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Elizabeth “Liz” Smith of the geoscience department was named Classified Employee of the Year for 2014 at an awards ceremony and luncheon earlier this week. Also honored for their service at the event were Leslie Matys of landscape, grounds & arboretum, second-place winner; Takiyah Ray of the office of diversity initiatives, third-place winner; and Marni Montgomery-Blake, Rookie of the Year.
The awards recognize employees who have excelled in and exceeded the normal duties of their jobs. They received plaques as well as monetary awards ranging from $250 to $1,000. Next month, the UNLV News Center will publish feature stories on them.
The nominees for Classified Employee of the Year included Connie Dye of sociology, Lisa Escher of the School of Nursing, Theresa Farmer of the office of decision support, Brian Hedrick of facilities maintenance, Sonja Longoria of accounting, Annette Mann of the Boyd School of Law, Susan Ochoa of the registrar’s office, Judy Smith of reprographics/design services, Kara Toma of the office of the vice president for finance and business, Maritza White of the Black Mountain Institute, and Conrad Wilson of facilities maintenance.
Other nominees for Rookie of the Year were Tonya Grindle of the University Preschool, Heather Napa of history, Brianna Silverio of the College of Fine Arts, and Dana Tasso of the controller’s office.
Additionally, the following employees were recognized at the ceremony for reaching a service milestone at UNLV: