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News Release

September 15, 2004

U of G recognizes seven exemplary staff members

An anatomy technician, the manager of a state-of-the-art salt and fresh water recirculation facility, an administrative assistant, the director of research communications, and three custodial service workers are the recipients of the University of Guelph’s inaugural President’s Awards for Exemplary Staff Service.

The awards program was initiated to recognize U of G staff who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and exceeded the expectations of their normal employment responsibilities.

Four individuals and one group received President’s Awards for Exemplary Staff Service. Individuals honoured were Joseph Foster, anatomy technician in the department of biomedical sciences; Robert Frank, facility manager of the Hagen Aqualab; Carol Ann Higgins, administrative assistant in the department of biomedical sciences; and Owen Roberts, director of research communications in the Office of Research. The team award went to Lynn Taillon, Becky Campagnaro and Sandy Rice, members of the Custodial Services staff who provide service to the Animal Science and Nutrition Building.

The award recipients were chosen from nominations submitted by colleagues. The selection committee had representatives from alumni, Board of Governors, college deans, department chairs, students and staff.

“I am very proud of the staff who took time out of their busy schedules to nominate their colleagues,” said president Alastair Summerlee.

Foster, who has completed 41 years of service with U of G, was nominated for excellence in the provision of service to faculty, staff, students and alumni, for his positive attitude and for enhancing the reputation of the university.

Frank was recognized for his unfailing commitment to the development, building and success of the Aqualab facility, his support of students and research projects, and his dedication to the people he works with both on and off campus.

Higgins’s colleagues described her ability to communicate effectively with all members of the department and quickly and quietly “get things done,” so that others can excel at what they do best. Her nomination said she shows leadership, good judgment and a sense of humour with every project.

Roberts was nominated for the many ways he has contributed to the national and international reputation of the university, his “above and beyond” involvement with and support of students, and his creativity and passion for helping students learn to effectively communicate how the research carried out at U of G has positive effects on the daily lives of people at home and around the world.

Taillon, Campagnaro and Rice were nominated for their cheerful good nature, proactive approach to their duties — initiating special cleaning and maintenance projects and contributing to the safety and comfort of the teaching and research facilities — and for their ongoing desire to improve and enhance their activities for the benefit of the department.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, Ext. 56982.

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