Cameron University staff members selected to receive Pickaxe Award

Cameron University staff members Richard Colavito and Jason Herring are the recipients of the Fall 2015 semester’s Pickaxe Awards, which recognize full-time Cameron employees whose performance is above and beyond expectations. Colavito is the Network Administrator in the Office of Information Technology Services, and Herring is a custodian whose primary responsibility is the McMahon Centennial Complex. Each received a $500 stipend and a commemorative award.

photo of Pickaxe Award winners

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.

Colavito was recognized for his recent efforts to improve wireless access across campus. He has installed new wireless access in Cameron Village as a trial project and has been upgrading other wireless on campus in addition to deploying and upgrading new network switches.  “All of this is done in the background of daily campus life,” one nominator wrote.

Herring, whose duties include supervision of student workers in the MCC, was cited as a team leader who is dedicated to keeping the facility welcoming and clean. “He always motivates me to work and pushes me to work hard,” one nominator wrote.

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December 18, 2015

PR# 15-205