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Nov. 23, 2015 - Physicians Group, College of Medicine Employees Named to USA-Team
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From left: Charlene Jordan, assistant director of health systems grant administration and development; Dorothy Dickinson, residency and fellowship coordinator for surgery; and Beverly Kellen, practice director of student health services and family medicine, pose for a photo with their USA-Team Awards.

The University of South Alabama employee service recognition program recently nominated exceptional employees for the 2015 Christie Miree USA National Alumni Association Outstanding Employee award.

The USA Physicians Group and USA College of Medicine employees were among those honored.

Employees who were nominated are a part of the USA-Team and meet the following criteria: “performs ‘beyond the call of duty’ to improve service, quality and the image of the university, division or department; exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the excellent service and works as a team player; makes outstanding contributes to the university, division or department by developing a better way to execute the job by saving time, space or money.”

Each member was recognized by President Waldrop and presented a USA-Team certificate.

Dorothy Dickinson, residency and fellowship coordinator for surgery, is one of the Christie Miree award winners and has been working at USA for eight years now. “I am honored and grateful to be nominated,” Dickinson said. “My job challenges me in different ways, which means I am always learning. Most importantly what I love about my job is the encouragement, support and trust from leadership that allows me to take initiative to be creative to get my job accomplished.”

Dickinson has made significant contributions to improve efficiency in the office of surgical education. Her peers took notice to her dedication and hard work stating that “she is more than just a program coordinator. She is a constant inspiration for everyone around her."

Charlene Jordan, assistant director of health systems grant administration and development, was named to the USA-Team. She has been at USA for 25 years. “I felt honored and grateful that my colleagues nominated me. I certainly appreciate their effort and support,” Jordan said.

Jordan “is the definition of a team player and performs beyond the call of duty each and every day that she is at work,” Jordan’s colleague stated.

Jordan enjoys helping faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students achieve their research endeavors by applying the skills that she has learned over the years as a research administrator. “Helping them succeed in obtaining extramural funding builds upon our research and educational missions while also advancing our knowledge and providing potential treatments for diseases,” Jordan added.

Beverly Kellen, practice director of student health services and family medicine, was also named to the USA-Team. She has been at USA for 10 years and was pleasantly surprised by her selection to the USA-Team.

“I received a very nice letter from President Waldrop at my home and read it out loud to my husband. I kept reading it over and over again because no one had mentioned this nomination to me at work. I was truly surprised,” Kellen said.

Kellen’s colleagues stated that she “gracefully leads and motivates teams of professionals in student health and academic health environments.” Her co-workers also added that she demonstrates professionalism at the highest level and has assisted on numerous committees and special projects.

The Christie Miree award represents dedicated employees who go above and beyond in the work force. Christie Miree is an alumna of USA and a former member of the board of trustees.

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