Emory honors eight of its finest employees for distinction
The 14th annual Awards of Distinction were given out at a small banquet
Tuesday, March 24, at the Emory Conference Center. And while the jobs and
constituencies of the eight honorees vary, all share a dedication to Emory
and a commitment to excellence that goes above and beyond the job descriptions
they hold. Each recipient received a $500 saving bond and an award plaque
from President Bill Chace.
Sergeant, Emory Police Department
Employed by the EPD since 1980, Rick Allen currently works in the Crime
Prevention and Community Relations Unit. He was instrumental in establishing
a broadcast fax system to inform the Emory community about varied criminal
activity-from a spate of armed robberies near campus to bogus mail order
supply companies. He also coordinates alarm systems, card access systems
and physical crime prevention programs. Twice voted "Officer of the
Year" by his co-workers, Allen's nomination letter by Police Chief
Craig Watson noted, "Sgt. Allen's efforts have led to successful results
that have touched every member of the Emory Community. [His] work has been
invaluable as we strive to reach our goal of making Emory a safer place
to live, study and work."
Susan Carini recently completed an 18-month stint as acting director of
University Publications. "She performed all job duties as acting director
with consistent excellence," Assistant Vice President for University
Communications Jan Gleason wrote in her nomination letter. Carini began
her career at Emory in 1992 as a Publications editor. Colleagues cited her
quick wit, excellent writing and editing skills, extreme dedication and
hard work as qualities that propelled her to her current position. Carini's
"voice" is probably one of the most widely read in the University.
She's edited or written hundreds of publications, from donor reports and
recruitment materials to regional alumni program newsletters and the Women's
Office Manager, Biology Department
During her 15-year Emory career, Anne Kirk has developed a sterling reputation
for coming up with ideas that improve the efficiency of her department.
She has also received the admiration of the students with whom she interacts
on a daily basis, often serving as their ad hoc counselor. Sigma Nu fraternity
honored her with their annual "Most Outstanding Staff Member"
award. Paul Leonard, director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
program, wrote, "When I had to generate a job description for a support
person for the new Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program, the position
was modeled to try and match the special personal qualities of Anne Kirk."
For many months Kirk pinch-hit in that position, in addition to her regular
job duties, until a permanent staff member was hired.
Director, Residence Life
Brit Katz has had a tremendous impact on the lives of students since coming
to Emory in January 1993. Judy Raggi-Moore, director of the Italian Studies
program, said of him: "I have never seen anyone be so available for
each individual concern presented to him while maintaining excellence of
performance in a job load that well exceeds what any one person can successfully
accomplish." In addition to his job duties, Katz gives numerous speeches
to campus organizations and generally makes time to reach out to students
with energy, enthusiasm and warmth, said one of his colleagues. The list
of committees, student initiatives, honor banquets and seminars he has organized
or participated in is numerous, said another. "Brit teaches even the
hardest lessons with such love, yet effectiveness, that the students never
feel anything but pride and enthusiasm when carrying out his suggestions,"
Information Analyst, Provost's Office
JoAnn McKenzie has been described as a "catalytic leader," a quality
that has served her well as current chair of the President's Commission
on the Status of Women and in her job in Institutional Planning and Research.
Since beginning her career at Emory in 1990, she has advanced rapidly into
positions of greater responsibility. Colleagues say her dedication and job
excellence are complemented by a caring attitude, creative problem-solving
skills and an energetic efficiency. "JoAnn is able to bring to her
work at Emory a consideration for others that is unparalleled," Interim
Provost Rebecca Chopp said. "JoAnn has been a tireless leader of the
Commission on the Status of Women," said Martha Talbott of Information
Technology, "always finding ways to motivate the group to keep striving
to reach their goals even when frustration is high or demands on people's
time pulls them in other directions."
Supervisor of Preventive Maintenance, Facilities
Rickey Ray has been a Facilities Management employee for 21 years. He is
known as an employee who will not accept the status quo but actively seeks
ways to solve problems and enhance FMD services. Most recently he championed
efforts to move Preventive Maintenance operations to the second shift, a
change that has proved less disruptive to building occupants and reduces
overtime for FMD staff. The recipient of numerous letters of appreciation
from faculty and staff, Ray was chosen an FMD employee of the quarter in
1996. "There is no one more dedicated to doing the job right than Rickey
Ray," wrote FMD Associate Vice President Bob Hascall in his nomination
letter. "His current position requires that he work behind the scenes
to handle many of the most difficult and thankless jobs on campus. He has
always been more than equal to the task."
Lead Custodian, Facilities Management
Janice Russ joined Emory in 1984 as an entry-level custodial worker. A series
of promotions led to her current position in 1992, and she has served several
times as a temporary supervisor of FMD staff. Yerkes Associate Director
for Administration John Magnotta said her crew's efforts after a recent
fire were extraordinary. "No special instructions were necessary on
our part; she just came in-outside of regular hours-and got the job done."
Another employee said Russ "is the cornerstone for good employee relations"
and described her as "cheerful, attentive and friendly-all the things
the rest of us should be." Russ was the first FMD employee of the quarter
in June 1994. "Her personal qualities have motivated her workers to
enhance the overall effectiveness of custodial services provided to the
University," Hascall noted.
Associate Director of Finance and Administration,
Kim Turner has been no stranger to long hours and added duties in her 10
years at the business school, both of which she accepts in stride, say her
colleagues. Turner is respected for being an effective ambassador for the
school and for the honesty, assertiveness and fairness with which she performs
her duties. She was instrumental in the business school's smooth transition
to its new building, developing a precise schedule, serving as a liaison
with staff and movers, and closing down the school's satellite office in
the Lenox Building, among other duties. "After the move I received
numerous compliments from faculty and staff alike regarding how well the
move was planned and executed," said Dean Ron Frank. "Needless
to say, without Kim's extraordinary efforts, the experience could have been
-compiled by Stacey Jones
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