The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) handed out three awards during the Employee Recognition and Service Awards Virtual Celebration on April 1. Here is a look at the James T. Hill Scholarship recipient:
This $2,000 scholarship was established to support UMB’s commitment to staff development in recognition of James T. Hill’s long and outstanding service to the University as well as his personal commitment to the professional development of UMB employees.
Elyshia Menkin, MPH, has consistently shown the type of passion for self-improvement and professional development that Hill was known for, says her former supervisor, Michele Ondra, MBA, MS, school administrator, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
“Elyshia participated in many of the law school’s training sessions and strived to improve her already robust skill set or learn new tips or tricks,” Ondra said of Menkin, who now works as an administrative manager in the Office of the Academic Deans at UMSON. “She especially enjoyed attending ‘Tech Tip Tuesdays’ hosted by the law school’s instructional technology department.
“Elyshia’s drive and desire for professional development make her an incredible employee — and an astute learner. She’s a worthy recipient of the James T. Hill Scholarship.”
Menkin has participated in three UMB programs dedicated to professional development: the UMBrella Coaching Program, Management Essentials, and the Emerging Leaders Program.
“These programs and particularly the mentorship and practical guidance that they provided exceeded my expectations,” Menkin said. “These programs helped me as I transitioned from an individual contributor to a manager, and I am confident the knowledge I’ve gained from them will continue to help me in my career.”
Menkin earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore in 2020 and is a student in Maryland Carey Law’s Part-Time Evening Program.
“To pursue a law degree is a dream come true for me and something that felt out of reach years ago but is now possible with UMB’s tuition remission benefit,” Menkin said. “I’ve enjoyed taking advantage of the many other opportunities for professional development that are available around the University.”
Read more about the Employee Recognition and Service Awards Virtual Celebration.