Each year since 1999, the President's Award for Excellence in Service has been presented to a staff member who goes above and beyond normal job requirements to provide excellent service. The award recognizes the staff member's dedication to the university and commends that employee's superior effort.
The 2001 President's Award for Excellence in Service was presented to two staff members-Victor Kohler, Physical Plant Maintenance, and Sharon Wilson, Social Sciences. Both Victor and Sharon were recognized at the annual staff luncheon on December 19th. The honorees were awarded $1,000 and an engraved mantle clock with the university seal.
This is the first year that the service award has been presented to more than one staff member. Previous winners were Shirley Richards, Library (1999), and Nancy Brunberg, Natural Sciences (2000).
Faculty and staff members submitted their nominations to a special committee chaired by Robert Knipple, President of the Staff Activities and Concerns Association. The committee then reviewed the list, contacted the nominees for references and additional information, and made their recommendations to the president. The committee members represented four cabinet areas: Mary Claire Furman -Student Affairs, Kathy Scileny - Budget and Administration, Patty Carnevali - Institutional Advancement, and Nancy Brunberg - Academic Affairs. Each year the candidates recommended by the committee are exceptionally strong, thus, determining a winner is always difficult. I am very grateful and indeed fortunate to have a talented and dedicated staff serving the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, its students and many friends.
According to Robert Knipple, a staff member chosen for the President's Award for Excellence in Service is a person who goes out of the way to accommodate students, who is active in the community, and who serves as a role model to other employees. Both [winners] really embody the spirit of service at UPJ that we all aspire to, Knipple said.
Congratulations, Mr. Kohler and Mrs. Wilson! Thank you for your dedication to our university and for your excellence in service.