Each year, the BaylorPLUS committee reviews the BaylorPLUS Salutes submitted and chooses one exceptional recipient to receive the BaylorPLUS Award. This award recognizes the exceptional efforts of those who serve Baylor University and is presented at the Spring Staff Forum.
2012 BaylorPLUS Award Winner
Computer Systems Manager, Department of Computer Science
Pat Hynan serves as the Computer Systems Manager in the academic Department of Computer Science, which means he oversees maintenance of the software, hardware, and computer systems for the students, faculty and staff of the school and coordinates with ITS, procurement, and facility services to do so.
Pat likely would not describe himself as a hero, but his colleagues would.
This past year, Pat saved the day by assisting a colleague across campus with the installation of digital monitors in the McMullen Faculty Center in preparation for a regents meeting. Although not part of his required duties, Pat was willing to lend a hand to ensure the system offered the best of Baylor. His knowledge and skills of the system were invaluable assets, and he was commended for his attentiveness, patience and worth ethic throughout this process.
Pat's heroics are not reserved strictly for technical equipment, though. This summer, he saved a colleague's day in a much more literal way. On a Friday afternoon in June, a Baylor facilities worker fell off a ladder while working on a light fixture in the Rogers Engineering & Computer Science Building. Pat discovered him in obvious distress and immediately jumped to assistance. The worker was badly injured, with severe-looking cuts to his head and neck and possible broken collarbone. Pat administered first-aid and comfort to him while instructing others to help until an ambulance arrived. Although Pat modestly claimed that "all his Boy Scout training simply took over," his quick thinking and calm demeanor truly saved the day.
Because of his genuine care for his colleagues and his dedication to exceptional service, Pat Hynan received the BaylorPLUS Award for 2012.