Nobody could have been more surprised than Laurie Reed of Plymouth when it was announced that she had been chosen the Plymouth State College Distinguished Operating Staff Member for 2002 on Wednesday, May 8. Showing great grace under pressure, she told the story of a cracked pot used to carry water from a stream. The pot felt bad for leaking half the water before it’s owner could get home, until the man points out that by leaking the water, the cracked pot has been watering the beautiful flowers planted along the path. Laurie identifies with the pot and sees Plymouth’s students as the flowers.
Laurie came to PSC in 1992 and has worked for the PEP program and in the admissions office. In 1994, she moved to the Counseling and Human Relations Center, where she is currently administrative assistant. She has served on numerous committees, been involved in countless projects and has served as speaker of the Operating Staff Senate.
Sergeant Mike Clark of Campus Police and speaker-elect of the Operating Staff Senate explains, “She was chosen because she not only meets, but surpasses the basic guidelines that we use to choose the Distinguished Operating Staff Member. We make our decision based on a number of factors. Persons are nominated by faculty, staff, students and/or alumni, and the persons who nominate them explain why they feel the individual is the best choice for the award, based on their knowledge of their job, their interaction with the community and their involvement in activities and projects within the community. It’s a difficult task to choose one person for this award, all of the nominees are deserving of recognition, but one has to stand out.”
“I was definitely honored, humbled and excited to be chosen,” Laurie says. She had actually been waiting eagerly to hear someone else’s name called—the staff member that she herself had nominated. “When you nominate someone, you really feel like that person is the most deserving,” she says, “I know a lot of people who deserve this.”