Office of People & CultureEmployee Recognition Programs

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Office of People & CultureRecognizing Employee Contributions

Developed and maintained in cooperation with the JU Employee Recognition Committee.

  • Chair: Laurie Philpot, People & Culture Business Partner
  • Members: Jasmine Deschamps,  Kalista Gioglio, Debbie Guy, Susan Hyatt, Casanna Jackson, John Lewis, Idris Mayo, Misty Pippin, Roger Palmer, Robert Saunders, and Karen Weaver
  • The Jacksonville University Employee Recognition program was created to recognize excellence in the areas of quality service, process improvement, teamwork and to acknowledge longstanding commitment to the University. 

Programs include: Employee of the Month, Service Awards & Ideas Program. 

Employee of the Month

Latest NominationEmployee of the Month

May 2024

Wendy Parrish

Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences.

About Our Dolphin

Congratulations  to Wendy Parrish, Employee of the Month for May 2024. Wendy has been employed at JU since 2022 as the Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences. 

Wendy has worked across campus, collaborating with Campus Security and Student Affairs, to raise awareness of fetanyl poisoning. Not only has she prepared an hour-long presentation that she's given multiple times, Wendy has arranged for the College of Arts & Sciences to be a training and distribution center for Narcan on campus. She also provides training on how to use Narcan. The work Wendy is doing could likely save a life at JU. 

The Reward

Wendy was awarded a certificate signed by President Cost, a $50 cash award, and an extra day off for her great contributions and positive impact on Jacksonville University. 

Phintastic Job, Wendy!

1. Nomination

A nominee for the award must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time or part-time employee
  • Must be employed for at least one (1) year
  • Has not been selected as Employee of the Month within the past twelve (12) months
  • Must not have any documented corrective action within the past twelve (12) months


Employee of the Month Submission Form


2. Review & Appointment

  • The Employee of the Month committee will review nominations and select a winner based on the above criteria. If a committee member is nominated, they will be excused from voting that month.
  • The Office of People & Culture shall make the initial appointment of the necessary number of committee members.

View Nomination Criteria

3. Nomination Prize

Award recipients shall receive:

  • A certificate signed by President Cost
  • A $50.00 cash award
  • An additional personal day off
  • Campus-wide recognition

Past Winning Dolphins


 Employee of the Month April 2024

Melba Wagstaff

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Human Resources Assistant, NROTC

 Employee of the Month March 2024

Julia Wiesner Lawless

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Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions

 Employee of the Month February 2024

Gladys Gabriel

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Accountant, Controller's Office

 Employee of the Month January 2024

Alexandra Robinson

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Executive Director of Strategic Events & Campus Experience, University Marketing and Communications

 Employee of the Month October 2023

Mike Mitchell

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Director of Military & Veterans Resource Center, Student Affairs

 Employee of the Month September 2023

Japhetia Blackwell

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Simulationist, Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC)

 Employee of the Month August 2023

Lauren Brucker

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Director, Residential Ops, Residential Life

 Employee of the Month July 2023

Karteye Hill

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Imaging Technician, Post Office

 Employee of the Month May 2023

Kalilah Jamall

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Assistant Director of Engagement, Alumni, & Family, Advancement

 Employee of the Month April 2023

Roger Palmer

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Accounting Manager of Disbursements, Controller's Office

 Employee of the Month March 2023

Michael Lane

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Director of Rowing

 Employee of the Month February 2023

Amber Korn

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Executive Administrative & Staff Coordinator


Other Programs


Service Awards

All full and part-time staff/administrative employees will receive recognition for continuous service to the University at five-year increments. Individuals can select award material from a service award vendor which has a variety of awards from which to select. The value of the award increases with the years of completed service.  These individuals will receive recognition in JU Today, as well as at the University-wide cookout.



Ideas Program

Receive recognition from the President's office. Full-time staff/administrative employees who submit a significant suggestion, which is adopted, to the President’s Ideas Program will receive recognition.


Office of People & CultureNominate an Employee of the Month

CONTACT USOffice of People & Culture

Jacksonville University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community and strives to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences.

Contact OPC

Contact Information Office of People & Culture

Howard Administration Building
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-7025

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