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UHV staff recognizes longtime administrative assistant as 2013 employee of the year

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 8, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.

Sandra Wood, center, a recently retired administrative assistant for the University of Houston-Victoria School of Arts and Sciences, is recognized by the school's dean, Jeffrey Di Leo, left, and UHV President Phil Castille as the university's 2013 Employee of the Year.

Recently retired Sandra Wood ended her career on a high note Tuesday when she was named the University of Houston-Victoria 2013 Employee of the Year at the university's faculty and staff recognition luncheon.

Wood was an administrative assistant for the UHV School of Arts and Sciences for more than 20 years before retiring Friday. During her time at the university, she worked with five different School of Arts and Sciences deans and countless faculty members.

"This is a marvelous way to end my career at UHV," she said. "Everyone at the university has been so wonderful to work with and very supportive. I'm honored the UHV staff chose me as the Employee of the Year."

She plans to spend her retirement traveling, gardening and taking care of her mother.

Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts and Sciences, said Wood always had a smile on her face.

"Sandra was very knowledgeable about her job and was always available for students, faculty and staff members," he said. "A large part of the success and growth of the school is directly attributed to her efforts. We will miss her."

UHV staff members cast votes on an email ballot listing each 2013 UHV Employee of the Month. Other nominees were Bev Hoerig, instructional designer in the Provost Office; Matt Alexander, academic user services manager in Academic and Student Technology Services; Tammy Whatley, student recruitment and marketing manager for the School of Nursing; Candace Boyd, student advising coordinator in the School of Arts and Sciences; Ana Laura Pineda, certification analyst in the School of Education and Human Development; Justin Kutzer, grounds supervisor in facilities services; Kendra Matthews, administrative assistant in student affairs; Eunice Mesa, career services manager in career services; Juan Diego Martinez, student life coordinator in student life and services; Karen Sanders, senior budget analyst in the budget office; and Shawn Brett, senior applications programmer and developer in student affairs.

Wood received a $500 check, a T-shirt and a plaque. Her name also will be engraved on the Employee of the Year plaque displayed in UHV University West.

A second faculty and staff luncheon will take place at UH Sugar Land on Feb. 18 for those UHV employees who work at that teaching center, the UH System at Cinco Ranch, the Houston Community College Katy campus or the Lone Star College University Center at Montgomery in The Woodlands.

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

FIVE YEARS

Keith Akins, assistant professor in the School of Arts and Sciences

Omar Al Nasser, assistant professor in the School of Business Administration

Eugenia Blomstrom, assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing

Candace Boyd, student advising coordinator in the School of Arts and Sciences

Leticia Briones, office assistant in Academic and Student Technology Services

Carmen Cancel, accountant in Finance

Eliza Fortner, grants and contracts coordinator in Research and Sponsored Programs

Trina Hall, assistant professor in the School of Arts and Sciences

Macarena Hernandez, lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences

Junda Hu, lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences

Shonna Jud, secretary in the Office of Admissions

John Kagochi, assistant professor in the School of Business Administration

Leslee Lee, travel specialist in Finance

Elsa Leggett, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development

Uppinder Mehan, associate provost in the Provost Office

Katie Moody, assistant editor in the School of Arts & Sciences

Uchenna Nwabueze, assistant professor in the School of Business Administration

Adam Sierra, custodian in Facilities Services

Kathryn Tart, dean and professor in the School of Nursing

Denee Thomas, senior director of enrollment management and retention in the LEAD and Student Recruitment office

Angela Willis, lecturer and Nursing Simulation Lab coordinator in the School of Nursing

10 YEARS

Melanie Crider, senior secretary in Facilities Services

Cherlyn Hodge, student advising coordinator in the School of Arts and Sciences

Sandy Hybner, senior coordinator of recruitment and marketing in the School of Education and Human Development

Hsin-Hui Lin, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development

Rachel Martinez, assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Development

Ziad Swaidan, professor in the School of Business Administration

15 YEARS

Linda Hayes, professor in the School of Business Administration

Carol Klages, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development

Denise Prescott, payroll manager in Human Resources

Marci Wallace, Web services manager in Academic and Student Technology Services

Andria Young, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development

20 YEARS

Debbie Jozwiak, general accounting manager in Finance

Mary Ann Rivera, applications programmer and analyst in Academic and Student Technology Services

Lori Williamson, access services librarian at the Victoria College/UHV Library

Sandra Wood, administrative assistant for the School of Arts and Sciences

25 YEARS

Joe Dahlstrom, senior director of libraries at the VC/UHV Library

Ruby Dean, financial aid specialist in Financial Aid

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