Outstanding Civil Service Teaching Support

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Patti L. Cludray2010: Patti L. Cludray is an office manager in the Department of Forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She joined the University in 1998 and is responsible for daily office operations such as supervising student workers, maintaining files, preparing an alumni newsletters and many others. Cludray, of Creal Springs, earned a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies in 1997 at SIUC.

Jennifer R. Gardner2009: Jennifer R. Gardner, a local area network support specialist, has been with the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield since 2000. In her current job in the Department of Internal Medicine since October 2005, Gardner is responsible for the department's computer network, which includes four servers and three data closets, along with desktop support overseeing more than 300 computers and 200 users. As webmaster, Gardner designs and maintains the internal medicine department's Intranet and department Web site. She also is the electronic health record project manager, in addition to her administrative and supervisory duties.

Karen Waldron2008: Karen Waldron, an administrative aide in the School of Journalism, has been at SIUC since 1986. She has spent all 22 years in the same department and has become a constant for both faculty and students. Among her many roles, she played a significant part in the school's accreditation process, compiling thousands of pages of materials.

Maureen L. Doran2007: Maureen L. Doran (right), histology technologist with the School of Medicine's Department of Anatomy in Carbondale. She has worked at SIUC since 1982, and supervises the medical school's histology center. Histologists prepare specimens, perform chemistry and slice tissues used in scientific research and medical diagnosis. In 2006, Doran received the J.B. McCormick M.D. Award from the National Society for histotechnology for her distinguished service. She earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1981 from SIUC.

2006: Jeri L. Novara, office systems specialist III in the College of Business and Administration's School of Accountancy. Novara began working at SIUC in 1980 and has seen the School of Accountancy through its transition from a department. She helped establish a professional Board of Advisors and serves as recording secretary for that group. She also helped set up The Accounting Circle, whose annual gifts fund scholarships, support faculty research and travel for both faculty and students, and underwrite special projects, such as renovations. Novara's duties include administrative, academic, alumni and budgeting activities. She provides assistance for students at all levels, works with three student organizations and helps with fund-raising, recruiting and event scheduling. She is a two-degree graduate of SIUC, earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in education in 1985 and 1989.

2005: Karen M. Clayton, office systems specialist II, College of Liberal Arts/School of Music advisement offices. Clayton splits her time between undergraduate advisement in the liberal arts college and the School of Music. In the college, she has taught students to use the computer-based information system, has solved registration problems and acts as a liaison between students and faculty. In the music school, she guides students to specific classes that meet their needs and develop their strengths, keeps on top of files, graduation checklists and class scheduling. In her free time, she serves as accompanist and musical coach for music students. Clayton earned a bachelor's degree from SIUC in 1967 and a masters from SIU Edwardsville in 1973.

2004: Katherine A. Jacobson, life sciences laboratory manager. As laboratory manager for core curriculum general biology courses and laboratory coordinator co-supervisor for introductory courses in the life science major, she has direct contact with as many as 2,400 students each year. Her duties include training graduate assistants; planning, testing and evaluating lab exercises; maintaining equipment, laboratories and prep rooms; ordering and inventorying equipment and supplies; and scheduling.

All information was current at the time of the award.