Human resources analyst, Lisa Vallejo, is the person behind the scenes, who makes sure student workers can pay their bills.
Vallejo, who began working for Career Services in 1992, was recently named Employee of the Year for her work in the department of human resources, where she transferred in May 2005.
“This is someone who is playing a vital role on campus,” said Roxana Weaver, human resources manager. “There is a huge number of student workers on campus, and Lisa has to get all of their payments entered. It is a big responsibility.”
Weaver said she nominated Vallejo for the title because of her hard work and diligence.
“She takes it personal,” Weaver said. “I saw the dedication she has to get all of the students paid. It was time for her to get the recognition she deserves.”
The Employee of the Year was chosen by a committee from a pool of 12 contenders, all former Employees of the Month from various departments. The decision was made after the nominees submitted a letter of interest and attended a luncheon with University Presidentduring the summer. Vallejo was announced the victor Aug. 13, gaining a plaque, $3,000 and a reserved parking space.
“I got to choose where I wanted to park, and anyone who is not authorized to park there will be towed,” Vallejo said. “I always have somewhere to park when I get to campus now. I think that was my biggest perk.”
Vallejo juggles a variety of tasks, including data entry, communication with student employees, research and filing of personnel change requests everyday.
“It is not just working on one thing all day,” Vallejo said. “You have to be very detail oriented and you have to be able to multi-task.”
Vallejo said the department of human resources operates at a fast pace.
“We have deadlines,” Vallejo said. “Everyone has to meet a deadline in order for this system to work.”
One of Vallejo’s co-workers expressed his respect for her work ethic.
“Lisa is awesome,” said Floyd Quinn, associate director of human resources. “She pushes the envelope every day in her efforts to take care of our students. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Lisa. She is a highly valued member of our team.”
Vallejo has ambitions for the upcoming year.
“Of course it is always ‘how can I do my job better’ and ‘how can I make the process better?’” Vallejo said. “My ultimate goal is to make sure student workers get paid.”