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TWU Staff Members To Be Recognized At Honors Convocation

3/26/04


DENTON — Three Texas Woman’s University staff members will be honored for their contributions to the university during Honors Convocation ceremonies April 15 at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located near the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Sawyer Street.

Colleen Ferguson, associate director for Lifelong Learning, will receive the Award of Excellence. Margaret Peguero, senior admissions counselor, and Robbie Reid, secretary for the Department of Kinesiology, will receive Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Award of Excellence recipients must be full-time employees who have a minimum of five years of continuous service with TWU, display outstanding personality traits such as loyalty, dedication, enthusiasm, initiative and reliability and demonstrate the ability to relate well to all members of the university community including students, faculty, staff and alumnae. 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, exhibit superior job performance and a high degree of proficiency in all areas of responsibility in her or his position.

Ms. Ferguson is an articulate spokesperson for the staff, for the university and her office. Aside from her duties in Lifelong Learning, she also is president of the TWU Staff Council.

“Colleen's attitude toward all members of the TWU community is one of balance – she supports what is good for all,” said Dr. Wilkes Berry, associate provost. “Colleen's reliability is without question; one never has to remind her or check with her to make sure she has done what she has agreed to do. She represents the best of TWU staff.

“Her consistent reply is 'How may I help?' She is adaptable and resourceful. She is never daunted by demands or requests, but seeks ways in which to give assistance. Collen never says 'no'.”

Additionally, as president of the staff council, Ms. Ferguson has encouraged and provided staff members with opportunities for professional development.

Ms. Peguero is a role model for students by exhibiting and maintaining a genuine level of energy, self-motivation, school spirit and enthusiasm that enhances a prospective student's interest in TWU, one of her nominators said.

“As a child of Hispanic, migrant farm workers, Margaret understands fully the need for some of these students to have a sponsor of sorts,” said one of her nominators. “Without a mentor, Margaret would not have gone to college and to graduate school.

“Margaret dedicates her limitless energy to reaching and serving students and their families. She is their mentor, counselor, encouraging example and home-away-from home.”

Ms. Reid is able to juggle many different activities and each project she is given is always completed in a timely manner with an eye for detail.

“Robbie has an excellent rapport with all the students, graduate teaching and research assistants,” said Dr. Barney Sanborn, chair of the Department of Kinesiology. “For these young people, she represents a source of encouragement and compassion. Students often come into her office to seek advice and counseling, or merely to have a listening ear.”

Ms. Reid also has been described as the lynch-pin that holds the department together. “My personal wish is that we could clone Robbie's traits of loyalty, dedication and enthusiasm, initiative and reliability in each and everyone of our undergraduate and graduate students,” said Dr. Betty Myers, professor of kinesiology.

“All of our students and faculty live by the creed 'Robbie knows.' University personnel at TWU and professional people throughout the county know to call Robbie if they want to know the straight of something. She has never let us down as our goodwill ambassador.”

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu