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April Employee of the Month: Shirley Fey

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Shirley Fey, clerical assistant III with Athletics, has an abundance of Maverick Mojo. Her devotion to UNO spans several decades, and co-workers say she always goes above and beyond what is expected of her.

"Her duties have changed over the years, but her passion, dedication and loyalty have remained the same," a colleague wrote. "She is always willing to help others, as we all help each other on many projects and events held in the Athletic Department."

Since 1977, Fey has been a key component of UNO Athletics. She was a member of the original Diet Pepsi/Women's Walk founding team and has provided assistance for UNO head hockey coach Mike Kemp since 1997, when the program was developed.

Although she does not follow a set routine in the office, Fey said coming to work with a plan of action is necessary. She often works with department administrators and hockey coaches, and hockey student athletes periodically stop by for assistance. Fey also helps others in her area with a variety of projects and requests.

"I enjoy interacting with the department staff and student athletes," she said. "The boosters and community members I've worked with on projects and have gotten to know on a personal basis add to the depth of the position."

Another co-worker said Fey's ability to work so well with everyone, both on and off campus, has been a big asset for the Athletic program and the university. Plus, her positive demeanor increases morale.

"She is a wealth of information and is always coming up with fresh ideas to enhance the hockey experience for our fans," an individual wrote. "This is how she attacks each project of which she is a part. We in the office can count on her to bolster our spirits when things get hectic."

For Fey, being nominated a second time for the Employee of the Month Award is a big honor. She received the award many years ago and still finds the occasion extremely meaningful.

"There have been ups and downs through the years, but the department has persevered - due to the devotion, loyalty, work ethic and integrity of each and every person in the department," Fey said. "To have those who you work with, day in and day out, nominate you for this honor - it means a lot."

(Pictured above: UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Fey.)