Throughout her time as an Oakland University employee, Jill Lawson, has gained a reputation for going above and beyond in support of university initiatives and goals. Her dedication and commitment will be formally recognized on June 12 when she is presented with this year’s Sharon L. Wilhelm Award at the university’s Exemplary Employee Award Celebration.
The Wilhelm award is given annually to a university Clerical/Technical employee who exemplifies the positive, “can-do” spirit of Sharon Wilhelm, whose 45-year career was spent delivering exceptional service and support to OU staff, faculty and students.
Lawson, who currently serves as an office assistant in OU’s Department of Campus Recreation and Well-Being, is responsible for the day-to-day administrative needs of her department, including office purchases and payments, purchasing-card transactions, cash handling and deposits, shirt ordering, resolution of club sport payments, patron refunds and more.
Her supervisor, Maura Selahowski, referred to Lawson as the “glue holding us all together and keeping everyone on the right path as it relates to university policy and procedures.”
Lawson’s colleagues also recognize her as a natural problem-solver who is eager to tackle challenges.
Colleague Becky Lewis said, “Jill is excellent at seeking solutions to the many situations that come up on a daily basis, and she willingly works with each person on our staff to fulfill their needs and get tasks accomplished.”
Along with her normal job duties, Lawson regularly attends university workshops in order to increase her knowledge and find new approaches to departmental processes and procedures.
“She is always helpful in suggesting more efficient ways of accomplishing a task or offering of her time to help the team come together,” added Selahowski. “She believes you should try to do better, so you know how good you can be.”
Lawson’s accomplishments in her current role are a…