Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony honors UF’s top staff, faculty
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 350 employees gathered in the Reitz Student Union’s Grand Ballroom today for the 2007 University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony. This annual program recognizes staff and faculty members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or to the quality of life for students and employees. Recognition by one’s peers is the highest point of achievement.
The Superior Accomplishment Awards are presented each spring semester for the period covering the previous academic year — Aug. 1, 2005, to July 31, 2006. Awards are given in six categories, first at the divisional level and then at the university level: clerical/office support, support services, scientific/technical, administrative/supervisory, administrative/professional, and academic personnel.
Division-level award recipients receive cash awards of $200 each, then compete for university-level awards, which offer eight $1,000 and six $2,000 cash awards.
The following individuals received awards at the university level, the Superior Accomplishment Awards’ highest honors, and were awarded with a $2,000 check, a commemorative plaque, an autographed football by Head Football Coach Urban Meyer, and an invitation to the President’s Box during an upcoming UF home football game:
- Clerical/Office Support
Audrey Duke, executive secretary, Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
- Support Services
Thomas Willingham, senior custodial worker, Housing and Residence Education
Wayne Walker, senior pest control technician, Housing and Residence Education
Patricia Shore, accountant, Student Government Finance
Ann Welch, coordinator of clinical programs, College of Medicine
- Academic Personnel
Dr. Alison Morton, assistant professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
The following individuals received the Jeffrey A. Gabor Employee Recognition Award, sponsored by the Gabor Agency, and were awarded with a $1,000 check and a commemorative plaque:
- Kristi Esmiol, coordinator of academic support services, College of Veterinary Medicine
- Arthur Holsey, groundskeeper, Physical Plant
- Amy Osborne, library technical assistant, Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
- Salena Robinson, program assistant, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The following individuals received the HRH Employee Recognition Award, sponsored by HRH of Gainesville Inc., and were awarded with a $1,000 check and a commemorative plaque:
- Bahar Armaghani, assistant director, Facilities Planning and Construction
- Suzanne Johnson, office manager, Health Science Center / College of Medicine
- Charles Napier, coordinator for development/alumni affairs, UF Foundation
- Khuong Nguyen, senior biological scientist, Entomology / Nematology, IFAS
“The Superior Accomplishment Awards recognize outstanding individuals and their contributions to the university, the community, and the world,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, senior vice president for administration. “We are very proud of all the winners and look forward to seeing how they will continue to help UF grow into the nation’s top university. I encourage faculty and staff to take part in the nomination period this fall for the 2008 awards to recognize their peers and colleagues.”
UF’s Superior Accomplishment Awards Program was developed to recognize deserving university employees and is coordinated by the Office of Human Resource Services. For more information about the Superior Accomplishment Awards and the nomination process, and to view photos from the ceremony, please visit www.hr.ufl.edu/saa.
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