Lamar’s 2007 staff recognition and service awards were presented March 25 during a reception and program hosted by the Staff Senate in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library. The program also featured the presentation of 115 service awards.
President James Simmons presented the Distinguished Staff Awards to Cheryl Black and Sandy Craigen, both of Port Arthur , and Dimples Jones, Emely Munda and Kim Wiley, all of Beaumont .
Black is senior administrative associate for the Department of Communication, where her responsibilities include supervision of the communication office work-study and student assistants, coordination of clerical support for the faculty and students, and maintenance of all state-mandated student and faculty records. She serves as an advisor for several student organizations, including both professional and service organizations. Black has been employed with Lamar for 20 years.
Craigen is administrative associate for the Department of Industrial Engineering, where she provides administrative support to the associate dean of engineering, assisting students, faculty and co-workers. Her university service activities include the Lamar University Staff Association and the Society of Women Engineers. Craigen has been employed by Lamar for six years.
Jones is an administrative associate for the College of Education and Human Development, specifically assigned to the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) office. She works closely with the assessment coordinator in scheduling, proctoring, grading, and distributing test scores for the required certification for Texas teachers while maintaining confidentiality and accuracy. She also supervises student workers and ensures that the department administrative functions adhere to state requirements. Her university service activities include the Lamar University Staff Association and Staff Senate. She has been employed by Lamar for seven years.
Munda is a lab technician in the Department of Chemistry. She maintains the physics and chemistry storeroom, provides laboratory setups for class demonstrations, tutors students in physics, and provides assistance to the professors in laboratory classes. She also performs administrative duties for the department. She is member of the Lamar University Staff Association and has been employed by Lamar for eight years.
Wiley is a web support analyst for the Mary and John Gray Library. Her duties include designing the library web site and providing technical support for the interlibrary loan department. She has also worked in the computer science department and for the dean of engineering. Her university service includes the Staff Senate, Lamar University Staff Association, and personnel search and training committees. She has been employed at Lamar for 15 years.
Other nominees for the Distinguished Staff Awards are Wilven Guilbeaux of Port Arthur, Facilities Management and Operations; Danna Perrello, Professional Services, and Kirk Smith, Gray Library, both of Nederland; and Rhonda Volrie, Beaumont, Gray Library.
Criteria include job performance with notable achievement for productivity, demonstration of outstanding relationship of service to students and other staff members; special achievements in university service beyond the normal areas of duty; service on committees, organizations and other special projects; and meritorious service, demonstrated initiative and consideration of others.
“To be nominated for a distinguished staff award is an accomplishment in itself because of all the criteria you have to meet.” said Diana Licatino, president of the staff senate.
The criteria require the candidates to perform his or her job while maintaining outstanding relationships with students, faculty, administration and other staff. He or she must also serve on committees and organizations and have experience working on special projects.
Licatino added, “The selection of distinguished staff is always a difficult one because there are so many people who are deserving of the award – but we are limited to picking just five people.”