The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the July Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: Breanna Williams! Breanna is a Recruitment Coordinator for the College.
Brittany Smotherson’s nomination
Breanna joined us during what the busiest month of her position, while nothing on campus was “business as usual.” A primarily F2F, travel-based position, the Recruitment Coordinator role was significantly altered with a loose and evolving blueprint to follow. Breanna has remained flexible and enthusiastic throughout. Breanna has asked many questions of established procedures. This at times has led to beneficial change and other times, to deeper reflection. Breanna has used her time here to seek out others for personal and professional support in ways that have been inspiring and encouraging. Because of this, she has developed relationships in the college, throughout the campus, and the larger Columbia community. I’m honored to work with her and excited about her growing presence.
Joel Stancer’s nomination
Breanna came to the College of Education mid-semester Fall 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. She has worked to recruit students via Zoom and various other virtual platforms. She has worked to build relationships with current students through her work with the Ambassadors. She is hardworking and dedicated to recruiting students. Most notably, Breanna has been a great supporter of her colleagues. She is willing to help out and go above and beyond. When I needed assistance with setup for events or just to bounce an idea, Breanna has always been a listening ear and a great support. Breanna brings sunshine and energy into the building. With the limited number of students in the building over the last year, Breanna has been the positive energy that was needed!
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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