Tammy Monette Receives Excellence in Service Award
Tammy Monette, a custodian in Wadsworth Hall, has won the Excellence in Service Award from the Commission for Housing and Residence Life of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Monette began her Michigan Tech career in Dining Services and eventually moved to facilities. She has worked on the second floor of Wadsworth Hall for the past nine and a half years. Rachel Jones, assistant director of residence education, nominated Monette for the award.
According to Jones, she nominated Monette because she inspires her and others to be the best they can be every day. “Tammy’s approach to her work makes her special. She views herself as an educator and uses every opportunity to teach the residents living on her floor to make a difference in the lives of others.”
According to Jones, Monette’s hard work and open communications with the resident assistants (RAs) help them understand the importance of a clean and safe living environment. “She makes their job much easier by doing her job exceptionally,” Jones says. “Everyone living on her floor, RAs and residents alike, learn that doing something small, like donating 10 cents worth of aluminum every time you drink a soda, can create a large impact.” Jones says Monette has raised nearly a thousand dollars this calendar year, one dime at a time.
Monette says she’s “overwhelmed” by the Excellence in Service Award. “I am just so honored … wow.” Monette says that hands down the best part of her job is the students. “I go to work every day as if it’s ‘Customer Appreciation Day.’ I’m a mentor, therapist, mother, counselor, cheerleader and friend. I have listened to countless stories, shared endless laughs and offered up tons of prayers for my students. I truly have one of the most rewarding jobs on campus—direct, daily contact with these young people."
Whitney Boroski, manager of health and wellness, worked with Monette on fundraising efforts to support Husky Food Access Network. Boroski calls Monette the most selfless person she has ever met.
“She gives 110 percent, every single day,” Boroski says. “She’ll say ‘I’m more than a toilet scrubber, I’m here for the kids.’ And she really is. When my child grows up and goes away to college, I hope there’s someone like Tammy in their life.”
Monette will accept her award and be honored at the ACPA annual convention March 3-6 in Boston.