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Three exceptional staff members to receive 2012 Amy J. Blue Awards

This year's recipients of the Amy J. Blue Awards are Steve D. Papier, supervisor of engineering trades in Land, Buildings & Real Estate; Denni Dianne Woodward, associate director of the Native American Cultural Center; and Donnovan Somera Yisrael, manager of relationship and sexual health programs at Vaden Health Center. A ceremony for the winners and their families, friends and colleagues will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Lagunita Courtyard.

Staff members working in Vaden Health Center, at the Native American Cultural Center and in the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Shop will receive Amy J. Blue Awards next week.

Now in its 22nd year, the awards honor staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.

The honorees are Steve D. Papier, supervisor of engineering trades in Land, Buildings & Real Estate; Denni Dianne Woodward, associate director of the Native American Cultural Center; and Donnovan Somera Yisrael, manager of relationship and sexual health programs at Vaden Health Center.

A ceremony for the winners and their families, friends and colleagues will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Lagunita Courtyard (on Santa Teresa Street, across from Roble Field).

Profiles of each of the winners will be published in upcoming issues of Stanford Report.

Papier, Woodward and Yisrael were selected from among 184 nominees, who were nominated by more than 550 people. 

The awards were established in 1991 to honor the life and work of Amy J. Blue, an associate vice president for administrative services and facilities who died of brain cancer in May 1988, about a month before her 45th birthday.

Stanford also created a garden in her name, a small oasis of flowering trees and shrubs now located near Memorial Church. It has four wooden benches, including one that rocks, and a sundial with an engraved motto: "Count only happy hours."

The original Amy J. Blue Garden was located in the former Serra Complex, which was torn down to make way for the new Knight Management Center.

Blue was known as a whirlwind of a woman who propelled excitement, intensity and novelty into every undertaking. She also was known as an extraordinary leader – a woman of incisive intelligence, abundant energy and unrelenting honesty.

The award includes a $3,000 prize and an "A" parking permit for the 2012-13 academic year.