Jaime Call named "Most Courteous Employee"

Jaime Call, a staff member in the EEB main office, has been named as UTK’s most courteous employee for Sept. 2011. Note that UTK has roughly 15,000 employees, so the competition is fierce.

Below is some of the information used in her nomination:

  • “Jaime is always a huge help in the EEB office. I collaborated with another peer to start the EEB undergraduate club and I don’t think that it would have been established if it were not for Jaime Call. She’s always energetic and willing to drop everything she is doing just to lend a hand. If anyone is deserving of roses it is definitely Jaime.”
  • “She is incredibly helpful whether it’s your first time in the office or you see her every day. She never brings any personal issues into the workplace and always greets you with a smile no matter what her day has been like.”
  • “I am a new research faculty member at UT. Jaime Call has been extremely helpful over the past few months as I have moved to UT. She has repeatedly exceeded my expectations and gone out of her way to make sure that my grants, classes, and office were set up correctly. She has recently proved to be even more vital in the workings of the department as a senior member of the office staff has just retired.”
  • “Jaime is always so helpful with any administrative problems. All of us in EEB are pretty much guaranteed that she’ll do all she can to help solve a problem and also do it with a smile.”
  • “Jaime is the most helpful person in our department. She is always cheerful and willing to help anyone, from undergraduates, to graduate students, to faculty and staff. She goes out of her way to find solutions to problems and does so with a smile. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of roses than Jaime!”
  • “Every time I see Jamie, she always has a smile on her face, and she is always willing to go the extra mile to help out a student or co-worker. I personally cannot think of a better person to receive roses, she truly is an inspiration to me each and every day. Thank you for the consideration.”
  • “Jaime is one of the best, most efficient and friendly administrative assistants I have ever worked with! Coming from ORNL to UT she was always there for me, answering silly to very difficult questions! Please send the roses to her, she would be so happy!”
  • “Jaime is always very helpful and friendly whenever you enter the EEB office. She might be juggling a phone call, some computer meltdown, and photocopying tons of papers for a professor, but she always greets you with a smile and gets whatever you need done!”“I can’t even begin to expound upon what a pleasure it is to work with Jamie Call. She greets everyone who comes to the EEB department & manages to juggle a million different jobs. She is always happy to help and if she can’t figure out your problem, she can point you in the right direction. I see her helping graduate students with submitting NSF grants (and faculty as well), helping undergrads figure out their class schedules & other random problems, ordering equipment, dealing with difficult (and happy) faculty…. She makes my life, and the lives of many in our department and the university, much easier. She also is in charge of fielding email & visits from the public (“I found this in my yard, what it is”) — which are not infrequent. She interacts with us all with good humor and a smile. I know that EEB is lucky to have her as the face of our department & I know the undergraduate students, graduate students, random people wandering by, and people with ecological questions! Our faculty is lucky to have her as a member of our university. Jaime deserves a bigger thank you than we could give her individually — and I think this award would mean a lot to her.”
  • “Jaime is the first face you see when you walk into the EEB office every day. She is always happy and cheerful. Throughout my 4 years as a graduate student, Jaime has helped me numerous times even though she isn’t required to. She’s helped me navigate the University grant system, the graduate school requirements, and my own departmental requirements. I know when I’m having a problem I can go to Jaime for help. She definitely deserves roses.”
  • “Jaime has been extremely helpful to faculty, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students in our department. Jaime never hesitates in helping anyone and goes beyond the call of duty to ensure you get what you need.”
  • “Jaime is always helpful and super cheerful about doing her job. She goes the extra mile to help everyone that comes by her desk.”
  • “Jaime is always helpful and has a fantastic eye for knowing when you have no idea what you’re doing or where to look for things.”
  • “Jaime is the most friendly and helpful person in the world. She is always ready to help with anything she knows about and help to find answers if she doesn’t already know them. She is approachable and a great smiling face for everyone to see as they come into the EEB office. She is a great problem solver and even though she puts up with a lot from people in the department she is always in a good mood.”
  • “Jaime is always willing to help students that stop by the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department office, no matter what she is working on and no matter what the student needs. She is very knowledgeable about the department and office workings, and if she doesn’t know the answer to the problem, she is always quick to find somebody who can help.
  • In addition to her helpfulness, she’s always positive and willing to lend a friendly ear. Jaime is simply an outstandingly positive and necessary part of the EEB department, and she is truly deserving of being recognized by the Positive Recognition Committee.”
  • “She is one of the best people that I have met. Last year I was traveling overseas and I got one of my bags stolen. In my bag I had my passport and ID. I am an international student, so I needed to get a new visa to come back to the US. She personally takes care of all the paper work to get documentation from UT. Finally, she is always ready to help you, and always with a big smile.”

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