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Tennessee Tech University has recognized its outstanding clerical and support staff award recipients for 2012.

Every year, TTU faculty, staff and students nominate exemplary staff members for the award. This year’s winners are Lee Bledsoe, academic support associate in the music department; Jerry Keeton, campus recreation financial associate; and Linda Fisk, administrative associate in the English and communications department.

“Mr. Bledsoe’s work ethic, attention to detail and ability to not only complete a task but go the extra mile is outstanding,” said Jennifer Shank, chair of TTU’s music department. “Not only does he want the very best for Tech and its outstanding music department, he puts the students first with everything he does. The department of music would not run nearly as smoothly or be as successful without his dedication and talents.”

Bledsoe manages the calendar of events and concerts in the Bryan Fine Arts building and keeps track of the music department’s instruments, band uniforms and other equipment. He was integral in establishing the Friends of TTU Music, which has raised more than $230,000 to help support the department and its efforts to become an all-Steinway piano program.

He has been at TTU since 1998.

Fisk was hired in 1996 and has been especially helpful in managing faculty, staff and students during the renovations of Henderson Hall, where the English and communications department is located, according to her nominators.

“Not only does she perform both routine and complicated tasks with great care and promptness, she is also very generous with her time in mentoring new staff in the college and around campus,” said Kurt Eisen, English professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “She has a knack for anticipating problems rather than simply reacting to them, and for finding efficient solutions.”

Keeton, in the office of campus recreation, is responsible for invoicing, travel requests and payroll, but he often goes above and beyond to help manage student workers and to maintain and expand the popular intramurals program, according to those who nominated him for the award.

“His manner is consistently professional, kind and knowledgeable,” said Robin Burroughs, TTU’s cheer and dance coach. “He impacts so many of our student workers and always has so much patience with them. He does more than just make sure they perform their job; he teaches them life lessons that will help to prepare them for the ‘real world’ once they graduate.”

Keeton has been at TTU since 2007.

TTU President Phil Oldham recognized all three award winners at an open session on Nov. 27.