Rask honored with CEHS Staff Star Award

Kate Rask and Guy Trainin
January Staff Star Award winner, Kate Rask (right) with Guy Trainin, chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.

Rask honored with CEHS Staff Star Award

18 Mar 2020    

Kate Rask, graduate project associate in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, has been named the recipient of the Jan. 2020 Staff Star Award by the CEHS Staff Council.

In her role, Rask primarily focuses on the recruitment and retention of graduate students. She has developed and devised new ways to communicate about graduate programs, was instrumental in using social media to create a presence for TLTE graduate studies and oversees and organizes student files in an extremely efficient manner.

“She is able to resolve graduate student concerns and challenges effectively and efficiently,” said one nominator. “Graduate students consider Kate their first stop when they are challenged. As a result, the department is aware of issues that can be corrected before they become full-blown problems.”

In addition to helping graduate students, Rask also supports the day-to-day operations of the department office. Although she has been in her position for less than two years, she has developed an advanced level of institutional knowledge that assists faculty and staff in the department. She is also the unofficial office greeter and is welcoming and friendly to everyone that comes through the door. 

“Kate is a bright light that shines for our department,” said another nominator. “I’ve received numerous accounts from faculty, staff and students that her warm and inviting personality create a pleasant atmosphere of positivity.”

The Staff Star Award recognizes staff members who go above and beyond their scope of duties. To nominate a staff member for a Staff Star Award, click here.

College of Education and Human Sciences