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Andrew Schultz, programer/analyst for the College of Nursing, has been named recipient of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh February 2012 STAR Award.

Schultz was nominated by Brenda Garza. Portions of his nomination follow:

“For a few years the Classified Staff Development and Appreciation Day (CSDAD) Committee had been trying to go-green with a computerized registration and after-event comment system. We could never get it off the ground. When the College of Nursing hired Andrew Schultz, one of the first things I did as co-chair of CSDAD was approach him and ask him if he would be willing to volunteer his services to create these systems. He willing agreed.

“Over the next several months, Andrew worked diligently to get a prototype up and running. He met with the different CSDAD committees regarding their needs. He suffered and survived general CSDAD meetings where questions were all over the board and some discussions difficult. He tweaked and tested; made changes where he had to review ALL the code; and through all of this Andrew maintained his professionalism and kind spirit.

“The registration system went live and while there were a few bumps (which happens no matter how much you test), it was highly praised by those registering because it gave real-time feedback on what workshops were available, and the registrants could go back and see what they had registered for. It was praised by the Registration, Planning and Facilities Committees because a huge amount of manual workload was now electronic AND they could also receive real time updates to the data they needed.

“The after-event electronic review continued the process to go-green. The CSDAD Committee was able to pull together data in a few minutes that took days and weeks to compile before. The data could be managed for reports and the different committees instead of all the committees receiving one report that included data not needed by them.

“These real-time processes not only made it easier for the classified staff as a whole, but it also made the CSDAD Committees more efficient all while saving several trees this year, and the many hundreds that will be saved in the future. This is all because of Andrew’s work.

“Andrew agreed after CSDAD 2011 he would continue with CSDAD as the technical liaison. Andrew has gone above and beyond in every sense and is very deserving of the STAR award.”

The CSAC Awards & Recognition Committee submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.