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Congratulations to Natasha Kinto, Star Employee

(Pictured from left: Von Breeden, Cris Scott, Kinto, Lori Carter and Terry Locklear.)

Take a look at some of the kind words her co-workers shared about her:

"Ms. Kinto works diligently with our students to ensure their success. She also ensures that the department runs smoothly and efficiently.  She is a valued member to the department."

"Ms. Kinto is a gifted, kind and hard-working colleague.   Everyone connected with our department can depend on her for accurate information, ready assistance, and a kind word and a gentle smile on a hard day.  She is extremely professional -well- organized highly disciplined and very effective.    She is beloved by our students for her ability to help them navigate processes they find confusing and challenging and because they can depend on her to do what she says that she will do.   I share their experience of her. Ms. Kinto is an active member of the UNCP community.  I see her on campus at many different UNCP events, including our department celebrations and professional development offerings, GPAC shows, campus lectures and sporting events.  She is an excellent representative of this institution, both as alumnae and as an employee.   Thank you for considering my nomination of Ms. Kinto for this honor that she so richly deserves."

"Natasha is a star. She is always bright, optimistic and a shining representative of the Department of Social Work. Her title does not encompass what she does for the Department and the University. I have worked with her for 4 years and she is consistently friendly, positive and willing to drop what she is doing to help students, employees and visitors. Whenever I greet her she is smiling and engaging. I admire her attitude, the way she carries herself and her organizational skills; her follow-through is on point! I know I will hear back from her and she will know what to do! She helps keep us going. She is a star for the UNC-Pembroke community.”

Congratulations to Janet Gentes, Star Employee

(Pictured from left: Dr. Robert W. Brown, Lori Carter, Gentes, Von Breeden, Cris Scott and Terry Locklear.)

Janet began her tenure at UNCP in May 2003 in the History Department where she remains today. Supervised by Dr. Robert Brown, she is also a student at UNCP working toward earning a Studio Arts Degree. Ms. Gentes received several raving reviews from her colleagues and here are just a few:

"While interacting with students and faculty, Gentes is always helpful and informative. Students know her to be someone who knows what she is doing and is willing to go above and beyond for them, and many times, I have overheard students explaining problems to her that have nothing to do with the History Department and they just know Gentes as someone who will know what to do. She totally deserves this award!”

"She takes the same approach with students and faculty who come to our office for help; if their problem is one she cannot solve, she does not simply direct them to another location. Instead, she calls that office and ensures that somebody there can help the student, and makes sure he or she has all the necessary information to complete the task on arrival. Students, as well as faculty from other departments, thus often come to her for help because we know she will not send anyone on a blind scavenger hunt, but instead do her best to find the necessary information."

“It is perhaps cliché to say that an academic department cannot function without its administrative assistant, but it is very accurate in this case to say that the History Department could not continue to perform at our current level of academic excellence and community engagement without Janet's persistence and attention to detail.”



Congratulations to Rip Turner, Star Employee

(Pictured from left: Lori Carter, Cris Scott, Von Breeden, Turner, Lela Clark and Terry Locklear.)

Here are just a few of the comments that Mr. Turner's co-workers made in regards to his character and professionalism:

"Since his location is in the lobby of Lumbee Hall he is the first "face of the university" for many visitors. Rip's customer service skills are outstanding and he has made a number of suggestions for other offices that have improved the service they offer, thus positively enhancing the experience for callers. I can't think of any other employee whose impact has been as far-reaching to internal and external constituents as Rip's has been."

"Rip possesses the qualities of a star employee. He always remains composed and positive no matter the situation at hand. Rip does an awesome job of assisting our students."

"Rip is a dedicated employee who is always pleasant to be around and shows great abilities toward his job."

"Rip is amazing. He is great at answering the phones, multitasking and assisting families in getting around campus."

And there were lots more!

Congratulations Mr. Turner and keep up the awesome work!



Congratulations to Beatrice Williams, Star Employee

(Pictured from left: Terry Locklear, Robert Hughes, Cris Scott, Marvin Miller, Williams, Von Breeden and Lori Carter.)

Beatrice had this to say:

"I ’ve been employed with UNCP for 10 years. I started out as an administrative assistant in the Controller’s Office working for the brilliant Ila Killian for five years. I am so grateful to her for taking a chance on me. Her training and expertise in state guidelines & policies has helped me tremendously. I’ve been in the Financial Planning and Budget Office for five years handling travel for the University (faculty, staff, students, and visitors). Roger Killian, who is now retired, has also been a remarkable supervisor. What I like most about my job is it motivates me to do exceptional work. I thoroughly enjoy working with everyone and being of assistance. I am just so honored that people thought enough to nominate me for my efforts in trying to provide excellent service. I try, and that’s what I’m here for. I just want to say thank you and I truly appreciate this wonderful recognition. I’m truly blessed to be a part of UNCP."

Colleagues had this to say about Beatrice:

"Beatrice is very efficient & hardworking."

"She always go over and beyond to make sure Travel needs are handled in a timely manner for UNCP faculty, staff, & students." 

"I feel that Beatrice goes beyond her call of duty to make sure that all travel vouchers are paid in a timely manner."

"She has a great personality and is always willing to help."



Congratulations to Cynthia Oxendine, Star Employee

(Pictured from left: Cris Scott, Oxendine, Lori Carter and Terry Locklear.)

Cynthia had this to say:

"Today marks my 30th anniversary as an employee at UNCP!…it’s been a ride!! Started out as a Clerk Typist making about $811 a month…wow…lol…thanks to Galvin Floyd who hired me fresh out of college. Bought my first car that same year…an electric red Cutlass Supreme…financed it for two years….took half my pay check to make the payments…thank God for Mama and Daddy!! They put gas in the tank, paid my insurance, and put food in my mouth. I worked it off by cashiering in our small country store on Red Banks…wouldn’t trade that experience (started working there in 6th grade) for anything…it’s where I got my work ethic…there and in grandma’s cucumber and Paul Harris’ ‘bacca fields! Thanks also to Dr. Diane Jones who believed in me and gave me my first and last promotion…worked for her almost my entire career at UNCP. Love my alma mater and employer UNCP…you’ve been good to me and my family…looking forward to another couple at least…smile. But most of all thanks to God for allowing me this amazing journey."



Congratulations to Ann Jacobs, Star Employee

(Pictured from left: Cris Scott, Jacobs, Lori Carter and Terry Locklear.)

Ann Jacobs (Business Services), who works in the Post Office, is the Staff Council’s Star Employee for December and January. Jacobs is a 26-year employee and has spent her entire career with the campus post office. She was awarded a certificate, gift mug and will have reserved parking through January.The office has changed locations four times during her tenure. Her fondest memories are of great personal interactions between faculty, staff and students. She said that she was shocked when she learned that she had won the award. The nominations were very warm and highlighted the character that she dedicated to working everyday.


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Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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