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Friday, May 11, 2007

MCS Staff Awards, 2007

On April 19, faculty, staff and administrators gathered in the Mellon Institute to honor MCS staff members for their dedication and service to the Mellon College of Science.

Alyssa Mayfield, office staff in the MCS Dean’s Office, received the MCS Rookie Award, which is given to a staff member employed at MCS less than two years who has exceeded all expectations in meeting the challenges of his or her job. Dean Richard McCullough presented the award to Alyssa, thanking her for bringing a “zen-like calmness” to the office.

George Papuga, lead operating engineer for FMS Operation, received the Special Award, which acknowledges a staff member or team from outside MCS who has given special service to the college. “George is a lifeline for this end of campus,” said Sharon McCarl, associate dean for financial affairs, who presented Papuga with the award.

Joseph Sapienza, laboratory manager in the Department of Chemistry, received the Merit Award, given to an MCS staff member or team who has maintained an outstanding job performance level over an extended number of years and consistently made significant contributions to a department or center and MCS. Hyung Kim, chemistry department head, called Joe “the man behind the stage who works hard to make the show a big success,” and Dean Richard McCullough acknowledged Sapienza’s critical contribution to the interdisciplinary undergraduate science laboratories renovation project.

One staff member from each department was recognized with an MCS Outstanding Achievement Award. These awards recognize substantial achievement and outstanding job performance that positively impacted a specific project or process over the past two years.

Joyce Von Vreckin, program assistant in the department of chemistry, was commended by Hyung Kim for her eagerness to understand chemistry – she has taken two organic chemistry classes so far.

Karey Day, business office coordinator in the department of physics, “is the person to go to if you need something done, and she does an outstanding job,” according to Curtis Meyer, professor of physics.

Nick Nystrom, director of strategic applications for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), was praised by Ralph Roskies, PSC co-director, for his perseverance in submitting grant applications in the midst of constantly changing parameters.

Ena Miceli, administrative associate in the department of biological sciences, acts as a front door for the department, and Emily Stark, who presented the award to Miceli, said that she couldn’t think of anyone better to fulfill that role.

“No one has asked Florin Manolache a question about computer systems that he could not answer,” said Roy Nicolaides, head of mathematical sciences, who presented the award to Manolache, director of scientific computing for the Mellon College of Science.

Also during the ceremony, 37 staff members were recognized with years-of-service awards, ranging from 5 years to 25 years with MCS.

By: Amy Pavlak