Employee Spotlight 2022

September

Tyler_Bond-090822

Tyler Bond
Independence, VA
Sergeant, RUPD
8 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? My favorite thing about working at the University is interacting with the community and treating all with the upmost respect. I enjoy knowing that my fellow co-workers and I have the opportunity to make a difference within the community each and everyday. 

What is one thing on your bucket list? Number one on the bucket list as of now is to travel to Alaska with my family. My family and I enjoy spending time outdoors, and the opportunity to spend time in a vast region on that magnitude would be unbelievable.  

What do you do for fun? I enjoy playing golf, fishing, and spending time with my family.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Honestly, I can't think of anyone. I enjoy being myself and taking care of my family.  

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? Honesty, integrity, determination, and professionalism. Each day I strive to put forth my best effort in keeping the community safe and building a foundation of trust and support within the community.

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Treat others how you want to be treated, and take care of one another. Somedays can be harder than others and I feel that each employee should know that they don't have to face tasks on their own. Work together and not against one another. 

August

Mike-Goad-072722

 

Michael Goad
Radford, VA
Housekeeping Senior Worker
44 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? My coworkers and meeting the various staff.

What is one thing on your bucket list? To see the Grand Canyon and ride to the bottom of the canyon on the donkeys.

What do you do for fun? Helping my neighbors.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Tour guide at Disney World Harry Potter World.

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? Caring about my job and being available to help when the need arises.

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Take pride in your job.

July

C.Carter-071222

Carmella Carter
Floyd, VA
Assistant Director of HR Operations
18 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? There are multiple things; but I must say the people I work with is my favorite.  Over the years I have formed great working relationships with people from all over campus and these relationships have assisted me in successfully completing multiple tasks.

What is one thing on your bucket list? My bucket list has multiple places I would like to see, including Alaska and Italy.

What do you do for fun? In the summer you will find me working in the garden.  When it is cold outside, I will be curled up next to the fire with a crochet hook and yarn.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I always told my children to be a good person and not try to be someone else.  There may be characteristics of a person that you admire and can incorporate those characteristics which is fine but don't try to mimic anyone.  We all have a place in this world, and we all have contributions/talents that may never be known to others if a person is just trying to be someone else.

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? My desire is to take a problem and find a solution.  Also, I desire to help others with situations they may be going through.

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? When I came to Radford University, I started in an entry level position but knew I wanted more.  To reach my goals, I looked for opportunities and developed a path for myself to reach them.  I would like to encourage other employees to evaluate themselves and determine what they hope to achieve at Radford University.  If you are not certain how to get to that goal, engage your supervisor, Human Resources, Division Leader or someone else who you feel can mentor you and help you achieve your goals.

June

Sharon-Proffit-061322

 

Sharon Proffitt
Christiansburg, VA
E-Procurement Specialist
7 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? Radford University's commitment to students and employees surpass any other university. I have experience both as a student then as an employee. As a student, I never felt alone or afraid to ask questions from my professors, every professor I encountered inside and outside of class were always open, kind, considerate individuals. Always looking out for anyone struggling with course work.  The staff at Radford University are talented, passionate, and inspiring. I learn from them every day. I strive to be there for others who struggle with eVA, like my professors were there for me. When you walk on campus you know that you are a part of a family that will always be there for you.

What is one thing on your bucket list? Ride in a hot air balloon. 

What do you do for fun? I love teaching new generations (K-5) the ways to respect others around them. To treat others that way you want to be treated. To be kind and considerate to others. To listen when all a small child wants is someone to lean on and cry on a shoulder. Watching the new generation take on responsibility and respect for others gives me great joy.  My father always said, leave the next generation better than you. That’s what I strive for each day by mentoring younger individuals.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I was raised to accept who you are and to make the most of it with the time you have. With that said, I would like to be a stronger, more resilient, more compassionate individual, not just for one day but strive for it every day until my time on Earth is no longer.

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? I strive each day to come in with a smile and have that smile shine through whether I’m on the phone, meeting, or in person. To be that sounding board if someone needs it, to be that go to individual, to have the answers they seek. To help guide them through eVA issues. To be a friend to all. 

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Radford University will be there for you always. The faculty, staff, and students all have one goal: success for all. We are a united unit, and we strive to achieve  excellence every day. Hands down the best University to be enrolled as a student or to work as an employee.

May

Tim-Cundiff-051722

Timothy Cundiff
Blacksburg, VA
Asst. Director, Project Mgmt. & Special Events
3 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? The People. I have yet to meet or work with someone who didn't have a smile on their face. Working with such kind and uplifting people make being at Radford University very fulfilling.

What is one thing on your bucket list? I would love to back country camp across the Grand Canyon and the Badlands. I have plenty of items on "the list" but ultimately to see and enjoy the natural beauty of this part of the United States is a must do before I'm done here.

What do you do for fun? Besides being with my wife and children/grandchildren, I enjoy anything outdoors. Overlanding, camping, kayaking and any type of water sport are always great fun. 

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? I can't imagine being anyone else. My approach to everything, be it personal, professional or spiritual is as an adventure and a learning experience. I try to learn, embrace and emulate positive strengths, traits and wisdom from others and end each day knowing I did my best at whatever task, situation or work/life event I faced. I feel very fulfilled in both my personal and professional lives and really wouldn't trade that with anyone, even for a day. 

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? Energy and enthusiasm are my most important personal attributes. My creativity and desire to serve along with my life learned knowledge, skills, bumps and bruises all lend themselves to my desire and ability to assist others in being as successful at their jobs/tasks/duties as possible.

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Stay positive. Be flexible. Smile. We are all in this together!

April

D.Allen-042822

 

Damien Allen
Ashburn, VA
Associate Director, Institutional Research
15 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? I've always appreciated that the institution is right-sized for how I like to work cooperatively with others across many offices. It's small enough that I get to do a little bit of everything while being big enough I don't have to do everything.

What is one thing on your bucket list? I'd like to be able to visit many places around the world and spend a lot time in  different places.

What do you do for fun? I've starting playing mahjong last year year and am continuously trying to learn and improve. I try to play for an hour each evening if I'm able.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Sir Anthony Hopkins

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? My work benefits when I'm able to see individual pieces fit together working into a system and how things function as a whole. Being aware of all the moving parts of running a university helps brings understanding and awareness of patterns in the noise.

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Take some time and appreciate the plants and wildlife living and growing on our 211 acre campus. The Riverwalk trail from the Dedmon Center down to Bisset Park is a great place to beat the summer heat.

March

Av-Borvchowitz-032222

 

Avraham Boruchowitz
Salem, VA
Director, EHS
9 years of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? I enjoy the opportunity to support and serve the students, faculty, and staff, doing my part to ensure everyone’s safety.

What is one thing on your bucket list? To create a bucket list.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my family, especially time outdoors hiking, kayaking/canoeing, and biking.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? If given that chance…me. Every day is a gift and I’m grateful for each one.

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? A passion for what I do, communicating well, a determination to help, and a customer service focus.

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University?  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

February

Donnie-Wimmer-022322

Donnie Wimmer
Salem, VA
Information Security Officer
6 months of dedicated service

What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? Being a part of the Information Technology Services team,  learning about new and emerging technologies, and implementing technological solutions that support the university’s mission.   

What is one thing on your bucket list? Would like to travel the route of Lewis and Clark during their exploration of the western United States.  

What do you do for fun? Spending time outdoors with my family.  

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Elon Musk.

What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? Different views and perspectives regarding IT Security..

What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Radford University offers employees excellent opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally.  Take advantage of these opportunities as they arise, challenge yourself, learn from your mistakes, and inspire your teammates.      

January

Vince_Moore-012122

Vincent Moore
Radford, VA
AUX. Maintenance Technician
2 years of dedicated service

    What is your favorite thing about working at Radford University? I like being around the people, and learning new things.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to Hawaii.

    What do you do for fun? I like to produce and play music.

    If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Zaytoven, a music producer.

    What would you describe as the most important personal  attributes or strength that you bring to your job? Being a hard worker, willingness to help others.

    What advice would you offer to other employees at Radford University? Stay focused on your goals, and learn as much as you can so that whatever you do, you give it 100 percent.