Jackson earns Employee of the Year award

Regents Chair John Nelson, far right, presents USAO’s Jessica Jackson with the Staff Employee of the Year Award. Jackson coordinates sports information and works in media relations since 2009 at USAO. Also pictured are USAO President John Feaver, far left, and Monica Park, residence life and hall director for the Lawson Court housing facility. Park was last year’s Employee of the Year.

Jackson earns Employee of the Year award



USAO Regents Chair John Nelson presented the Staff Employee of the Year Award to Jessica Jackson, who manages the sports news bureau at USAO, during the September regent’s meeting held on Tuesday.


Jackson, who was awarded the Regents Staff Achievement award in March, was nominated by several colleagues at the university for being a “persistent worker” who puts in “late hours to ensure that the job is done correctly.”


Another colleague referred to Jackson as a “rock solid writer and journalist who manages highly technical events with grace and determination.”


The Staff Employee of the Year is awarded with a plaque and a performance bonus of $500.


One of only two female sports information directors in the Sooner Athletic Conference, “Jessica has served with grace and grit in a field traditionally dominated by men,” said Randy Talley, director of media and community relations. “She has the skills, energy and sense of humor to excel not only in sports information, her primary responsibility, but also media relations and a range of other duties we give her. She leads by example.”


The Regents Staff Achievement Award is presented quarterly to one outstanding staff member. From these award winners, a Staff Employee of the Year recipient is selected.