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 SAND recognizes that CSUSM staff help make this a great place to work, learn, and support others. Every quarter we enjoy the opportunity to recognize some of our amazing staff who are nominated by colleagues. Below is a list of CSUSM employees that were recognized for hard work, helpful attitude, and commitment to the CSUSM mission.

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Angela Sanchez | Travel - Accounts Payable

 Angela has been extremely helpful with the travel requests that I have submitted to her. Most recently, she went above and beyond when I had to travel and was able to help me with my own travel request and advance. All the questions that I have, she has always shown a high level of professionalism and knowledge of the program. I'm grateful to her on campus because she has helped me numerous times in the past couple of weeks. Thank you, Angela for all that you have done for me. I really appreciate your assistance.

Alan Brown | Office of Communications

Alan, the quality and quantity of videos you produce on behalf of the university is truly amazing. You continually help shine a spotlight on the positive work being done by the students, faculty and staff of CSUSM. And despite the challenges, you always do it with a smile. I hope we can celebrate the many recent successes with a trip to Wings N Things - your treat, right?

- Eric Breier

Gina Mainprize | Office of Communications

Gina, sifting through the numerous emails and requests to produce "This Week at CSUSM" is no easy task (not to mention trying to track down explanations for incomplete or incoherent submissions). Thank you for your diligence and positive attitude in doing what is often a thankless part of the job.

- Eric Breier

Marcus Torres | Office of Communications

Marcus, Your ability and willingness to contend with last-minute requests (particularly when it comes to ad requests from outside our department) is remarkable and greatly appreciated. SAND isn't allowed to celebrate these thank yous with an IPA, but I hope you enjoy this well-deserved candy - and perhaps a Chiefs Super Bowl victory to go with it.

- Eric Breier

Saira Rivera | Office of Communications

Saira, you have been a welcome addition to the CSUSM design team. As we have dealt with a deluge of requests and projects, you have played a critical role in our department's success.

- Eric Breier

Maria Froehle Procurement

Maria went above and beyond for me when she helped me in my dealings with the Hyatt Aviara. If it wasn't for her, we would have had to move our retreat with only a week's notice. She helped me with the contract and payment and even reached out to the Manager at the Hyatt to ensure that the Interim Provost would have a successful retreat. I so appreciate everything she did to make the retreat happen. Such amazing customer service!!! and done with such grace. She helped me keep my cool during a very stressful time. 

- Pia Bombardier

Mary Jeffries | School of Nursing

For all your help and support during my onboarding and beyond!  You have been nothing but helpful and willing to assist and answer my questions, even if you didn't know the answer!  You're a gem! 

- Teri Woods

Darcy Wright | School of Nursing

Thanks for being such a great colleage and office mate and friend!  It's been great knowing you and working with you.  You have been a great support and you ask great questions in our meetings.  You are an asset to the SoN! 

- Teri Woods

Bhavisha Talsania | IP&A

Bhavisha has gone above and beyond her duties to help get accurate data on classes and utilization on campus.  Even though this is not directly within her duties, she has stepped up and embraced this work with professionalism and a positive attitude.

- Kayla Hardin

Emilia Medina | Student Academic Support Services

Ms. Emilia is unfailingly cheerful, upbeat and positive person.  She brings sunshine to Student Affairs Suite each day with her positive vibes and dedication to Student Academic Support Services.  She is very organized, efficient and a team player.  She has a calm and friendly nature, which is pleasantly contagious.  Emilia is not only shows her compassion for student’s needs, but also towards her colleagues. She is a true role model to CSUSM and our community.  I am not only thankful for her, but I beyond blessed to work with such a talented individual.

- Angelina Gutierrez    

Courtney Tamone | Human Resource Services

Courtney has been an amazing help during my first year at CSUSM. She is always willing to give guidance and answer my questions, which has thoroughly helped me acclimate to the ways of the CSU system and our school specifically.

- Kandi Rehard

Elizabeth Nercessian | ALCI

Elizabeth is always positive and helpful.  She has many responsibilities but took on the role of the Point of Contact for the ALCI department for the move to ELB.  This has required her to take on many new tasks, ensure effective communications, deal with complaints, etc.  She has done so with a smile on her face.  Now that we have moved she is doing the same for Global Education as well!  Elizabeth is so appreciated!

- Erin Reed

Deirdre Lowell-Caldera | Academic Affairs

Deirdre is just a star! She has always shown me the patience and has gone the extra mile to assist me with understanding the faculty side. We have Faculty Directors/Fellows within our department and most times I feel like a fish out of water, but Deirdre makes sure that I swim... and for that I thank you my superstar!

- Marilyn McWilliams

Bhavisha Talsania IP&A

Reporting data errors to the Chancellor's Office each term is a tedious and frustrating task. Trying to figure out what is actually wrong, what PeopleSoft wants and how to report new data is, to put it mildly, a challenging task.  Since Bhavisha has come on board, this task has gotten easier each year. She gives us clear reports to work on, she’s always available for questions and she will not rest until she’s found the answers. Her persistence, and insistence, in the pursuit of accurate data has even forced the CO to change their practice to match hers!  She is not only a data wiz, she’s a happy, friendly presence in what is normally a very dreary task. We, in EMS, value her much more than she knows and we wanted to say, “Thank you, Bhavisha!"   

- EMS

Emilia Medina | Student Academic Support Services

Ms. Emilia is unfailingly cheerful, upbeat and positive person. She brings sunshine to Student Affairs Suite each day with her positive vibes and dedication to Student Academic Support Services. She is very organized, efficient and a team player. She has a calm and friendly nature, which is pleasantly contagious. Emilia is not only shows her compassion for student’s needs, but also towards her colleagues. She is a true role model to CSUSM and our community. I am not only thankful for her, but I beyond blessed to work with such a talented individual. 

- Angela Gutierrez

Michelle Noel | Student Financial Services

Assisting an EL student by allowing the enrollment deposit to be paid in person and then doing extensive research to get the monies applied to the student account. This is not a common practice and Michelle figured it out for the student! 

- Vanessa Schoenherr