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Employee excellence recognized at annual awards ceremony

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 • Media Contact: Hillary Green

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The University of Texas at Arlington honored eight individual employees and one team of employees at this year’s Outstanding Maverick Awards recognition dinner.

Employee Excellence

Winners were nominated by their peers and selected by the Outstanding Maverick Selection Committee for making an impact on the university through diversity, community outreach, service excellence or sustainability.

Individual Outstanding Maverick Awards were presented to Kirstin Coffman, Coordinator I in University Center & Guest Services; Jon Lawling, Plumber Lead in Building Maintenance; Nicholas Myers, Construction Project Coordinator in Facilities Management; Gloria Nino, Building Attendant I in Custodial Department; Latoya Oduniyi, Assistant Director in Health Services; Nicole Philip, Assistant Director for Employer Relations in the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center; Bonnie Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant I in University Events; and Theresa Ross, Administrative Assistant II in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

“Our outstanding Mavericks embody the values and principles that make UTA a great institution,” said Jean Hood, vice president for human resources. “Their dedication and passion are a mark of UTA’s commitment to excellence.”

UTA’s Staff Advisory Council executive board was awarded the Outstanding Maverick Team Award. The group, led by President Kirstin Coffman, focused on increasing guest speakers and philanthropic efforts.

Bobby Belovics, Charles Biel, Sonya Darr, Hillary Green, Margie Jackymack and Trish Mann also serve on the Staff Advisory Council executive board.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my contributions to the university, both within my department and the Staff Advisory Council,” Coffman said. “It is a privilege to work alongside fellow employees  who make UTA an even better institution. 

Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years of service were also honored.

Read more about the Outstanding Maverick award winners and see all years of service honorees here.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000 in AY 2016-17, UTA is the largest institution in The University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.