PSD’s September spotlight is Nita Yack, Manager of the Department of Computer Science. Nita has been with UChicago for 32 years.
Nita was nominated for the “Keystone Award.” In an arch, a keystone is the last piece to be placed during construction, holding all the stones in position and allowing it to bear weight. In that spirit, a keystone staff member helps hold a department, team, or group together, serving as an integral member. This person is someone many other staff go to for encouragement, resources, or whom they rely on to “get the job done.” Seasoned veteran indicates this staff member has been working in the PSD for at least five years.
Five members of the PSD nominated Nita. They had these things to say:
“Nita is the epitome of a Keystone staff member for the department. She personally attends to so many aspects of department operation and harmony. She was instrumental in our building move, from the high-level planning and operational logistics, to personally looking for mis-delivered items…. Without Nita, the department would literally fall apart. But far beyond that, Nita is always there, always helpful, and always cheerful. She is the department's memory and soul, providing both continuity and energy.”
Read more nominations and a Q&A with Nita at the PSD website.