Michael Cook
Buyer: Chemistry, UNL

The Board of Regents is pleased to present a KUDOS award to Mike Cook, a buyer for the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Pictured:  Regent Deter; Dr. Jim Takacs, Chairperson Department of Chemistry; Karen Cook, wife; Michael Cook; Chancellor Perlman

Mike's primary responsibility for almost 27 years has been managing the purchasing department and its personnel and procuring all commodities, equipment, supplies and services for the Chemistry Department. He does so with the utmost care and in accordance with university, state and federal laws, statutes and regulations. Mike researches product performance and quality, evaluates cost and vendor reliability, and monitors delivery time. He maintains excellent relations with vendors, and consequently researchers in the department receive great service from them. Mike gets the best price and best delivery on all orders and goes the extra mile to find a better product. There isn't a detail that escapes his attention. As the department chair states, “If you need it, Mike will find it and bring it here at the best price and in the shortest time possible."

Colleagues point out that Mike is a wonderful team player who is not only respected but admired by those who work with him. He has made himself available afterhours and during holidays when urgent issues required a rush purchase. Mike also is famous for bringing his “monster grill” to annual department-wide picnics which are attended by more than 100 students, faculty and staff, and he organizes an annual potluck lunch involving the entire department. He doesn't have to do it, but it has become a tradition and everyone looks forward to attending.

Today Mike has brought his wife, Karen, and Dr. Jim Takacs, chair of the Chemistry Department. Please join me in thanking Mike for his dedication to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Chemistry.

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