20 May 2010

The spotlight will be on UQ’s quiet achievers this evening, with the annual Miracle Workers Awards set to recognise a record number of devoted staff members.

Chancellor Mr John Story will present 53 Miracle Worker awards during a cocktail function at the UQ Club.

The recipients have been nominated by their colleagues or supervisors in recognition of their hard work and dedication.

The awards have gained momentum over their 15-year history, with 22 more nominations received this year than in 2009.

President of the UQ Secretaries and Office Professionals Association (UQSOPA) Tara Kitch said the annual event provided an opportunity for the University to publicly recognise staff members who continually went above and beyond expectations.

“The Miracle Worker Awards are a great way of recognising the valuable contribution staff make to the University so it is pleasing to see so many people nominated,” Ms Kitch said.

“It is also a chance for the Miracle Workers to be publicly thanked and acknowledged for the wonderful job they do.”

Established in 1995 by the Scitech General Staff communications group, and now run by the UQSOPA, the Miracle Workers Awards consistently identify UQ's most dedicated characters.

A Miracle Worker is defined as someone who constantly goes above and beyond their normal duties; is greatly appreciated by their colleagues for providing assistance; displays a positive influence in their work environment; shows outstanding professionalism; and possesses great organisational skills.

This year’s Miracle Workers include:
Ms Bronwyn Adams, IMB
Mr Drew Ashton, Student Centre
Ms Rekha Balachandran, Advancement Office
Ms Laurie Beechey, WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (SMI)
Mr Colin Berndt, Faculty of BEL ‐ Ipswich
Mr Matthew Braid, AusCERT
Mr Simon Buchanan, Finance & Business Services
Mrs Vivienne Clayton, Advanced Water Management Centre
Ms Lianne Cook, Global Change Institute
Ms Jacqui Cox, Academic Programs Unit
Ms Margaret Cover, Centre for Native Floriculture, School of Land, Crop & Food Sciences
Ms Jacky Cribb, Library ‐ Gatton
Ms Holly Dennis, School of Psychology
Ms Loan Doan, Examinations Section
Ms Lois Eden, School of Biological Sciences
Mr Roger Ellis, School of Biological Sciences
Ms Elizabeth Eng, School of Economics
Ms Katie Gollschewski, Mechanical & Mining Engineering
Ms Jasmin Haddadi, Office of Protocol
Ms Tricia Hill, School of Psychology
Ms Valerie Hutchinson, Faculty of EAIT
Ms Joan Keating, AustLit/Social Sciences & Humanities Library
Ms Tracy Kelly, CAST CRC
Ms Jodie Kowaltzke, School of Integrative Systems
Mr John Koy, Finance & Business Services
Mr Simon Lake, Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development
Ms Kaye Lasserre, Rural Clinical School, South West Qld Region
Ms Dongxue Li, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research
Mr Peter Low, ITS
Ms Susan Manion,Office of the PVC Research & Innovation
Ms Cassandra Mellor, Institute for Social Science Research
Mr Colin Nachmann, Diamantina Institute
Ms Simona Neacsu, ICTE
Mr Adam Nielsen, Office of PVC Research & Innovation
Ms Margit O'Callaghan, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Ms Suzanne O'Hagan, Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development
Ms Allison Peacock, School of Nursing & Midwifery
Ms Wendy Plunkett, Office of DVC International
Ms Shannon Price, Office of Marketing & Communications
Ms Clyne Roche, Finance & Business Services
Ms Jeanette Shaw, Law Library
Ms Maryam Shayegh, School of Biomedical Sciences
Ms Thitima Sinadyodharaks, ITS
Ms Jennifer Steele, School of Medicine
Ms Hollie Thomas, Engineering & Sciences Library Service
Mr Paul Thomas, Office of Marketing & Communications
Ms Catherine Thompson, Examinations Section
Ms Janelle Valentine, School of Nursing & Midwifery
Mr Alan Victor, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management
Ms Stormy Wehi, Student Services
Ms Sandy Williams, Student Centre Student Administration
Ms Pinky Wong, Advancement Office
School of EMSAH Admin Support Team (Angela Tuohy, Catherine Squirrell, Vicky McNicol, Sandra Gough, Ros Gresshoff)