Conference Award Winners

2019 HR Leadership Award

Outstanding Strategic HR
Business Partner of the Year

Nancy Fick Picture
 

Nancy Fick

Senior HR Director

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Excellence Badge

The Outstanding Strategic HR Business Partner of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding University of Iowa HR professional who exhibits key HR leadership competencies in developing and leading implementation plans, analyzing business information, and functioning as a strategic organizational leader and designer of HR strategy.

Nancy Fick’s leadership as the senior HR director for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2003 has been pivotal in the success of the new HR model for the college. She transformed the human resources landscape by driving efforts to expand HR services and further centralize HR support. She recently implemented HR transactional support to some of the departments within the college. This strategic decision sets a best practice for the college.

Fick is a strong advocate for the institutional core values of diversity, equity and inclusion. She has adopted programs aimed at increasing diversity and has worked hard to create a safe and inclusive working environment. Fick’s career is defined by her dedication, commitment, positivity, passion, strategy, and collaboration.

Congratulations to Fick on earning the 2019 Outstanding Strategic HR Business Partner of the Year Award and for her contributions to the HR enterprise.

 

2019 HR Leadership Award

Outstanding HR
Business Partner of the Year

Shannon Schrup

Shannon Schrup

HR Generalist

UI Health Care – UI Patient Access Center

Excellence Badge

The Outstanding HR Business Partner of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding University of Iowa HR generalist or specialist who exhibits key HR leadership competencies in managing projects, programs and initiatives, implements plans, and supports the HR strategy of their organization.

Schrup demonstrates exceptional leadership and business acumen as an HR generalist in the UI Patient Access Center. She has successfully served as the project lead for the Staff Engagement & Enrichment Program (SEEP) and spearheaded policy and procedure development. She consistently encourages, mentors, and supports staff development. Shannon is often referred to as the “go to” resource. She has built positive relationships with other HR individuals at the university and is trusted and well-respected. She makes a difference in our campus community, exemplifies the mission of the university, and has a positive impact on anyone she encounters.

Congratulations to Schrup on earning the 2019 Outstanding HR Business Partner of the Year Award and for her contributions to the HR enterprise.

 

2019 Business & Finance Leadership Award

Strategic Business Partner of the Year

Lori Cranston

Lori Cranston

Associate Dean for Finance & Administration

College of Public Health

Excellence Badge

The Strategic Business Partner of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding University of Iowa Business and Finance leader who, over the course of their tenure, exemplifies strong leadership and ethical practice; demonstrates solid business and financial acumen; collaborates on university-wide initiatives; shows commitment to internal controls and compliance; and applies best practices in their own operations, sharing with others. Cranston is a proven business and finance leader who demonstrates excellence and has earned the respect of her colleagues across the university. She has provided her expertise and value to the university in many ways by contributing to initiatives which have impacted business, Human Resources, Facilities Management, and Information Technology. Cranston is the most valuable kind of colleague — generous with her time, honest with her input, creative with her ideas, and supportive of the important ways in which we are trying to improve how we “do business” at the university.

Congratulations to Cranston on earning the 2019 Strategic Business Partner of the Year Award and for her contributions to the business and finance enterprise.

 

2019 Business & Finance Leadership Award

Rising to the Challenge

Cathy Hagen, Brenda Ulin, Kris Yows

Cathy Hagen

Director, Budget Development
Finance and Operations

Brenda Ulin

Database Architect
ITS – Administrative Information Systems

Kris Yows

Manager, Business Analysis
Office of the Provost

Excellence Badge

The Rising to the Challenge Award is presented each year to a University of Iowa business officer who successfully navigated through an important and significant university event which results in a major change and challenge. The challenge event was the development and implementation of the university’s budget model. This year’s award will recognize Cathy Hagen, Brenda Ulin, and Kris Yows. They, along with many administrative staff members, rose up to the challenge as the university developed and implemented its new budget model. This high-priority accelerated project demanded creative thinking, flexibility, and a team effort.

This project included the development of business intelligence tools to assist collegiate business officers with analyzing and forecasting tuition revenues, establishing processes and metrics for allocating central service unit expenses to collegiate units, and operationalizing budget model policies and formulas. 

Congratulations to Hagen, Ulin and Yows on earning the 2019 Rising to the Challenge Award and for their significant contributions in the successful implementation of this initiative.

 


 

The “Rising to the Challenge” award recognizes an outstanding business & finance leader who has shown leadership and excellence during a challenging institutional or organizational change event.  This year the event we selected was the implementation of University Shared Services (see https://uiowa.edu/university-shared-services/). 

Implementing University Shared Services was a complex task, which required the leadership, collaboration and support of many individuals.   Erin Herting stands out as a success story in implementing this important organizational change in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.   She met with the CLAS TIER implementation team to discuss a shared path forward and communicated in a way that helped others overcome misconceptions of Shared Services.  This helped to ease anxiety about the impact of the change to the current business staff.  Erin also partnered with the USS leadership team as well as CLAS departmental administrators to ensure that  the customer service impact to the faculty would be minimal.  This allowed the team to move the implementation period six months earlier than scheduled. With Erin’s leadership, the largest USS implementation on campus was completed in the shortest period of time.  Many individuals were key to the success of the USS implementation in CLAS.  However, from a business perspective Erin was a critical partner.  Thank you Erin for your leadership & collaboration and congratulations on your well-deserved award!

 

The “Strategic Business Partner of the Year” award recognizes an outstanding business & finance leader who has shown excellence in the following areas over the course of his/her tenure at the University:

  • Leadership & navigation
  • Ethical practice
  • Collaboration on university-wide initiatives
  • Business & financial acumen
  • Commitment to internal controls & compliance
  • Application of best practices in operations

Scott Arneson was selected as the recipient of the award this year due to his contributions & excellence in all of the areas listed above.   Since joining the University in 1985, Scott has served in positions in Finance & Operations, the College of Medicine & the College of Dentistry.  He is a proven leader who has earned the respect of senior leaders and colleagues.  Scott has made many university-wide contributions, serving on several key executive search committees.  He is committed to best practices and was a key contributor to the Accenture Benchmarking study.  Scott is not afraid to be a trailblazer – he volunteered for the College of Dentistry to be the first pilot unit to implement University Shared Services.  Scott exhibits solid business & financial acumen and is often asked to serve on committees & councils, such as serving as co-chair of OneIT Administrative Data Systems Governance Council.  In the past, Finance & Operations included Scott in various advisory committees to help evaluate & implement new policies & processes such as Electronic Financial Reporting and Financial Sub-certification.  Scott was a member of the University Strategic Plan Development Group, which developed the University’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan.  Currently Scott is serving on the University’s Central Services Review Committee where he is involved in the review and evaluation of critical central services functions that serves all of campus.  Thank you Scott for being a valuable strategic business partner and for your many contributions to the University over the last 33 years!  Congratulations on your well-deserved award!

 

The Emerging Business Partner of the Year award recognizes an outstanding HR professional who has demonstrated key HR leadership competencies in support of projects, programs, and initiatives and in implementing plans that support the strategy of their respective organization or the campus.  

Kim Kuebrich Yordi was recognized as a leader in the development and success of IT Recruitment Specialist pilot. She is passionate about recruiting and leverages her HR and IT experience to help attract, identify and match qualified IT candidates to jobs. 

 Kim is a key member of the CIO office and a valued partner to IT leadership across the OneIT community.  She is highly effective at building relationships across campus, actively engaging OneIT leaders and campus HR staff to successfully attract, recruit and engage IT professionals.

Kim was also a crucial contributor to the development and implementation of the Skills Inventory project; a project focused on gathering and analyzing data about the current skills and interests of campus IT professionals to assist in workforce planning. 

Congratulations Kim for earning the 2018 HR Emerging Business Partner of the Year Award and for your contributions to the HR enterprise!

 

 

 

The Strategic Business Partner of the Year award recognizes an outstanding HR professional who demonstrated key HR leadership competencies in developing and leading implementation plans, analyzing business information, functioning as an organizational leader and designer of HR strategy.

Wendy Loney embodies the spirit of this award with an uncommon vision, shrewd analysis, outstanding interpersonal skills and a deep commitment to ethical practice.  She was a leading force for change and continuous improvement.  She is integrally engaged in organizational decisions and is the key to ensuring successful implementation of managerial vision, university policies and departmental procedures. Wendy was instrumental in envisioning a new HR structure for the research enterprise, shaping and carrying out new organizational structures in response to TIER for HR, IT, and Shared Services.  She successfully addressed the needs of the State Hygienic Lab during a time of transition.

Congratulations Wendy on earning the 2018 HR Strategic Business Partner of the Year Award and for your contributions to the HR enterprise.