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Staff Senate: Who Made a Difference

May 2012

Wendy Nash - Facilities Services

Wendy Nash is at work before some of us are even thinking about getting up(5 am), and she is doing the work no one else wants to do - cleaning up!! She never complains AND does it with a smile day in and day out! The Museum always looks clean and inviting. She goes the extra mile to take care of a building that has been around for a long time and can be a challenge. Her responsibilities also include the popular event building Sikes Lake, which she cleans every day before she come to the Museum. The Museum has a special place for Wendy and the work she performs quietly for all of us. Thanks you for acknowledging her hard work.

--Mary Helen Maskill--

Leslee Ponder, Alumni Relations
Dominique Calhoun - Student Development and Orientation
Sheila Barrett - MSU Testing Center
Linda Motl - MSU Testing Center
Lynn Ducioame - MSU Testing Center
Lisa Ducioame-Buddemeyer - MSU Testing Center

On April 9, 2012, Lynn Ducioame, Associate Director for Career Management and Testing Services, learned that her 10-year-old niece, Ryley Jordan, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Ryley lives with Lynn, and what started out as a visit to her local pediatrician because of unusual bruising became a trip to Cook’s Children’s Hospital emergency room, a five-day hospital stay, a bone marrow biopsy, and the eventual diagnosis of aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia is a disorder in which the bone marrow fails to make enough blood cells.

Stem cell transplant is considered the best treatment for younger people with aplastic anemia. In this type of transplant, the patient receives stem cells (from the bone marrow or blood) from a donor. Someone who is closely related, like a brother or sister, is generally the best choice. Ryley’s half-sister was tissue typed, but unfortunately, she was not a match. Ryley travels to Cook’s twice a week for blood work and depending on those results, receives either platelet or blood infusions. Her doctors will decide whether to continue with the weekly visits or begin immunosuppressive therapy. In the meantime, they will be searching worldwide for a donor just in case the immunosuppressive therapy is not successful. A nationwide registry of potential stem cell donors has been developed (, and many doctors recommend using a non-related donor if immune treatments do not work.

The nominees assisted with the planning, promotion, and set up for a special MSU bone marrow drive on Thursday, May 3 during the daytime and Finals Frenzy evening program in order to benefit the National Marrow Donation Program through Cook’s Children’s Hospital. A total of 188 people, primarily comprised of students, faculty, and staff, registered to become a potential bone marrow donors during the event via a simple mouth swab and some paperwork.

Thank you to all of the nominees for supporting their MSU family!

--Matthew Park--

Peggy Brennan - Office of VP of Administration and Institutional Effectiveness

Peggy always has a smile on her face when you walk in the door...even on a really bad day, and on someone elses bad day, Peggy will often say or do something to make things seem a little brighter for the other person. She does a wonderful job not only in performing her daily duties as an assistant to the VP, but she also has the ability to make those around her feel that they matter, no matter what their classification. From the top of the organizational chart to the bottom, Peggy treats everyone with kindness and respect and her motivation in doing so is not because it's a job requirement, but because it's the right thing to do.

--Christi Klyn--