Innovation Award

Richard Mason, Executive Director of UChicago Dining 

During the last two-and-a-half years years, Richard has worked tirelessly, beginning with the Global Dining Initiative, to recommend key process improvements to make UChicago Dining into what it is today. As stated in his nomination letters:

“Richard has transformed what was once a department that focused only on the residential experience to instead think broader and serve the University community.  He has embraced new technologies and applied the "UChicago way" to braid concepts together.  Most recently he brought new establishments of Subway and Jamba Juice; an "app" to communicate with clients; and recently re-designed the department website. He has demonstrated a profound understanding of how a collegial and collaborative process is fundamental to yielding sustainable outcomes that people will stand behind, AND that will provide our students with the excellent experience they deserve and expect.”  

Outstanding Newcomer Award

Jennifer Luttig-Komrosky, Director of Residential Services

Jennifer Luttig-Komrosky joined Residential Services in October 2011 as the Director of Residential Services. During these eight months, Luttig-Komrosky has demonstrated and made significant contributions to Residential Services and the University as exemplified by the following statement from one of her nomination letters:

“The work that Jennifer accomplished in Pierce Tower is nothing short of heroic, and the outcome was amazing.  Jennifer took an incredibly challenging situation for anyone, let alone a newcomer to a position and a community, and turned it into an adventure for herself and those around her.  She made an invaluable impact on the quality of life for residents of Pierce. Beyond Pierce, however, Jennifer has made many inroads and accomplishments with her staff and partner organizations during a time of ongoing change.” 

Outstanding Service to the University Community

Denise Jorgens, Director of Programs and External Relations at International House

Denise Jorgens has worked at the University for 28 years. Her nomination letter reflects her outstanding service to the University community as illustrated in the following statement:

“Denise's relentless focus and ability to bring faculty, academic deans, staff, students, I-House alumni and donors, members of the diplomatic corps in Chicago, and leaders of cultural and educational institutions city-wide together to provide interesting, thought-provoking, entertaining, fulfilling programming for our campus community and the Chicago community makes her a true treasure to CSL and our University.  One only needs to look at the audience seated at an I-House lecture or musical program, review the assortment of English as a Second Language programs she organizes and implements, listen to her speak with the Consuls General from all parts of the world, or hear her speak about the important role I-House has played for international students and the University for almost 80 years to know that she is making a difference here.  I can think of no better person to be acknowledged for truly exceptional service to the University community than Denise.” 

Outstanding Service to Students

Lesley Lundeen, Assistant Director of Graduate Services, Humanities Division and the Divinity School

Lesley Lundeen has worked at the University of Chicago for 5 years.  Lesley received NUMEROUS nominations from staff, students, deans, and alumni for her great work.  An excerpt from one of her nominations reads:

“Lesley is one of our best resources for helping our students connect their intellectual passions to the world of work, to public life and public service. She is smart and tireless in her advocacy for our students and in the excellent programming she plans for us. But more than this, she's always ready to stop and genuinely listen to the concerns of individuals. In this way she's a counselor in the very best sense. Her support is vital to the success of our program.”

Stephen P. Klass STAR Award (for Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability)

Arthur Lundberg

Arthur Lundberg has worked at the University for the past seven years with an intense dedication.  He was recognized for his service, teamwork, attitude, and reliability in multiple nomination letters. Some excerpts from his nomination letters include:

"Lundberg has always been the positive person and smiling face I can always go to for guidance and assistance, which has always been on point. Whether it is 9:00 AM or 10:00 PM, Arthur has always made himself available to students such as myself, and he has been a positive influence on so many hundreds and thousands of us.” 

“Arthur has been the brightest STAR in ORCSA through a very large transition period these past 8 months.  Arthur is a role model, team player, visionary advisor and humble”.

“Arthur Lundberg's quiet dedication to student activities supported and reassured me during my time as a student at the University of Chicago. I knew that I could always turn to him with any and all questions and issues that arose, and that he would lend an understanding ear and provide at most, the perfect solution to my problem and at least, informed sympathy.” 

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