Top Techsan Awards

Recognized as individuals who exemplify team spirit and extraordinary work proficiency, four individuals will be honored at the 2013 Top Techsan Luncheon in October. This year’s recipients are Kristina Woods Butler, Associate Director, Research & Academic Communications, Office of Vice President for Research; Dale Ganus, Assistant Managing Director of Texas Tech University Systems Information Technology; Jeff Livingston, Senior Superintendent for the National Wind Institute research facilities at Reese Technology Center; and Jo Lynne Stark, Senior Business Assistant at the TECHniques Center.

Each winner was nominated by fellow Texas Tech faculty, students or staff. Selections are made based on nominations of individuals, emphasizing work ethic and attitude within the Texas Tech family. Letters of support, examples of the employee exceeding expectations, and reports of outstanding customer service or creating an environment of improved efficiency and productivity are part of the committee’s evaluation of a candidate’s overall nomination packet.

To be a candidate for the award, the nominee must have two or more years of service with the university and are accepted from current faculty, staff or students. Awardees will be honored at the Top Techsan Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 11, and will receive a plaque and $500 during the presentation.

2013 Recipients

Kristina Woods Butler, Associate Director for Research & Academic Communications, Office of Vice President for Research. Butler has worked for Texas Tech since 2007 and is a “master at taking complicated, less-than-effective websites and turning them into attractive, simple, user-friendly sites.” She founded and is managing editor of Texas Tech Discoveries, an online magazine geared toward telling Texas Tech’s research story to more than 100,000 readers around the globe.

Dale Ganus, Assistant Managing Director of Texas Tech University Systems Information Technology. Ganus is a Texas Tech alumnus, has been a Texas Tech employee for 17 years and is described as a “role model for exhibiting outstanding customer service. He cares deeply about our students and their experiences at Texas Tech.” Ganus continually works on enhancing the Texas Tech processes to find more efficient ways to meet students’ needs and improve accuracy of student record keeping.

Jeff Livingston, Senior Superintendent for the National Wind Institute Research Facilities at Reese Technology Center. Livingston attended Texas Tech as a civil engineering student and is involved with the multi-million dollar testing facility at the National Wind Institute. Livingston is “compassionate, kind and modest and plays an important role (although frequently unrecognized) in research for which the NWI has become world-renowned.” Livingston leads efforts to maintain all facilities at Reese, including a 67-acre field site.

Jo Lynne Stark, Senior Business Assistant at the TECHniques Center. Stark is not only a Texas Tech student who works at the TECHniques Center, she is a also a student who keeps her grades high enough to make the Dean’s List. Stark is described as “the backbone that keeps the TECHniques Center strong.” She gives quality customer service and is a constant support and comforting presence to students, teachers and counselors. She goes above and beyond her administrative duties and is the heart of the TECHniques Center.

2012 Top Techsan Award Recipients

Katherine “Kathy” Austin Beltz, Ph.D., assistant vice president of the Information Technology Division. Beltz is recognized as a “true ‘Top Techsan’ who has given her heart, passion and impeccable work ethic to Texas Tech for the last 20-plus years.” She is known for communicating complex technical information in an easy-to-understand way.

Margaret “Margie” Ceja, academic adviser in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering’s Department of Construction Engineering. Ceja is recognized for exhibiting outstanding customer service skills by serving students with “dedication, concern and empathy.” She has worked at Texas Tech for more than 10 years and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree.

Beccy Hambright, Ph.D., program manager in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering’s T-STEM Center. She is recognized for possessing strong leadership skills and is known to “finish the job right the first time,” and to have a “can-do attitude.” Hambright is also lauded for putting first the educational experiences of students and schools involved in the T-STEM program. She has worked for Texas Tech since 1991.

Shannon Hutchison, unit manager in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Texas Tech Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation. He is recognized for going above and beyond his daily responsibilities, allowing students to contact him after hours and on weekends. He is known for treating everyone with respect, whether they are faculty, staff, student or service personnel. He has worked at Texas Tech for 11 years.