WSU Academic Coordinator Wins Crimson Spirit Award
Jodi Anderson, beloved academic advisor to all WSU School of Food Science undergrad and grad students, was selected as the April 2015 recipient of the Crimson Spirit Award. The School congratulates her on this award and wholeheartedly agree that she is full of Crimson Spirit!
Jodi Anderson is the Academic Coordinator and Advisor for the School of Food Science. Her role includes working with undergraduate and graduate students as well as serving all faculty and staff in this joint university program. She serves as the office expert on most all student and administrative duties. Her broad experience and wealth of knowledge make her an invaluable resource to anyone who comes in our doors.
Because the School of Food Science is a joint program with the University of Idaho, she has put in extra effort to learn processes and requirements for UI course scheduling, registration, graduation and other administrative processes. She takes on the daunting task of reconciling a uniform 4 year plan to satisfy extremely complicated requirements between the two land grant universities. Faculty and instructors appreciate Jodi’s problems solving skills in finding creative ways to overcome registration difficulties to enroll students into classes so they can graduate.
While she’s overwhelmingly busy she somehow leads the office in keeping an overall positive work environment. She is encouraging, good-natured, courteous, receptive to feedback, and collaborative with co-workers. She is trusted and highly respected by anyone who knows her. Colleagues across the college and the university count on her as a resource and encourager, and she generously gives extra effort and time to respond to the excessive inquiries she receives from the diverse group she serves.
Her helpful and thorough visits with prospective students and their families have resulted in many visitors enrolling as students in the program. Most high school and transfer students who meet with her before coming to WSU choose to enroll in our program confident that they’ll be taken care of by Jodi.
As a result of her truly caring for them, Jodi is highly respected and loved by our students. She has many times over been the one reason a struggling student has remained in our program. On the students’ own initiative when Jodi was overcoming personal adversity and challenges, they collected a huge care basket of gifts for her. Her office walls are covered with greetings and thank yous from years of appreciative students and alumni.
Outside of WSU, Jodi is very involved in volunteering at her church and in the community. She is counted on by numerous people as a true help in times of need. Remarkably, Jodi has been an unwavering mainstay for the School of Food Science despite overcoming several significant personal challenges over the 20+ years that she has been with the school.
The Crimson Spirit Award is a recognition for individual employees who perform in an exemplary manner and make outstanding contributions to the university community.
Awardees exemplify university values and promote strategic goals through:
- Superior quality of service
- Exceptional creativity in problem solving
- Noteworthy extra effort
- Exemplary performance
- Demonstration of trust and respect in the work place
- Outstanding contributions to the WSU community
- Other superior efforts in support of university strategic goals and values