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July 31, 2019
MILWAUKEE — Lori Montezon, an administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost and Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, is a recipient of the Excellence in University Service Award.
Montezon’s care for others, matched with her keen attention to detail, make her an invaluable member of the Marquette community. She exhibits the Ignatian ideal of caring for others through her everyday work and interactions with colleagues. In her role, she supports day-to-day operational tasks as well as key university initiatives.
Working alongside Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Dr. William Welburn, Montezon was an integral team member of the Climate Study Working Group, which was responsible for producing Marquette’s first-ever Campus Climate Study in 2015.
Over the course of two years, Montezon worked directly with Dr. Sue Rankin of Rankin & Associates Consulting to manage budget matters and plan logistics, including campus visits, meetings and conference calls.
“Dr. Rankin commented that Lori was unlike anyone she had met on her home campus or among consultations with more than a hundred universities,” Welburn said. “Her efficiency in her work, her promptness and thoroughness on every detail and willingness to troubleshoot problems rather than allow them to fester is unparalleled.”
Former colleague Sharron Ronco said she appreciates Montezon’s special devotion to assessment and service.
“She patiently guided me through projects when I felt adrift, offering her assistance and helping me manage tasks,” Ronco said. “I was awestruck by her organizational skills and willingness to help others. Lori Montezon is a daily manifestation of personal and professional excellence and service to others that is embodied in the mission of this university.”
The Excellence in University Service Awards recognize staff members for their contributions to the essential work of Marquette at the highest level of excellence. Candidates are nominated based on meritorious service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions.
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