Lewis always goes 'above and beyond'

Barb Lewis, a procurement and supply specialist with Business Services, is the latest to be recognized in the Western Way program for her excellent commitment to Western Washington University.

"She is very competent and respected by many people on campus for her furniture purchases," wrote Linda Swaanson, a fellow procurement and supply specialist. "When new employees need furniture, she is right there with her tape measure and notes to make sure they get exactly what they want. She is always going 'above and beyond' to make departments happy with their purchases. She also thinks 'outside the box' in how Western can have a leading edge in interior design and technology by attending vendor tradeshows and exhibits. Not to mention she does her best to save the university money while still adding value to her purchases. She cares for people and their personal situations and would never compromise someone's personal life to make things better for herself. She is humble, bright and very intelligent. She is one of the reasons I'm here and appreciate her very much!"

Do you work with an outstanding colleague at Western Washington University? The Western Way program provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to recognize the great efforts of others on campus.

Any time throughout the year, folks in the WWU community can visit the Western Way website to recognize a Western employee who demonstrates excellence in serving students, visitors or colleagues, based on the characteristics that make them uniquely Western: inviting, engaging, distinctive, collaborative and adventurous.

Western Way honorees are recognized online on the Western Way Wall of Acknowledgment, in Western Today and in a slideshow at the Employee Recognition Ceremony in April.

To view more information on the awardees to date, visit the Western Way website at www.wwu.edu/westernway/.