Jan 16, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
The Campus Services Employee of the Month, among other attributes, must show a willingness to take initiative and accept and carry out additional responsibilities beyond the regular job assignments for the good of the campus community as a whole. Dan Hazlett, the November Employee of the Month, does that and more.
“Dan has done an outstanding job for the Campus Recreation Complex (CRC) in the time he has been here (18 years), and his recent accomplishments are worthy of note and recognition,” said Michael Edwards, Senior Director, Campus Recreation.
“Dan has worked tirelessly to increase opportunities for both Competitive Sports and Campus Recreation through the expansion of Tech Wreck Camp, the creation of the Sport Clubs Leadership Series in 2016 and the securing of a critical partnership with the Student Government Association for the new Roe Stamps Fields video board.”
Dan was able to increase summer camp enrollment from 55 to 70 campers per week this past year. Not only did this increase the amount of staff needed to run the camp but it also entailed extra logistics for field trips, travel, meal and more. Dan and his team provided an excellent camp program to the Georgia Tech community and many parents were thankful for the extra space which meant less time on the wait list.
Another quality of an Employee of the Month is an outstanding employee who shows exemplary individual achievements, contribution and performance in their jobs and other related duties beyond their own offices.
Dan easily checks off that characteristic as well.
Dan also serves our national recreation profession, NIRSA, by presenting at national conferences and conducting research related to intramural sports and well-being. Dan’s research article, “Exploring NIRSA Championship Series Professional Development Opportunities: Understanding their Perceived Value to the Association,” was published in the Recreational Sports Journal. This research was a profound impact on the NIRSA community because it provides evidence based reasoning for participation in a NIRSA event such as the NIRSA Championship Series.
Is that all we know about Dan? No, not nearly.
“Dan is an essential ambassador of Campus Recreation and we are proud to have him on our staff,” Edwards continued. “His efforts are undeniable.”
“Thank you so much for your time, attention and quick response with seamlessly working Excel students into the intramural system,” said Marnie Williams, Mentor Coordinator for Excel. “It is great to have partners on campus who are supportive…”
Dan is also a mentor to both his direct reports and his student staff, preparing them for life outside the CRC. The past two years, Dan empowered his direct reports to grow as leaders by providing them the opportunity to oversee the NIRSA Region II Basketball Tournaments which include more than 40 men’s and women’s teams.
"Dan's direct reports expanded valuable leadership capabilities as well as operational skills such as budget management, risk management and more through the tournament experience," Edwards said. “Student staff also assumed leadership roles in this tournament.”
Because of all these projects and more we congratulation Dan Hazlett as the November 2017 Campus Services Employee of the Month!