Bowdoin Employees Honored with the 2007 Polar Star Awards
Story posted December 18, 2007
Five 2007 Polar Star Awards, recognizing Bowdoin support and administrative staff for excellence and contributions to the "common good," were handed out December 17 and acknowledged publicly at the annual Holiday Luncheon held at Thorne Dining Hall December 18.
More than 100 nominations were received this year nominating 42 individual colleagues and one entire department for excellence (see the full nominee list at the end of this article).
2007 Polar Star Award Winners
POLAR STAR FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
Rosemary Armstrong, Program Assistant, Environmental Studies and Coastal Studies
Nominators wrote: "Rosie is the person who facilitates opportunities for individuals on campus and in the community to connect, learn, and have meaningful discussions on a wide range of environmental themes and topics...Since I arrived at Bowdoin, Rosie has been the rock on which my course has been based...Rosie has stepped into the breach with gusto and utter professionalism...Rosie is, in a word, terrific. Actually, the word could equally well be wonderful, or excellent, or superb."
POLAR STAR FOR INNOVATION
Mark Donovan, Carpenter/Painter, Facilities Management
Nominators wrote: "Mark looks at complicated requests, and figures out how to do them economically and with very high quality work...Within the metaphor of an extra mile, Mark runs marathons!...The Mark Donovans of Bowdoin guarantee that students learn and live in a creative and stimulating environment...Mark, using his Yankee ingenuity, was written up in The Chronicle of Higher Education for innovating a sophisticated system of Library shelving made from lobster trap wire mesh...His innovation was stunning..."
POLAR STAR FOR COMMITMENT
Jody Griffin, Cold Food Production Supervisor-Thorne Hall, Dining Service
Nominators wrote: "She is a Yankee down to her core—pragmatic, skilled, frugal, no-nonsense. Like MacGiver, give her a pencil eraser, knitting needle and a chicken bone and in four minutes she'll give you a device that repairs broken zippers...Jody puts her whole self into the operation—her eyes and ears, her hands, her feet, her brain (both left and right), and her heart...Jody always gives 110 percent to her job, and she always works to make everything better for the dining service team and for the students."
POLAR STAR FOR LEADERSHIP
Delmar Small, Concert, Budget and Equipment Manager, Department of Music
Nominators wrote: "[We'd like to acknowledge] his absolutely extraordinary work in administering the building and opening of Studzinski Recital Hall. Only Delmar would have drawn diagrams of every closet in the building with to-scale representations of every large percussion instrument to be housed there...We implicitly trust his judgment...We are blessed to have him...He does whatever he can to make things work...He makes you feel like he's making your needs a priority."
POLAR STAR FOR TEAMWORK
For the first time, the Polar Star for Teamwork was presented, not to an individual, but to a department, in acknowledgment of singular excellence under unusual circumstances.
Student Health Services Staff: Sandra Hayes, Interim Director; Wendy Sansone, Staff Nurse and Care Coordinator; Carri Kivela, Nurse Practitioner; Karen Marlin, Physicians Assistant; Judy MacMaster, Medical Assistant; Leslie Hill, Insurance Coordinator
Nominators wrote: "Even in the midst of a great deal of change, the staff has continued to provide the highest level of care and concern for students and they have done so while implementing new initiatives...
Their fall became consumed by a quest to determine why they were seeing so many walking pneumonia cases and how they could best treat these students while simultaneously allowing the Centers for Disease Control to research this epidemiological phenomenon...
And, of course, the usual work of the Health Center didn't slow down to accommodate the pneumonia cases. There were the usual sick students, a concern about mumps, flu shots, and other activities that needed attention...The always-busy Health Center set a new record for busy-ness!...They are a strong group who have been outstanding professionals during a very difficult year. I am in awe of the dedication."
The following outstanding Bowdoin employees received Polar Star nominations for 2007:
Staff of Student Health Services
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