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April 2, 2004

Voiles Receives Chancellor's Recognition Award

Monica Voiles, office manager of the UW-River Falls Admissions Office, is one of this year's recipients of the Chancellor's Recognition Award to Classified Staff.

This award is given annually to a non-instructional staff member who has successfully fulfilled his or her job responsibilities, participated in university service projects and had an exceptional attitude. Students, staff and faculty nominate the recipients.

Director of Admissions Alan Tuchtenhagen, Voiles' supervisor, believes her position is one of vital importance to the success of the University's enrollment.

"Her upbeat, helpful and cheery approach to her job has made a positive impression on literally thousands of students," Tuchtenhagen said.

Voiles has worked in the admissions office since August, 1995. She is involved in all facets of the admissions process, such as speaking with prospective students, assembling recruitment materials and registering students.

She said she loves her job because she has great faith in the UW-System.

"I love what I do because I get to meet people as they're looking for schools and help them become enthusiastic about what we have at UW-RF," Voiles said.

She also serves as housemother for the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. President Brandon Bruder of Alpha Gamma Rho said Voiles has been one of the best additions to the fraternity in a long time.

"Monica is our mother figure away from home and always wants to help us succeed and become better men," Bruder commented.

Voiles said of her housemother position, "They take good care of me and they make me laugh."

Dean Stephen Ridley of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences said her dedication to duty and her employer is rare.

"Knowledge is important, and when combined with a positive attitude and a welcoming demeanor, one's effective working knowledge seems to be multiplied into another dimension. It is this dimension in which Monica operates," Ridley said.

Voiles said receiving the award was an honor, but bittersweet because of Chancellor Lydecker's death. Lydecker told her she had received the award the day before she died.

"I think about how I would have handled the conversation differently. Of course, you don't know it's the last time you will speak to her," Voiles said.

Voiles resides in River Falls and has four children: Kristofer, Marnisa, Keith and Kyle.


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