June 28, 2007

Three Recipients Earn President's Award for Distinguished Service; Dozens Honored for Years of Service


Years of service and employee excellence took center stage during the recent annual Staff Service Awards Brunch.

Case Western Reserve University employees with 10 and 25 years of service were acknowledged during the luncheon, which was held on June 15 at Thwing Center.

In addition, three employees—Lynmarie Hamel, Kathryn Howard and Suzette Williamson—received the 2007 President's Award for Distinguished Service. The award includes a cash prize, and the winners' names will be engraved on a university plaque.

Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., acknowledged the years of service from all of the awardees, and also highlighted the accomplishments of the distinguished service recipients. "I'm very proud of Lynmarie, Suzette and Kathryn for maintaining a standard of excellence that is indicative of all employees at Case Western Reserve University. It is university employees like these three women who have made my short time as interim president more productive and enjoyable."

The Office of the President, the Department of Human Resources, and the Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council coordinate the annual event.

More about the 2007 Distinguished Service Awardees:

Lynmarie Hamel, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies

As an assistant dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Lynmarie Hamel works with many faculty and staff. However, "Lynmarie's work is transformational for students, because her work communicates to students that they matter. Her attention has a significant impact on them," wrote her nominator. One of her responsibilities is overseeing the National Fellowship and Scholarship program. In this role, Hamel contacts qualifying students and encourages them to apply, provides guidance on how to strengthen their applications, and arranges mock interviews with faculty and staff. Her efforts have paid off: during the past two years, several students have received prestigious awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a Winston Churchill Scholarship, and numerous Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. "She has a genuine interest in helping her students, and this shows in the time and effort she spends getting to know us and connecting us with the resources we need," wrote a fourth-year student. Hamel joined the university in 1997.

Kathryn Howard, Research Assistant IV, Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Chemistry

Kathryn Howard joined the university in 1983, and she has since impacted a countless number of people both professionally and personally. As a research assistant, she has helped the lab she works in earn significant grant monies, and she has taken students under her wing by aiding them during job searches and research experiences, as well as lending a friendly ear when they need to talk. A nominator wrote that after hearing about the concerns and difficulties several students were experiencing in a chemistry class, Howard spoke with the professor to find out what was happening and how she could help. In addition to assisting students, she is currently in her second term as chair of the Staff Advisory Council. "One of her major contributions is in getting others involved and invested in the university," the nominator wrote. Dean searches, fringe benefits, and student life are just a few of the committees or areas where Howard has served.

Suzette Williamson, Managing Director, The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME)

As managing director of TiME, Suzette Williamson has helped shape the futures of students in the Master of Engineering and Management Degree program (MEM) by finding the right matches between students and employers. TiME represents an interdisciplinary partnership between the Case School of Engineering and the Weatherhead School of Management. The nominator wrote that Williamson "has played a key role in the restructuring of TiME and in the design of a fiscally sound and sustainable operating model," and also said that her efforts have aided in the clarification of the program's educational mission and connection to industry. Williamson serves as a counselor and mentor to MEM students, and also shares her time as a co-adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Her work impacts more than just the students she advises. "She is a mentor and role model for many university colleagues she interacts with," her nominator added. Williamson has been with the university since 1990.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, June 28, 2007 09:18 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, School of Medicine, Staff, Weatherhead School of Management

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