Cameron University presents Staff Excellence Awards

Three Cameron University staff members were honored as the recipients of the university’s Staff Excellence Awards. Corbin Adams, Linda Phillips and Olivia Polynice received their awards during a ceremony at Cameron’s Lawton campus. The Cameron University Staff Awards were created during the Fall 2014 semester at the recommendation of Cameron’s Staff Advisory Council. Nominations were made by CU students, faculty and staff. In order to be eligible, nominees must have been employed full-time at Cameron for at least one year.

John McArthur, Linda Phillips, Corbin Adams, Olivia Polynice, Ronna Vanderslice“Every day at both the Cameron University main campus and at CU-Duncan, staff members demonstrate their commitment to student learning and success,” says President John McArthur. “It is a pleasure to recognize Corbin Adams, Linda Phillips and Olivia Polynice with this year’s Staff Excellence Awards and to thank them for exceeding expectations on behalf of our students.”

Staff Award for Excellence in Campus Stewardship: Corbin Adams

The Staff Award for Excellence in Campus Stewardship recognizes significant contributions to the campus community. Corbin Adams, Senior Library Associate – Electronic Resource Access, received the award. The nominator stated that Adams “has a strong passion for learning and improvement” and also noted that in his role as the library computer help desk specialist, Adams “helps patrons with their computer software issues with enthusiasm and expertise every day.” In addition, the nomination cited Adams’ willingness to take on additional duties and to fill in for his co-workers when needed as well as the quality of his work. An additional notation revealed that Adams took two computing and technology classes to strengthen his knowledge base in order to better serve library patrons.

Staff Award for Excellence in Student Success: Linda Phillips

The Staff Award for Excellence in Student Success recognizes a staff member who promotes a student-centered environment. Linda Phillips, Registrar, was honored with the award. “Linda is most passionate about helping students,” the nominator wrote. “I have heard her say many times ‘students first’ and ‘what is in the best interest of the student.’ The nominator also specified that Phillips, when asked for input, will analyze the situation from a student’s perspective before offering her professional opinion. Phillips also works diligently to reach out to high school students in her hometown of Waurika. Her positive impact on students serves to motivate them to succeed.  It was noted that one student said, “If it had not been for Linda encouraging me, I would have never gone back to school and finished my degree.”

Staff Award for Excellence in Service: Olivia Polynice

The Staff Award for Excellence in Service recognizes exemplary contributions in the area of campus or community service. This year’s honoree is Olivia Polynice, Inclusion and Student Success Coordinator in the Office of Student Development. Prior to accepting that position, she was a College Counselor for Prospective Student Services. The nominator wrote that Polynice “is collaborating across campus to get ideas and make changes necessary to stay in connection with students through new and different social media outlets” and said of her, “She will continue to do great things and have a positive impact on the campus community.”

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April 21, 2017