The Department of Human Resources

Employee of the Month

To recognize current university employees who have served Kutztown University in an exceptional manner by exemplifying outstanding service through his or her work and exhibiting a positive and supportive attitude.

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by Dr. Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, see the Employee of the Month nomination form.

  •  April 2018 ★ Nancy Brynildsen  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Nancy Brynildsen for being named the April 2018 Employee of the Month.

    Nancy, Clerk Typist 2 in Retention and Student Success, has been with the university since September 2005.

    According to one of her many nominators, “Nancy is one of those staff members that doesn’t care if it is in her job description or not, she will go above expectations to help students, faculty, and staff, and she does it with a smile!”

    Upon hearing her nomination and receiving her award, Nancy stated, “This is all very sweet. I am honored.”

  •  March 2018 ★ Benjamin Trout  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Benjamin Trout for being named the March 2018 Employee of the Month.

    Ben, the Associate Registrar, has been with the university since October 2011.

    According to his nominator, Ben has been, “instrumental in assisting students who are contemplating returning to KU to finish their degree requirements.”

    Upon receiving his award, Ben stated that his nominator, Joleen Greenwood, is, “far too kind,” but had to admit, it was a, “very good surprise.

  •  February 2018 ★ Heather Fronheiser   

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Heather Fronheiser for being named the February 2018 Employee of the Month.

    Heather, Clerk Typist 2 in Admissions, has been with the university since October 2013.

    According to her nominator, Heather, “is a caring person and goes the extra mile to get the answers needed for a student or their family member.”

    Upon receiving her award, Heather stated that she was shocked, and wanted to thank her nominator, Amy Sterner.

  •  January 2018 ★ Timothy Flannery   

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Tim Flannery for being named the January 2018 Employee of the Month.

    Flannery, Head Swimming Coach in Intercollegiate Athletic Services, has been with the university since September 1996.

    According to his nominator – Dontez Jolly of the Track & Field team, “Coach Flannery has made an impact on my life, and I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for me.” This is in reference to Coach Flannery teaching Jolly how to swim.

    Upon receiving his award, Tim was all hugs and smiles as he stated, “This is the best kind of surprise.”

  •  December 2017 ★ Tanya Faust   

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Tanya Faust for being named the December 2017 Employee of the Month.

    Tanya, Academic Department Secretary in the College of Education, has been with the university since October 2001.

    According to her nominator, Tanya, “contributes to achieving the goals of our office, our college, and the university each and every day by doing her job with professionalism and enthusiasm.”

    Upon receiving her award, Tanya stated that it was a total surprise, but very appreciated.

  •  November 2017 ★ Annette Christman  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating
    Annette Christman for being named the November 2017 Employee of the Month.

    Annette, Academic Department Secretary in Art & Art History, has been with the university since August 1998.

    According to her nominator, Annette’s, “thoughtfulness, cheerfulness, and kindness has contributed to creating a caring department environment and sense of community for our students, faculty and staff.”

    Upon receiving her award, Annette stated that she is, “truly fortunate,” to work in such a great department.

  •  October 2017 ★ Barry Peterson  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating
    Barry Peterson for being named the October 2017 Employee of the Month.

    Barry, Electronic Systems Technician in Visual & Performing Arts, has been with the university since August 1983.

    According to his nominator, “The existence of the radio station's technical side lies on Barry's shoulders.” Barry’s nominator also stated that Barry is a, “living technological legend,” who provides a vital service to the KU community.

    Upon receiving his award, Barry let out a big, “Woo!” Barry would also like to thank Michael Regensburger for the great nomination.

  •  September 2017 ★ Jean Koncsics  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating
    Jean Koncsics for being named the September 2017 Employee of the Month.

    Jean, Academic Department Secretary in Academic Enrichment, has been with the university since October 1994.

    According to her nominator, Jean always meets the students with, “kindness, professionalism, and a sincere interest in them and their education.”

    Upon receiving her award, Jean gave a big, “Thank you,” to her nominator, George Paterno, and expressed that Academic Enrichment is, “such a good group to work with.”

  •  August 2017 ★ Michael Regensburger  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Michael Regensburger for being named the August 2017 Employee of the Month.

    Michael, Campus Radio Manager, has been with the university since April 2004.

    According to his nominator, "Michael's goal is simple: to help students reach their full potential."

    Upon receiving his award, Michael was so surprised, he said, "It's like Publishers Clearing House!"  

  •  July 2017 ★ Jeanette Forster  

    Employee of the Month
    Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Jeanette Forster for being named the July 2017 Employee of the Month.

    Jeanette, Employment Services Manager in Human Resources, has been with the university since July 2011.

    According to her nominator, Jeanette always goes the extra mile and, “does this for every one of our departments with an ever-present smile on her face (or at the end of an email).”

    Upon receiving her award, Jeanette said that she was surprised, and, “Oh so happy,” with being named Employee of the Month. She’d also like to thank her nominator, Gregory Bamberger.