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April 16, 2001

Awards of Distinction winners

Emory’s 2001 Award of Distinction winners received their plaques—and $500 U.S. Savings Bonds—from President Bill Chace in a ceremony held April 3 in the Emory Conference Center.


Melinda Allen
Associate Director, Career Management Center,
Goizueta Business School

Allen came to Emory in November 1995 as assistant director in career services. During her time here she has developed a comprehensive campus recruiting process for which no guidelines previously existed. Nancy Ortman, director of MBA career management, and Julie Barefoot, assistant dean of admissions, wrote in their nomination letter that Allen “is not only a true professional, but a well-rounded and genuine person. Caring and dedicated, a true counselor in every sense, Melinda Allen is one in a million.”

Ann Borden
Director,University Photography

Borden began work at Emory through an internship in 1982 and became a full-time employee in 1984. Jan Gleason, assistant vice president of University Communications, wrote that in “the past 17 years [Ann] has chronicled the visual history of Emory University. During [these years] she has shot roughly 100,000 rolls of film and produced 10,000 photographs—of presidents and dignitaries, convocations and constructions, the extraordinary and mundane. There is no one in the world who knows as much about what Emory has looked like over the past two decades and no one in that time who has shaped Emory’s visual image more than she.”

Martha Fagan
Director, Alumni Relations

Fagan has been a member of the law school community and, more recently, Institutional Advancement for 25 years. She formerly served as director of career services, where she worked with several law students and graduates in starting and developing their legal careers. She has found jobs and raised money for scholarships, academic programs and building renovations. “Deans may come and go,” law school Dean Woody Hunter wrote, “but as long as Martha is here, the School of Law will be safe and sound.”

Phillip Mark Kimbrough
Zone Supervisor, Facilities Management

Kimbrough joined the Emory staff as an electrician in February 1985. He was promoted to his current position in October 1999. Kimbrough has been a volunteer with the Georgia Special Olympics for 11 years and has chaired the Staff Fest logistics committee for four years. He is a volunteer for disabled persons through St. Jude’s, where he teaches Sunday School, along with his wife. Charles Norris, assistant director of plant operations, wrote, “Mark reflects the consistent job excellence, exemplary personal qualities and service contributions above and beyond the call of duty.”

Rosemary Kriner
Director of Student Health, Oxford College

An Oxford employee since August 1986, Kriner regularly works beyond the confines of office hours, makes classroom presentations, helps with evening programming, and gives caring and professional service to students, according to nominator Joe Moon, associate dean of Oxford. He said Kriner is known to be genuinely kind, and her style of care is extraordinary. “Rosemary will be retiring this year and it would be most fitting if the University . . . include[s] this very deserving woman among those who are selected for this fine recognition,” Moon wrote.

Michelle Kulasiewicz
Customer Service Coordinator, Animal Resources

Joining the Animal Resources staff 13 years ago as a clerk, Kulasiewicz “thrives on challenges and responsibility and knows all office operations and readily accepts new work or changes in assignments,” wrote Director Noel Lehner. Kulasiewicz also serves as a volunteer in Campus Life and at Emory athletic events. She has twice been elected secretary of the Southeastern Association of Laboratory Animal Science and won the Membership Participation Award for 1993.

Ivan Maddox
Senior Secretary, Chapel and Religious Life

Maddox has served in the office of the Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life for 10 years. Along with Susan Cook-Prince, he was instrumental in revitalizing the Campus Life support and custodial staff committee. They compiled bylaws for the committee and have planned programs that informs the staff of opportunities available to them at Emory. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel and Religious Life wrote, “[Maddox’s] wonderful sense of humor, his marvelous work ethic, his patient kindness and his understanding of deep and complex issues make him one in a million.”

Suzanne Mason
Assistant Director, Academic Programs

Mason has held her current position for the past eight years. She is responsible for coordinating all curriculum affairs, helping students manage their course selections and schedules, and representing the department on the School of Public Health curriculum committee. Robin Thompson, administrative assistant, noted the following example of Mason’s kindness: “On several holidays, she has invited students and colleagues, who are away from home, to join her and her family for their holiday meal.” Mason also has chaired the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Run/Walk for the school.

Mark Murphy
Lead Groundskeeper, Carter Center

Working for the Carter Center for a decade, Murphy has trained and supervised new hires and been the unknown face behind the center’s landscaping. His responsibilities include working on flower beds, gardens, interior plant management, the irrigation system, the Koi pond, complete supervision of the turf, and the ordering and inventory of new materials. It is because of Murphy that the grounds of the Carter Center are regarded as some of the most beautiful in all of Atlanta, his nominators wrote.

José Rodriguez
Educational Analyst for Foreign Languages,
ITD Teaching and Research Services

Rodriguez’s primary responsibility is to work with language faculty in helping them successfully incorporate technology into their teaching. His most recent success was encouraging all of Emory College’s language departments to collaborate on a web site for the new Language Center. Manager Alan Cattier wrote, “as much as new buildings mark the grounds [of Emory], it is extraordinary employees like José who will be the institution’s bedrock.”

Mark Sharpless
Operations Manager, Yerkes Field Station

Daily management of physical facilities and activities related to the husbandry of roughly 1,200 primates are Sharpless’ main responsibilities. His job demands enormous professional and personal commitment, wide-ranging skills and talents, and genuine care for people, animals and scientific research, wrote Thomas Gordon, Yerkes interim director. “Those who meet [Mark] are struck by his equanimity, his diligence, his caring for people and animals, and his easygoing sense of humor,” Gordon wrote. “It is his pleasant nature as much as his leadership qualities and hard work that have made his employees glad to work for him.”

Betty Wilson
Secretary, Custodial Department

Wilson joined the custodial department in November 1988, working in Woodruff Library. She was promoted in 1991 to a lead position and promoted again to her current position in 1994. Wilson received the Facilities Management Employee of the Year Award in 2000 and served as FM ambassador to the United Way Campaign in 2000. She has also received Perfect Attendance Awards for the past nine years. In a joint nomination letter, the building services department wrote, “by selecting Betty as the 2001 Award of Distinction recipient, Facilities Manage-ment will honor a special, dedicated and gifted person, who enriches the lives of those who have had the pleasure of knowing her.”

Dee Wilson
Executive Administrative Assistant,
Office of the Executive Vice President

Serving in several different positions since March 1987, Wilson now works with trustees and senior executives from Emory and the Atlanta community on an almost daily basis. She is also a committed parent, serving as Girl Scout troop leader and soccer mom for nearly 10 years. During the past two years, Wilson has served as a volunteer with the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. She is currently working on her bachelor’s in accounting at Georgia State University.




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