Congratulations to several Division of Business Services Staff for receiving the 2019 Administrative Improvement Award for their efforts in making substantial improvements to administrative services at UW-Madison.
Award recipients are recognized for their exceptional work in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration.
“These award-winning teams and individuals set a high standard for what can be accomplished through innovation, collaboration and a constant striving for improvement,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank says.
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller says the award winners make UW–Madison better for students, faculty and staff.
“The hard work and commitment to administrative improvement of employees like our award winners help UW–Madison provide quality service to the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff and guests,” Heller says.
Pre-loaded Debit Card Team
Frank Austin (Business Services), Rochelle Cushman (Business Services), Liv Goff (Business Services), Meghann Grove (Business Services), Susie Maloney (Business Services), Rusty Haines (Business Services), James Muller (UW Athletics), David Rieves (UW Athletics), Jenna Wojcik (UW Athletics) and Ginger Hintz (UW System Administration)
UW Athletics historically distributed student-athletes’ daily meal allowances in cash following a lengthy process. Under this process, coaches would request cash advances prior to sporting events, funds would be deposited in coaches’ bank accounts, and coaches would distribute cash to student-athletes when traveling for sporting events.
Athletics, Business Services and UW System Administration collaborated on a new reloadable debit card. Training was held with card program administration staff in Athletics and Business Services, and numerous sports were selected to pilot the new approach. Currently, 17 sports are using the program, and others will be brought on board this spring.
The collaboration has enabled streamlined processes, introduced stronger financial controls, eliminated the need to carry large amounts of cash and helped student-athletes. Athletics staff and student-athletes have praised the new process as simpler, faster and something they would highly recommend.
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