The IOWA affords supervisors and co-workers the opportunity to recognize staff for initiative and innovation that have had positive results in their workplace. Nominations are taken twice a year.
A spring reception is held to acknowledge both fall and spring winners and their nominators.
Index of Winners
Digital Noon News Team
Nominated by: Barbara Barrows
Team Members: Barbara Barrows, Amanda Franzen, Kristine Roggentien, Razvan Horeanga, Michael Alberhasky
OneIT Data Centers
Nominated by: Tim Evans
Team Members: Guy Falsetti, Jerry Protheroe, Kris Halter, J. J. Urich, Steven Dellabetta
Science Thursday Team
Nominated by: Chris Roling
Team Members: Jean Robillard, M.D., Patricia Winokur, M.D., Mike Welsh, M.D., Rebecca Waltman, MBA, Wes Sotzen, Steven Schlote, Jennifer Stout, Angie Schaley, Mary Kenyon, Sonya Housholder
UIHC Spiritual Services
Nominated by: Libby Conley
Team Members: Noelle Andrew, Mdiv. BCC, Rev. Cindy Ford Breed, Chaplain Lois Cole, Libby Conley, Joel Gilbertson-White, BCC, Chaplain Jeremy Hudson, David Kozishek, MA, BCC, Mary Kay Kusner, MA, BCC, Chaplain Martha E. Lang, Rev. Timothy J. Regan, Chaplain Randy Shebek, Fr. Vitolds Valainis, Nancy Jeanne Adams-Cogan, Reverend Michael Musick, Alysia Haman, Ellen T. Haman
Ronald Brus has been a pneumatic tube technician in the Engineering Services Department for the University of Hospital and Clinics since 1992. Ron has become the main contact for project managers, vendors and clinical users as he has established himself as our ‘guardian of the tube system galaxy’. Presently the tube system has become a critical vehicle in the delivery of pathology samples, medications, supplies and other items directly involved in patient care. The pneumatic tube system is approximately 8 miles of tube installed throughout the main UIHC campus and Iowa River landing. Ron’s recent accomplishment involved leading the addition of approximately 1 mile of tube system connecting John Pappajohn Pavilion with the new Stead Family Children Hospital (SFCH). It was during the opening of the new hospital that Ron identified a significant delay in the tube travel times. Specifically, what normally would take less than 5 minutes for a carrier to travel from the main campus pathology labs to the new SFCH was taking over 25 minutes. This was due to a significant number of tubes being diverted to a main transfer station serving the SFCH. Ron quickly identified that a laboratory sending all of their empty carriers to this main transfer unit and quickly made adjustments in the software and diverted the traffic to a smaller main transfer unit. This diversion had not been done before. Nominated by: Robert Miller
The College of Education Social Committee Team
The College of Education Social Committee is being recognized with an IOWA for its work in creating a more welcoming work place environment for faculty and staff by creating opportunities for building positive relationships. This dedicated group of caring volunteers meets regularly to plan and host events presented over the course of the year. Research shows that positive coworker relationships can create a sense of loyalty, camaraderie, and support. These positive relationships can have the effect of increasing employee engagement and satisfaction. The Social Committee members consistently strive to enhance the climate of the College of Education. Nominated by: Christine Annicella
Team Members: Brian Campbell, Stacy Ervin, Patricia Martin, Andy Goodell, Kevin Ryberg, and Chris Werner
Camp Registration Team
For decades, the UI School of Music in the Division of Performing Arts has hosted a summer statewide camp for middle and high school students. The camp was successful in the past, but enrollments were down due in part to outdated and cumbersome paper registration and payment processes. This manual system was also difficult to manage administratively and required a lot of duplication of data entry to create reports and manage the camp. The very same antiquated registration and payment system existed in the Division’s Youth Ballet and School of Dance. Because it was larger in scope and a year round system, the Youth Ballet was the project the team decided to tackle first beginning in 2015. Working with director Kathryn Smith, Rebekah Ahrens and Lisa Krause created a registration and payment process that has increased registration rates and that has been well received by parents registering their children for the program. Using what they learned from the Youth Ballet project, Lisa and Rebekah teamed up with Kathy Ford to create a new online low-cost, highly secure, flexible, cloud-based registration and payment system for music camps. Working together over several months with CLAS, IT, DPA, and School of Music leadership, the team created forms and processes that will be used as the University-wide model for camp registration in the future. This team solved a local problem, but also reached out to involve the Office of General Counsel, the Youth Programs Policy Coordinator, and Risk Management to ensure that they were creating a global registration and compliance solutions for all youth programs at the University. The innovations this team created have increased participation in our programs, saved staff time, and will give better support to faculty, students, and outside users. Thank you all for your creativity, collaboration, and sustained excellent work. Nominated by: Kayt Conrad
Team Members: Lisa Krause, Kathy Ford, Rebekah Ahrens, and Kathryn Smith
Work/Life Website Planning and Design Team
The UI Work/Life Website Planning and Development team, a collaborative effort between the Office of the Provost, University HR, and ITS, developed two major new resources to assist the campus in recruiting and retaining high quality, diverse faculty and staff.
The UI Work/Life Resources website, launched in February 2017, provides an easy-to-access portal to assist job candidates and existing employees find campus and community resources. The website was designed to recognize the important relationship between productive careers and quality personal lives and offers a variety of resources. Additionally, each section includes a “best of” statement to highlight the numerous awards the local region has received in each of the categories.
A one-page Build a Career | Build a Life (pdf) recruitment flyer was developed to promote and brand the website. The flyer promotes both the Work/Life Resource website and the newly developed Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which supports dual-career couples in finding employment. Departments and colleges are encouraged to provide the flyer to respective candidates. The flyer is also included in workshops on unconscious bias in the search process and featured in the Faculty Search Committee Practices to Advance Equity search manual. The Build a Career | Build a Life flyer is available on the WorkLife Resources website, the Office of the Provost Faculty Recruitment website, and will soon be available on a University HR recruitment website.
Team Members: Adam Potter, Angelique Johnson, Dawn Hanna, Diana Kremzar, Diane Finnerty, Hannah Walsh, Keith Becker, and Richard Porter
This award is for the development and implementation of MicroGuide, an electronic resource that allows healthcare providers at UIHC to access data and guidelines for a variety of infectious disease issues. The original target was to provide an electronic version of the medical center antibiogram, a summary of how responsive microorganisms causing infection are to various antibiotics. Previously, antibiogram data was compiled annually and distributed in paper copies. The collaboration was a joint effort between Pathology, Pharmacy, and Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases. The two main coordinators of the project (Bradley Ford and Brian Hoff) recognized that an innovative, electronic solution would be a vast improvement over the previous paper system in providing antibiogram data. A secondary goal has been met that the MicroGuide product has been useful in a number of related applications. One of the strengths of this project is the ability to adapt and expand content over time, and the MicroGuide team has expanded to include the Iowa City VA and others who develop and standardize content. The Infection Prevention section in Microguide is relatively new but is expected to be widely used over time. In addition, the ability to track hits of the various Microguide modules shows which modules are popular and which may be in need of revision or better advertising. The MicroGuide framework is being used to develop other guides for Pharmacy, and a parallel anticoagulation guide piloted by team member Diana Karkow has been published in the same MicroGuide app. Nominated by: Matthew Krasowski
Team Members: Erika Ernest, Dan Livorsi, Brett Heintz, Dr. Bradely Ford, Brian Hoff, Dilek Ince, Diana Karkow, Wanita Howard, and Michael Brownlee