Tom Busch, fiscal analyst 3 for the Physics and Astronomy Department, received the Crimson Spirit award for October 2017.

His nominators commended his “in-depth knowledge of policies and procedures” and praised him for noteworthy extra efforts, exceeding expectations, and providing outstanding contributions to the WSU community.

A nominator explained that Mr. Busch is the “go-to for help and advice for grant proposal submission, grant reconciliation, and other departmental issues.” The nominator continues with “Keep in mind, helping me is not his job,” because he is in a different department. She expands on Mr. Busch’s contributions by noting that “When we have attended research administrators meetings, he is always well prepared, having brought pages of extra research … showing WSU statistics, peer-institution statistics, and national statistics.”

As another nominator concludes, Mr. Busch’s answers are “always thoughtful, precise and organized in a way that is easy to understand. He is always willing to help research any problem and provides back-up documentation for use in the future.”