David Petschel joined the Campus Technology Services staff in December 2010 and has quickly become one of OCU’s most valuable team members. His extensive technical knowledge and resourcefulness aids the flawless execution of A/V needs for the extraordinary number of events hosted at OCU. Additionally, David supports schools and departments as they assess and update their A/V equipment providing consultative and installation services. Prior to joining the university, David spent many years working with bands and managing his own A/V business consulting, installing and maintaining audio/video equipment for clients.David knows what it takes to get a job done, is very flexible and is able to handle last minute changes or unforeseeable issues with finesse, often without anyone ever knowing there was a potential problem.
David is always upbeat, positive and professional. He is down to earth and takes the initiative to pitch in and help other areas of CTS when they are shorthanded. OCU is very fortunate to have such an experienced technician with an amazing work ethic and a great sense of humor!
Congratulations to Lynette Martin, Director of Student Success for the Meinders School of Business. Lynette began her full-time career with OCU in 2003 as the Director of Career Services. Prior to 2003, Lynette performed contract work and served as an adjunct instructor for the Meinders School of Business. Lynette earned a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Colorado. Her previous employer, Southwestern Bell, provided Lynette the opportunity to earn her MBA from OCU.
As Director of Student Success, Lynette provides direction and manages the daily operations of the Student Success Office. In her role, Lynette advises students, serves as the primary recruiting liaison for Meinders School of Business and oversees internship and professional development programs for business students.
Lynette is a dedicated staff member committed to being proactive and responsive to students as well as keeping the business school faculty and staff well informed. Lynette is the first line of contact for many business school students and their parents. She always represents the school and university in the most positive manner. She takes pride in her work and closely collaborates with MSB faculty and staff as well as with others across the campus to ensure our students’ needs are met.
Recently, Lynette took on oversight of the Chesapeake Scholars program. Lynette’s leadership and guidance provides a welcoming and nurturing environment for the freshman scholars. The students appreciate and respect Lynette’s guidance and counseling. Lynette is currently in her third year as Treasurer for the Oklahoma Academic Advising Association. She is also the past Co-Chair of the Region Seven National Academic Advising Association Conference which was held in OKC in 2011.
Lynette is an exemplary employee committed to the success of our students. Her contribution to the university has a direct and positive impact on student recruitment and retention.
December’s employee of the month award recognizes the team effort of Diana Silver and Dorothy Tennery of Academic Affairs. Diana and Dorothy worked in concert to ensure the success of the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) visit in November. Over the past three years, countless hours of preparation and coordination from many people across campus were devoted to the accreditation visit. Diana and Dorothy were charged with ensuring that all self study information, including hundreds of documents and hyperlinks, was organized and available. Additionally, in the months and weeks leading up to the site visit, Diana and Dorothy coordinated all of the necessary details in preparation for the visit. The HLC team praised Diana and Dorothy for their organization and attentiveness.
Diana Silver graduated from OCU in 2009 with a bachelor of science in Entertainment Business. During her time as a student, Diana was a work study in Academic Affairs. Shortly after graduation, Diana began working full-time at OCU in Academic Affairs. As the Academic Services Specialist, Diana provides support to university committees, plans the OCUReads annual author visit and presentation, and coordinates the fall and spring commencement ceremonies. Her attention to detail and initiative has made her a valuable team member in Academic Affairs. Diana grew up in southern California and Kansas. When she isn’t preparing for the HLC-NCA site visits or planning commencement ceremonies, Diana enjoys running and perfecting cookie recipes.
Dorothy Tennery began her career with OCU in 2002 and serves as the Executive Assistant to the Provost/VPAA. She earned a bachelor of arts from OCU in 2010. In her role, Dorothy primarily coordinates special projects and serves as a liaison to the faculty. Dorothy is the “go to” person in Academic Affairs and always approaches any challenge with a positive attitude. She is a wealth of information, a problem solver and always goes above and beyond what is expected. During her spare time, Dorothy enjoys graphic design, art projects of all kinds, photography, quilting and sewing.
Diana and Dorothy’s contribution to the HLC accreditation visit is a great example of their dedication and commitment to the success of Oklahoma City University.
Congratulations to Audrey Heise-Fijalka, Administrative Assistant III for the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. Audrey has been a member of the OCU family since January 2004. She is a graduate of the School of Music with a Bachelor of Music/Business Administration. It’s no coincidence Audrey plays the harp and performs as her schedule permits. She frequently volunteers her time and service with the Harrah High School band and swim booster clubs. In addition, Audrey works with the St. Teresa Catholic Church youth group and choir.
Audrey is being recognized for her outstanding customer service. The level of her work exceeds expectations in both quality and quantity. She works closely with faculty, staff, students and outside constituents of the School of Music. She was instrumental in the School of Music’s National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Self-Study. Going beyond the call of duty, Audrey made sure the Wanda L. Bass School of Music was represented in the most positive manner.
Congratulations to Brian Holland, Chief Financial Officer for Oklahoma City University. Brian graduated from OCU with a bachelor of science in accounting in 1994 and began his career with the university in 2000.
Brian and his team of financial and accounting professionals are committed to providing excellent financial services to the university. Brian was selected as employee of the month in recognition for his outstanding leadership and fiscal stewardship for Oklahoma City University. Brian serves OCU with integrity and dedication and always keeps the welfare of our students, faculty and staff his top priority.
Congratulations to Leslie Berger, Assistant Director for Media Relations. Leslie first began her career at Oklahoma City University as Staff Writer and Media Relations Specialist in July of 2006. Prior to joining OCU, she was the managing editor for the MidCity Advocate. Leslie earned her Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) in Mass Communications/Print Media from Oklahoma City University in 2002. Not surprisingly, during her time as a student at OCU she worked for The Campus and held several positions of increased responsibility culminating in editor for the 2000-2001 academic year.
Leslie is being recognized because of her passion, dedication and commitment to Oklahoma City University. Her work is impeccable and she is always willing to assist her coworkers and colleagues across campus. Her signature smile and collaborative spirit serve as a model for all to follow.
Please join us in congratulating Leslie Berger on receiving the August Employee of the Month award!
Congratulations to Cassie Ball, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs. Cassie has been a member of the OCU family since 2006. Cassie was nominated by her colleagues for her tremendous work ethic and commitment to Oklahoma City University. She is recognized for her positive attitude while carrying out the many duties of her position within the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition to the responsibilities in her department, Cassie has been active on Staff Council, the Distinguished Speakers Series Committee, Positive Tomorrows and university’s community garden. Cassie is admired for her grace and dignity.
Please join us in congratulating Cassie Ball on receiving the June Employee of the Month award!