April Vomvas has never ever been willing to settle– not for Wrangler denims and not for low-paying jobs. That mindset, no doubt, belongs to what caused her ending up being third-place recipient of the 2018 President’s Classified Staff member of the Year Award.
I operate in the English department and for the Writing Center. I prepare contracts for part-time trainers, schedule composition and world literature courses, schedule events, established orientations– a bit of whatever.
I started working at UNLV in 2011. I was working at an automobile repair shop as a smog specialist and a mechanic’s helper. It was low-paying without any health benefits. A consumer informed me I must apply to UNLV.
Initially, I worked in custodial, simply to obtain my foot in the door. I was there for 18 months, then worked in trainee represent 18 months before relocating to English.
Why you stay
I just love UNLV. I love all my colleagues. I like that everyone here is attempting to do something much better with their lives.
Likewise, I like that I can take classes through the grant-in-aid program. I started working right out of high school– I didn’t understand that student loans were available to someone without credit. Now I’m working on a degree in history. It’s actually sluggish because it’s difficult to go to school full time and work full time however I take a number of classes a semester.
Doug McLean of centers, who employed me when I initially began at UNLV, informed me that if I worked hard, I might do anything here. It doesn’t matter where you begin, the sky’s the limit if you have the drive. I couldn’t be more happy to any person in the whole university than him.
I ‘d give the very same recommendations to any new employee. You can do anything you wish to do if you put your mind to it. Never stop aiming to move on.
Moving away and back once again.
I’m local. I graduated from Clark High School.
I transferred to Missouri when I was 20. I wished to raise my kids elsewhere, however it was hard to make a living there. The factories closed in the winter, so it was constantly a struggle. I moved back here in 2004. I was never ever better to be back anywhere.
Very first task.
I wanted a set of Levis. My mom would just purchase me Wranglers. She stated, “If you desire Levis, you can get a task.”
You needed to be 14 and a half to obtain a work permit, so that’s when I went to work scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins. And, no, there was no free ice cream. They had cams on us.
That job taught me I had much better do something with my life. I didn’t desire those kinds of jobs when I was older.
I made both my children get a task at McDonald’s as quickly as they were old enough. I told them, “If you do not stay in school, this is what you are taking a look at for your future.” Now among my children, Jessica Bradley, deals with campus, too. She’s an administrative assistant III in the department of interdisciplinary, gender, and ethic research studies.
Something you never ever seem to have time for.
Visiting the museums on school. I’ve never ever been in any of them other than the Donna Beam (Art Gallery) when I would have to clean it.
A motion picture, tv program, or book to advise.
I’m a huge Video game of Thrones fan. It’s so different.
People would be surprised to understand …
I take hip-hop dance physical fitness classes at a health club in the area. They play all the music that is popular on the radio and in the clubs. They turn off the lights in the space and there are lights that flash like in a club. It’s very enjoyable.
Likewise, I used to drive a forklift at a swimming pool table factory in Missouri. That was my favorite task, fun-wise.
What Her Nominators State.
Elaine Bunker, associate director of structure in the English department
April Vomvas goes searching for problem– and that’s a good idea. As an AA IV in the English department with obligations in both the composition program and the Writing Center, her work affects more than a hundred GTAs (graduate teaching assistants) and PTIs (part-time trainers) along with actually thousands of students, and she takes that responsibility really seriously. She understands that there are a great deal of things that can go wrong– with scheduling, with contracts, with budgets and purchasing, with office and devices, simply among others possibilities. Thankfully for us, most of the important things that could fail go right since April anticipates problems and tries to resolve them before they become a concern.
Not just is April efficient in performing her own tasks, however she is likewise generous in assisting others, and due to the fact that she prioritizes her time well, she is able to assist lots of others without disregarding her own duties. Her analytical abilities are frequently in demand, not just in the composition program, however from other faculty and staff in the English department. She is respected by professors and staff in our dean’s office, the registrar’s office, agreements administration, and other workplaces with which she has regular interaction. We are all grateful that April goes looking for problem, because once she finds it, she handles it so that problem is less likely to discover us.
Gina Sully, director of the UNLV Writing Center
” April has a fast mind and proactively seeks training and details that will help her to do her tasks more effectively and successfully. After only a few workshops, she has actually already mastered her Workday tasks, and, in reality, has taught me a few aspects of the system I had to comprehend to do my task, but that are not part of hers. April’s thoughtful and proactive efforts have actually saved me a huge amount of time.
” April Vomvas exceeds and beyond in myriad methods and does the work of 2 AAs with vitality and good humor. She supplies outstanding customer support in 2 systems, and attends to the information, no matter how small and no matter the job. Her sharp intelligence and imaginative analytical, her proactivity and inviting character together make her an excellent AA, a terrific coworker, and a vital resource for UNLV …”