Three members of Stanford’s staff have been selected to receive 2017 Amy J. Blue Awards, which honor staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.

This year’s Amy J. Blue winners are Elizabeth A. “Becky” Fischbach, exhibits manager and designer, Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries; Laura Hubbard, associate director, Center for African Studies, which coordinates an interdisciplinary program in African Studies for undergraduate and graduate students; and Reyno “Rey” Peralta, lead custodian in Student Housing Operations, a division of Residential & Dining Enterprises.

Amy J. Blue.

Amy J. Blue (Image credit: Stanford News Service)

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne will present the awards at a May 24 ceremony for the winners and their families, friends and colleagues. The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Lagunita Courtyard, located on Santa Teresa Street across from Roble Field. Refreshments will be served.

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

The Amy J. Blue Award includes a $4,000 prize.

The award was 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 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 brought 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.