2017 Chuck Thompson Award Winners
Recipients: Jim Hastie & Veronica Huff
UT Facilities Services is happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Chuck Thompson Outstanding Employee Award.
The recipients of the 19th annual presentation of the award are Veronica Huff from Special Projects and Jim Hastie from Sanitation Safety.
Chuck Thompson was a Facilities Services assistant director until his retirement in 1976. The award was created by his children in memory of their parents to recognize two employees who have rendered particularly exemplary, meritorious and unselfish service to the University of Tennessee.
Two awards are given every year, one from the skilled craft areas and one from the clerical, services and support areas, and each recipient must have at least 10 years of service with the university. This year Veronica and Jim were chosen from 22 nominees.
“The awards celebrate excellence in our department,” said Associate Vice Chancellor Dave Irvin. “What I really love about these are that the winners aren’t chosen by me, they’re not chosen by the directors, they are chosen by a panel of their peers.”
Jim been with UT since 1977 and is a Pest Control Technician with Sanitation Safety in Facilities Operations.
Among the reasons Jim was nominated was his extraordinary dedication to his job every day. He rarely misses a day of work and has been known to be forced to take a vacation.
The extra steps he takes gives reassurance to the parents of our incoming students, which keeps Facilities Services looking good in the eyes of students, parents, and other departments on campus.
Jim’s ability to enhance morale throughout Facilities Services is effective and contagious.
Customer service is his specialty as he always goes the extra smile while exhibiting a great attitude.
He is always here early and stays late. He loves his job, he loves the university and is an asset to our department. Jim holds this university dear to heart and champions on any endeavor sought by it.
With the department since 1997, Veronica works as an Administrative Specialist with Special Projects under Administration.
One of the many reasons she was nominated for the award was that she takes ownership of her work and gives it her absolute best. She is conscientious, intelligent, personable, and always has the time to answer someone’s question with a smile on her face no matter how busy she is.
Veronica takes on more responsibilities than her position requires, and it always involves helping others succeed while promoting department goals.
She is an instinctive troubleshooter and has spent many long hours during the past few years dedicating herself to helping supervisors and foremen navigate the Archibus system.
Veronica was praised for her work before, after and during the TNAPPA conference hosted by the department earlier this year. She took on an immense amount to ensure the conference was a success.
She gives everything she can to make sure she is a credit to this department and therefore the university.
“Our winners this year, Veronica and Jim, are both great examples of the excellence all of us at Facilities Services strive to achieve,” said Dave Irvin.