Physics Employee Named Employee of the Month

Ty Buxman, Director of Undergraduate Affairs, was named the March 2001 Employee of the Month by the USC Staff Assembly. Ty was nominated for this honor by Tu-nan Chang, Department Chair with Professor Gene Bickers, Associate Chair and Professor John Nodvik seconding the nomination.

Ty first came to the USC campus as a student after graduating summa cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona in 1993, with a B.S. degree in Physics. He spent two years at USC as a student, earning his M.S. Physics in 1995.

In the Fall of 1995, Ty was hired by the department for the position of Director of Undergraduate Affairs and he has been in that position since that time. With duties ranging from staff and budget management to lab curriculum development to student advisement and recruitment, Ty always finds himself busy. His greatest enjoyment comes from working with the students. "I receive great satisfaction from helping the students develop their own interests, pointing them in the right direction," he stated. "I enjoy seeing them successfully attain their goals."

Ty has become an essential part of the department and our faculty, staff and students have all come to depend on him. He takes great pride in his work and it shows in a myriad of ways throughout the department. His knowledge, commitment to quality and desire to continually improve and expand the physics program are invaluable.

Ty lives with his wife of ten years, Annika, in Pasadena and enjoys working on projects around the house. As Staff Member of the Month, Ty received $75 and a plaque presented at a continental breakfast. The Department of Physics and Astronomy joins the University in congratulating him and we thank him for his tireless dedication over the past six years.

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