PLYMOUTH, N.H.-A longtime PSU employee described as patient, skillful, diplomatic and conscientious has been named the 2008 Operating Staff Employee of the Year.
Kathryn Melanson, Social Science department administrative assistant, was honored May 13 in ceremony at Heritage Commons. Melanson was chosen from a field of 16 nominees.
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen presented Melanson with the award, congratulating her on the honor.
“In listening to the compliments about Kathy, it’s obvious she is enormously respected,” said Steen. “Operating staff are core to this institution. They are the first responders, and there is no question about their importance to the entire campus.”
The criteria for nomination of the award include knowledge of job, resourcefulness, leadership and support of students, faculty and staff. Among the comments submitted on Melanson’s behalf were:
“She would help you, no matter what…”
“Kathy is almost always able to resolve problems without any hard feelings…”
“She is always looking out for the other guy…”
Melanson said she was surprised and flattered by the award.
“PSU is a great place to work, with great people to work with,” Melanson said. “It’s a caring place; thank you for this award.”
The nominees for this year’s PSU Operating Staff of the Year award are:
Janet Ames, Campus Services
Mark Casale, Physical Plant
Peter Chierichetti, University Police
Brenda Clayton, Registrar’s Office
Lynn Cuda, Campus Services
Chris Gagne, Department of Social Work and Department of Criminal Justice
Brenda Gleich, Department of Education
Janice Johnson, Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Terri Johnson, Counseling and Human Relations
Colleen Kenny, Information Technology Services
Kathryn Melanson, Department of Social Science
Fawn Ouellette, Department of Languages and Linguistics and Department of Communication Studies
Mary Petz, Department of English
Angela Uhlman, Center for the Environment
Mary Washburn, Department of Philosophy and Department of Psychology
Karen Weldon, Silver Cultural Arts Center
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes