Norma Unverferth, Putnam County office associate, received the university's Distinguished Staff Award in May.
The Distinguished Staff Award, the university’s highest staff recognition, annually honors 12 outstanding staff members who have made a significant impact at The Ohio State University. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments, and service to Ohio State.
Unverferth's nominators, Jason Hedrick and Beth Scheckelhoff, said this in her nomination materials:
- Norma was instrumental in piloting the first OSU Extension shared support staff model in the state between Putnam and Van Wert Counties . . . today, it is used as a roadmap for similar Extension support staff arrangements.
- Norma continually looks for opportunities to improve office operations and provide insight and mentoring for all staff in Putnam county, as well as for counties with limited resources.
- Noticing the lights on one Saturday when she drove by the office, she found the county maintenance department handling a plumbing issue, with two inches of water in some offices. She removed materials from the flooded areas and unpacked them to dry. On Monday, she repacked the items and returned them to their original place. She assumed the work without asking any other staff member to help.
- Norma is an integral part of the 4-H program in Putnam County. She serves on county interview committees to select 4-H camp counselors and junior fair board members as well as attends the local 4-H camp to support camp programming, youth risk management, and to provide adult supervision.
- In addition to her many qualifications and abilities, Norma’s welcoming and friendly demeanor creates a warm and inviting atmosphere when clients come into the office. All staff consider Norma to be a trusted and reliable coworker and friend.
Award recipients are nominated and carefully chosen by the selection committee based on the following contributions:
- Enhancing the quality of work life for colleagues or customers
- Providing outstanding and ongoing service to university stakeholders
- Developing creative solutions to increase department or university operations
- Consistent demonstration of one or more of the university’s values
Recipients were celebrated and congratulated by Ohio State leaders, including President Michael V. Drake, MD, at a luncheon on Friday, May 4, at the Longaberger Alumni House. This year’s winners also received a $1,500 cash award, $700 base salary increase and crystal trophy. Additionally, the recipients will be honored on the field at Ohio Stadium during the September 22 Ohio State football game.
Another Distinguished Staff Award winner from the college, Benjamin Carignan, was featured in the May issue of CFAES Monthly.