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Stanford Report, October 11, 2000
School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Staff Awards announced

Vera Haugh, a personnel officer in the School of Humanities & Sciences, captured the Dean's Selection grand prize and four other of the school's staff members were honored with the Dean's Staff Awards in a ceremony held Oct. 4 at the Faculty Club.

Now in its third year, the program recognizes the contributions of five staff members and awards each with $2,000 and a certificate. In addition to Haugh, the 2000-01 winners are May Chin, an administrative associate in the Department of Biological Sciences; Monica Wheeler, an administrative associate in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Al Moreno, an administrative associate in the Language Center; and Rick Pam, a lecturer in the Department of Physics.

"It's not easy to get them," Malcolm Beasley, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, said about the awards in his opening remarks. Individuals are nominated by school supervisors and selected by a committee. In a break from tradition, Beasley said this year he violated his belief that it is "inappropriate" for the dean to inject himself in the process. He handpicked Haugh, whose selection was a surprise.

He said Haugh kept up with the excessive demands placed on the dean's office during a time when many positions were unfilled.

Chin was introduced by her manager, Bettye Price, who said that Chin never loses her composure. Price added, "The only thing I would like to do is clone her."

Wheeler, of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, was a charter staff member of the institute when it opened four years ago. "I stole her from the History Department . . . because I knew I had to have a hotshot administration," said Albert Camarillo, the center's director.

Language Center Director Elizabeth Bernhardt said Moreno routinely deals with nearly 50 lecturers teaching 25 languages and helps schedule 300 language courses a year. He also arranges for chairs, video cassette recorders and sundry other essentials for classrooms. "This is what Al does on a daily basis," she said, noting that Moreno cut short his vacation to assist her on a project.

Pam was absent from the ceremony because he was at the National League playoff opener between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets at Pacific Bell Park.

All current, regular, non-bargaining unit staff members are eligible for the awards. Along with having made significant, meritorious contributions, individuals must foster team productivity, demonstrate optimism and creativity, and have designed and/or implemented strategies or procedures that simplified work and saved the unit time or money.