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Patterson and Franklin Receive Service Awards at WIU

April 21, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Human Resources has released the names of the Civil Service recognition and service award winners for 2017.

Management Professor James Patterson has been chosen for the Administrative Distinguished Service Award, and Office of Public Safety Cpl. Zachary Franklin has been selected for the Civil Service Distinguished Service Award. Patterson and Franklin will be presented with their awards during the Human Resources Employee Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, April 25.

The Administrative Recognition and Service Award honors one administrator for unusual and significant contributions to his/her profession, organizational unit or other areas within the University and is a reflection of one or more of WIU's core values of Academic Excellence, Educational Opportunity, Personal Growth and Social Responsibility.

The Civil Service Recognition and Service Award acknowledges initiative, innovation and/or dedication to service at Western Illinois University and is a reflection of one or more of WIU's core

"Dr. Patterson has been a tremendous resource for me as I position myself to become qualified for a full-time faculty appointment," his nominator said. "He has contributed to my development as an instructor and as a researcher, and provides valuable support and encouragement. With his guidance, I believe I have become a more effective instructor and have made immense strides in my research."

His nominator added that in addition to serving as a mentor and assistant dean of the College of Business and Technology at the WIU-Quad Cities campus, Patterson serves as an active member numerous professional organizations, as well as University and community organizations.

According to Franklin's nominator, he (Franklin) ensures those who work on campus, and visit campus, feel safe, and he puts forth "an excellent effort every day and makes the day a better one for everyone he meets."

"Cpl. Franklin teaches the University community through different trainings and presentations, and reaches out to have good working relationships with others across campus," his nominator added. "He helps people through high stress and difficult moments, and is always willing to help. In addition to his job, he supports WIU athletics and serves within his church and community."

Patterson and Franklin will each receive $250 for their honors.

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