Elaine Payne receives Gold 'U' for January

Team player. Hard worker. In the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, those terms are synonymous with Elaine Payne.

These attributes were on full display last year as a colleague missed two months of work to recover from an accident. Payne, an office associate II, covered all the co-workers duties along with her own so the department wouldn't have to add manpower.

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Elaine Payne
"Elaine has consistently played a vital role in the daily operations in the department for many years," said Dennis Robinson, Ph.D., chairman and professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences. "Having an office associate who is totally trustworthy, professional and always 'on top' of the daily activities is greatly appreciated."

For her efforts and dedication, Payne received the Chancellor's Gold 'U' award for the month of January.

Below we hear from Payne.

Describe your job in laymen terms.

I assist the faculty and research personnel with their grant and contract submissions, monitor the grant budgets and finances for the College of Pharmacy and assist with the little emergencies that seem to occur daily.

What is your best on-the-job memory?

Receiving the Gold 'U' Award is one.

Another one -- although bittersweet -- was when I was involved with the "Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program" and saw the students earn their Ph.D. degrees and start their careers after spending five years of their lives with us. I still get excited when one of our past students phones or sends an e-mail.

What is the best part of your job?

The faculty, staff and students in the College of Pharmacy and seeing the faculty succeed in their research by receiving a new grant or publishing an article in a prestigious journal.


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Kimberly Norman
February 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

You certainly deserve this recognition and I am honored to work with someone that is so diligent and dedicated!

February 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

A very hardworking and devoted person for sure! Always ready to help us students. Thank you Elaine and heartiest congratulations.

Rajesh R Wakaskar
February 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Heartiest congratulations for this award and a big thank you for all the help and assistance that you provide!

February 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Congratulations! You really deserve the honor. Thanks for all the help you have offered.

Alyssa Faust
February 11, 2011 at 12:42 PM

What a great honor! Griffyn is so proud to call you his grandmother!

February 11, 2011 at 9:26 AM

It is our pleasure to have Elaine in Pharmaceutical Sciences department. She is always helpful, even when it doesn't concern her. Congratulations!!!!!

Jerrie Dayton
February 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Elaine is great to work with. She is always helpful and pleasant with any questions and requests. In General Supply we work with many different folks throughout the campus. It's a two way street, we help them and they help us. Elaine is always a good call and easy to do business with. Congratulations Elaine, you deserve the recognition.

Sheryl Brietzke
February 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Good job Elaine!! What an honor and rightfully deserved