From L to R: Shannon Howes, Megan Barry, Cliff Golz, Father Garanzini, Ann Marie Morgan, Melissa Bagdon, Rabia Khan, Romando Nash, and Nicole Remy.

Staff members who go above and beyond to make Loyola its best were acknowledged Tuesday night at the 2011 Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards. Five individuals and one campus department took home awards as thank yous for their hard work and dedication to improving the University community.

The evening’s big winner was Megan Barry, director of the Center for Community Service and Action, who was named Staff Member of the Year.¬†Barry is honored to be included among the previous winners of this award and “humbled to learn that [her] contributions to the university are considered as significant” as those of previous awardees.

“My work connecting Loyola students and the local community through service is something I deeply value,” Berry says, adding that she enjoys working at a “university where service to humanity is essential to the mission.”

The other award recipients were:

  • Rising Star: Shannon Howes, Student Life
  • Team Spirit: Residence Life
  • Student Service: Katrina Weizer, First- and Second-Year Advising
  • Megs Landon:¬†Cliff Golz, Off-Campus Student Life
  • Kay Egan: Ann Marie Morgan, Water Tower Campus Student Life

About 160 people attended the event, which was held in Regents Hall, located on the 16th floor of Lewis Towers.

Robbie Jones, senior academic advisor for the School of Education, and Jorene Richards, manager of training and development for Human Resources, orchestrated the awards ceremony, which was sponsored by Human Resources and Staff Council.

“Staff Council would like to thank all the nominators for taking the time to recognize a staff member that is doing outstanding work at Loyola,” Jones says. “We appreciate the work that the staff is doing, and we are proud that we can recognize even a few. We hope that supervisors, co-workers, and students continue to nominate staff members for future awards.”

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