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Hofer, Payan honored at St. Norbert College President's Dinner

From St. Norbert College, August 30, 2012
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

The St. Norbert College community honored Jill Hofer, campus safety office
coordinator, and student Sandra Payan at the President's Dinner on Wednesday, Aug.

Hofer received the Exceptional Service Award after being nominated by faculty and
staff, while Payan earned the college's Employee Endowed Scholarship.

Hofer graduated from St. Norbert College in 1988 and returned in 2001 as a member
of the campus safety office, where she has had a major impact on a number of
significant projects on campus. She recognized the need to audit, update and enhance
the campus video surveillance system. After developing a five-year plan that covers
system upgrades, maintenance and new installations, she researched vendors and
systems with an eye toward the future needs of the campus. A number of new
cameras were installed in strategic locations as a result, and the on going plan will
allow the campus to stay current with surveillance needs.

Along with colleagues in Information Technology and Facilities, Hofer facilitated the
purchase, installation, integration and testing of a state-of-the-art campus
emergency notification system. As a member of the college's emergency
management committee, Jill significantly contributed to the complete review and
update of the college's emergency procedure manual. She also collaborated with the
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in developing a system for incident reporting and
student conduct management.

Payan, from Minneapolis, earned a $1,000 scholarship for her volunteer work and
involvement in organizations. Payan entered St. Norbert College as part of the
Academic Enhancement program. She is a mentor for the STAR program for
multicultural and first-generation students and worked with admissions in an
outreach program. She collaborated with Sabine Hyland, assistant professor of
anthropology, on an ethnographic research project, and has also been involved with
the St. Norbert College Children Center. Payan is also one of the founding members
and the current president of La Alianza, a Latino/Hispanic organization on campus. In
addition, she is involved in planning cultural events with Multicultural Student
Services and in the recruitment of Latino students.

For more information on the St. Norbert College Exceptional Service Award or
Employee Endowed Scholarship, contact Karen Goode-Bartholomew at (920) 403-3089