June 26, 2008

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Posted June 26, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Members of the Bucknell University staff were honored at the annual staff picnic recently. Four staff members received the Geiger and Zeller Awards, and nine were recognized for receiving degrees.

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

Recipients of the 2008 Geiger Awards were Linda Bennett and Paula Cogan Myers.
Bennett, who serves as the Affirmative Action Officer, director of Immigration Services, and Risk Management Specialist, was cited for "approaching her work with grace, professionalism, and sensitivity, and for taking the time to forge personal connections with students."

Myers, who is director of International Student Services, was honored for "serving as a reliable, understanding, and compassionate guide through what can be a tough transition to college life in the United States and as a mentor for one of the six groups of Posse students enrolled at Bucknell." She recently served as chair of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Bucknell-Burma connection, co-chair of the campus-wide Celebration of Diversity, and coordinator of the 100 Projects for Peace student grant programs.

See previous Geiger Award winners.

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 2008 Zeller Awards were Jane Baker and John Tyson.

Baker, who is academic assistant in the department of philosophy, received three separate nominations for the award. She was cited for "consistently going above and beyond the core duties of her work, drawing on her years of experience to help her colleagues make important decisions. Her excellent work extends outside of the philosophy department to places like the religion department, where she mentored the new academic assistant without ever being asked."
Tyson, a custodian for facilities with responsibility for the Elaine Langone Center, "has received accolades for his outstanding work ethic, high standards, and commitment to customer service. He keeps the ELC – the hub of so much campus activity, the building that impacts the impressions of students and visitors more than almost any other space on campus – clean and operational, collaborating with Bucknell Dining and RICS to ensure that events and meetings run smoothly.His work benefits the entire campus community, as well as numerous off-campus groups and guests of the University, all of whom rely on the ELC as a centerpiece of campus life."

See previous Zeller Award winners.

Degree recipients
Nine members of the staff were recognized for earning degrees. They were:

• Deidre Carlin, management department, graduated from Bucknell with a bachelor of science degree in business administration;

• Jordi Comas, visiting assistant professor of management, received a Ph.D. in management from IESI/University of Navarra;

• Cindy Garrett, director of constituent relations with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, received a master of education degree from the College of William and Mary;

• Jessica Hess, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, received a master of science degree in education from Bucknell;

• Kelly Hottenstein, administrative assistant in the Office of Presidential Events, graduated from Susquehanna University with an associate of applied science in management degree;

• Raleigh Malik, biology department research assistant, graduated from Bucknell with a bachelor of science degree;

• Mary Pavlechko, development research specialist with campaign administration in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, received a master of science degree in education from Bucknell;

• Marilyn Shull, manager of career and academic relations/career consultant with the Career Development Center, received a master of science degree in education from Bucknell;

• Pamela Yanoviak, education department, received as master of science degree in education from Bucknell.

Contact: Office of Communications


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