Tennessee Tech recognizes support staff

Recognizing that no structure stands without solid support, Tennessee Technological University presented its 1995 Outstanding Staff Awards to four exceptional members of the university's clerical and support staff.

The winners are Lynn Haley of Career Services, Colleen Harris of Arts and Sciences, Gay Shepherd of Safety and Security and Clint Snell of Music and Art. Among them, the 1995 winners have given 53 years of service to the university.

The Outstanding Staff Awards program was established in 1989 as a show of appreciation for professional responsibility to the most outstanding clerical and support staff. A committee of clerical and support staff, as well as a faculty member, an administrator and a student, review nominations submitted campuswide.

Haley, a secretary in Career Services, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Tennessee Tech in 1992 and is currently working toward a master's. She has achieved Certified Professional Secretary ranking, and she is a past president of the university's Commission on the Status of Women.

"Lynn is an extremely effective team player," says Robert Craighead, director of Career Services. "She's held in the highest regard by her peers, administrators, faculty and most importantly, by the students and employers we serve."

Craighead credits Haley for implementing Career Services' computerized resume program for students and alumni. She also coordinate s the office's most visible programming, including Career Day and Teacher Recruitment Week. Earlier this year, Haley was named Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Cookeville Business and Professional Women's Organization. She joined the staff in 1988.

Harris, executive aide in the College of Arts and Sciences, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology and has successfully completed the CPS exam. She joined the staff in 1980 as a secretary in Extended Services and moved to Arts and Sciences in 1984.

"Colleen has an optimistic, friendly manner which contributes significantly to the atmosphere in the office and the relationships between this office and others on campus," says Robert Briggs, associate dean of Arts and Sciences. "She has the ability to deal with stressful and sometimes unpleasant situations without becoming involved in the problem. She is congenial, intelligent, patient, resourceful, loyal and absolutely dependable."

Harris was promoted from secretary to the associate dean to executive aide to the dean several years ago and has since performed the duties of two clerical staff members.

Shepherd, criminal investigator in Safety and Security, joined the staff in 1979. By 1980, she'd completed associate degree studies in criminal justice.

"I sincerely believe that no one could be more dedicated to her profession," says Alex Robinson, campus police director. "The university is her family and she devotes her personal time and energy into making it as safe as possible for all of the Tennessee Tech community. But that is only part of Ms. Shepherd's magic. She helps to create and present safety programs to our local school system and beyond; and she also brought Crimestoppers and Community Watch to the university."

There's a direct correlation between Shepherd's establishing a campus Crimestoppers program and the decrease in number of false alarms reported to the Cookeville Fire Department. She is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy's Basic Police and Criminal Investigator programs.

Snell, building activities coordinator in Music and Art, joined the staff in 1980.

"Mr. Snell's assigned duties are many and varied, including managing equipment for music and art programs, overseeing activities in the Bryan Fine Arts Building and assisting with daily operations. In all capacities, Mr. Snell meets his job requirements with professionalism and excellence," says Gregory Danner, chairperson of Music and Art.

In addition to his assigned duties, to which he brings dedication, commitment and efficiency, says Danner, Snell has saved the university time and money by learning to repair musical instruments; in fact, Snell organized an elective course in instrument repair.

Snell is vice president of the Staff Advisory Committee and president of the Upper Cumberland chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Outstanding Staff Awards are based on job performance, attitude toward work and the university, attendance and perseverance, professional development and suggestions for improvement. All four 1995 winners received a plaque and an honorarium of $500 during the weekly Luncheon Forum.