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Annette Guzman-Smith, Administrative Assistant in Physics, is December Employee of the Month

Annette Guzman-Smith, an administrative assistant in the Department of Physics, is Old Dominion University's December Employee of the Month.

Guzman-Smith has worked for the university since March of 2000.

Guzman-Smith was recognized for her extraordinary support to the operations and welfare of the Physics Department. Since joining the University, Guzman-Smith has worked diligently to complete her tasks with the upmost professionalism. In doing so, she also remains actively involved in student recruitment efforts and community outreach events, including the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.

According to Guzman-Smith's supervisor, Lisa Okun, "She is a true professional and team player who is extremely dedicated to providing unmatched customer service to all. She prides herself on always getting the job done right, while upholding the highest ethical, moral and professional standards. Annette's exceptional work ethic, trustworthiness, integrity, performance and significant accomplishments make her most deserving of this recognition."


The University Employee of the Month Selection Committee encourages employees to nominate their outstanding, "go the extra mile" colleagues and employees. This program is designed to acknowledge and reward employees whose accomplishments and/or demeanor exemplify excellence, quality service and commitment to ODU. Classified and AP faculty employees receive a framed certificate from the president, $175 and one day of leave. Hourly winners get $250, since they are not eligible to receive recognition leave.

Note: The selection committee needs specific examples that relate to each applicable criterion in order to select a nominee for the award. Nominations remain active for six months from date of submission and nominators may submit additional documentation to support a nominee during the active six months.

The criteria used to nominate an employee include the following:

  • An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the department/students;
  • Extraordinary service to internal and/or external customers;
  • Inspiring initiative/leadership;
  • Enthusiasm/energy given to assigned work;
  • Teamwork;
  • Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility; and
  • Creative innovations to service, process or work tools.

For more information, contact Tony Belk at jbelk@odu.edu or 683-3046, or visit ODU's Employee of the Month website.

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