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The Circle of Caring Award is given to recognize FNU faculty and staff members who go above and beyond in upholding our mission and contributing to our Culture of Caring.
Zach Young: Empowering success through resources
As a faculty member with a background in Political Science and Library Science, FNU Circle of Caring recipient Zach Young plays a pivotal role in supporting students and faculty members alike. Young’s primary focus at FNU is aiding students in accessing resources crucial for their assignments and assisting faculty members in their research endeavors.
Young attests to the open lines of communication and collaborative spirit at FNU, where, as a librarian, he feels an integral part of the faculty, contributing significantly to the academic journey of students and faculty members.
“At a lot of other institutions, it can be hard to build relationships with faculty as a librarian. Here at FNU, the lines of communication are open,” he said. “If we notice students asking a lot of questions about one assignment, we are encouraged to reach out to the course faculty and offer our assistance. Faculty are usually surprised at the value we can add to their assignments and courses.”
FNU students who have attended Fronter Bound agree, sharing, “Zach, the librarian, has great energy during his presentation! He was hilarious and I loved that he played music. He was such a great help with the information he shared all while making us laugh as well.” Another student said, “Zach the librarian was extremely engaging and helped me feel like I will always have a person to turn to when assignments get overwhelming.”
Recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), Young said he embraces the opportunity to engage with a diverse community at FNU, fostering an environment where diverse perspectives thrive and enrich the university’s overall educational experience.
“It has opened my eyes to various cultures and research interests that I would never have been exposed to at other institutions,” he said.
Outside of his work with FNU, Young enjoys playing tennis, spending time with his wife and dogs, board games and traveling.
Tyler Smith: Nurturing technological support and teamwork
With eight years of service at FNU, Circle of Caring recipient Tyler Smith serves as an IT Support Analyst. His daily work revolves around providing crucial technical assistance to staff, faculty and students, ensuring their seamless interaction with Frontier’s technology infrastructure.
Smith said he was drawn to FNU due to its strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork, evident in the collaborative efforts displayed daily. He said he recognizes the Culture of Caring at FNU as a cornerstone.
“I see evidence of the Culture of Caring throughout Frontier with each individual’s readiness to help to make a positive experience or difference in their roles,” he said.
Understanding the significance of DEI, Smith emphasizes the need for inclusivity, aiming to connect with the world and spread the ethos of inclusiveness in every facet of his work.
“It is important that we understand and connect to the world around us to become more inclusive and spread that inclusivity each and every day,” he said.
Outside of his work, Smith enjoys playing games and watching the occasional movie marathon with his family, and also enjoys playing soccer and collecting trading cards.
Thank you, Zach and Tyler, for your unwavering dedication to the students, faculty and staff at FNU and your embodiment of the Culture of Caring in your daily work.
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