June 15, 2010


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Four members of the Bucknell University staff were honored at the annual staff picnic recently with the Geiger and Zeller Awards.

Geiger Awards
The Geiger Award recognizes members of the administrative staff who demonstrate sustained excellence and embrace Bucknell University's core competencies in the conduct of their administrative responsibilities. It honors the late Walter C. Geiger, former director of facilities.

Recipients of the 2010 Geiger Awards were Brad Jordan, director of the geology lab, and Barbara Sturges, senior regional director of leadership gifts.

With Bucknell since 1992, Jordan supplies and equips research and teaching labs, maintains geology's rock and mineral collections, constructs materials for lab and field work, maintains an extensive collection of field equipment, and maintains and operates the department's x-ray diffractometer and instructs faculty and students on its use.

He has also played a critical role in two recent major initiatives: implementing a safety and chemical hygiene plan in all geology labs, and constructing and deploying a large-scale sediment recirculating flume.

A 1967 graduate of Bucknell, Sturges joined the development and alumni relations team in 2000. She has led the Leadership Gifts team both in the number of large gifts she has closed and the overall funds she has raised in support of vital university priorities.

Her nomination read, in part, "She is creative in the execution of her work, pays close attention to detail, has incredible institutional knowledge, and forges close connections with parents, friends and alumni. As a result, her work with donors has made possible many opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom."

For a list of previous Geiger Award winners, visit www.bucknell.edu/x4966.xml.

Zeller Awards
Named in honor of John F. Zeller, former vice president for business and fiscal affairs and general counsel emeritus, the Zeller Award recognizes members of the support staff who demonstrate consistent excellence in the conduct of their responsibilities.

Recipients of the 2010 Zeller Awards were Sue Conway, administrative assistant with the Provost's office, and Deb Hommel, recruiting and data services assistant for Athletics and Recreation.

With Bucknell since 1994, Conway assists the staff of the provost's office, which oversees the academic program and the university's residential living and learning environments. She also supports the work of the University Review Committee which receives and reviews departmental recommendations concerning retention, tenure and promotion of faculty members. One of her nominators wrote that "she understands the link between what she does and how that meshes with the broader needs and goals of Bucknell."

At Bucknell for the past 36 years, Hommell is responsible for technology and maintaining the coaches' schedules. She also works outside of the office, taking tickets, handling registration at golf tournaments and summer camps, and tabulating and posting team results. Her nominators cited her reliability and dependability, her ability to make Bucknell students, employees, friends and alumni feel at home, and her creativity, making orange and blue afghans for coaches to use at events and fundraisers.

For a list of previous Zeller Award winners, visit www.bucknell.edu/x4969.xml.

Contact: Division of Communications


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