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Inside Xavier

July 2009

Faculty & staff news

Caring for Campus

Caring for Campus

The warm, gentle breezes of summer bring a slower pace to many quarters of the University, but not to physical plant personnel who keep the campus beautiful. This year, care of Xavier's trees and shrubs took on another layer?the fight against the emerald ash borer. In the photo above, an inspector examines a campus ash tree for signs of the insects, which are potentially fatal to the trees. July's Xavier Faces are Debbie Purtell, assistant director for the Office of Financial Aid, and Lt. Bill Smith, of Campus Police. And of course, we have our regular features as well. We invite you to send us your thoughts or suggestions.

Employee Recognition

Inside Xavier is pleased to spotlight the University's monthly Employee Recognition Program, which publicly recognizes individuals who consistently reflect our Jesuit mission in terms of being men and women for others, consistently go the extra mile in their efforts and consistently put Xavier's interests ahead of their own. This honor is part of a larger initiative of the President's Administrative Council to better inform, connect and recognize faculty, staff and administrators throughout the institution. Honorees are selected by the President's Cabinet. If you would like to nominate someone for employee recognition, fill out our nomination form.

Denita SingelDenita Singel, Secretary III, Emergency Management and Business Continuity
Denita Singel is definitely a star behind the scenes at Xavier. She consistently goes the extra mile to ensure that needs are met and expectations fulfilled, whether by providing information to faculty, staff and students or educating students about procedures and policies. Singel is highly respected among her peers for the insightful, tactful and respectful way in which she deals with a wide rage of contacts on a daily basis.

Dr. James Konerman, Medical Director, McGrath Health and counseling Center
Dr. James Konerman is dedicated to empowering the students he serves in a way that allows them to optimize their overall health and well-being. He consistently helps students realize their need to ground themselves in a solid foundation of faith from which they may develop intellectually, morally and spiritually. He routinely adjusts his demanding schedule to meet the needs of Xavier students, often taking calls in the middle of the night to respond to student needs.

Graley HerrenGraley Herren, Associate Professor, Department of English
Graley Herren devotes much of his time to serving Xavier students and the University. He works extensively with both graduate and undergraduate students in areas ranging from helping them improve their papers to providing insightful advice on career decisions. Herren is also heavily involved with a study abroad program as well as the Faculty Committee and the College Curriculum Committee, and always goes the extra mile to ensure Xavier?s name is well known at professional meetings.

Grow Xavier New Faces at Xavier Faculty Staff Accomplishments

If you know a fellow employee who goes above and beyond
to make Xavier a better place for all,
be sure to nominate him or her.