Jane Croeker, director of health and wellness promotion at the University of North Dakota, recently was among a handful of state employees to receive the North Dakota Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in recognition of their dedication and contributions to the people of North Dakota.
The awards were presented on behalf of Gov. Jack Dalrymple by Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley during a luncheon at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., kicking off State Employee Recognition Week.
The award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of judges who reviewed and scored the nominations. Nominees were rated on their overall job performance, contributions to their department, commitment to customer service, working relationship with fellow workers and involvement in their community.
When One of Croeker’s colleagues, UND Associate Vice President of Health and Wellness Laurie Betting, thinks of why Croeker is so deserving of the honor, she is reminded of a Malcom Gladwell book called Tipping Point in which the author describes someone who ignites social change as having a clear vision, is patient yet persistent, asks tough questions, is knowledgeable, leads by example and builds strong relationships with those they serve.
“By this very definition, Jane is change agent, Betting said. “Her work is grounded in best practices and driven by data. Jane’s efforts have not only improved the quality of life for the University of North Dakota campus, her work has also impacted the lives of those in the Grand Forks community as well as the State of North Dakota. Jane is truly deserving of this recognition.”
Croeker, a leader in health and wellness at UND, was recognized in the Professional category for state employees.
“I feel privileged to be part of UND, the Healthy UND coalition, with its 200 plus volunteers, and the Health & Wellness Unit.” Croeker said, “I am also thankful to live in a community where people band together to advocate for tobacco free environments, recreational and commuter trails, low risk alcohol use, year-round outdoor activities, and other opportunities to enhance well-being and quality of life.”
“We both greatly admired Mahatma Gandhi, so I would like to share this quote from him: ‘Where there is love there is life. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,’” Croeker said. “Knowledge and love, including love for community, are very powerful. I also love North Dakota and I hope we will be good stewards of the treasures we have here in this great state.”