The recipient of the Staff Performance Award has been at Towson University for the past 20 years and serves all departments and programs in the college with a huge demand of effort from Smith Hall programs.
He has a wide range of responsibilities that include instructional and research support that is becoming increasing more complex due to the both the amount and variety of equipment that require his expertise for upkeep and maintenance. Additionally, he is critical to the smooth functioning of the teaching labs and instructional technology used in the lecture halls and classrooms. This awardee always makes himself available to students involved in research and independent projects — one student mentioned that biology researchers should try to clone him!
But this recipient goes above and beyond on a regular basis. He recently stepped up and took over the purchasing and management of departmental and grant budgets when another staff member had to be away with little advance notice; as a result he worked over time most days in the past 7 months basically doing two full time jobs.
That being said, the excerpts from the letters really tell the story. “He doesn’t just do his job. He does his job well. VERY well. If he were to leave TU, our department’s instructional and research efficiency would be in dire straits indeed.” Another wrote that “his unconditional support for the students has and will continue to positively influence the education experience of Towson students” and that he “consistently exceeded his job expectations year after year.” One faculty member wrote that “I can bring a question or project to him and get informed, professional advice. He is eager to help and when he commits to a project, you can be sure that it will be professionally executed.” He basically does “whatever it takes to get the job done, and have everything running smoothly.”
For his dedication, hard work and invaluable contributions to the smooth functioning of the Fisher College, the 2012 Staff Performance award goes to Mr. Jeff Klupt.
(As presented by Associate Dean Gail Gasparich at the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Forum on November 2, 2012.)
The Jess and Mildred Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics
Smith Hall, Room 312 (campus map)