TWU Staff Members RecognizedAt Honors Convocation
TWU Staff Members Recognized At Honors Convocation
Three Texas Woman's University staff members will be honored
for their contributions to the university during Honors
Convocation ceremonies April 10 at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones
Performance Hall, located near the intersection of Oakland Avenue
and Sawyer Street.
Martha Wall, secretary III in the Department of Biology, will
receive the Award of Excellence. Marilyn Elliott, senior
administrative assistant in the Office of the Associate Provost,
and Janine Gann, financial aid administrator for processing, will
receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Award of Excellence recipients must be full-time employees who
have a minimum of five years of continuous service with TWU.
Recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Awards must be
full-time TWU employees who have a minimum of two years of
continuous service to the university.
Ms Wall is described as having a clear understanding of
priorities and as someone who can set goals in a logical,
professional manner. She has served as secretary for the
Department of Biology since 1993.
"I assumed the duties of chair in January, and without
Marti's steadfast support and assistance,, I would not have
survived these first few months," said Dr. Sarah McIntire.
"Marti adjusts her personal schedule to meet department
needs. She has developed charts and schedules to keep track of
personnel and department finances.
"She came to me and suggested that we needed a good
database with student campus addresses, e-mail addresses, etc. so
that we could more easily keep track and communicate with our
students. She used this information to organize a biology
newsletter mailing list that we use to notify students of
departmental seminars, get-togethers and other items of interest.
"Marti feels responsible for the operation of the entire
department. She is absolutely dependable and has an extraordinary
capacity to deal with everyone," Dr. McIntire added.
Ms. Elliott is described as an administrator's dream
for efficiency and flexibility and all accomplished with
an essential sense of humor. She has worked at TWU for nearly 20
years and earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from
"Marilyn is the epitome of TWU," according to her
award nomination. Not only does she attend to her regular duties,
but she also manages to organize commencements, many special
events and convocation each year. She is in charge of all aspects
of the TASP examinations for students, which is given on
Saturdays. She has gladly given of her time to serve on search
committees, strategic planning committees and the presidential
"Her knowledge, spirit of cooperation and helpfulness, as
well as her courtesy and good humor contribute in a meaningful
way to the success of many university projects and
activities," said Wilkes Berry, associate provost.
"Because she provides major staff support for
convocation, her behind the scenes efforts may prevent her from
sitting on stage with honorees during the ceremony," he
Ms. Gann is described as a person who improves
everything she touches and as having an unbeatable, positive
"can do" and "will do" attitude. She has
worked in the financial aid office nearly 17 years.
"Janine gives whatever it takes to get the job
done," said Raedean Bolton, associate director of financial
aid. "She and various members of her staff have worked most
Saturdays for the past several summers to ensure that students'
financial aid awards are ready when they need the funds to pay
for registration. She is constantly in the process of finding
ways to improve service to students.
"She has a gift for putting people at ease with her quiet
confidence and reassurance. Over her almost 17 years on the
financial aid team, she has received numerous cards and letters
expressing appreciation for her exceptional service.
"She will give her thoughtful, well-informed opinion on
issues, and then, when a decision is made, Janine is 100 percent
supportive. She actively supports the financial aid team, the
administration and the university as a whole. Her loyalty and
dedication are demonstrated by her commitment to meet the needs
of our students," Ms. Bolton added.
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