The 2012 recipients of the Excellence in University Service Awards are Tim Badger, Stephanie Danz, Kerry Grosse, Lynn Mellantine.
For many visitors to Marquette, parking services is their first contact with the university. In his 12 years at Marquette, Timothy (Tim) Badger has made it his goal to make sure their experience is a good one.
Badger coordinates the front-line operations of the parking office, including selling permits, assisting customers, collecting revenue and managing more than 50 student employees who help staff four different university lots from 7 a.m. to midnight. Besides hiring and training all parking staff, Badger also oversees at least nine different student employee schedules throughout the year.
“I value the community spirit that exists on Marquette’s campus,” Badger said. “This university is more than just a place of employment for me. I truly care about what happens to Marquette, and every decision I make regarding the university reflects this attitude.”
In her dual role, Danz has the unique position of interacting with virtually all members of the Law School community, from students and faculty to alumni and members of the local bench and bar. She works with adjunct faculty to make sure they have the resources they need, and also interacts closely with student services to organize orientation activities, provide transcripts, share updates on classes, help with class scheduling and explain graduation requirements.
Danz joined the Law School six years ago, and her colleagues knew right away that she would change it for the better. When the former assistant registrar in the Law School retired, Danz took on those responsibilities to ensure student services continued to run smoothly and without interruption. Doubling her workload did nothing to dampen Danz’s enthusiasm, and soon, her combined role became permanent.
“Knowing that my colleagues took time out of their busy work lives to recognize me and what I do is not only humbling, but a testament to the sense of teamwork and community at the Law School,” Danz said.
During her 16 years at Marquette, Grosse has learned to perform her multi-faceted role so efficiently that many people are unaware of just how much she handles, from providing transcripts to students and maintaining course schedules to updating degree requirements and distributing diplomas. Grosse also serves as the main point of contact for questions from faculty during the final grading period at the end of each semester.
Nominators from offices and academic departments across campus say she is indispensable to the university, due to her knowledge of the many intricate processes associated with class registration and scheduling, and her diplomacy in dealing with difficult or complicated situations.
“It’s a pleasure for me to work with each college and school, as well as so many academic departments and administrative offices within Marquette,” Grosse said. “This award belongs not only to me, but to so many people who day in and day out do good work for each other, for our students and for this university.”
Mellantine oversees, directs and administers human resources functions for the nearly 3,000 faculty and staff on Marquette’s campus, including recruitment, selection, staffing, employee relations, compensation, and training and development. During her 18 years of service to the university, Mellantine has become an integral part of the university’s monthly new employee orientation program, even serving as a guide for the campus walking tour.
Mellantine’s pursuit of excellence and leadership are evident in her efforts to spearhead the implementation of Careers@Marquette, the university’s applicant tracking system, and her history of regularly attending conferences sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities to discover ways to improve Marquette’s human resources program.
“I feel privileged to work with and represent the many dedicated and caring employees across campus whose contributions are so vital in making Marquette such a great place to work and learn,” Mellantine said.