Staff Assembly Honorees Show "Something Extra"

Innovation Staff recipient award winners, 2024, smiling in stairwell.
Staff Assembly Innovation Award winners

February 05, 2024
Gonzaga University News Service

Recipients of Staff Assembly semi-annual awards for Spirit, Innovation and Support of Mission have three things in common – their enthusiasm, care for others and their work, and living Gonzaga’s mission.

Spark of Spirit Award: Ismael Teshome, ITS Service Experience; Josephine Orlando, Housing & Residence Life

Staff Assembly Spark of Spirit Award winners, 2024, Ismael Teshome and Josephine Orlando
Ismael Teshome and Josephine Orlando

Spark of Spirit recipients

Josephine Orlando is a natural motivator, consistently positive, enthusiastic and brings a high level of commitment to her work and professional relationships. Ismael Teshome always has a smile, a kind word and offers new ways to make daily work better. His laughter, smiles and work ethic have improved office morale.

Innovation Award: Brenda Washington, Lindsay Bailey and Hayley Roth, Instructional Design & Delivery

Staff Assembly Innovation award recipients, Brenda Washington, Hayley Roth and Lindsay Bailey
Brenda Washington, Lindsay Bailey and Hayley Roth

Innovation recipients

The team of Brenda Warrington, Lindsay Bailey and Hayley Roth conducted extensive research, shepherded collaborative planning and conducted rigorous testing to implement the Canvas Learning Management System to enhance GU’s educational environment by automating administrative tasks.

Mission Award: Rebecca Hoyt, Organizational Development; Drew Rieder, Alumni Relations

Staff Assembly 2024 Mission Award recipients, Rebecca Hoyt and Drew Rieder.
Rebecca Hoyt and Drew Rieder

Support of Mission

Rebecca Hoyt’s impact on the greater GU community is that of a shepherd, guiding others to be their best. She has created resources and processes that are enduring, developmentally based and holistic. Drew Rieder models what it means to walk alongside others on their journey. He strives to create community and inclusion, and humbly leads others by demonstrating collaboration, resilience and excitement for innovation.

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