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December 13, 2000
FIVE UNM EMPLOYEES RECEIVE GERALD W. MAY STAFF RECOGNITION AWARDS
Administrative Assistant Frances Duran, Senior Student Advisor Andrew
Gonzalez, Program Assistant Lisa McHale, Food Service Site Operator
Genevieve Padilla and Remodeling Supervisor Jerry Pilkinton are
the 2000 recipients of the Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Awards.
The Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Awards, which are named after the former
UNM President, are the highest honor bestowed upon staff. The recipients were
honored at a ceremony sponsored by the Presidents Office where each received
an inscribed plaque and a $250 check. The five were selected by Gordon following
a screening process conducted by the Staff Council and Rewards and Recognition
Committee. They were among more than 80 staff employees nominated by their peers,
supervisors, students, faculty and others on the basis of their outstanding
service and their effective and positive representation of the UNM, among other
Duran, who has worked at the UNM Valencia branch campus for eight years including
the first three as a workstudy, earned her bachelors degree with a 3.5
GPA while raising four children as a single parent at the time.
The nominating information for Duran states, Frances is always positive
and always willing to help with any task at hand. She is extremely conscientious
of her attendance, shows initiative and attention to detail and is always willing
to take on new tasks. She has shown innovation by implementing a training guide
for workstudy employees and has implemented various computer programs in order
to be more efficient in record keeping and program organization.
Gonzalez works in El Centro de la Raza and completed both his bachelors and masters degree while being employed by UNM. He was appointed by UNM to help develop an online mentoring program for the University of Puerto Ricos Hispanic Educational Telecommunication System.
The nomination information for Gonzalez states, Andrew represented UNM
during the annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities conference
and on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators advisory
committee of the Health Education and Leadership Program regarding HIV/AIDS
awareness. Andrew created his job description over five years ago and continues
to take on and encourage academic challenges both for himself and the students
he works with.
Andrew is El Centro de la Razas Rock of Gibraltar. He not only
does exceptional work for El Centro, but also for this campus. He is well-known
and respected on campus and is constantly being asked to sit on countless boards
A program assistant at the Anderson Schools of Management, McHales nomination
information explains, the Anderson Schools have been working to achieve
a positive outreach in alumni and internal relations. Lisa has been the cornerstone
and sustaining agent in the process. She has single-handedly performed the challenging
role of external affairs assistant in the absence of any consistent senior staff.
As a result, in her seven-year tenure, she has assumed responsibility
for Andersons Hall of Fame Dinner; has staffed and provided leadership
to all external affairs events including the care and feeding of
such notable guests as Betty Friedan, Jim Osterreicher and Edsel Ford; has coordinated
mailings to alumni; has been the primary point of contact for our Foundation
Board and has had other key roles in other programs. Without Lisas hard
work for more than a half decade, we would be unable to leverage our efforts
as we are now doing. Lisa is a relationship builder, recognizing that relationship
building is the basis for all efforts in external affairs.
The food service site operator at the School of Laws Institute of Public
Law, Padillas nominators say, Shes extremely pleasant and
takes the job seriously and cares about the type of job she does. She is never
crabby, nor is she careless. Genevieve is almost indispensable to us. She is
reliable, consistently friendly and helpful to her clients. She often asks for
feedback to discover what specials her customers would enjoy.
Genevieve is unfailingly calm and collected on the job even when there
is a line of people waiting for food, she maintains her cheerful demeanor and
caring attitude. She is the heart of the UNM Law School. She does such a wonderful
job that people come from other departments and buildings. She knows all our
names and cares about all of us.
Pilkintons role as a remodeling supervisor touches many across campus.
His nomination says: Jerry supervised the remodeling of their office suite.
This process took several months during which time, with countless delays that
were beyond his control, he maintained a very courteous and professional attitude.
He went above and beyond his job description by offering to contact other organizations
directly when he could have said it was not his area.
He was always willing to work with us even when we would want a change
in the middle of a project. He even came in on his days off to check on the
progress and make sure everything was running smoothly. He kept the staff apprised
of the remodeling timetable and would check with us several times a day to make
sure that everyone was comfortable and satisfied. He works with a variety of
individuals, including contractors, vendors, clients and his own employees.
He treats each with courtesy and respect and with a sincere concern that never
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