The Brown University News Bureau
Distributed May 5, 1999
Contact: Tracie Sweeney
Thirteen Brown Says Thank You! awards presented at special breakfast
Thirteen members of Brown University's support staff received Brown Says Thank
You! awards for the innovation, initiative, service and personal commitment
they demonstrate in their work. The awards were presented at the University's
annual staff appreciation breakfast May 4.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University honored 13 employees with Brown Says
Thank You! awards, presented at the University's annual staff appreciation
breakfast Tuesday, May 4. The winners, all nominated by their co-workers or
supervisors, were selected for the innovation, initiative, service and personal
commitment they have demonstrated in their work at Brown.
- Karen Boyd of North Kingstown, a computing coordinator at the Center
for Gerontology and Health Care Research: "Karen's respect for her job, herself
and others enables her to be one of the backbones of our organization. She is
the glue that holds us together."
- Leonard Erickson of Providence, a supervisor in the Bio-Med
Multidisciplinary Laboratory/Mailroom, "is a dedicated employee of Brown who
brings joy and friendship to those around him. Truly a team player, he has a
genuine love for his job and the University."
- Annette Joseph of Pawtucket, an administrative assistant in the
Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences "treats everyone with respect
and, because of her high standards and collegial attitude, she has set a
standard of cooperation for the department."
- Nancy Keenan of Pawtucket, assistant to the Registrar, is "an
accomplished veteran whose work experience mirrors the academic mission of
Brown." She has "both depth and breadth of experience, and performs her job
with care and integrity."
- Barbara Le Page of Bristol, a senior assistant in Human
Resources Information Systems: "Working diligently in pursuit of any requests,
Barbara is the resource for any type of employee information. If the answer is
there, she will find it!"
- Carol Oliveira of Rehoboth, Mass., a coordinating technical
secretary in the Department of Mathematics, "always demonstrates the extent of
her dedication to Brown, and especially to the mathematics department, by going
above and beyond the call of duty in everything she does."
- Genevieve Pari of North Providence, a coordinating technical
secretary in the Division of Engineering: "A lifetime of serving Brown at the
highest levels of effectiveness and service to colleagues, Gene demonstrates
what loyalty and professionalism mean at the University."
- Paula Penelton of East Providence, an administrative assistant in
Facilities Management: "Small businesses and multinational corporations alike
would be lucky to have someone like Paula on staff. She could even manage to
get Boston's `Big Dig' done on time and under budget!"
- Kristen Quaedvlieg of Providence, a staff assistant in the Brown
Bookstore, "occupies one of the University's hot seats, always managing to keep
her cool while retaining a lively sense of humor. She is truly a role model for
the entire Brown community."
- Roberta Sharp of East Providence, a coordinator in Alumni
Relations: "Alumni know when they call Roberta (and hundreds do call!) they can
count on prompt and efficient assistance. Her human relations skills are of the
highest caliber and everyone benefits from working with her."
- Kathryn Spicer of Barrington, an academic department manager in the
Department of East Asian Studies: "Sensitive and far-seeing, Kathy sizes up new
projects with energy, innovation and, most of all, grace. Her good judgment and
giving personality are essential ingredients to the success of the
- Karen Dyson of Pawtucket and Gloria Morales of Central Falls, who
both are coordinators at Graphic Services, were honored for their "mutual
successes, satisfied clients, marvelous senses of humor, positive attitudes and
a genuine concern for each other's well being."