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EOQ Recipients April-June 2020

Employee of the Quarter Photograph

Employee of the Quarter Photograph

The Department of Human Resources would like to congratulate Paul Zimmerman and Ken Schriehofer on receiving this honor.

Paul Zimmerman, MT Maintenance Aide I in Facilities Management, is the Non-exempt Employee of the Quarter for April-June 2020. Paul began his career at UMBC in January 2004.

Paul was nominated by Chris Serafin, Electrical Trades Supervisor in Facilities Management. Chris says, “Paul is a hard-working dedicated employee who is always concerned for the well being of the UMBC campus. He is unwavering in his desire to make sure customer’s needs are met. Paul has extensive knowledge of the indoor lighting needs of those who work within the campus buildings. His extensive knowledge of every type of lamp on campus is astonishing. He never forgets what needs to be done to help the customer. Paul and his team keep the lights on. His dedication and vigilance can be seen throughout campus. There is never a dark hallway, bathroom or office. A veteran of the bulb crew he shows tremendous leadership and an uncanny ability to motivate his team members.”

“Paul is continually making improvements on the way we respond to customer requests, keeping track of inventory, and ordering material. For example, Paul’s use of the Grainger online app has reduced mistakes in ordering materials and increased efficiency of maintaining inventory. Paul’s system of keeping track of work orders ensures that the customers’ requests have been addressed and their needs satisfied. Paul is reliable and a joy to work with.”

Paul was presented with his award in June. He was very appreciative and thrilled to have been selected as Employee of the Quarter.

Ken Schriehofer, Manager in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), is the Exempt Employee of the Quarter for April-June of 2020. Ken began his career at UMBC as a Specialist in Residential Life in March 2012. He was promoted to IT Manager for the Division of Student Affairs in 2015 and transferred to DoIT in his current position in 2019.

Ken was nominated by Jack Suess, Vice President of the Division of Information Technology.Jack describes Ken as “a natural collaborator. In his role in Student Affairs he worked across the Division of Student Affairs to bring groups together and find solutions for everyone. He does this not through talking but listening and seeking to understand needs. Technically, he is excellent, especially in data analysis and analytics. What makes him truly special is his ability to tap into the skills of his colleagues in unique ways to come up with truly innovative solutions that no one person could have accomplished.”

“What Ken accomplished in Student Affairs alone was amazing. In his tenure there he led the effort to move the campus to a common ticketing solution, university tickets, that has been very successful. In DoIT, Ken has led two very high-profile efforts. First, he took on a project to develop a case-management system for the academic advocates. In under three months, he worked with Amanda Knapp and across different people in DoIT to build a system that can be used by an academic advocate to support and track a student’s interventions across UMBC. In addition to that, he took on a project to quickly purchase, configure and deploy a system for Title IX reporting.”

Ken completed his MS in Information Systems during his time at UMBC. He is active in a variety of UMBC activities supporting students and staff.

Ken was presented his award during a surprise WebEx meeting on April 6, 2020.

Recipients receive $500, a special parking space, one day of administrative leave, a certificate, his/her name on the Employee of the Quarter plaque and an invitation to the annual Service Award Ceremony.

Human Resources offers special thanks to everyone that nominated an employee for the award. Previous nominations received will be eligible for consideration for one year from the date received. The next Employee of the Quarter recipients will be selected in July.