Deb Weaver honored with Excellence in University Service Award

Deb Weaver is the administrative assistant for undergraduate programs and department inquiries in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. She is one of four staff members to receive a 2020 Excellence in University Service Award.

Inspired by their integrity, kindness, exceptional work ethic and strong affinity for “doing the right thing,” Deb sought to model her life after her father and grandfather.

Those who have gotten the chance to work with Deb over the course of her 42-year career at Marquette will say that Deb, who self-identifies as the “mother hen” and “butt kicker” of the office, has done just that. 

Deb’s colleagues know her as a caring, unwavering support system to arts and sciences faculty, with a vested interest in enhancing the educational experience for students and paving the way for success.

Deb with Saga, a friendly husky who belongs to one of Deb’s colleagues, Kristen Boeh.

One person who nominated Deb for the award wrote: “Deb has continually gone above and beyond her job duties to ensure that students, faculty and staff are taken care of. Her years of service have made her a wealth of institutional knowledge and (she) is often where faculty, students and members across campus go to when information is not easily found.”

Sentiments underscoring Deb’s tireless efforts to help others and better the college, such as working weekends and after hours to ensure faculty meet deadlines, are echoed across more than a dozen award nominations submitted by her coworkers. Several colleagues wrote, “Deb always puts Marquette first.”

Deb with Lucy, a puppy who belongs to Deb’s colleague, Dr. Lisa Petrella.

Deb noted that her office is a dog friendly department, especially during the summer months.

Deb in Door County (Gills Rock), which is one of her favorite places to recharge and vacation with friends.

Candidly, Deb says if she executes her job correctly by anticipating the needs of others, no one should know she is there. Ironically, the testimonies of her peers prove Deb’s dedication to her job, positive attitude, sense of humor and unmatched department expertise make her a sought-after professional, advocate and friend.

Congratulations to Marquette University’s faculty and staff award recipients for the 2019–20 academic year. Marquette is blessed to have some of the most dedicated and talented faculty and staff members in higher education. And the university holds in high esteem its tradition to honor these remarkable individuals at awards and recognition ceremonies throughout each spring semester.

Aligned with our mission, these recipients display the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others.

Please read on, and enjoy profiles of the deserving women and men who were recognized this spring.