Agenda Item No. V. A. 1. e.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Eminentes Universitatis

DESCRIPTION: Washburn University awards the "Eminentes Universitatis" designation to long-term employees who meet the following requirements: employed as an administrative or classified employee for a period of twenty years or more; retire in good standing; and service performed must be judged to have been meritorious.

Dr. Robert Stein, Chair of the English Department, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Sally Dyke. Ms. Dyke has been an employee of Washburn for just under 30 years. Her service over the years has been meritorious in every respect. Her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty is evidenced in her participation in the Campus Beautification, Faculty and Staff Annual Giving, United Way, Staff Council, and Student Worker Appreciation Day committees. She was president of the Washburn Administrative Assistants Association for two years. In 1993, Sally was recognized by the University when she received Washburn's Outstanding Service Award in the Secretarial/Clerical category.

Wanda Hill, Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Art Johnson. Mr. Johnson began his career at Washburn as Staff Architect in 1963. He left the University in 1966 and returned in 1968 for five years. In September 1975, Mr. Johnson was again asked to return to the University to assume the duties of Assistant Physical Plant Director. He was promoted to Director in 1986 and served the University for fourteen years in that position. In his capacity as Physical Plant Director, he had supervision of the care and control, including maintenance, repair, and renovations, of all buildings, grounds, and equipment of the University. In January 2000, he agreed to assume the position of Special Project Manager for the Living Learning Center project. During the design and construction of the LLC Mr. Johnson's architectural knowledge and expertise were invaluable to the University. During his thirty-five year tenure of meritorious service to the University, Mr. Johnson always exhibited loyalty and dedication to improving Washburn's campus.

Chris Leach, Director of Finance, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" upon Carol Shipman. Ms. Shipman began her outstanding service to the University in June 1958. She left Washburn in 1962 to live overseas, but returned in September 1972 to work in the Business Office. She began as Assistant to the Office Manager and also worked as an Account Clerk and as Office Assistant I during her career. During that time, Ms. Shipman was an invaluable member of the Business Office team, and was a key contributor in accomplishing the department's work and in assisting others in the department. She retired on January 3, 2003, after more than 34 years at Washburn. Her exemplary service and loyalty to Washburn merits her recommendation as Eminentes Universitatis.

School of Law Dean, Dennis Honabach, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Donna Winslow. Ms. Winslow began her employment as an Admissions and Financial Aid Assistant at the Law School in April 1979. Under Dean Carl Monk, she was promoted to a Secretary III in June 1981. In 1984 she was promoted to Administrative Secretary. Despite the heavy workload in the Law School Admissions Office, Ms. Winslow willingly served on various University committees. Ms. Winslow showed a great degree of perseverance in pursuing her education while an employee at Washburn. She began taking courses in January 1991 and completed her Bachelor of Public Administration, magna cum laude, in December 1999.


RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve awarding the designation "Eminentes Universitatis" to Sally Dyke, Art Johnson, Carol Shipman, and Donna Winslow.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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