Cameron University staff members Bernadette Lonzanida and Bert Ramsey are the recipients of the Fall 2010 semester’s Pickaxe Awards, which recognize full-time Cameron employees who have made an extraordinary effort on Cameron’s behalf. Lonzanida is the Graduate Coordinator for Cameron’s School of Business. Ramsey is a Building Engineer in the Department of Physical Facilities. Each received a $500 stipend and a certificate commemorating the 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 will 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.
Bernadette Lonzanida is the Graduate Coordinator for Cameron’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, a role that puts her on the front line serving Cameron students. “She does more than just simply enroll me in classes,” one student said in nominating her. “She offers advice and wisdom about what classes would be best suited for me and directs me on a path that allows me to receive the most of my education here at Cameron.”
Another student noted, “She is my hero because she takes our problems as her own and wants her students to succeed in life.”
Lonzanida’s colleague Velton Flowers said of her, “I watched the MBA program grow with Bernadette as the advisor…our MBA students marvel at her attention to detail and the patience she exhibits with helping them with their classes. In addition, Bernadette is at the helm of our internship program. This program is crucial for those students who need some sort of experience for the workplace.”
Flowers concluded his nomination by saying, “Bernadette is what this university is all about – preparing students to make a contribution to their community and country.”
Bert Ramsey joined the Cameron staff in 2004 as a Preventive Mechanic and is currently a Building Engineer. He is responsible for the electrical maintenance for all campus buildings. “Bert has accomplished a great deal to improve the physical plant operations,” said colleague Ed Burris, who nominated Ramsey.
Burris cited Ramsey’s contribution to the university’s energy savings over the last two years by ensuring that Cameron’s electrical systems perform at peak efficiency. He also noted Ramsey’s actions during this year’s ice storm, which left Cameron’s student housing without power. Ramsey was responsible for getting the emergency generators on line and stayed on campus for 48 hours to insure that the students were warm and fed.
“Bert’s work attitude is of a high standard,” Burris said. “He welcomes challenges to put his knowledge to use. Bert accepts responsibility readily and is always ready to respond to any given emergency at all hours. His expertise is highlighted by an exceptional ability to use sound judgment, and his knowledge enables him to adapt to any emergency situation…Bert is certainly an asset to this university.”
December 14, 2010