Judi Roberts Honored with Staff Merit Award for Dedication to University

Judi Roberts has been employed at IU for more than 24 years, and nearly 19 of those have been spent in her current position as the secretary to the chair of the Department of Chemistry. Her nominators unanimously agree that Roberts truly embodies the values of Indiana University.

“In a department where there is never a shortage of work or the urgency for completing it, Judi maintains a professional civility and personal confidence that lead us to collectively exceed expectations,” wrote Richard DiMarchi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences. “She is exceptionally loyal, trustworthy and most importantly caring for the goodwill of the department and its faculty, staff and students.”

Roberts’ nominators said she is always doing small things to make others feel valued and welcome, like sending candidates handwritten thank-you letters and delivering cards to employees on their birthdays.

“Judi not only executes her job to the best of her ability but also cares about the people she works with, always treating them with kindness and respect,” wrote Stephen Jacobson, a professor and Bair Chair in the Department of Chemistry. “Her compassion for others is unprecedented, and she is a wonderful advocate for the department.”