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2015-2016 True Blue Award Winners

This past fall and winter, when the national political spotlight shone brightly on Drake, it was the Political Visitor Team who orchestrated it all. Led by Rachel Paine Caufield, associate professor of politics and director of the Iowa Caucus Project, the team includes Jarad Bernstein, director of public relations and media management; Scott Law, director, campus security services; and Matt Miller, University events manager. The group was awarded a “Called to be True Blue” Award on April 8 for their efforts.


Tyler Spoon, database administrator with Drake ITS, was honored March 4, 2016 with the Called to be True Blue Award from All Staff Council. His nominator, the Human Resources department, lauded his excellent customer service, proactivity in responding to issues or requests, high level of expertise, integrity, professionalism, willingness to go the extra mile, and unfailingly positive attitude.


Melissa Sturm-Smith, associate provost for academic excellence and student success, was honored Feb. 9, 2016 with the Called to be True Blue Award from All Staff Council for her humble leadership, hard work, and dedication.

Tony Tyler from the Division of Student Life was honored January 26, 2016 with the “Called to be True Blue” award. Tony, who is part of the newly reorganized Student Inclusion, Involvement & Leadership, serves as director of student engagement, equity, and inclusion.

Shelley Hurst, senior student records systems coordinator, received the Called to be True Blue Award from the All Staff Council in October 2015 for her positive attitude and for providing excellent service.

Chrystal Stanley, professional and career development services/academic achievement coordinator, was recognized Nov. 10, 2015 with the Called to be True Blue Award from All Staff Council.

From her nomination,

While the True Blue Award should be named after Paul Morrison, Sandy Clubb would be a close 2nd with her amazing energy, personality, excellence and vision with her leadership in our athletic department to make Drake University a better place for our students. It goes without say, Sandy truly lives the Bulldog Way!

Sara Schoneberg, student records service specialist, was recognized December 9, 2015 with the Called to be True Blue Award from All Staff Council. She was honored for being a valuable team player who is always willing to go above and beyond.

Frank is a True Blue Bulldog! He had a great career here at Drake playing football and is truly living the Bulldog Way by adding value to the University on a daily basis. His personality and fund raising energy has helped our athletic department and the University continue to provide an excellent experience for our students! Excellence, integrity and fiscal responsibility all in one! Frank was nominated by Dan Hostager (not pictured).

JoBeth Malone-Schoneberg, a chemistry laboratory assistant, was presented with the Called to be True Blue Award for her help in preparing for the Harvey Ingham remodel.

JoBeth and all others who receive Called to be True Blue Award this fiscal year are in the running to win top honors for staff accomplishment—the Sapphire Award—at a recognition event in May.

2014-2015 Winners

Winner Department
Karen Pomeroy  College of Business & Public Administration
Jenny Tran-Johnson and Mary Beth Holtey  Arts and Sciences Dean's Office 
All staff Postal Operations

2013-2014 Winners

Winner Department
Carla McCrea School of Journalism and Mass Communications
James Wu OIT
James McNab OIT
Beth Hudson College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Renae Chesnut College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Jenny Tran Johnson College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Marilea Chase College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Tom Heijerman OIT

2010-2011 Winners

Winner Department
Marc Davis Cowles Library
Jody Stagner Law School
Heather Storms Law Library
Rondolyn (Ronnie) Hawkins Legal Clinic

2009-2010 Winners

Winner Department
Sam Sinram Office of Information Technology
Donna Knight-Donovan Student Accounts
Mary Middleton* Head Start
Andrea McDonough Marketing & Communications
Margaret Corkrean College of Arts & Sciences
Jeremy Sievers Marketing & Communications
Brian Gabel Athletics
Sonja Brightwell Residence Life
*Best in Show Award Recipient

2008-2009 Winners

Month Winner Department
January Suzanne Brown* Office of the Provost
February Margaret Crawford College of Arts & Sciences
March Kris Rossmiller Environmental Health & Safety
April Pam Smith Student Financial Planning
*Best in Show Award recipient

2010-2011 Best Ensemble

Jana Peterson Johanna M Determann

2009-2010 Best Ensemble

Tom Brown Jim O'Brien
Wanda Everage Tasha Stiger
Jessica Lang Melissa Sturm-Smith
Lorissa Lieurance Carrie Walters
Randy McMullin  
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