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Marcia Pawlik, Administrative Assistant, Risk Management

Dr. Jeanne Simmons, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management

Carol Trecek, Directory, Continuing Education and Alumni Relations, School of Dentistry

Sandra Wicker, Team Teacher, Krueger Child Care Center

Past Recipients of the Excellence in University Service Awards
Pawlik, Simmons, Trecek, Wicker recognized with Employee Service Awards:

Not lacking in quantity or quality of nominations, the 2010 Employee Service Award recipients share one additional characteristic. According to their respective nominators, they’re also representative of one of the university’s core tenets — cura personalis. Their caring and concern for others helped them rise to the top in consideration for this year’s awards.

Marcia Pawlik
Administrative Assistant, Risk Management

In more than 30 years of employment at Marquette, Pawlik has assisted others in a variety of roles while working out of several different departments, most recently processing claims for Risk Management.

“In her work with insurance claims for Risk Management, she’s pleasant, patient and informative in dealing with university employees in stressful situations because of their illness or injury,” said a nominator. “She embodies the university spirit in the way she treats others.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with all the different people inside and outside the university,” said Pawlik. “That’s what’s kept me there — being able to help all different people.”
“Marcia isn’t only deserving of this award because of her tenure at Marquette, but because of the way she has allowed others to grow as a result of her friendliness and warmth,” said another nominator.

Dr. Jeanne Simmons
Associate Dean, College of Business Administration
and Graduate School of Management

As associate dean of the Graduate School of Management, Simmons deals with all aspects of students returning to school to earn their master’s degrees in various business programs or disciplines.

“When students embark on the 17-month executive MBA program in August, the program holds a farewell dinner with spouses and family members,” said a nominator. “The fact that she recognizes the support of spouses and children exemplifies cura personalis.”

“I really enjoy the contact with so many different people from so many different walks of life,” said Simmons. “We have engineers, physicians, English majors, communication majors, lawyers, business majors — of course — and everyone in between. Some are just out of college and others are on their encore career. They are all looking to advance their knowledge, skills and careers. It is great to be a part of that.”  

Carol Trecek
Director, Continuing Education and
Alumni Relations, School of Dentistry

“Marquette has always felt like more than just a place to work for me,” said Trecek. “There is a sense of community here that is special. I also like working on a college campus — there is an energy that students bring to a place.

In a broad sense, her job is to connect or reconnect School of Dentistry alumni and dental professionals in general to the dental school, coordinating continuing education programming, reunions, receptions and other alumni events.

“I believe we can train people to do a job, but we cannot train them to care, and for me that is what really sets Carol apart from others — her caring spirit,” said a nominator. “She is an outstanding individual dedicated to improving the Marquette environment as demonstrated over and over again in her 20-plus years at Marquette.”

Sandra Wicker
Team Teacher, Krueger Child Care Center

Wicker provides programming for the school-age children of Marquette employees and alumni, plans and coordinates ­“adventures” for the children and assists in other areas throughout Marquette’s child care center.

“Sandra’s creativity to continuously develop the imagination of our children is priceless,” said a nominator. “I think she instills values into children just as every parent would do with their own. I highly trust Sandra with the well-being of my own children, and most parents would agree this is a ‘status’ that is earned.”

“I love exploring old and new things with the children and watching them take flight as they learn a new skill,” said Wicker. “I enjoy seeing kids get excited about turning four because they know soon they will be able to come to my room at the center.”