Three devoted employees honored with annual staff award

Springtime at Stanford marks the return of colorful blooms, senior butterflies, sunny skies and the Amy Blues. In its 16th year, the Amy J. Blue Awards honor university staff who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of their colleagues and passionate about their work. The awards' namesake was a much-loved staff member who last served as associate vice president for administrative services and facilities before she died in 1988.

This year's honorees are Cristina Huerta, program assistant for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric; Tharman Patton, shipper-receiver for the Electrical Engineering Department; and Paula Perron, department administrator for the Department of Applied Physics. Each will receive a $3,000 cash prize for professional or personal enrichment and an "A" parking permit valid for the 2006-07 academic year.

A committee comprising past Amy Blue winners, faculty and other staff received 590 nominations for 162 candidates. The awards ceremony will be held May 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the yard at Lagunita Court.