The Distinguished Service Awards are given each year to recognize exemplary service and outstanding contributions to the university. The University Medals and Awards Committee reviews letters of nomination and support. The award includes the Distinguished Service Award medallion and a check for $1,000. This year, Lori Livingstone and Admir Djulovic were named Distinguished Service Award recipients.
Administrative Exempt Distinguished Service Award – Lori Livingstone
Livingstone came to Eastern in July 2003. Over the years, she has provided human resources consultation and support to various areas on campus, specifically Academic Affairs, Information Technology and Student Affairs. She currently supports the academic side of Academic Affairs and the provost’s office and is solely responsible for faculty recruiting.
Over the years, biology professor Margaret O’Connell has worked with Livingstone on numerous successful faculty searches. She fondly remembers the first time they met in October 2009. “I was a new department chair and Lori was new to faculty recruitment. She came to the meeting in a bright orange super woman Halloween costume and was moving a bit stiffly because she had run a marathon the day before. I often think how that costume and marathon epitomize her approach to her job and her contributions to EWU. She has a tremendously positive ‘can-do, let’s get it done’ approach and is always willing to go the extra mile to facilitate a successful search.”
Livingstone was instrumental in the upgrade to HR’s PeopleAdmin Position Management and Applicant Tracking System. She performed significant testing on the product, developed user manuals, conducted training and would be considered an expert on the system. Because of her work, HR Services was able to move forward on the upgrade in September 2016.
Livingstone takes the time to provide the departments the thorough and detailed information they need in order to properly handle staff mentoring, evaluations, supervisory communication and discipline, if needed.
Classified Staff Distinguished Service Award – Admir Djulovic
Admir Djulovic’s classification is Information Tech Specialist 4 on the IT Administrative Operations Team at EWU. What’s that mean? It means he has impressive skills when it comes to system integration, programing and technical analytics. In 2005, he earned his BS in computer science from Eastern, followed by a master’s degree in 2014.
But there’s so much more. As his former supervisor Dennis Wilson, director, Student Financial Services writes, “Admir is one of those rare individuals who can explain and demonstrate something very technically complicated and make it so a non-technical user can understand. Admir has a great deal of integrity and skill in his position.”
Co-worker Linda Darr writes, “Admir is someone I aspire to be like.” She noted that he shared his templates and support in scheduling jobs with Records and Registration allowing them to benefit in several automated processes. “What’s even more notable is his unwavering upbeat attitude, acceptance of all and team spirit.”
There are many examples of how Djulovic has improved the university’s operations through automation. What used to take two full time employees 60 hours to complete in Student Financial Services, now takes one person just six hours.
“Admir constantly maintains a cheerful attitude and a high degree of professionalism. His strong, positive attitude is refreshing and infectious and has a big impact. Admir takes pride in what he does for our institution and make us a better, stronger team,” wrote Ralph Arnett of the Customer IT Solutions Team.
Co-worker LouAnn Hommel wrote, “If he was only a great programmer and technical analyst that would be impressive indeed. However, Admir couples that skill with a delightful personality, one that is warm and approachable. Eastern is a better place, because Admir is a part of it.”