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Kathy Michael named HR Liaison of the quarter

Kathy Michael, an administrative assistant in Facilities, has been named the HR Liaison of the second quarter of 2006.

2:57 p.m., July 21, 2006--Kathy Michael, an administrative assistant in Facilities, has been named the HR Liaison of the second quarter of 2006--an honor reserved for exemplary members of UD's human resources team.

Michael, who learned for certain of her nomination Thursday morning when flowers were delivered to her office in the General Services Building, said she had an inkling of her status when she saw her name on a nomination form back in June. It wasn't until she received the flowers Thursday morning, however, that she actually knew for sure of the award.

“Normally, when flowers are delivered I always ask the courier who they're for, because they're never for me,” Michael said. “This time those words weren't even out of my mouth before I was told they were for me!”

Nominated for the honor by her supervisors, Michael also will receive a certificate for her efforts at an upcoming human resources breakfast.

“I feel very honored--and surprised,” Michael said. “Even though I'd seen the nomination a few weeks ago, I'd forgotten. I'm proud people think I'm doing such a good job, and I'm appreciative of the people who nominated me. But, I'm also really happy for the recognition the honor brings to this entire department, because there are a lot of great people who work here.”

Michael, who has been in her current role with Facilities for the past 16 years, began her career with the University in 1990, when she worked at what was then UD's “service desk.”

Responsible for many accounting and personnel record-keeping duties, Michael learned the ins and outs of administrative excellence, she said, by filling many roles.

Now a self-described “middleman between UD employees and human resources,” Michael currently maintains payroll records for Facilities. She handles payroll files and Family Medical Leave Act and short-term disability forms for unionized, hourly wage Facilities employees and vacation and sick-leave forms for salaried Facilities employees. Responsible as well for handling all JED (job employee data) forms (the paperwork necessary for promotions and job changes), Michael also feels her duties include “getting to know everyone” she works with--no small task in a department of about 530 people.

“I may not know everyone's name off the top of my head,” she said, “but if I heard the name, I'd be able to place the face.”

Article by Becca Hutchinson
Photo by Kathy Atkinson

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