Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service
Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service
Computer Help Desk
Lending a helping hand is not something Angelique McIntyre just does; it is something she thrives on.
“I really enjoy that aspect of my job,” said McIntyre, recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service. “I absolutely wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
McIntyre’s commitment to enriching the lives of others extends well beyond her duties as a computer support specialist with the Computer Help Desk. She sees herself as part of campus and community family. As a family member, she jumps without being asked and without hesitation at opportunities to lend a helping hand.
One of her former Southeastern bosses, education professor Martha Thornhill, calls McIntyre’s motivation “her attitude of gratitude” toward the university and the Hammond community.
“That spirit is behind all of her volunteer activities, her willingness to go the extra mile, and her ‘doing whatever it takes’ to make sure that the people around her have everything they need to do their jobs well,” said Thornhill. “Angelique is truly grateful to Southeastern for the opportunities it has afforded her, and she has set an example for the rest of us in how to express that gratitude and grow it for future generations of Southeastern Lions.”
“Angelique is one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met,” said her current boss, Donna Methvien, director of Computing Services. “Whether it involves university activities or community activities, she always goes far beyond what is expected of her in order for the university or the organization to succeed.”
During her time at Southeastern, McIntyre has touched the lives of many students and staff, while pursuing her personal goals. She began her campus career as a secretary in 1992, working initially for Alumni Relations, where she had a hand in planning of a variety of events from the annual Convocation picnic to and the Awards Evening. After three years, she moved to the Teacher Education (now Teaching and Learning) Department.
Both jobs gave her the opportunity to do one of the things she likes best meeting and learning about people on campus and in the community. But, she had other personal goals to fulfill.
“I had a great sense of admiration for them and their abilities,” she said of her colleagues at the Computing Services Help Desk. “I always thought that was the direction I wanted to go in.”
Pursing a position with the computer help desk, McIntyre knew education was key. Even after joining the staff in 1997, she continued her education, graduating from Southeastern summa cum laude in 2001 and earning her MBA degree a few years later.
“All it took was that one big ‘A’ on my report card and that was my motivation to continue,” she said.
Throughout her professional and academic careers, McIntyre has been a community volunteer for organizations and activities such as Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Sweet Sixteen, and the Hammond Blues and BBQ Contest. On campus, she has been an active member and secretary of the Alumni Association’s Tangi Chapter and serves on a number of committees, including the Employee Advisory Committee, Shared Sick Leave Committee, PeopleSoft Conversion Training Committee, and the Homecoming decorating committee, and volunteers to help with organizations and events such as Chefs Evening, Gamma Beta Phi, Relay for Life, and Child Advocacy Services. She has also taught Basic Computing Services short courses for her colleagues and Continuing Education courses for the community.
A scholarship recipient herself, McIntyre looks to help future generations of Southeastern students through her involvement in theSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityFoundation’s Heritage Society and helping to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of her colleague, Mark MacNutt, a network engineer who died in 2001.
“The one accomplishment which I am most proud is of my role in the establishment of the Mark MacNutt Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science,” she said. “After Mark’s death, I felt a scholarship would be an ideal way to memorialize a dear friend and colleague while at the same time helping deserving students.”
Through her hard work and with donations made by the MacNutt family, employees of the Office of Technology, the faculty of the Computer Science department, as well as many others, the scholarship reached endowment status within one year. McIntyre now serves as chair of the scholarship’s selection committee.
“This is an accomplishment that likely would never have come about without Angelique’s efforts, and for that the MacNutt family is extremely grateful,” said Mark’s brother Robert.
With a sense of duty to others and a firm grip on who she is and where she wants to be, McIntyre intends to continue expanding her personal and volunteer horizons. She sees herself in the future, “Right where I am,” she says readily.
“I really do feel like we are part of a large family and I have no intention of changing that,” she said.