February 2018 Featured Employee
Kasey Hommel, Financial Management Analyst, College of Education
It is my pleasure to nominate Kasey Hommel for recognition for the “Exceptional Employee
of the Month”. Since my arrival at ETSU as the Dean of Education, I have observed
Kasey on numerous occasions and find her to be a professional who consistently combines
performance and creativity with a cheerful demeanor. Her ability to reflect on complex
problems, assess and integrate new ideas into her existing operations, and recommend
fair and creative solutions to budgetary issues shows remarkable adaptability and
flexibility. She has built strong relationships, based upon mutual respect, with a
very diverse staff and faculty both within the college and across the university.
She has consistently portrayed a cheerful demeanor, which is only surpassed by her
eagerness to help others who come into her office, especially students.
Observing Kasey's response to a particular student motivated me to find a way to recognize
her for going above and beyond the "call of duty". It had been a long intense day
of dealing with multiple crises that always seem to occur at the start of the new
semester. It was late in the afternoon, well after “closing time” and we were finishing
some budgeting decisions, when a student walked into Kasey’s office. The student had
that look of, “I am so lost and I have no earthly idea what to do!” Before the student
even passed through the door, and without a moment’s hesitation Kasey turned, started
to rise, smiled broadly and queried, “Can I help you?” After several brief exchanges,
it was determined that the student needed to speak to an advisor about his class schedule.
Since it was after hours Kasey walked him down to the office and showed him where
to find the advisor’s office told him to be there at 8 am the next business day and
someone would be there to help him. She then queried if there was anything else she
could help him with and with a sigh of great relief he thanked her profusely and joyfully
went on his way. Kasey, then returned to her desk, sat down picked up the memo we
were discussing, looked at me and asked, with a upbeat smile, “Now where were we?”
Without a doubt Kasey demonstrated the true ETSU spirit found in the strategic plan
as one of our core values which states, “PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity
and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.” Again, I am proud
to nominate Kasey Hommel for her “Act of Kindness” for one of our amazing students.
- Dr. Gregory Aloia, Dean, College of Education
Do you know an employee or group of employees who have displayed outstanding service
to the university and/or our surrounding community?
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