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Teal Spotlight Archives 2010 :

Bill Myhand

The Staff Senate’s April 2010 Teal Spotlight: Bill Myhand

The Teal Spotlight, presented by the UNCW Staff Senate, highlights the dedicated staff members on the campus of UNCW. The staff member is chosen at random for an interview. For the month of April, 2010 Bill Myhand in the Athletics Department was selected for the Teal Spotlight.

Bill Myhand started his grounds keeping career at the Orlando Country Club in Florida. When he moved to Wilmington he eventually made his way to UNC Wilmington by initially caring for the golf courses in Landfall. When the opportunity arose for Bill to apply for a grounds keeping position, he immediately recognized the team-first mentality of the coaching staff, and recognized this positive attitude along with his greens keeping ability as a perfect fit.

Bill's main duties as Ground Technician include management of the all the ball fields, which include, the soccer, softball, and baseball fields along with the golf practice area. As the grounds keeper, one of the challenges for Mr. Myhand is keeping the weeds dead and the grass alive. He went on to explain how weeds can pretty much grow anywhere while Bermuda grass needs to have ideal conditions to grow.

Without a doubt, the most memorable event for Bill is when the Special Olympics are held on campus. He sees it as a privilege and honor to prepare a safe and quality environment for the Olympians.

In addition to grounds keeping, Bill worked as a youth coordinator for the Wilmington Housing Authority during the 20 years he's lived in Wilmington. When Bill is not taking care of the turf at UNCW, he continues to enjoy being outdoors by fishing and hunting. Along with taking in a UNCW sporting event, he also enjoys spending time with his family.

A free lunch certificate, donated by UNCW Campus Dining Service to Dub’s Cafe, was presented to Bill Myhand in appreciation for a job well done. Congratulations to Bill Myhand, this month’s Teal Spotlight.

Ron Annis

The Staff Senate’s March 2010 Teal Spotlight: Ron Annis

The Teal Spotlight, presented by the UNCW Staff Senate, highlights the dedicated staff members on the campus of UNCW. The staff member is chosen at random for an interview. For the month of March, 2010 Ron Annis in HVAC Maintenance was selected for the Teal Spotlight.

In previous years, Ron worked with an HVAC company contracted by the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. It was there he began his five year union training and certification in heating and air. Ron moved to Wilmington in 2003, continued his profession with Southeastern HVAC services. One year later he applied, and was hired, at UNC Wilmington. He thoroughly enjoys working at UNCW and continues to enjoy the university environment of which he was a part at the University of Cincinnati.

At UNCW, Ron responds to all assigned work orders from the entire campus. Because our buildings were constructed at different times, Ron mentioned that many of the heating and air systems vary across campus. Therefore, keeping up with new technologies in order to properly service these varied systems can be challenging at times. Ron was quick to point out that he thoroughly enjoys the challenge of the troubleshooting aspect that coincides with repairs. A memorable moment for him is when Tami Violette nominated Annis for his excellent customer service skills to tenants as they returned to the remodeled TAC.

When Ron is not on campus making all of us a little more comfortable with the temperature in our dorm rooms, office spaces, etc., he enjoys spending quality time with his wife Melissa and their German Shepherd,Olhof.

A free lunch certificate, donated by UNCW Campus Dining Service to Dub’s Cafe, was presented to Ron Annis in appreciation for a job well done. Congratulations to Ron Annis, this month’s Teal Spotlight.

Gunnar Matthews

The Staff Senate’s February 2010 Teal Spotlight: Gunnar Matthews

The Teal Spotlight, presented by the UNCW Staff Senate, highlights the dedicated staff members on the campus of UNCW. The staff member is chosen at random for an interview. For the month of February, 2010 Gunnar Matthews with Campus Police was selected for the Teal Spotlight.

Captain Matthews began his career in investigations over seventeen years ago when he attended the North Carolina Justice Academy. After the Academy, Gunnar worked as a patrol officer and as a detective. Along the same pattern, he began his career here at UNCW in 1998. Captain Matthews said that he had heard good things about Wilmington from fellow officers while attending state conferences and meetings, which prompted him to apply at UNC Wilmington.

Gunnar Matthews’s job title is Investigations Division Commander. He oversees all the criminal investigations on campus with the aid of three other detectives. Gunnar reviews investigations, prioritizes and make certain his crew has the best resources and techniques for solving cases. When asked what are the best tools added to the campus over the past ten years to help solve cases, Captain Matthews responded, the installations of surveillance cameras and Banner were two of the best tools implemented by the campus that have aided in criminal investigations as whole.

On average, Gunnar stated, the campus manages between forty-five to fifty investigative cases a month. He also associated the number of the reported cases being crimes of opportunity. In other words, don’t leave your laptop bags, book bags or purses unattended!

While working on the campus of UNCW, an investigation of interest for Captain Matthews was a specific case related to numerous personal thefts. With the help of an anonymous tip, the campus detectives were able to secure a search warrant for a possible suspect. The warrant allowed them to make the discovery of stolen goods related to the cases such as, credit cards, wallets, purses, etc., all of which were horded by and loaded into the suspect’s home closet. This lead also allowed for the suspect, who was a non-student, to be apprehended.

When not reviewing criminal cases here on the campus of UNCW, Gunnar Matthews likes to spend his time fishing and boating.

A free lunch certificate, donated by UNCW Campus Dining Service to Dub’s Cafe, was presented to Gunnar Matthews in appreciation for a job well done. Congratulations to Gunnar Matthews, this month’s Teal Spotlight.


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