Each February, Baylor continues its tradition of honoring the service of faculty and staff with an annual service awards celebration. The February 2016 event - a luncheon hosted by the offices of the President and Chancellor and Human Resources - was planned with Baylor Institutional Events. Recipients were invited to enjoy a meal with fellow award recipients and be recognized for their service. Several members of the president’s executive committee were on hand, each hosting a table of honorees. There was a 'photo booth' available with props for recipients to snap a picture to mark the occasion, too.
Service awards represent the recipient's years of loyal service and contributions to the life of the University. Awards are given in 5-year increments, beginning with year 5. The annual event honors service years earned through the preceding calendar year. Following the ceremony, recipients receive a catalog from which they may select a gift to commemorate the occasion, including the traditional 'Baylor pin' or other items.
In February 2016 five people received their 40-year recognition: Jean Ann Boyd, Larry Lyon, Janet Norden, Manuel Ortuno and Bill Pitts. Martha Lou Scott, associate vice president for student life, received recognition for 45-years of service.
Cheryl Gochis, associate vice president for human resources, emceed the program portion of the event, with assistance from Michelle Huse, compensation consultant. Kevin Jackson, vice president for student life, spoke to Martha Lou Scott’s service, and Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr closed the program with remarks to the group. The annual ceremony was established 44 years ago in April 1972, but the first honoree with 50-years of service was Mrs. Lily M. Russell in 1957. Mrs. Russell is credited for suggesting development of the Baylor pin. Since then, Baylor has proudly recognized four other 50-year service award recipients, plus two 55-year recipients.
2016 Ceremony Complete List of Recipients