Sharon Salzer, Merrill, Thomas A. | 11/16/2006 2:39:19 AM
News Release Distributed 11/15/06
Four LSU AgCenter employees were recognized Tuesday (Nov. 14) for their outstanding service to the university.
The LSU AgCenter winners – Joseph Alexis, Cheryl Duplechain, Nona Everett and Joan Gobert – were among 13 people honored as LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award winners. Other winners came from the LSU A&M campus and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge.
Alexis serves as research farm manager for the LSU AgCenter’s Citrus Research Station at Port Sulphur.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Alexis is credited with being back on site right after the waters receded so that he could restore operations. Supervisors say his vast knowledge allowed Alexis to salvage much of the damaged equipment and avoid thousands of dollars in replacements.
In addition, coworkers say Alexis is a natural leader and that he has earned wide respect from his staff for never delegating any task he is unwilling to do himself.
Duplechain is an administrative coordinator in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Renewable Natural Resources in Baton Rouge.
In that role, she serves as a liaison to numerous federal agencies, tracking the progress of grants and contracts that fund research. As a result, she’s credited with developing an extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations for purchasing, budgeting and grant tracking.
Those around her also say Duplechain’s positive attitude, work ethic and job performance make her a joy to work with and that her willingness to work late to meet deadlines has earned her the praise of many.
Everett, an administrative coordinator in the LSU AgCenter’s Extension Service Office in Union Parish, is said to efficiently do the job of two people in that office.
Those who nominated her for this award said Everett exhibits excellent time management skills and a positive attitude in her busy job and that her sunny disposition makes her a favorite with the public. They say "through it all, she is constantly trying to make things work better."
Gobert is credited with consistently demonstrating superior work performance in her job as a human resources manager for the LSU AgCenter. She is responsible for coordinating the selection process for all LSU AgCenter vacancies – from advertising and recruiting to the screening of applicants.
As part of her nomination, colleagues said that throughout the selection process for employees, Gobert works closely with supervisors to provide practical explanations of the processes involved. They also credited her with "positive contributions to the morale of LSU AgCenter employees" and with taking on a variety of smaller projects to help the human resource office function more smoothly.