Tarleton recognizes employees for service, dedication to university

Employee Recognition

Tarleton State University

Friday, May 10, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Four Tarleton employees recently received surprise visits from university President F. Dominic Dottavio and members of the Employee Recognition Subcommittee, and were presented awards for their contributions to the university and community. As part of the employee recognition program, now in its fourth year, staff members received trophies specifically designed to reflect their awards and $1,500, plus a day of paid vacation.

Karl Easterling, a 13-year employee who serves as Tarleton’s senior technology support specialist within the Center for Instructional Innovation, won the Impact Award. Easterling has taken the lead in designing and overseeing the installation of equipment and is known as the “go-to” guy at Tarleton for all things audio/video-related.

“Mr. Easterling goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our technology infrastructure is up and running,” wrote colleague William Smith.

Carolyn Smith, administrative assistant for the Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Systems, received the Horizon Award. She has been employed at Tarleton for 26 years and volunteers many hours to community organizations, including Relay For Life and the Erath County Junior Livestock Show-Tarleton Buyer’s Pool.

Smith routinely organizes Tarleton faculty and staff to participate in Relay For Life and plans fundraisers to benefit the College of Business’ team. Says one colleague, “From helping organize the COBA stew lunches to bake sale bidding for Thanksgiving and Christmas, to building Valentine raffle baskets and Relay For Life garage sales, Carolyn never slows down!”

Lathes Towns, Tarleton’s director of Transition & Family Relations and a seven-year employee of the university, received the Quality Service Award. Towns is known for her energy and enthusiasm in welcoming students and their parents to the Tarleton family.

“Lathes exhibits outstanding dedication to Tarleton while performing her duties. She does this with a cheerful spirit and willingness to engage in whatever the task at hand is,” wrote one colleague.

Kari Lewis, community relations officer and five-year employee at Tarleton, received the newly created Enhancing the Student Experience Award. She is credited with building the Tarleton Ambassadors program from the ground up and organizing several annual events that are popular with current and former students, such as Silver Taps and the Silver Bugle Hunt during Homecoming.

“Kari has put so much work into making the Tarleton Ambassadors a success,” one colleague wrote in a nomination letter. “She works with the students as a group and individually to make sure that they all put their best foot forward, representing themselves and the university in a positive manner.” Lewis also organizes, in conjunction with the Ambassadors, the annual Sweetheart Dance for the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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