By Andreia Bulhao
Various staff members gathered in the Business Building lounge this past Friday to applaud nominees and recipients of the ninth annual Helen Shaw Awards, honoring staff members for their work and achievements here at the College.
The Helen Shaw Staff Excellence and Special Achievement Awards were established in 2003 as a memorial in honor of Helen Shaw, class of 1936. The awards are designed to recognize the vital role staff members play here at the College in creating a well-rounded campus community, by enhancing both the educational process and institutional activities.
Of the 13 nominees, five received the award.
These staff members include Deborah Simpson (Athletics Department), Elizabeth Alcaro (Records and Registration), Angela Lauer Chong (associate dean of students and director of Student Conduct), Elizabeth Gallus (assistant director of Student Conduct) and Lynette Harris (Career Center).
Before the final selections were announced, each of the nominees was called upon to receive a certificate. Members of this year’s Selection Committee made sure to note that making that final selection was not easy.
“TCNJ is very fortunate to have numerous quality nominees and staff,” said Joe Hadge, convener of the Helen Shaw Committee. “There was a lot of dialogue in making a final selection.”
The committee is made up of nine staff members, all of whom are selected by the College Staff Senate.
As the award ceremony came to a close, one topic persisted in overall discussion — the interests of the students at the College.
“These awards are based on our common denominator, the students. That is why we are all here,” Joe Hadge said. “The more we work together the more we help each other. Our staff exemplifies that and they make it happen for the most important people — our students.”
Student’s also recognized the importance of staff members play at the College and made sure to come out and support them.
“As a part of Student Government, we work a lot with these staff members and it’s great to see them honored because by working with them first-hand we see how hard they work and its nice to see them recognized for that,” said Kyle Magliaro, senior marketing major and executive vice president of SG.