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Annual staff awards honor outstanding employees

The 12th annual Staff Recognition Awards were held Oct. 1. The awards are given to individuals or teams who have excelled in the performance of their duties and created a positive environment for all members of the RIT community. This year’s honorees are:

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Jacob Noel-Storr, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, College of Science. Noel-Storr is the first recipient of the Rising Star Award which recognizes a staff member with three years or less of service to the university who presents progressive examples of high-quality service, has demonstrated a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues and university constituents and shows imagination, creativity and innovation which embody the RIT spirit. According to information provided on the nomination forms: “Jake is completely devoted to the students in everything he does. When he is working with the students on one aspect, he is at the same time concerned about their success in other areas. He is part of the whole RIT community in every aspect that he gets involved with, without regard to office boundaries. His orange laces will capture your attention, his intelligence will keep you captivated, and his integrity is what you will remember.“

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Lisa Bodenstedt, first-year enrichment, Student Affairs. One nominator says: “One of Lisa’s greatest strengths is the patience and consistent support that she demonstrates for her students. She has an approachability that resonates with them, and they trust her with their significant challenges. Since Lisa came to FYE, FYE is better. RIT is better. Our students are better.“

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Nicole Boulais,Academic Support Center. Comments about Nicole Boulais included: “Nicole has worked tirelessly to design innovative and creative interventions to help students succeed and to help the broader campus community understand how students perceive their university experience. Nicole is an institutional treasure, and the campus community is much richer for her exceptional and tireless devotion to helping faculty and staff better understand and improve the RIT student experience.“

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Marcia Carroll, School of Print Media, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. “Marcia is the soul of our department for students, and she would be the first person to drop everything for a student and always has. I can not think of anyone on campus who touched my life while I was a student more than Marcia. She was like a second mom and still is,“ says one nominator.

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Jeff Cox and Susan Joseph, International Student Services. One nominator states: “Jeff and Sue are honest and ethical, but also able to work without the rules and regulations getting in the way of serving the students. This team’s instincts in designing and building a strong student-centered service unit are exceptional, perhaps because they don’t perceive themselves as providing ’a service’ but rather assisting international students and scholars achieve a life-long dream of studying in the United States. Their commitment to personalize an often confusing and overwhelming federal immigration system and to make a personal investment in the success and achievement of each and every student is exceptional.“

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Dancy Duffus, RIT trustee emeritus, presented the third annual Dancy Duffus Outstanding Citizenship Award, which recognizes staff members who consistently demonstrate a high degree of excellence, professionalism and integrity in the performance of their duties, and who have proven a willingness to extend themselves to help other members of the RIT community.This year’s award was presented to Gary Gasper, dining services. Comments included: “Gary Gasper is an extraordinary person who believes in the abilities of each student. He has motivated and encouraged us to achieve the highest level of excellence and continually sets an example for others. It is because of this that Gary has made RIT a more enjoyable place to live, work and learn, and I believe that he deserves to be honored with your award. If I had to choose one person for the top 10 student-centered staff on campus, Gary would be that person.“

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