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UGA College of Education recognizes staff members for excellence

Athens, Ga. – Four staff members in the University of Georgia College of Education recently were recognized for their outstanding work with 2012 awards for excellence.

Krista Vanderpool, an administrative specialist I in the office of academic programs, received the 2012 STAR (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability) Award. Vanderpool, of Winder, has worked in the dean’s office for almost eight years.

“Krista is a treasure,” said Andy Horne, dean of the college. “She has a quiet and unassuming manner that provides confidence while she manages records and data. She truly is a major reason others can sleep well at night, because we know that she is on top of the demands for accounting, recording and reporting, and she will do it in such a thorough and professional manner that the college and all involved will look great.”

The award is given annually to the staff member who has worked at least three years in his or her current position while consistently excelling in that position; makes outstanding contributions in service and dedication to the college; promotes teamwork and collaboration across units; works quietly behind the scenes to improve his or her unit; and consistently maintains a positive attitude. The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,200 cash award.

Diane Lofton, an administrative associate II in the department of educational psychology and instructional technology, received the Hidden GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Award. This award recognizes a staff member who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” and shows a daily commitment to reliability and precision in his or her work. The recipient receives a $600 cash award.

Lofton, of Hoschton, has “an unfailingly positive attitude and willingness to help…in whatever way,” said Nancy Knapp, a professor in educational psychology and instructional technology.

Meagan Gravitt, an administrative associate I in the department of counseling and human development services, received the Rising Star Award. This award is presented to an outstanding staff member who has worked at least six months but no more than two years in their current unit. The recipient receives a $300 cash award.

Gravitt, of Colbert, was praised for promoting a team atmosphere that creates collaboration and cooperation. “Meagan has changed the nature and climate of our unit in remarkable ways,” said Corey Johnson, graduate coordinator in the department of counseling and human development services. “Waiting for each of us with a big smile and a warm welcome, Meagan spends her day ‘making it happen’ and making us feel confident, comfortable and supported.”

Sandra Weir of Athens received the Outstanding Custodial Award. This award recognizes a university custodial staff member whose actions, deeds, commitment to job performance and work ethic exemplify overall excellence in service to the college during the past year.

“Sandra is a true delight,” said Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, professor in educational psychology and instructional technology. “Every day, she greets everyone with a bright smile and a wonderful disposition. She always goes above and beyond. She is a woman of high moral character always putting others before her. She is truly deserving of this honor. I hope one day this award might be the Sandra Weir Outstanding Custodial Award.”

The awards were presented last month during a luncheon at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center.

In addition to the awards for excellence, several staff members were recognized for years of service to the college. They included Ron Braxley, Amanda Cole, Linda Dunbar, Beth Giddens, Suzanne Hall, Patricia Hill, Stacy Isbell, Gabrielle Mason, Melissa Montalvo, Keith Morgan, Peter Norris, Martha Pruet, Helen Rogers and Kyle Williams, 5 years; Lisa Conley, Cathy Frosh, Andy Garber, Kim Norton, Nathaniel Parker and Michael Wisenbaker, 10 years; Troy Bassett, 15 years; and Denise Collins, Diane Fields and Becky Hendren, 20 years.