Cameron University staff members selected to receive Pickaxe Award

Cameron University staff members Geraldine Brady and Yolanda Goff are the recipients of the Fall 2014 semester’s Pickaxe Awards, which recognize full-time Cameron employees whose performance is above and beyond expectations. Brady is a technician in the Office of Information Technology Services, and Goff is an advisement specialist for Cameron’s elementary education program at Rogers State University in Claremore. Each received a $500 stipend and a commemorative award.

The Pickaxe Award is presented each semester to recognize full-time employees whose performance exceeds the expectations of their job descriptions. The award recipients have made a contribution and/or commitment that has resulted in a significant difference to Cameron students, visitors, or other employees, or whose commitment to their job responsibilities, department, or the university stands out as a clear example to all other employees. Award recipients must have been employed full-time at least one year at Cameron. Nominations were made by Cameron students, faculty and staff. Recipients were selected by the university’s Executive Council.

photo of Geraldine BradyBrady was recognized for her commitment to resolving IT problems experienced by faculty and staff. One nominator described Brady’s daily follow-up visits to ensure that his problem was resolved. “This is typical of her dedication, devoting whatever time necessary to solve IT issues and not worrying about the extra hours required. She always follows up to ensure the problem is resolved.”

Another nominator cited Brady’s commitment to IT and her service to Cameron as “extraordinary,” adding that Brady “is always willing to help.”

photo of Yolando GoffGoff was recognized for her dedication to the Cameron students at Rogers State, where she advises, enrolls, makes field placements, recruits new students for the program, serves as the credit check for graduation and organizes all paperwork for admission to teacher education and certification upon program completion. One nominator wrote, “She does the jobs of about five different people. The students and faculty here love her dearly because of her cheerful attitude.”

Another nominator called her a “lifesaver,” writing, “Normally I consider enrollment at a new school a nightmare, but she took care of everything. I never have to worry about being notified about anything.”

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December 9, 2014

PR# 14-212