AMARILLO – Jerri Hamar, a senior office assistant for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo, has been awarded one of the highest agency honors – the Superior Service Award.
This award is presented to staff who demonstrate outstanding performance or provide exceptional service to AgriLife Extension, an educational outreach agency of The Texas A&M University System, according to the award guidelines.
Hamar will receive her award at the AgriLife Extension District 1 Awards Luncheon on May 15.
Hamar’s nomination was based not only on outstanding job knowledge and skills, but on the exemplary character traits she exhibits, including attentiveness, availability, boldness, creativity, dependability, determination, diligence, endurance, enthusiasm, flexibility, initiative, loyalty, punctuality, responsibility and thoroughness, said Lori Martin, district office manager in Amarillo.
Hamar has been employed at the District 1 headquarters since February 2004. When she started, she supported three AgriLife Extension specialists, Martin said. Her responsibilities changed numerous times due to additions of faculty or regional program directors. She now supports four specialists and the North Region program director for agriculture and natural resources.
Three of the specialists she supports have numerous technicians working in their program, so she is responsible for ensuring about 10 additional people adhere to purchasing and travel rules and procedures, Martin said.
“As we all learn to do more with less, Jerri has demonstrated that she is an exceptional team player. As her supervisor, I have asked her many times to take on the responsibility of supporting additional personnel or performing additional work. She always meets these requests with a smile and positive response.”
Going above and beyond is another strength that Hamar demonstrates, Martin said. Of her own initiative, Hamar developed a database to track inventory for the program areas she supports.
“When she sees a need, or a better way of doing something, she is quick to ask if she can help or makes suggestions for improvements,” Martin said. “Jerri approaches change with a positive attitude rather than complaining. She loves her job, and it shows.”
Among Hamar’s awards and achievements are the 2009 Team Builder of the Year, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Amarillo; 2009 Texans Caring for Texans award winner; 2009 District 1 Teamwork Award-District Support Staff Team; and the 2009 District 1 Proclamation in recognition of the Agriculture Workforce and Community Development Team for meritorious service.