The Coordinator of Programs (Assistant to the Department Head) of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management sits alone at her desk, surrounded by two computer monitors, in/out files and a thick calendar of upcoming seminars, candidate interviews and computer training sessions.
She is eating her modest lunch while busily completing some departmental business, casting watchful glances at the blinking monitors, and fielding numerous telephone calls.
Not many others realize that on this Thursday morning, this dedicated employee is only hours removed from her late night Business class, yet her antics are perky, her eyes are bright, and her demeanor suggests she is just back from a Jamaican holiday.
The College of Agricultural Sciences Administrative Professional Excellence Award is tailor made for Maggie Hirko. She is a fantastic co-worker, departmental inspiration, and a friend to all. Maggie undoubtedly personifies the qualifications of such a prestigious award. Her ability to maintain such a high level of excellence while juggling a myriad of duties is exemplary.
Maggie works full time in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and maintains a 4.0 GPA as a part time College of Business student. With her busy schedule, she finds the time to volunteer for the CSU Employee Appreciation Board and is a member of the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Student Chapter at CSU. Maggie personifies the values of our department everyday as she strives to build relationships with other entities of the University and inspires others to higher levels of performance.
In her role as Assistant to the Department Head, she has been search support for two faculty searches this semester with more than 70 applicants combined. Professor Ruth Hufbauer, Search Chair, says, “Maggie is thus not only ultra-efficient, but also understands that academics work all hours, and goes far beyond the call of duty in accommodating that.” Professor Howard Schwartz, Search Chair, says, “Maggie is always up-to-date on the latest technology and implemented the use of Echo 360 to capture seminar presentations by interviewees for faculty positions so that it can be shared with others including vital stakeholders around the state who have a vested interest in the position, program, and college.”
Professor Ruth Hufbauer adds, “Maggie is simply a joy to have as part of our team, and is utterly deserving of the Administrative Professional Award to recognize her exceptional service.”
As Coordinator of Programs, Maggie has very strong problem solving skills. She is proficient with a variety of software programs and is always our go-to person to help faculty, staff, and students complete and polish documents in a first-rate professional output.
Maggie constantly identifies, improves, and streamlines University and Department practices, policies and programs. Professor Boris Kondratieff states, “Her philosophy is “How can I improve what I am assigned to do and do it more efficiently allowing faculty and students to realize their goals more readily?”
Maggie has been the core person designing our BSPM website and she is very proud of the faculty and has spent extra time enhancing faculty profiles and accomplishments. Her implementation of cutting edge technology has improved faculty and student teaching and seminar capabilities. Maggie makes sure that our BSPM teaching classrooms have the most advanced technology. Most importantly, she strives to make sure that all our teaching and other facilities are easy to use, more efficient, and less costly to operate.
Professor William Jacobi says, “She is always enthused about new ideas, comes up with thoughtful suggestions on how to make students, faculty, and staff feel better about working here and fostering a feeling of community.”
Maggie\’s work reaches beyond the department, as Paula White (Ag Business Center) describes. “Maggie is always very efficient, conscientious, and timely on any correspondence that I have requested of her. Always careful to check for details and present the results in a professional manner. I can always count on a timely response from her whether it be by email or phone. Maggie is great to work with and I believe she deserves this award for her continuing diligence and professionalism to her job. She is a great asset to BSPM!”
On this particular late-Autumn day the Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management offices are virtually vacated as professors, graduate students, and others are dissolving into the growing darkness. The lights in C129B are still glowing, however, as Maggie is still there, checking out impending schedules, finalizing plans for upcoming meetings, and attempting to tie-up loose ends from an incredibly hectic day.
In moments, the door to her office will click shut, and she will finally begin her own trek home only to arrive back a few short hours later. Everyone in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management realizes what this award represents: Maggie is a true superstar.