Bellamy Brooks Named Global Campus Employee of the Quarter

Bellamy Brooks (second from left) accepts the Global Campus Employee of the Quarter award from (left to right) Donald Judges, vice provost for distance education; Jamie Loftin, assistant vice provost for distance education administration; and Cheryl Murphy, future vice provost for distance education.
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Bellamy Brooks (second from left) accepts the Global Campus Employee of the Quarter award from (left to right) Donald Judges, vice provost for distance education; Jamie Loftin, assistant vice provost for distance education administration; and Cheryl Murphy, future vice provost for distance education.

Bellamy Brooks has been named employee of the fourth quarter by the University of Arkansas Global Campus.

Brooks is a 3D artist and motion graphics designer on the media production team. The team uses innovative methods to make online learning as educational, accessible and engaging as possible. She was nominated for her outstanding work in producing animations, as well as providing leadership for diversity and inclusion efforts at the U of A.

"One of the best parts about our media production team is that we work like a machine," Brooks said. "By combining our specializations and years of professional experience, we can create some amazing things. I don't know what I would do without my team, and they wouldn't know what to do without me."

During her four years on the media production team, Brooks has been involved with creating hundreds of videos and supplemental content for credit and non-credit online courses, including chemistry, at-home care, supply chain, poultry sciences and medical sciences. 

The co-worker who nominated Brooks said, "Bellamy shows strong leadership and innovative skills that very much surpass what is expected of a part-time worker. I know with complete certainty that I can hand off vitally important jobs to Bellamy, and she will get them done well and within our deadlines."

Brooks, an openly transgender woman, serves on the Global Campus diversity and inclusion committee and is a Diversity Champion through the U of A Office for Diversity and Inclusion. After coming out at work in June, she saw opportunities to help other transgender people find success at the U of A. For example, she is contributing to a document to help educate students, staff, supervisors and instructors about best practices on how to properly address transitioning in the workplace and the classroom.

Donald Judges, vice provost for distance education, recognized Brooks as the employee of the quarter at a September staff meeting.

"Bellamy has not only enriched the content output of our media production team, she also has helped to improve our overall productivity," Judges said. "In both respects, Bellamy has contributed to Global Campus's ability to assist academic departments in offering high-quality online programming."

The media production team works with U of A faculty, instructors and instructional designers to create visual elements that explain complicated concepts in meaningful ways. These animations, videos and illustrations help students better understand course material and help faculty maintain high academic standards for U of A online courses.

The Global Campus supports U of A academic colleges and schools in the development and delivery of online degree programs and courses, self-paced online courses, and workforce development programs. This unit provides instructional design services, learning technology support, media production services, and assistance with financial administration, recruitment and marketing.

The Global Campus also supports the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying in online degree programs.

The Global Campus awards the employee of the year to recognize outstanding achievements and accomplishments that relate to the unit's goals and the U of A mission. The award recipient receives a commemorative certificate and a monetary award.

Contacts

Kay Murphy, director of communications
Global Campus
479-575-6489, ksmurphy@uark.edu

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