Fall 2014 Golden Griffin Recipients

Joe Tighe - Campus Recreation

Core Value: Professional Excellence - November 2014   As the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Joe frequently goes above and beyond his job description. A recent example occurred when Joe was alerted by the Intramural Sports student staff that a participant had sustained an injury and was being transported to a local hospital by EMS. While not knowing the injured participant personally, Joe left his home and family and went to the hospital to be with the injured student. This commitment to the ensuring the health and wellness of our students is to be commended. Joe frequently spends many nights and weekends on campus and this example is one more way in-which Joe displays Professional Excellence. 

Joe Wheeless - Student Leadership Development

Core Value: Student Centeredness - September 2014
The week that classes began, Joe navigated with grace, care, and excellence a challenging week for any staff member. He supported the leadership of Beta Theta Pi as they navigated memorializing their brother, Peter Godshall. In addition to serving as a listening ear and wise mentor to members of the fraternity, Joe also traveled to the funeral with students, an example of his dedication to the men. In the midst of that, he continued to bring a high level of care to the execution of the Fraternity Summit which brought over 125 fraternity members, volunteers, and national staff together to forward a fraternity community where member care and support is at the center. Either one of these responsibilities in any one week would have been all consuming. But Joe navigated both seamlessly and with care and attention to support for the students he works with.       

Anna Umbreit - Cohen Career Center

Core Value: Collaboration - August 2014 
At a time when the Cohen Career Center is stretched beyond thin, Anna has stepped up and managed her professional duties as assistant director with liaison duties to the school of education while at the same time maintaining the internship program to keep it afloat. She has also done a yeoman's job maintaining the connections with our local area employers, managed the graduate and professional school fair (a huge success), and maintained a professional standard that speaks to her dedication to the profession and the Cohen Career Center. She truly inspires the work of shared responsibility and embraces the strengths and abilities of the team while working toward common goals.