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Three exceptional staff members to receive 2013 Amy J. Blue Awards

A ceremony for the winners and their families, friends and colleagues will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Lagunita Courtyard.

Amy Blue award winners Tony Gaspar, Alba Holgado and Monica Moore

The 2013 Amy Blue award winners are (l-r) Tony Gaspar, Alba Holgado and Monica Moore.

Staff members working in the Glass & Sign Shop, at Stanford Law School and in the American Studies Program will receive Amy J. Blue Awards next week.

Now in its 23rd year, the Amy J. Blue Awards honor staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.

This year's honorees are Tony Gaspar, lead glazier in the Glass & Sign Shop; Alba Holgado, digital course management coordinator at Stanford Law School; and Monica Moore, program administrator for American Studies, Feminist Studies, and Modern Thought and Literature.

President John Hennessy is scheduled to present each of the recipients with an Amy J. Blue Award at a May 15 ceremony in the Lagunita Courtyard (on Santa Teresa Street, across from Roble Field). The ceremony, which is open to families, friends and colleagues, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Profiles of the winners will appear in Stanford Report in the days before the ceremony.

Gaspar, Holgado and Moore were selected for Amy J. Blue Awards among 155 nominees, who received more than 600 nominations.

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 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."

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 2013-14 academic year.