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By TODD GOTTULA
Diana Jones, associate director of Student Records, received the University of Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS award Aug. 6.
KUDOS awards recognize university staff for their professional expertise, service and “superior dedication” to UNK and University of Nebraska. It is the university’s top staff award.
Diana’s responsibilities include all aspects of course registration, final grade reporting and processing, updating student records, and working with academic departments in areas of honors courses, dual enrollment, exceptional withdrawals and student appeals.
“Diana always rises to the occasion,” said Director of Student Records Kim Schipporeit.
Jones was recognized for numerous accomplishments that include developing written guidelines for students in the dual credit program, informational handouts for their parents, and a website for high school counselors.
She also streamlined the roster correction process to make student notification more timely when issues are reported by faculty, initiated a process to sync name changes logged at other NU campuses and developed and implemented an office records retention and disposal schedule.
Jones is most proud of her work in getting final course grades entered by established deadlines. “The joke among faculty is get your grades in or Diana will hunt you down,” Jones said. “I’m not harsh, just persistent.”
Jones also takes pride in helping with UNK’s transition from outsourcing class schedules for printing and manually distributing them across campus, to creating an electronic version that now provides access via Quick Links to current policies and class offerings.
Jones was recognized and given her KUDOS award at the Board of Regents meeting, which was attended by her husband, Dave; daughter, Stefanie Roper, and son, Kris Jones of Kearney; son, Luke Jones of Colorado; UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen, Regent Kent Schroeder and NU President Hank Bounds.