Staff Excellence Award Recipients

Tracy Navas, Office of the Dean, School of Business & Economics Tracy Navas

Tracy started working at SSU in the Dean’s Office at the School of Business and Economics in 2002. Throughout the years, she has become the face of SBE. Students love her and she is ALWAYS attentive to their needs and willing to go out of her way to help students, and anyone really. She contributes tremendously to the success of the SBE Career Center and Mentor Program through outstanding administrative support and consistently pleasant and helpful interactions with students. Tracy always gives 110% and often times takes on additional duties. For a period of time, she even took on some of the responsibilities of academic advising, and just as we would suspect, she handled it with grace and positivity. She miraculously balances her workload, never misses deadlines and satisfies requests of students, staff and faculty. Tracy’s relationships with her colleagues are exceptional. She is reputed by all as a great team member, and “a joy to work with”. She always takes time to explain university processes to new staff and faculty members. Tracy received multiple nominations and they were all consistent in their recount of Tracy’s demeanor and accomplishments. One of the nominations, submitted by a faculty member, stated “Tracy’s exceptional work allows me to focus on what I am good at – teaching and research.”

Corrina Oates, Office of the Dean, School of Science & Technology Corrina Oates

Cory started her tenure at SSU in 2011. For the past four years, she has served as the Administrative Support Coordinator for the School of Science and Technology, and as the Dean’s Assistant. Cory is recognized throughout the school of Science and Technology for her exceptional service, outstanding problem-solving prowess, her creative and effective team collaboration, and her unfailing dedication and commitment to the university. Many programs within the school rely on Cory’s support. These include:

  • SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry and its campus wide effort to educate the next environmentally ready generation;
  • The Summer High School STEM Internship program, which allows high school juniors to collaborate with our faculty on research projects;
  • The Sonoma County Science Fair, a collaborative effort of SSU and the Sonoma County Office of Education to host and sponsor an event that’s inspiring and encourages middle through high school students in our county to pursue a college education;
  • The School of Science and Technology’s innovative programs focusing on the success of freshman and sophomore year students;
  • And the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program that broadens participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
  • Cory consistently goes above and beyond what it is expected and everyone enjoys interacting with her. Cory adds value to every project she touches and consistently delivers quality, on time and with a smile. Her department and co-workers deeply appreciate her and all that she does to help others.