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staffawards2017

UCM Recognizes Professional and Support Staff Award Recipients

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 26, 2017) – Two members of the University of Central Missouri staff were recognized for their dedication and commitment to service at the university’s annual Staff Breakfast April 13.

Staff Awards 2017

Barbara Mayfield, second from left, and Colette Tilden, right, were recognized with the J.P. Mees Outstanding Professional Staff award and the Outstanding Support Staff Award at UCM annual Staff Breakfast. Also present were, left to right, Joan Mees, wife of the late J.P. Mees; Carmen Binder, president of the UCM Professional Staff; and Barb Hicks, president of UCM Support Staff.

Barbara Mayfield, director of accessibility services and ADA/504 coordinator for the university, received the J. P. Mees Outstanding Professional Staff Award, and Colette Tilden, office professional for the Department of Theatre and Dance, received the Outstanding Support Staff Award.

Mayfield has served in her current post at UCM for 21 years. She began her career operating a preschool and daycare center in Los Alamos, N.M. before completing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in special education at the University of Kansas. She taught in the Olathe, Kan., schools, working in early childhood special education, elementary education and secondary behavior disorders.

After earning her law degree from the University of Kansas and practicing law, she merged her two careers by joining UCM to lead the Office of Accessibility Services. She was instrumental as a member of the grant writing team in the development and growth of the THRIVE program at UCM.

Tilden has worked in a support staff position for UCM for 35 years, serving as the office professional for the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1983. She serves as the primary contact for community members, prospective students and alumni, as well as coordinating the daily operation of the department office and providing support for department faculty and students.

In addition to her duties as office professional, she also supervises the operation of the theatre box office and coordinates the department’s season ticket campaign and all promotion materials for performances. She also handles all touring arrangements for the summer children’s theatre production.

The J. P. Mees Outstanding Professional Staff Award honors the legacy of the late John Paul Mees, who died in 2000 while serving as vice president of planning and policy/executive assistant to the president at UCM.
The Outstanding Support Staff Award is presented annually to recognize the dedication and outstanding service of a member of the university support staff, based upon nominations by peers.