Debbie Schick of Mexico, administrative assistant for community life and LEAD data coordinator at William Woods University, has received the Missouri College Personnel Association Outstanding Support Staff Award.
She was recognized at the MoCPA Support Staff Conference Feb. 10 at Central Missouri State University.
Schick has worked for the office of community life for almost four years. She serves as the administrative assistant to the dean of student life and four other staff members.
Along with all of her duties as an administrative assistant, Schick handles the university’s LEAD program. The program is designed to encourage active student involvement outside the classroom through out the academic year.
Student attendance is tracked by barcode scanning at events and Schick manages all the data for hundreds of events, nearly 700 students and numerous sponsors.
Schick presents information sessions regarding the program and its requirements to parents and students. Throughout the year she is the LEAD resource for faculty and staff sponsors, along with being a resource for student questions and appeals.
“She is friendly, tactful and extremely resourceful in dealing with upset parents and students,” said Venita Mitchell, dean of student life at WWU.
A student commented, “Debbie is who we go to when we need help solving a problem (particularly with LEAD). She won’t solve it for us, but she patiently helps us figure out what to do when we are in panic mode.”
Mitchell said, “Her dedication to William Woods University and student services always goes above and beyond the job description.”
Schick volunteers as the building coordinator during all three graduations each year. This requires after-hours work managing tickets, troubleshooting event logistics and patience with the public. She is also a member of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series Committee at WWU.
“As the dean of student life, I cannot imagine functioning in my position without Debbie. She is an excellent problem solver and keeps the community life department work flow moving at an incredible pace in spite of numerous interruptions,” said Mitchell.
“Debbie truly illustrates her ability to lead our students and department from a behind-the-scenes role on a daily basis, she understands the impact our services have on students and she works hard to represent William Woods University in a positive manner at all times.”
Schick is the daughter of Daren and Rita Wells of Independence, Mo. She and her husband, Erron, have two children: Adam Schick of Independence and Mandy Schick of Fulton.