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Introducing the 2017 Pride of the Wolfpack Honorees

Poole College Dean Annette L. Ranft, second from right, with Poole College's 2017 Pride of the Wolfpack Award recipients.
Poole College Dean Annette L. Ranft, second from right, with Poole College's 2017 Pride of the Wolfpack Award recipients.

Each fall, the NC State Poole College of Management recognizes individual employees with a Pride of the Wolfpack Award for their special or unique contribution to the college in the past academic year.

This year’s eight nominees represent four units in Poole College: the Department of Business Management, Executive Education, the Jenkins MBA program, and the Office of Undergraduate Programs.

Following are this year’s Pride of the Wolfpack Award recipients and nominees.

Stefani Ashkinazy
Administrative Support Associate, Jenkins MBA programs

Since joining the Jenkins MBA team last summer, Stefani has gone above and beyond in everything that she does. She is reliable and trust worthy, can multitask, and her attention to detail is second to none. She is one of the most team-oriented staff members I have ever worked with, always willing to help with whatever is needed. More often than not, she is volunteering to help before you can even ask her to do so. I have the utmost confidence when delegating something to Stefani that she will own the project, ensure a successful delivery and make sure that attendees’ needs are met and expectations are surpassed. She was nominated for this award by Nichole Miller, assistant dean, Jenkins MBA programs.

Ashley Creech
Technology Support Technician, Jenkins MBA programs

In fall 2016, the MBA program implemented a new core curriculum – an extremely large undertaking with a variety of moving pieces that impacted numerous constituents. Ashley was the team member that ensured that the new courses were entered correctly into the registration system. Drawing on her institutional knowledge, resourcefulness and determination, Ashley assured that the new system was available for students to register at the right time. Ashley is a perfect example of Think and Do. She was nominated for this award by Nichole Miller, assistant dean, Jenkins MBA programs.

Dena Haugley
Financial Manager, NC State Executive Education

Dena joined NC State Executive Education in November 2016. In the first 3 months, she designed a system to track our invoices, receipts and contracts more effectively, tying all documents to a single project income statement. This structure has allowed us to more effectively manage our financial activities, keeping all directors and office staff aligned with target dates. The new structure is also allowing her to move to Phase 2: An analysis of our budgeting and spending levels to identify opportunities for cost-cutting. Her new system is saving our team significant time and making the entire office much more effective and efficient. She is worth of this valuable recognition. Dena was nominated for this award by Dan McGurrin, director, NC State Executive Education.

Jennifer McLamb
Academic Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Programs

It is with great honor that I proudly nominate Jennifer McLamb for the Pride of the Wolfpack award. I have worked with Jennifer in a variety of settings at NC State since 2011. Jennifer is a go-getter who is always willing to take action and help and a passionate student advocate, whether in a one-on-one session or in the classroom. She always has the student’s best interest at heart and is willing to have those hard conversations with students through which they grow and develop into better adults because of the courage she had in guiding them to a better future.

Jennifer is also magnetic: her colleagues at NC State and other places – and her students – are drawn to her, her students are drawn to her. And she is enthusiastic, looking for ways to help, improve, and change the world around her — one bit at a time. Most recently, Jennifer stepped up to a huge leadership and professional growth challenge by serving as the co-chair for the Region 3 NACADA conference, a three-day event in Raleigh which hosted 500 professionals. She did this in addition to her heavy advising load and all of the other many things she does to support PCOM students on a daily basis. Jennifer is a true representative of THINK AND DO. She was nominated for this award by Sara Concini, assistant director, Jenkins Master of Accounting program.

The following Poole College staff members were also nominated for the Pride of the Wolfpack Award this year.

  • Tuesday Cross
  • Nichole Miller
  • Vilma Mueller
  • Deborah Wilkins

The Pride of the Wolfpack Award program at Poole College is coordinated annually by Donna Barret, computing consultant on the college’s computer services team.