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Chuck Thompson Awards

2018 Chuck Thompson Award Winners

Recipients: Joel Rummage & Rick Cannon

UT Facilities Services is happy to announce the winners of the 2018 Chuck Thompson Outstanding Employee Award.
The recipients are the 20th annual presentation of the award are Joel Rummage from Landscape Services and Rick Cannon from Electrical Services.

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 Joel and Rick were chosen from 30 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 men, they’re not chosen by the directors, they are chosen by a panel of their peers.”
Joel has been with UT for 12 years and is a Supervisor with Landscape Services in Facilities Operations.
He was nominated for his enthusiasm and dedication to the university while taking on more demanding landscape improvements with no additional staff to his crew.
Joel serves as a mentor to new landscape personnel and has developed strong relationships with faculty, staff, and students in his districts of campus, and he is always first to volunteer for a challenge.
He acts as the Landscape Services team lead in the effort for every football game to promote a cleaner tailgate experience and strengthen the recycling effort throughout campus.
During the last three years Joel has given up several annual leave days to meet with state and local government representatives regarding the state-wide facilities management outsourcing as well as many other university initiatives.
Joel’s dedication and pride is apparent to his supervisors and crew every day.
Rick has been with the university for 17 years and is a Line Installer Foreman with Electrical Services in Utilities.
One of the reasons Rick was nominated for his hardworking and conscientious nature in regard to his job. He comes in early, stays late, works outages and ballgames all while keeping a positive attitude.
Rick is respected by his fellow coworkers and even though they are shorthanded, he management the work load of his crew and they always get the job done.
He is always kind and courteous to students, faculty, staff, vendors and contractors and he excels inside the office as well as out in the field.
Rick is very safety conscious and knowledgeable, and always makes the safety of his crew a top priority.
He is on call almost 365 days of the year, he is the first one here and the last to leave and truly cares about the campus and the work her is doing.

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