Baylor Honors Eight Outstanding Staff Members

Feb. 28, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Eight Baylor University staff members were named Outstanding Staff at the annual Service Awards ceremony Feb. 28 in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Honorees were selected by a committee of university staff following nominations from Baylor faculty and staff. Those selected received a certificate signed by Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr., an award of $1,500 and recognition in the Baylor Homecoming parade.

Outstanding staff for 2000 are Dub Oliver, associate dean of campus life; Belinda Miller, development officer; Melissa Taylor, director of South Russell Hall; David Chandler, athletic trainer; Lt. Mike Watson, Baylor department of public safety; Sue Koehler, administrative assistant in theater arts; Georgianne VanDyke, assistant for academic records in the School of Music; and Kay Riddering, student accounts services manager in the cashier's office.

Also recognized today for their service to Baylor were more than 220 university faculty and staff, who received pins indicating 5-year multiples of service, ranging from 5 years to 35 years.

Seven faculty and staff members received recognition for 30 years of service. Receiving pins for 35 years of service were Dr. William F. Cooper, professor of philosophy, and Dr. Gary W. Hull, associate professor of history.

Kent Ellis, university host-convention services, was presented with the BAYLORplus Award, the Salute of the Year, in honor of his exemplary quality service.

For the first time ever, 26 part-time staff members were honored for their service to the university, including a posthumous award for Leo Berndt, a greeter for more than two decades at Moody Library. Also honored for 20 years of part-time service was Martha A. Ervin, a host/exit checker in Armstrong Browning Library.

This year's ceremony, continuing a tradition begun in April 1972, was coordinated by compensation and benefits, including assistance from personnel services, payroll, public relations, university host, Bill Daniel Student Center, the division of human resources and organizational development.

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