin, budget director, Budget Office

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy, professor, School of Business Administration

Cheryl Robbins, senior secretary, Business Services

Linda Urbish, accounting specialist, Finance & Business Services

15 Years

Joseph Ben-Ur, professor, School of Business Administration

Michael Guion, library media technician, VC/UHV Library

Sandra Heinhold, director of student retention and academic success, Academic & Career Services

Jane Mims, assistant dean, School of Business Administration

Catherine Perz, an associate professor in the School of Arts & Sciences

Tammy Whatley, senior coordinator of student recruitment, School of Nursing

20 Years

Estella de los Santos, associate professor, School of Education & Human Development

Massoud Metghalchi, professor, School of Business Administration

Barba Patton, associate professor, School of Education & Human Development

Kathy Walton, executive administrative assistant, President's Office

25 Years

Horace "Bud" Fairlamb, professor, School of Arts & Sciences

Chari Norgard, associate vice president, Student Affairs

30 Years

Dan Jaeckle, English professor, School of Arts & Sciences

Jo Ann Spears, library associate, VC/UHV Library

35 Years

Hal Smith, professor, School of Arts & Sciences