Physics Department CAO Tracy Lade wins Chancellor’s STAR Award

Chancellor recognizes campus STARS


By Dateline staff

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has heartily endorsed the nominations of 22 staff members as UC Davis stars in the second annual campuswide STAR Award Program.

The Chancellor’s STAR Awards — STAR stands for Staff Appreciation and Recognition — are for MSP (manager and senior professional) and PSS (Professional and Support Staff) employees, including students, who have gone “above and beyond” in support of the campus’s core values.

This year’s recipients — twice as many as last year — include a three-person team at Student Health and Counseling Services, and a team of six in Student Affairs, plus 13 individuals in such jobs as student affairs officer, principal museum scientist, management services officer, client services manager, executive director of the Academic Senate and director of Institutional Review Board Administration.

“All of them exceed expectations in so many ways, while also bringing such energy and enthusiasm to our mission,” the chancellor said. They are among our best campus citizens, working tirelessly for the good of the university.”

They are recognized for fostering a bold and innovative spirit, inspiring and supporting excellence and success, demonstrating respect and integrity, and building community.

The Chancellor’s STAR Award Program is in addition to the existing, department-based Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan and comes with a larger prize: $1,500.

Tracy Lade, management services officer, Department of Physics — She’s good with people, highly attuned to the aspirations, skills and challenges that each person has, and goes all out to help them perform and develop as fully as possible. She’s good at budgets and planning, constantly on the lookout for opportunities to increase the quality and efficiency of department services. She’s good at organization, always thinking of the department’s future. She has a strong record of campus service, in the Administrative Management Group, for example. “Ultimately, it is probably Tracy’s pride in contributing to our university in the best possible ways that makes her so phenomenally good at what she does, and leads her to evoke all our core values in such an impressive and successful way,” her nominator wrote.



  • Student Health and Counseling Services: Michelle Famula, Thomas Ferguson and Sarah Hahn, directors
  • Student Affairs: Sheri Atkinson, Paul Cody, Lyndon Huling, Milt Lang, Anne Myler and Emily Prieto


  • Gina Anderson, executive director, Academic Senate
  • Dana Armstrong, student affairs officer, program coordinator and adviser, Study Abroad
  • Alfred Chan, manager, information technology, entomology and nematology, and plant pathology departments, and the Phoenix administrative cluster
  • Ellen Dean, principal museum scientist, curator of the herbarium in the Center for Plant Diversity
  • Randi Jenkins, associate director, Sponsored Programs, Office of Research
  • Tracy Lade, management services officer, Department of Physics
  • Lina Layiktez, chair, Staff Assembly
  • Elias Lopez, director, Office of the Registrar
  • Anita Nichols, client services manager, Information and Educational Technology
  • Jessica Potts, chief administrative officer, Department of Chemistry
  • Leana Quant-Faragasso, manager, Temporary Employment Services
  • Daniel Redline, director, Institutional Review Board Administration, Office of Research
  • Kelli Sholer, undergraduate program coordinator, departments of Anthropology and Sociology