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Staff Distinguished Performance Award Winners for 2023 are Announced


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Award recipients are (from left) Dominique Taylor, Capt. Jarrod Long, Petree Buford, Suzette Hinkle and Mark Smith, representing the team at KASU-FM. Bekah Hickman is not pictured.

JONESBORO – The 30th annual Distinguished Performance Awards at Arkansas State University were presented to five individual staff members and a departmental team of employees.

The annual campus ceremony for non-faculty employees was conducted by members of the Staff Senate. The recognitions were presented by members of the awards committee: Christina Kostick, Lonell Macon, Porsha McGregor and Alyssa Wells.

The Distinguished Performance Award recipients are:

— Enhancing the Student ExperienceBekah Hickman, assistant director of student engagement, Leadership Center.

— STAR (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability) Capt. Jarrod Long, University Police Department.

— Unsung Hero Petree Buford, project manager in planning, construction and design, Facilities Management.

— Team PlayerSuzette Hinkle, administrative specialist, Department of Occupational Therapy.

— Rookie of the YearDominique Taylor, administrative specialist, Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement.

— Team Achievement Staff of KASU, A-State’s public radio service.

The award nominees are individuals who exemplify professionalism and dedication to excellence in service, and perform above the standard to enhance quality at A-State.

The program also included recognition of retiring staff members and those achieving service milestones.

The Distinguished Performance Awards program was initiated in 1994 to recognize outstanding job performance and long-time service by the university’s non-faculty employees, both classified and non-classified.