Gormley receives Patriotic Employer award

May 10, 2017
Gormlely and Haag

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On May 4, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Dr. Melissa Gormley, interim dean of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, and the university with a Patriotic Employer award for “contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”

Walter Haag, area chair, Wisconsin, of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented Gormley with the award.

“I was so surprised and deeply honored to receive this special award,” said Gormley, who was nominated by Adam Larson, a social science comprehensive major with an emphasis in history from Tomah, Wisconsin.

“I was thrilled to hear one of our veteran students took the time to nominate Dr. Gormley for this award due to her efforts and advocacy in assisting this student’s success,” said Angela Miller, executive director of Diversity and Inclusion at UW-Platteville. “Authentic allies and advocates for our veteran student population are critical to enhancing our students’ experiences and Dr. Gormley is leading our campus with an exceptional example of this.”

Haag read a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve and shared Larson’s thoughts about the positive impact Gormley has had on his life.

“Melissa is always open to talk and assist me in any way she can,” said Larson. “She has often jumped over many barriers to make my civilian life easier and less stressful. She has openly offered to help me with any questions or any problems that I have in my educational needs no matter the size of the problem. She truly puts in an extraordinary amount (of effort) to put me at ease on any administrative issues that I could have with school. She has often found multiple resources in different programs that I can use while deployed and does the research for me so I can focus on our mission while overseas. Without her assistance, I doubt that I would still be able to continue my education as well as perform my mission at my highest capability. With the resources that she has found, she has also unknowingly assisted other airmen in our unit (who) are in the University of Wisconsin System. She is truly a remarkable person and deserving of this award.”

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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