October 2020 KUDOs nominees

Congratulations to the following KUDOs Honorees and nominees for October 2020! We had 11 nominations for staff from all over campus rising to the challenge of our new normal to make campus life a little better for everyone.  The (2) staff honored for October are Rick Lanoue (Athletics Department) and Rick Lescarbeau (Arts Department).  

October Honorees:

Rodd Lanoue (Trainer, Athletics, PE and Recreation)

As head athletic trainer, the main medical person for all students who participate in varsity athletics as well as many club sport athletes, Rodd is responsible for the well being of more than a third of Williams’ students. This fall he is the point person for all 32 teams and their coaches as well as a staff of six athletic trainers. Like others on campus he was charged with reading, reviewing and communicating all of the federal, state, local and College policies regarding COVID-19 as well as keeping up with medical information and NCAA regulations. He had to devise department policy to keep over 600 on-campus students protected and educated, and advise coaches on everything from facility marking and scheduling to group workout sizes to tent air flow and safe masking policy in a large variety of conditions. This high level learning and communication was balanced by things like learning how to decant barrels of sanitizing solution into manageable containers (who knew this would require certification, so only Rodd could do it!) and doing the type of moment-to-moment work and many don’t even know is happening. Then he worked to communicate all of that in understandable language to a cohort of committed and also disappointed faculty, staff and students in frequent email and in person meetings and communiques. I know that Rodd will be happy if he never has to see another shared google doc! So far I’ve only described the administrative work he’s done; in addition he works to interact with athletes and teams, to treat injuries and conditions that limit athletes from doing what they love, attend practices and “be an athletic trainer”. Rodd’s work has been tireless, consistent and crucial for the entire campus. By mid-September, Rodd had earned the nickname “Rodd Fauci” because the department heard from him so often and he was, indeed, our expert on COVID and how to keep ourselves and our players safe. Kudos, indeed! 

Rick Lescarbeau (Video Asst., Art Department)

Rick Lescarbeau worked overtime all summer to help create and implement an outdoor screening area in our beautiful meadow courtyard. To expedite this process during covid times, with its delivery complications, Rick had all the equipment shipped to his house and transported it to Spencer to get the task done. This was above and beyond. Thanks Rick for helping us have our own little “cinema paradiso” for safe screenings for our students. 

Jill Campbell (Physical Education & Athletics)

Jill has been working since this summer to create a safe environment to students and athletes alike to recreate on campus. With the college closing the athletic facilities Jill has worked to move all team practices outdoors and also figure out how we can engage our on-campus students in physical education classes socially distanced. Our enrollment in PE has more than doubled (over 600 students took a class this fall). Jill has worked but in our department but also with individuals across campus to make sure our students have ways to practice physical and emotional well-being. The heavy-lift that Jill has done (in a seemingly effortless way) is well beyond the scope of her work. Kudos to Jill Campbell! 

Rita L. Coppola-Wallace (Planning, Design and Construction)

I would like to nominate Rita and all the folks that have worked so hard to make the covid testing happen smoothly. There is also Amy Wood for the scheduling as well as the shift supervisors, Shaun, Theresa, and Scott!

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Rita has gone above and beyond her job description by stepping in and creating and managing the WC Covid Testing operation. She has selflessly served the WC Community through her dedication to providing WC with a superior testing facility which has been instrumental in allowing the college to reopen and maintain safety.

Debra Rogers Gillig (Biology)

Debra has worked all summer in the sciences, while most of us were remote. She handled the package delivery for all of the sciences with accuracy and utter dedication. She made it possible for the sciences to continue to operate smoothly despite the Covid circumstances

Susan Godlonton (Economics)

She has consistently encouraged students and helped them go above and beyond outside the classroom by helping with outside opportunities, assisting with independent studies, and mentoring for independent research projects.

Danielle Gonzalez (Human Resources)

Since March, Danielle has been working literally around the clock, without any time off, to keep all HR processes and structures working as smoothly as possible, and to implement new COVID-related procedures in record time, despite being down 2 full-time HR staff for the past 6+ months. Beyond all of this, she has tirelessly and fearlessly advocated for all Williams staff, whether it’s maintaining pay for temporary employees, or pushing for more and better employee support programs. Most recently, she created and implemented the new Communities of Williams program to enrich the lives of all Williams employees and foster greater connectivity and community. She constantly goes above and beyond her job duties to make the best possible environment for all who work here, but due to her role, much of this work goes largely unseen.

Rodd Lanoue (Athletics, PE and Recreation)

As head athletic trainer, the main medical person for all students who participate in varsity athletics as well as many club sport athletes, Rodd is responsible for the well being of more than a third of Williams’ students. This fall he is the point person for all 32 teams and their coaches as well as a staff of six athletic trainers. Like others on campus he was charged with reading, reviewing and communicating all of the federal, state, local and College policies regarding COVID-19 as well as keeping up with medical information and NCAA regulations. He had to devise department policy to keep over 600 on-campus students protected and educated, and advise coaches on everything from facility marking and scheduling to group workout sizes to tent air flow and safe masking policy in a large variety of conditions. This high level learning and communication was balanced by things like learning how to decant barrels of sanitizing solution into manageable containers (who knew this would require certification, so only Rodd could do it!) and doing the type of moment-to-moment work and many don’t even know is happening. Then he worked to communicate all of that in understandable language to a cohort of committed and also disappointed faculty, staff and students in frequent email and in person meetings and communiques. I know that Rodd will be happy if he never has to see another shared google doc! So far I’ve only described the administrative work he’s done; in addition he works to interact with athletes and teams, to treat injuries and conditions that limit athletes from doing what they love, attend practices and “be an athletic trainer”. Rodd’s work has been tireless, consistent and crucial for the entire campus. By mid-September, Rodd had earned the nickname “Rodd Fauci” because the department heard from him so often and he was, indeed, our expert on COVID and how to keep ourselves and our players safe. Kudos, indeed! 

Rick Lescarbeau (Art)

Rick Lescarbeau worked overtime all summer to help create and implement an outdoor screening area in our beautiful meadow courtyard. To expedite this process during covid times, with its delivery complications, Rick had all the equipment shipped to his house and transported it to Spencer to get the task done. This was above and beyond. Thanks Rick for helping us have our own little “cinema paradiso” for safe screenings for our students. 

Chuck Paquette (VRC, Art Department)

Technological assistance in ART department classes is always critical, but when it is happening remotely, it is especially challenging. When my quarantine office system melted down, Chuck was brilliant. No matter what my problem, he was willing and able to help. He provided step-by-step instructions in use of zoom and other programs. He patiently helped me set up a new hub for double screen remote teaching and personally delivered the additional monitor I needed to make it feasible. He used the term tech-thug. I would call him Wizard Coach. He deserves big kudos!

Pallavi Sen (Art) (Faculty)

Pallavi Sen is an amazing compassionate caring person . She volunteered her time to work on her own at the Parson’s garden throughout the summer . This involved taking a plot of land that had been neglected, full of weeds ,and filled the raised gardens with soil. I witnessed her work everyday to create a garden to feed the food pantry at St Patrick’s church. She grew numerous types of greens, tomatoes, corn and other vegetables that she gave away to feed the needy community. Pallavi never stopped. She showed so much compassion to anyone who needed food. She went above and beyond. 

Julie Sniezek (Facilities)

Julie is a go-getter, she volunteered to make sure the graduating students had their belongings returned to them, after they had to make a rapid exodus, due to COVID 19. Julie also has been helping out at the COVID testing sites, while also doing her regular job duties. Kudos to Julie!

Grace Walter (CSS)

Grace has been consistently baking chocolate cakes and bringing them to facilities and CSS as an lift up from the stresses of being essential staff. She has brought so much joy to everyone by doing this treat on her own.