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Howard Wyle, Grounds Equipment Repair Technician, is the October Employee of the Month

Wyle, who built a new home for the resident turtle in the pond outside the Gornto Teletechnet Building, was nominated by Old Dominion's Office of Distance Learning for going above and beyond to make a comfortable and charming space for the beloved turtle, Albert and seasonal ducklings.

"Mr. Wyle constructed the most upscale floating shelter for Albert and the ducks that I have ever seen," said Andy Casiello, associate vice president for Distance Learning.

Chad Peevy, Wyle's supervisor, added to the sentiment, saying of his work ethic: "Howard has always proven to be a helpful individual, the type of person you can rely upon to do the right thing and one who cares for those in the world around him. Furthermore, Howard possesses the type of genuine good nature and upbeat attitude which creates a positive experience that people take away with them."


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.


Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility.

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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