Cameron University staff members selected to receive Pickaxe Award - 2012

Cameron University staff members Jeremy “J.D.” Durgin, Robin Lee and James Taylor are the recipients of the Spring 2012 semester’s Pickaxe Awards, which recognize full-time Cameron employees who have made an extraordinary effort on Cameron’s behalf. Durgin is a campus custodian, Lee is an information systems specialist in the Office of Financial Assistance, and Taylor is a senior building engineer in Shepler Center. 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 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.

Durgin was recognized for his commitment to ensuring that Cameron facilities such as the McMahon Centennial Complex are maintained in top condition. “He has a great attitude and wants the best image for Cameron University,” one nominator wrote. “J.D. recognizes when something needs attention and treats it with urgency.”

He was also cited for his willingness to “come up on weekends if necessary, sometimes on his own time, just to make sure everything is ok.”

Lee was recognized for her dedication to helping students and her technical initiative to research and evaluate issues to improve the financial assistance component of Banner, the university’s administrative information software system, so that financial assistance can be processed in a more timely manner.

“Robin is a caring, considerate and concerned employee who goes the extra mile to help the CU student and make them welcome,” one nominator wrote. Referencing the Banner system, the nominator also wrote, “She continues to go above and beyond to keep the system working to better serve the students.”

Another nominator said of Lee, “She will always make the time to help a student understand their financial assistance benefits. She understands that financial assistance is very important to the success of our students and works very hard to assist them.” The nominator also cited Lee’s “positive attitude, subject knowledge, hard work ethic and kind spirit.”

Taylor was recognized for his professionalism and hard work while temporarily leading the Engineering Department. “James was tasked with stepping into a lead role and making sure things continued to run smoothly,” the nominator wrote, explaining that he found Taylor to be “very respectful and very efficient in his job…James did a wonderful job of going beyond the call of duty.”




May 10, 2012

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