2012-13 Service Award Recipients

Purdue Calumet honors top employees for 2012-13

Five Purdue University Calumet employees have received 2012-13 awards for outstanding service to the university.

Award recipients are:

  • Outstanding Administrative Leader: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Opportunity Programs Roy L. Hamilton of Gary;
  • Outstanding Administrator: Senior Career Services Coordinator Deborah Blades of Hebron;
  • Outstanding Operations Technical Employee: School of Technology Administrative Assistant Laura Dorsch of St. John;
  • Outstanding Clerical Employee: University Village-Housing Clerk Ila Muller of Hammond; and
  • Outstanding Service Employee: Physical Facilities Maintenance Worker Tom Sanchez of Merrillville.

Outstanding Administrative Leader Roy L. Hamilton

He provides oversight for programs relating to military veterans, 21st Century Scholars, students with disabilities, underrepresented students and academic progression of student athletes. Last year, his campus unit secured a $100,000 grant to support a student program for military veterans that is considered a model in Indiana. He also conceived, established and implemented the university’s Academic Athletic Monitoring Program that assists student-athletes in their academic progression. Additionally, he leads the university’s annual Martin Luther King Day Convocation program and observance.

“It is an extremely humbling experience to have others recognize me for my work and passion,” he said. “I attribute my success to having a body of colleagues who have mentored me and have been critical and supportive of my efforts here at Purdue Calumet. It is encouraging to have others recognize me for work that does not seem work because of my love for it. Every day I come to campus is an opportunity for me to be creative and assist in transforming lives.”

He holds a baccalaureate degree from Morehouse (Ga.) College and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding Administrator Deborah Blades

In her Career Services role, she coordinates on-campus recruiting, employee development and student and alumni job fairs that have exceeded employer participation goals by 20 percent. She also has collaborated in developing a specific job fair for military veterans. Additionally, she has developed mobile applications and used social media to connect jobs via non-traditional methods. Campus peers have applauded her innovation, work ethic and attention to detail.

“I am humbled to be named Purdue Calumet’s Outstanding Administrator and be recognized for something I am truly passionate about,” she said. “Assisting students, alumni and community members reach their career goals is an amazing feeling. I am thrilled to be able to share this honor with my Career Services team members.”

Outstanding Operations Technical Employee Laura Dorsch

Among her numerous contributions, she has created spreadsheets and maneuvered databases that have allowed seamless delivery to School of Technology clients. Colleagues have applauded her efforts to effectively prioritize multiple client requests, as well as her knack for turning stressful situations into a working environment of collaboration.

“Not everyone has an opportunity to work in a place that they truly love,” she said. “For me, working in the School of Technology is such a place. It gives me the opportunity to work with great people as part of a team and to make a difference in the education of our students. This award, not only recognizes my efforts, but it recognizes the great team that we have within the School of Technology.”

Outstanding Clerical Employee Ila Muller

This recipient has been praised for working tirelessly to enable efficient organization of her operation. Involved in decision-making, meticulous to detail, engaging and personable, she is considered an ambassador for her unit in assisting students and staff. Beyond her direct responsibilities, she has served as co-coordinator of Purdue Calumet’s Lake Area United Way campaign, and assisted with campus participation at the Lake County Fair and with Black History Month.

“This award means so much,” she said. “It was such a nice surprise, and I am very grateful. I take pride in my work, and to be recognized with this award is truly appreciated!”

Outstanding Service Employee Tom Sanchez

For 28 years, he, diligently, has helped maintain campus buildings and offices by fixing the broken and installing the new. His job runs the gamut of securing doors to helping students change their flat tire. His campus peers applaud his skill and efficiency in responding to countless last minute requests.

“I am very honored and thankful of all my fellow co-workers who help each other when needed to complete our tasks and provide service to our customers,” he said. “I have enjoyed working here and hope to continue helping in any way I can.”

The 2012-13 Purdue University Calumet Outstanding Service Award recipients (l to r) Roy Hamilton, Laura Dorsch, Chancellor Thomas Keon, Deborah Blades, Ila Muller and Tomas Sanchez