Nancy Aldrich, alumna and 25-year Plymouth State employee, is the 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Operating Staff Award.
Nancy came to Plymouth State in 1970 to pursue a B.S. degree in business education, and hasn’t strayed far since. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1974 and taught at Mascoma Valley Regional High School for several years.
She says, “I originally returned to Plymouth State part-time in 1978 when the Social Science Department secretary was on leave. I never left.”
Then followed full-time secretarial positions in the English and Education Departments, before she accepted her current position as Program Support Assistant at the Center for Young Children and Families (CDFC), the position she has held since 1991.
In that role, one nominator says, “Nancy is mother to all the kids… she knows each one by name, and more importantly, she knows their personalities.” Many of her “kids” joined the festivities to celebrate her award.
The CDFC employs more than 70 student workers, and Nancy is known as a gentle and fair supervisor “who continues to support the students in countless ways, with an open and compassionate ear, helpful suggestions, information on scholarships, film when they go on a trip, and a sense of ‘home away from home’ by bringing in baked goods for special occasions.” She demonstrates through acts of kindness how much the University cares about students.
Nancy says one of her favorite duties is as a “tour coordinator” for prospective students of the Education Department and CDFC. Her colleagues say she is “a good will ambassador for the University.” She explains the benefits of the program and engages parents and prospective students in conversation about many areas of campus life, giving each one personal attention and the sense that they have someone to talk to as their unofficial link to PSU.
Throughout the years, Nancy has served the Operating Staff Senate, the Plymouth State alumni association, the Women’s Caucus and the campus at large. She has chaired a number of OS committees, co-founded the Marie Connelly Scholarship Committee, is a member of the Class of 1974 Reunion Committee, and has helped with Phonathon and various celebration and search committees.
In presenting the award, OS Speaker Elect Chris Gagne said, “[Nancy] is simply a joy to know and work with, and is a silent but powerful and valuable influence at Plymouth State University. “
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