UT Institute for Public Service employees gathered in Murfreesboro in September for the organization’s annual conference – the one time a year all 130 employees statewide gather for professional development and networking.
The conference kicked off with an inspirational message from former UT football player Inky Johnson, whose career came to an end during a routine play in 2006. He makes a living now as a motivational speaker and discussed overcoming adversity with the IPS crowd. Throughout the remaining day and a half, employees participated in breakout sessions on various topics including leadership, forensic science, cybercrime and social media.
Scholarships and annual awards were also handed out during the conference. Here is a look at the award winners.
Mary and Jack Jinks Scholarship
Katie Shoup, step-daughter of Brett Howell, CTAS
Lindsay Howell, daughter of Brett Howell, CTAS
Adrienne Branch, daughter of Lori Barton, IPS Administration
Bradley Arms, son of Linda Arms, IPS Administration
Jim and Marie Murphy Scholarship
Keith Groves, CIS
Walter Idol, CIS
Ben Rodgers, CTAS
Rex Barton, MTAS
Brett Howell, CTAS
Robin Roberts, CTAS
Lisa Shipley, MTAS
Chuck Shoopman, IPS Administration
Russell Toone, CIS
Gail White, IPS Administration
Sharon Rollins, MTAS
Linda Winstead, MTAS
Faculty Excellence Award
Dr. Susan Speraw, UT Knoxville School of Nursing
John McRae, UT Knoxville School of Architecture
Horizon Award The Horizon Recognition award is presented to a regular full-time or part-time employee with less than three years of service with an IPS agency. The recipient must demonstrate a positive attitude, show initiative, be a team player, and exemplify excellence in performance.
Lori Barton, IPS Administration
Patrick Mills, MTAS
The Beacon Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a continued capacity for providing top-notch services behind the scenes, usually by having first-hand knowledge of projects and by helping support agency outcomes.
Cyndy Edmonds, MTAS
The Pinnacle Award recognizes an employee who has demonstrated an ability to provide services that go above the normal high quality services we all seek to provide.
Dwaine Raper, CIS
The Five Franklin Awards are given to employees that have shown exemplary service during the past year.
Mary Ann Moon, CTAS Brent Lackey, LEIC
Kristy Godsey Brown, CTAS
Jim Hart, CTAS
Jill Marling, IPS Administration
Paul Middlebrooks, CIS
Tom and Diane Ballard Award
The Tom and Diane Ballard Award of Excellence is presented to a non-exempt employee who has demonstrated sustained high-quality job performance, initiative, and good communication skills, flexibility and commitment to the institute.
Sherri Brown, MTAS
Robert S. Hutchison Outstanding Public Service Professional Award
The Robert S. Hutchison Outstanding Public Service Professional Award is presented to an exempt staff member who has consistently shown extraordinary commitment to the public service mission, the institute and the university.
Dr. Macel Ely, MTAS
Project of the Year
To be considered as project of the year, a team of employees must be working on an ongoing project or have completed a project that supports the IPS five year strategic plan.
Gallatin Online Training, MTAS
The Collaboration of the Year award recognizes a project resulting in or from the purposeful collaboration of a cross-agency team, association and agency team, or a group of varying customers and an agency.
Memphis Street Cut Project
John Chlarson, MTAS
Michael Codega, CIS
Keith Groves, CIS
Ronnie Neill, MTAS
Vice Presidential Citation
The Vice Presidential Citation recognizes a special effort by an IPS staff member or team who has gone above and beyond normal job assignments or has worked
relentlessly on a complex project. This award is selected from the many projects nominated this year.
Tennessee Sheriff’s School
Steve Austin, CTAS
Jim Hart, CTAS
Terry Hazard, CTAS