Staff Honored at the Eighteenth Annual CIT Staff Awards Ceremony-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Staff Honored at the Eighteenth Annual CIT Staff Awards Ceremony

The Eighteenth Annual CIT Staff Awards Ceremony brought together staff from the eleven departments of the College of Engineering (CIT) for a time of celebration and appreciation. Pittsburgh-based staff were treated to lunch in Roberts Hall while their counterparts in Silicon Valley enjoyed breakfast in anticipation of the announcement of this year’s award winners by newly installed CIT Dean James H. Garrett, Jr.

Six Silicon Valley staff members – Ngoc Ho, Ritchie Lee, Ted Morse, Richard Power, Hector Rastrullo and Jazz Sabian – received a Five Years of Service Award. In addition, Mikelynn Romero, Associate Director of Career Services & Student Affairs, was nominated for the Rookie Award, and Chris Zeise, Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations, was nominated for the 2013 Staff Recognition Award.

Romero joined Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in July 2011 as the first person at the campus tasked with building career services and leadership and student development opportunities for Silicon Valley students.

“She has brought a tremendous amount of energy, drive, professionalism and collegiality in the work that she does with students, faculty and staff,” noted her nominator, Gerry Elizondo, Director of Student Affairs. “In the short time she has been with the campus, Mikelynn has positively impacted the lives of many students in helping them clarify their career goals with proven success in landing positions. She has also had a deep and broad impact in the areas of career service and student affairs.”

Zeise, an employee of Carnegie Mellon University for eighteen years, has brought her extensive knowledge of various CMU offices, departments and systems to the Silicon Valley campus for the past three years. Known on campus for her love of her hometown and the Steelers, Zeise presents popular student events such as “American Football 101.”

“Chris is an excellent ambassador to CMU, not only in her role in providing information sessions for prospective students, networking with alumni, forging stronger relationships with our Pittsburgh–based colleagues, but also someone who promotes all things Pittsburgh,” praised Elizondo. “She promotes her passion for CMU, CIT and the SV campus, and is a tireless advocate for the strong CMU brand.”

Winners were chosen based on excellence in the categories of Job Performance, Dedication, Positive Attitude and Contribution as a Team Player. “This year’s nominees were all deserving of awards, which made it very difficult for us to choose the winners,” said Ngoc Ho, the Silicon Valley representative in the CIT Staff Awards Committee.

Nonetheless, the Committee proudly awarded the Rookie Award to Keri L. Baker, Business Manager in the Biomedical Engineering department, the Staff Recognition Award to Ann Lyon Ritchie, Manager of Communications at the Information Networking Institute (INI), and the Burritt Education Award to Lori D. Spears, Associate Director of the Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI).

The Ceremony closed with Dean Garrett’s thanks to all CIT staff for their dedication and hard work in not only making CIT a world-renowned institution but also a fun place to work. Special recognition was given to Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs, Vijayakumar Bhagavatula (known as Professor Kumar), who served as Interim Dean of the College during the CIT Dean search.