University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett and Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus at Southern Miss, presented the Outstanding Staff Awards as well as the inaugural Students' Choice Award at the 2015 Employee Appreciation Luncheon held Feb. 12 in the Hardy Hall ballroom.
The Outstanding Staff Awards recognized three staff members for the integral role they play in providing support to the university. Delinda Revels, patrol officer in the Gulf Coast Division of the University Police Department, received the Physical Plant/Security Award; Karen Shaw, serials and stacks coordinator for the Gulf Coast Library, received the Support Staff Award; and Patricia Craft, admissions counselor, received the Administrative/Professional Staff Award.
The campus committee selected award recipients who exhibit an exceptional commitment to teamwork, possess a superior commitment to continuous quality improvement and make contributions beyond those normally expected and required by job responsibilities. Nominations were open to current full-time staff members with at least two full years of service.
For the inaugural Students' Choice Award, Dr. Elizabeth Holman, assistant clinical professor in the College of Nursing, was recognized as this year's recipient after receiving the most student votes. The Students' Choice Award was developed to allow students to recognize outstanding customer service by faculty and staff.
Nominees who received second and third place for the Students' Choice Award were also recognized. Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, associate director of interdisciplinary studies and associate professor of communication studies, was recognized with second place and Jack Covarrubias, director of the Gulf Coast Learning Commons, was recognized with third place.
For the Students' Choice Award, students were asked to nominate faculty and staff who express respect, care and genuine concern for students; empower students to become leaders; and contribute to students' success for the betterment of the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus.
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