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Stanford Report, May 15, 2002

Three dedicated staffers honored with Amy J. Blue awards

BY BARBARA PALMER

Chris Lundin, technical operations coordinator for Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS); Ray McKee, audiovisual supervisor for Event and Labor Services; and Willie Washington, a project crew custodian for Student Housing Services, have been named winners of the 12th annual Amy J. Blue Awards. The awards honor staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.

This year the selection committee received approximately 450 nominations for more than 70 nominees, said committee member Susan Schofield, academic secretary. The committee includes former award recipients and other faculty and staff members.

Along with qualities of excellence, this year's winners had one other trait in common: They are all male. "That's just a quirk of fate," Schofield said. But because it was so unusual, Schofield took a look at the names of award winners since 1992, when the award was first presented in honor of Amy J. Blue. Blue was associate vice president for administrative services when she died in 1988. Of the 48 staff members who have won the award, 70 percent have been women, Schofield said. Sixty-one percent of the non-teaching staff are women and 39 percent are men, according to Human Resources department statistics.

President Hennessy will present award winners with a plaque at a ceremony and reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. Award winners also receive a one-year "A" parking sticker and a $3,000 prize for personal or professional enrichment.