MILWAUKEE — Stacy Tuchel, office associate for the Office of Marketing and Communication at Marquette University, is a recipient of a 2020 Excellence in University Service Award.
Tuchel, who was worked at Marquette for more than two decades and has been lovingly dubbed the “office mom,” embodies cura personalis, the Ignatian principle of caring for the whole person. She has established a reputation as an incredibly kind, reliable and humble person as she constantly strives to make the jobs of more than 30 people in OMC easier, while simultaneously taking a personal interest in her colleagues’ lives and well-being.
Testimonials from numerous individuals who nominated Tuchel for the award shed light on the ways in which she positively impacts the office culture.
“Stacy goes above and beyond to make everyone feel special and to meet people where they are, in the spirit of St. Ignatius,” one nominator wrote. “She has become a fixture at Marquette and when new office associates are onboarded, most offices have them meet with Stacy so she can share all her wisdom, tips and tricks.”
In addition to characterizing Tuchel as professional multitasker, often happily and confidently tackling work outside of her job description with great precision, another nominator wrote that they “appreciate the smile that lights up her face and her infectious laugh that can be heard throughout the office. Stacy Tuchel is Marquette.”
Other nominators underscored Tuchel as an invaluable presence in OMC who is as good at dealing with sensitive matters as she is at organizing celebrations for things like the office’s 100% participation in the Marquette Community Campaign, holidays and anniversaries.
Tuchel offers her expertise to proofread content, organize schedules, update crisis communication plans and distribute OMC’s publications. Yet, in true “office mom” fashion, she has also become the official guardian of the office refrigerator, making sure it’s cleaned out before every Christmas and summer break — an effort everyone in the office greatly appreciates. It’s the follow-up emails to her teammates, though, reporting on the “fridge-finds,” that have become a source of much-anticipated fun over the years.
One colleague says Stacy’s unofficial motto is: “How can I help?” As evidenced by the words of her coworkers, Stacy helps in more ways than she will ever know.
The Excellence in University Service Awards recognize staff members for their contributions to the essential work of Marquette at the highest level of excellence. Candidates are nominated based on meritorious service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions.