Twelve CLAS staff members received Mary Louise Kelly Staff Excellence and CLAS Leadership awards during the 21st Annual Staff Recognition Celebration on April 7. Honored with CLAS’s most prestigious staff awards, these staff members have greatly contributed to their departments and the College as a whole. In addition to the MLK and CLAS Leadership awards, more than 50 other staff and teams were recognized for their dedication to CLAS excellence.
The Mary Louise Kelly Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff whose accomplishments and contributions to the College and the University have benefited their departments and brought honor or recognition to the College and the University.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Leadership Award recognizes staff members who exhibited exceptional leadership qualities and positively impacted individuals, departments, or the College.
The Mary Louise Kelly Staff Excellence Award is named for an alumna who earned a B.A. degree in speech from CLAS in 1930, and went on to work for the University, retiring in the 1940s. When she died in 1997, she left an estate gift that funds the Mary Louise Kelly Staff Excellence Awards and the Mary Louise Kelly Professional Development Awards, which help staff members pursue professional-development opportunities.
The winners of the 2021 Mary Louise Kelly Staff Excellence Award are:
- Laura Goddard, School of Music
- Jennifer Eimers, CLAS Curriculum and Instruction
- Chris Piker, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
- Wendy Sandersfeld, Department of Political Science
- Kathleen O’Neill, Department of History
- Molly Rechkemmer, Department of Cinematic Arts
- CLAS Data Team (Romeliza Wise, Alex Junk, Karen Noggle, Hans Hoerschelman)
The winners of the 2021 Mary Louise Kelly Professional Development Award are:
- George Crull, Department of Chemistry
- Megan Petkewec, Division of Performing Arts
- Jane Huffman, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
- Lynette Williams, Division on World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The winner of the CLAS Leadership Award is:
Daniel Khalastchi, Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing
Congratulations to all!