Martin Denkhoff, Jr. of Highland was named Outstanding Administrator; Rebecca Jarvis of Lake Station, Outstanding Service Staff Employee; and Rebecca Benson of Highland, Outstanding Clerical Staff Employee. They were honored at the university’s recent Employees Service Recognition Luncheon.
Denkhoff, in his position as Senior Business Manager, was acknowledged for providing significant assistance the past year to Academic Affairs deans, directors, principal investigators and others in understanding and interpreting financial reports and various aspects of grant funding. Additionally, he became recognized as the campus financial subject matter expert relative to a new Purdue University system-wide electronic records system.
Nominators also cited his ability to provide effective direction to campus business units lacking leadership and resources.
“It is truly an honor for me to win this award,” Denkhoff, a seven-year Purdue Calumet employee, said. “This is very special for me, as I am following in my (retired) father’s footsteps, who also received this award during his tenure here.”
Jarvis, a Building Services custodian, was introduced as “a courteous and hardworking employee who always exceeds expectations. She takes the initiative to go beyond standard procedures to do the job to the utmost.”
The 21-year employee has been characterized by her nominators as “understanding, uncomplaining, friendly, cheerful, helpful, detail-oriented, committed and a leader.”
“I feel blessed and honored in being chosen this year and having been nominated in past years, because there are so many deserving individuals,” she said. “I continue to find enjoyment servicing and assisting others to be successful so as to be successful myself. . .”
Benson is a secretary in the Center for Student Achievement, where, among other responsibilities, she has spent the past year coordinating Purdue Calumet’s Foundations of Excellence self-study of the first-year student experience. Her tasks have included organizing meetings from five committees and assuming leadership roles in communication and survey work.
Nominators referred to the four-plus-year employee as “a selfless, dedicated employee, loyal to her supervisor, a tireless worker and a friend and resource to everyone.”
In her response to receiving the award, she said, “I am thankful to Purdue University Calumet and Ron Kovach (her supervisor and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) to receive such a wonderful award. I truly believe a person is only as good as those he/she works with, and on our campus I have been fortunate to work with some of the best!”