Two UNOH Employees Receive Patriot Award

Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019


From L to R: Chad Bryan, Randy Gasser, and Sara Fuller

Two University of Northwestern Ohio employees were presented with a Service Member Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on April 5, 2019.  Chad Bryan, Director of IT Infrastructure and Security, and Sara Fuller, IT Support Manager, were both nominated by former UNOH employee Tim Vernik, a member of the Ohio National Guard, to receive the awards.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made by employees to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

When nominating Chad Bryan, Tim wrote: “Chad would answer calls and assist in completing work orders while I was at drill or during my Advanced Training. This year, I was on the readiness force so my drills sometimes started on Thursdays and sometimes came up last minute.  Chad was always willing and ready to help out.  He worked diligently with me when I returned from training to make sure I was caught up with anything that happened while I was away.  Chad loves hiring service members and is willing to go above and beyond to make sure they have what they need and are taken care of at work so they can succeed both in their military roles and civilian roles.”

When nominating Sara Fuller, Tim wrote: “Instead of 2 weeks of training, my unit spent 30 days in Colorado.  Sara worked with me on making sure I had everything I needed while I was away or on drill.  She allowed me to come in early to make up any hours I would miss so that I didn’t have to worry about my pay.  She also helped me complete projects and work orders along with her own responsibilities so that when I returned from duty I would be ready to go.  Her supportiveness to work with Guard and Reserve members is commendable.”

UNOH has been recognized for the past decade for being a military friendly institution, not just for military students, but also with regard to hiring and retaining military employees and their spouses.  UNOH has many university leaders and employees who have served and are continuing to serve their country.  Because of this, UNOH offers an understanding of the time commitment and the dedication that every soldier must give to serve.  UNOH, from the President to each and every employee, is dedicated to helping veterans, as well as active service members, spouses, and their dependents.

ESGR Volunteer Randy Gasser presented both awards to Chad and Sarah in the UNOH Student Commons Building.

Category: Campus & Community

Keywords: Military, National Guard, Patriot Award

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Last updated: 04/08/2019