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School Recognizes Staff for Outstanding Work

Three Undergraduate Studies staff members will receive the 2012 School of Undergraduate Studies Staff Award. The first-place award will go to Rose Mastrangelo, Bridging Disciplines Programs academic advisor and the UT Austin coordinator for the Archer Fellowship Program. Administrative Associate Vicki Landrum, from the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling, and University Honors Center Program Coordinator Will Grindle also won awards. The awards are given to staff who have a significant impact on the school through one of the following:

  • Outstanding dedication, competence, conscientious performance, excellent customer service, and ingenuity
  • Contribute to and demonstrate a commitment to the School’s core purpose and values
  • Have significantly improved customer service or increased customer satisfaction for specific UGS customers
  • Have significantly improved a work process or system or have significantly increased the efficiency of an operation or unit
  • Have demonstrated an exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and constituents
  • Have performed at a level above and beyond normal job requirements

All three staff members received multiple nominations from other UGS staff, and were ultimately chosen by a small selection committee, also made up of Undergraduate Studies staff, and approved by Interim Dean Larry Abraham.

Rose Mastrangelo

Rose’s nominators noted that she has performed at an exemplary level in both the CSA and the BDP offices, and has been instrumental in reorganizing, streamlining, and creating business practices that enhance student participation and success. In the words of one nominator, Rose has “added a refreshing dynamic to the BDP team and is incredibly supportive of the team’s members.” A student described meeting with Rose as “one of the best experiences s/he has had with an advisor at UT.”

Rose joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) in October 2011 as the advisor for the Environment, Digital Arts & Media, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Bridging Disciplines Programs. Rose also serves as the coordinator for the Archer Program at UT Austin. Prior to joining the BDPs, Rose worked as an advisor in the Center for Strategic Advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin, in addition to past experiences in the non-profit sector as an Americorps *VISTA Volunteer Coordinator and a Senior Program Associate at the PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Rose graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in English and received an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from UT Austin.

Vicki Landrum

Vicki Landrum was described as “patient and kind” in her approach to working with both students and colleagues. Her nominators described her “flexibility and willingness to adapt”, her enthusiasm for her work, and cheerful dedication and pride in everything she does (and has been doing for many years). More than one nominating letter said she “goes out of her way” to help people.

Vicki supports the advising and career counseling programs, assisting with the core curriculum petition process and overseeing the reception/front desk area. Vicki has extensive experience working in education from elementary school through college, having worked 14 years as a substitute teacher and 12 years at UT Austin. She has also long been connected to the university; she attended UT Austin and has four daughters who earned their degrees here.

Will Grindle

Will’s nominators pointed out that his “inventive and creative” design and implementation of new technological solutions to organizational protocol have greatly improved efficiency in the University Honors Center. They also noted that “he cheerfully and energetically sees opportunities and finds solutions to problems.” He has served on and led school committees and has represented our school across campus at meetings and events.