Carroll University recognized three outstanding employees as this year’s recipients of the Ethos Awards at the university's CU Together opening event. This is the third year the awards have been given to individuals who exemplify in their daily work and lives the tenets of our ethos: respect, integrity and stewardship.
Dr. Kelly Pinter | Respect
Dr. Pinter, lecturer in Criminal Justice and Sociology, joined the Carroll University faculty in the fall of 2017 and quickly made a positive impact on her department and her students. Teaching courses such as Gender and Society, Race and Ethnicity, and Social Psychology, as well as cross-cultural experiences in the Netherlands and Mexico, her passion—and compassion—is clearly visible everywhere she engages.
Her students give her rave reviews. “Dr. Pinter is such an amazing educator. She really practices passion in her work and you can tell she loves what she does and her students,” said one student. Another had this to say: “Dr. Pinter is incredibly student-centered and it's evident that she wants everyone in her classes to succeed.” A third student explained how Pinter inspires her classes, saying, “You can tell that she loves what she is teaching, and it is fun to learn when your professors are so excited. She really sparked my learning in sociology.”
Angie Brannan | Integrity
Brannan has worked at Carroll for over 20 years as the director of counseling services at the Walter Young Center. She is known as quiet and thoughtful, but also smart and quick to laugh. However, Brannan takes her position very seriously and makes certain students are the priority in every decision made.
Faculty and staff send students to Brannan and her team certain they will be respected and heard, and the best course of action will be taken. Carroll students appreciate her honest feedback and attentiveness to their issues. She helps students grow in confidence and make informed decisions for themselves. She offers her best self and trusts others to exhibit the same honesty, fairness and strength of character.
Boyang "Romeo" Wang | Stewardship
Wang was instrumental in bringing the campus online last spring as a leader of the Office of Information Technology task force. He worked diligently to deploy new applications and tools, and was the mastermind who deployed Microsoft Teams, making it work seamlessly within Canvas, our learning management system. His creativity allowed students to access on-campus lab resources as easily as if they were on campus.
Most recently, Wang spearheaded efforts to deploy a learning and lecture capture system across campus, finding and sourcing AV equipment at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. He worked tirelessly, researching, sourcing, and acquiring test equipment from suppliers, then worked around the clock for several weeks coordinating orders, shipping and international customs to ensure the equipment arrived on time.
He and his team evaluated lecture-capture software, tested several audio/video units to ensure they would run for hours without failure, and coordinated the installation. Deploying a lecture-capture system during normal times is a major event; deploying one during a pandemic is huge undertaking. Wang delivers service with a smile and passion for excellence.