Kelli Kerbawy, office administrator/academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts, has been named the Marshall University employee of the Month for November, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.
Employed at Marshall since 2006, Kerbawy was nominated by Dean David J. Pittenger and Associate Dean Kellie Bean.
They explain that she conducts an audit for students who are rising juniors and seniors and then meets with them to review the requirements they will need to be eligible to graduate. This is an extremely important task, they wrote, because “As a result of her good work our students are not surprised during their last semester by learning that they will need to enroll in additional courses to graduate.”
They cite her skill and compassion in working with sometimes agitated students who have concerns about transfer credits, degree requirements and other academic matters. “Her calm authority over the facts and her patience allows students to leave the office content that they have been fairly treated and understand the degree requirements,” Pittenger and Bean wrote.
In addition, they said, “Kelli is also quick to bring to our attention problems she sees…and solutions for making our systems operate more efficiently. Perhaps one of her greatest contributions was the oversight of the implementation of DegreeWorks for the college…programming and testing DegreeWorks is a very complex task! Kelli did an outstanding job of organizing this hydra system. Our students now have a powerful tool to help them track their academic programs.”
And, the nomination concludes, “Kelli is a genuinely nice person. She cares about our students. She cares about her colleagues in the department. As such she is an ideal colleague whom we admire.”
Kerbawy was presented with a plaque and a check for $100 by President Stephen J. Kopp.
Photo: Kelli Kerbawy (left) receives her Employee of the Month award from President Kopp.