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TWU Staff Members Recognized At Honors Convocation

TWU Staff Members Recognized At Honors Convocation


DENTON— Three Texas Woman's University staff members will be honored for their contributions to the university during Honors Convocation ceremonies April 18 at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located near the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Sawyer Street.

Doris McLain, library assistant III, will receive the Award of Excellence. Vicki Alexander, secretary II in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and Sandy Gosnell, secretary III in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, 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.

Doris McLain

Ms. McLain is described as a problem solver and her loyalty and dedication are known throughout the Blagg-Huey Library. She joined the library staff in 1977 in acquisitions. During the next nine years she worked in a number of departments within the library. In1986, a year after receiving her bachelor's degree in library science, she moved to the serials section where she has remained a staple.

“Doris exhibits a great loyalty to her colleagues in the library as well as a strong loyalty to Texas Woman's University,” said Linda Rima, her supervisor. “I count on her dedication to a job well done. I know that Doris prides herself on doing a good job whether she is doing daily tasks or assisting coworkers, faculty and students.”

She has been described as the library's expert on periodicals, handling some 2,000 subscriptions maintained by the library.

Vicki Alexander

Ms. Alexander is described as a phenomenal professional and a wonderful person by those who work with her.

“She is an integral part of the department and deserves credit in our success,” said Dr. Michael Merchant, assistant professor of chemistry and physics. “Inevitably, whatever I say will not be enough because she works for a department full of demanding faculty, affiliated staff and earnest students.”

Ms. Alexander has worked at TWU since 1987. In 1989, Dr. Carlton Wendel, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, hired her for her current position.

“In her first year, she quickly mastered the skills requisite for that position. Since then, I have slowly shifted more responsibilities from me to her,” Dr. Wendel said, adding that Ms. Alexander has accepted and is comfortable with the increased responsibilities. “One accolade that she has garnered is that of being a `problem solver' for students, faculty and the department,” he added.

Sandy Gosnell

Ms. Gosnell is a team player who goes out of her way to assist students, according to those who work with her. She began her service to TWU in 1973 at as clerk-typist in the College of Household Arts and Sciences, and now is in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

“Sandy's open, friendly manner makes working with her a pleasure,” said Dr. Doris Wright, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences. “Her consistency over the years has provided stability to the department as we have changed chairs, faculty and administrative leadership. Her presence, knowledge, dependability and loyalty are special commodities that deserve recognition.”

“She sets and maintains high standards. Her work is outstanding,” said Dr. Betty Alford, professor of nutrition and food sciences.

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