Monica Bobek from the Financial Aid Office has been named the recipient of September’s Acts of Kindness Award. “She is a shining example for us all in giving of her time and talent to others in need,” her nominator said.

She continued: “There are multiple things that I can name that Monica does in service to others. For many years she has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army over the holidays and she also does many other acts of charity. She is very involved in her church. She makes dinner for and visits with an elderly man from her church who is lonely and whose wife recently passed away. 

Monica Bobek

Monica Bobek

“When a colleague was diagnosed with cancer, she used her artistic talent to make her a bracelet with encouraging phrases. She recently gave my sister, who is having some difficulty, a prayer shawl. She recently made a beautiful garden stepping stone to donate to a silent auction that will benefit Second Harvest Heartland. She has been very involved in baking cookies and raising awareness about the Financial Aid Holiday Bake Sale that raises money for the Keystone Community Services Food Shelf.” 

Her nominator added, “To top it all off, Monica is the kind of person that would just hate that I am writing about the wonderful things that she does for others.”

The Acts of Kindness Award is a traveling trophy that is presented to a person or a group each month. The winner also receives a certificate and a gift card to Coffee Bené.

The UST community is invited to nominate a student, faculty or staff member, a UST organization or a department that has done something kind to make St. Thomas a great place to learn, work or live. Fill out the form on the Acts of Kindness website.

 The award is part of St. Thomas’ Acts of Kindness Campaign, which identifies, promotes, supports and inspires acts of kindness across the UST community. The campaign was created by the Office for Mission and Edna Comedy, associate vice president of human resources.