August Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner – Debbie Harms

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The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the August Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: Debbie Harms!

A large group photo featuring Debbie Harms, Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient.
A large group photo featuring Debbie Harms, Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient.

Michelle Nutter’s nomination

Debbie is deserving of the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award because she consistently demonstrates Adventure Club and the College of Education’s values by her professionalism, willingness to help others problem-solve issues, teaching others and being a true team-player. She helps us all be efficient and effective in our work and is always looking for ways improve the program’s operations. Adventure Club is very lucky to have her and is so deserving of this award.

Debbie Harms listens to Dean Kathryn Chval read her nomination.
Debbie Harms listens to Dean Kathryn Chval read her nomination.

Paula Netemeyer’s momination

Debbie is always willing to go above and beyond with professionalism and a smile. Her dedication to the success of Adventure Club, the college and the university is amazing. Not only is her work ethic impressive, her approach to her work with her colleagues is conducive to a successful work environment. Debbie’s approach to problem-solving, teaching others and being a true team-player is unbelievable. She helps the office and program by displaying efficiency and dedication in her work and is always looking for ways to improve the program’s operations. Adventure Club is very lucky to have her and she is so deserving of this award.

Debbie Harms and Dean Kathryn Chval laugh about the surprise Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award.

Pam Osman’s nomination

Debbie is deserving of the Porter-Graham Staff award as she has an excellent work ethic, giving 110% in everything she does while keeping an eye on the big picture. With over 220 employees and a 2.9 million dollar budget, Debbie manages an wide array of daily duties and consistently completes her tasks with professionalism and a smile. Debbie is a staff member that employees and families can count on. The Adventure Club program would not run as efficiently without her.


Established by former Interim Dean Rose Porter, the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award celebrates the dedication, resolve, leadership, and overall excellence of individuals making significant contributions to the MU College of Education. Rose Porter has always been a strong advocate for staff, noting that “they keep the place running.” Jill Williams-Graham (M ED 1990) and her husband Dr. Steven Graham, Sr. Associate Vice-President, UM System, joined Dr. Rose Porter and her husband Dr. Michael Porter, recognizing the immense impacts staff have in the running of the college. 


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