Honoring employees who embody the best of ITS and who support WVU’s mission to enhance the well-being and quality of life of West Virginians

Our employees rock

Here are our current superstars

David Gersting

Innovation, 4th quarter 2016

David Gersting

For improving the usability and security of two University systems, David Gersting won the latest Innovator RockIT Award. 

David developed a creative solution to help fight brute-force attacks against Research Computing’s servers. He developed an API that notifies our Palo Alto firewalls so they block attacks detected by fail2ban (a log file scanner). On launch day, it blocked 1,639 attacks. 

David also rebuilt the outdated FTP-Depot, which was built on legacy code and hard to patch. Extensive manual key-entry was required to set up accounts, creating a high risk of human error for a business-critical system. David moved FTP-Depot to Linux and made it redundant with two servers, meaning it remains available during maintenance. He taught himself a new program and used other tools to build a new web interface for users. 

David’s work helped make our systems more secure, and our FTP Depot service more efficient, sustainable and user-friendly.

Stephen Belcher

Role Model, 4th quarter 2016

Stephen Belcher
Network Services

For continually going above and beyond in representing ITS and WVU, and for his critical role in helping the new Beckley campus open on time, Stephen Belcher won the latest Role Model RockIT Award. 

As Assistant Director, he inspires and encourages his team. As a co-worker, he consistently demonstrates a bright, positive, can-do attitude. Steve repeatedly traveled to Beckley last year to ensure work on the new WVU Tech campus was done correctly and in time for its debut semester. He even arranged for 10 ITS volunteers to travel from Morgantown for two days to help sort, remove and recycle hundreds of tons of material in buildings across campus. He went to Beckley to personally provide walk-up support to students and faculty after working straight through Move-In weekend in Morgantown. 

Steve was also the Role Model runner-up this quarter, thanks to a second nomination shared with project manager Neil Jones.

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Role Model

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About the Committee

The makeup of the AwardU committee evolves. It started in 2014 as a deliberately large group of both new and longer-term employees. This helped ensure all ITS units had adequate representation.

The committee is charged with continually assessing, improving, representing and upholding the standards of the AwardU program as set forth in our charter. Vacancies are filled by soliciting volunteers and/or conducting random drawings.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the things I should keep in mind when writing nominations?

The stronger your nomination, the better your colleague's chance of winning. Click here for 5 tips on making your nomination stand out.

Who is eligible for a RockIT award?

Only employees of Information Technology Services will be considered for a RockIT award. However, the hope is that the AwardU model will prove successful and that other University departments may create their own programs under the AwardU umbrella. Should people outside ITS be nominated through AwardU, the Administrator will remove them from the evaluation and judging process.

Where can I find out more about AwardU?

You can read more about how this group got started and its goals in the AwardU Committee Charter.

I have questions and comments. Where can I submit those?

You can submit those here.

How long should my nomination be?

As long as you need it to be. However, until we are able to update the app, you can only enter about one paragraph in the form. Please write your nomination out in a text document before logging into the app to submit it. After entering as much as you’re able in the form, email the entire document to RockITAwards@mail.wvu.edu.

How many people can I nominate?

Three per quarter, or one in each of the three categories – Role Model, Innovator and Outreach. The app counts your nominations and will let you know when you’ve reached your limit.