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Stanford Report, May 14, 2003

Amy J. Blue Awards announced

BY BARBARA PALMER

Jill Nomura Fong thought she'd misunderstood the news. Claire Stager said she still can't quite believe it. Lindi Press was so shocked she had to sit down.

Add modesty to the list of attributes of the three winners of the 13th annual Amy J. Blue Awards, which honor staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.

Competition for the awards was particularly stiff this year: 105 staff members were nominated by 200 staff, faculty and students -- about 40 more nominations than were received last year, said Chris Griffith, acting dean of students and chair of the awards committee.

The awards were established in memory of Blue, an associate vice president for administrative services and facilities who died of brain cancer in May 1988. They carry a $3,000 prize and an "A" parking sticker for the following year.

President John Hennessy will present awards to Nomura Fong, Stager and Press at a reception in the Rodin Sculpture Garden at the Cantor Arts Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 20.

Stories by Barbara Palmer

Photos by L.A. Cicero