2014 OCU Faculty-Staff Convocation
The 2014 Faculty-Staff Convocation was held on August 20. This ceremony provides an opportunity not only to look forward to the new academic year, but also to celebrate those who have made a significant impact on the OCU community over the last year.
Faculty Person of the Year 2014 ~ Prof. Matt Decker
Prof. Matt Decker excels at teaching in both the Traditional program and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, receiving high ratings and praise from his students on making the complex simple. In addition to being an excellent teacher, Matt has co-authored three peer-reviewed articles published in national and international journals and led students to Ghana the past two summers to participate in an important data collection project. He is a stalwart supporter of the University's academic presentation series, coaches the golf team, and now leads the Honors Program. A master with statistics, Matt has performed or supervised valuable institutional research, including identifying factors impacting retention and success of students. A familiar face on campus, you will frequently see him mentoring a student sporting a bow tie. Prof. Decker performs above and beyond the call of duty and has proven himself to be invaluable to OCU.
Administrator of the Year 2014 ~ Jason Sheets
Every day Jason Sheets demonstrates a positive “Can Do!” attitude and reinforces a culture of excellent customer service. Jason always demonstrates a sense of urgency, a broad skill set, and a strong work ethic as he supports the OCU Community. In the course of serving the OCU Community of more than 4,500 individuals, the Helpdesk Team answered an amazing 16,000 calls last year. Jason seeks to continually improve operations. He expanded Helpdesk hours so that students can receive assistance on weekends. Dr. Garrison had this to say about Jason after a recent Faith & Liberty Show: “You were my hero today! I had a former presidential candidate on the show, and it all worked like a charm. I couldn't have done it without your amazingly fast service." Jason did all of this while earning his Master of Arts in Ministry. The Helpdesk Team under Jason’s leadership has positively impacted the lives of countless students, employees, and alumni. Well done, Jason!
Staff Person of the Year 2014 ~ Jennifer Lloyd
Jennifer Lloyd positively impacts people by excelling in intercommunications and interactions. Continually striving to improve institutional effectiveness, she spearheaded implementation of the Transfer Evaluation System, decreasing the transcript review process from 17 to 3 days. She directly contributed to recruiting 75 students, making a substantial impact to the continued operation and growth of the organization. Her enthusiastic efforts extend collaboratively: through creation of the Welcome Center snack stand, turning a profit within the first 30 days; mentoring in small groups; and as a sought-out member of the Customer Service Vision Team. Community focused, she serves on the Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership and was recognized by the council’s past chair and current OCU board member Dan Fouts as “a person who performs a broad range of assignments with efficiency and accuracy.” Jenni consistently exhibits the Godly characteristic of joyfulness expressing her enthusiasm as a spirit and soul in fellowship with the Lord. We deeply appreciate her passion for Christian higher education at OCU.
Community Ambassador of the Year 2014 ~ Ryan Scribner
Ryan Scribner, the Economic Development Director for Pickaway County, works tirelessly to bring jobs to the county. As a result, he has attracted new businesses and helped existing businesses expand, and as a result the county is growing and becoming a better place to live. Ryan is also heavily involved with civic and community activities and serves on numerous boards and committees, including Pickaway Higher Education Learning Partnership for Students. The mission of this organization is to influence county residents to value higher education and link them with resources and opportunities to succeed, and nurtures the vision to increase the number of residents who pursue higher education. Without Ryan’s substantial talent and time invested OCU would not have a federal grant for the Innovation Center, a turn lane in front of campus, or the trail from Circleville to campus. Ryan Scribner is a true friend of Ohio Christian University!