JU’s Marketing and Communications Department pulled a fast one this week on its Art Director, Donald dela Torre.
dela Torre thought he was going to Human Resources to take photos of HR’s Judy Ganyo receiving the award, but it turned out he was being named JU December Employee of the Month instead.
JU Designer Maren Tith snuck out of a side room to capture dela Torre’s bewildered expression as Vice President of University Relations Derek Hall awarded him his certificate.
“Donald has been a great addition to the marketing team,” Hall said later. “He is always going above and beyond in his job. We are very lucky to have him on staff.”
Congratulations to Donald on this high honor. Here are a few comments from JU employees who filled out nomination forms for dela Torre:
“He always makes you feel like your project is a priority.” — Laura Andrews, Student Solutions Center
“Donald’s calm personality and great attitude is reflective in his committment to work with other departments.” — Katie Counihan, Student Solutions Center
“He does so much, and even when he may be overwhelmed you would never know.” — DaVina Hamilton, Student Life
“Every time we’ve had a new request, he has been able to come through for us in spite of everything on his plate!” — Yvonne Martel, Admissions
“Donald is the most hard-working individual on this campus. He has never turned down a project and always stays late to meet other departments’ needs and deadlines.” — Gracie Simendinger, University Advancement
JU employees of the month receive a $50 cash award, an extra day off, an award certificate signed by the JU President, and reserved parking for a month. To nominate an employee, go to the Human Resources Employee Recognition Program page on the JU web site, or contact Human Resources at (904) 256-7025.