The President's Award for Exemplary Service
This Award honours the exceptional contribution of members of the administrative and support staff of Memorial University and its agencies. The award is given in recognition of continuous exemplary service to the university by those who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their role within the university community. The award acknowledges nominees who perform actions of significant merit that benefit the university community and are over and above the nominee's normal employment responsibilities.
Assistant manager, Answers - Centre for Student Life
Student Affairs and Services
Gary Clarke has been employed by Memorial University since the late 1960s as the coordinator of student security under the direction of what was then known as Campus Security Services. Upon completion of the Thomson Student Centre, Mr. Clarke assumed the responsibilities of manager of the Breezeway Bar in addition to Student Security. In the mid 1970s, Mr. Clarke became the coordinator of Liquor Service under the direction of General Student Services and was dedicated to this position until the early 1980s when he was then given the responsibility of student entertainment under the direction of the Student Union. In the late 1990s Mr. Clarke assumed the role of assistant manager of the Student Union which still required him to manage the Breezeway and then he also resumed the role again of coordinating Student Security. In early 2000, Mr. Clarke assumed the new role of assistant manager with the Centre for Student Life under the auspice of Student Affairs and Services which he still holds today.
Through the various and diverse roles Mr. Clarke has assumed at Memorial, he has been dedicated and committed to student life and to the role as a student affairs professional. Mr. Clarke has been Memorial's glue with student services, assuming not only the administrative duties that come with such a role, but also providing guidance and support to his many student staff in all areas of his career.
Academic Program Administrator
Faculty of Education
Dorothy Joy's commitment to the Faculty of Education and Memorial University is acknowledged to be outstanding in every way. For the past 14 years of her 26-year career at Memorial University, she has co-ordinated graduate programs in education with warmth, humour and enthusiasm. She provides information and advice on courses and programs to hundreds of applicants and graduate students every year. She believes that students deserve the highest quality education and she is willing to do whatever she can to ensure they receive an excellent program. Ms. Joy provides leadership among staff, working collaboratively with her colleagues to create an efficient and responsive environment which ensures that all students are served extremely well. Faculty members rely on her for information related to many aspects of graduate programming, which she provides with the friendliness and professionalism for which she is well known. Ms. Joy has great pride in her work and in the institution in which she is employed. Her buoyant personality, dedication, and expert influence are felt and appreciated by students and colleagues within the faculty of education and throughout Memorial University.
Manager, Answers - Centre for Student Life
Student Affairs and Services
Kim Kelly began her career at Memorial in Housing, Food and Conference Services in 1995 and after eight years in Housing expanded her knowledge within Student Affairs and Services by moving to Career Development and Experiential learning and most recently to Answers - Centre for Student Life. Ms. Kelly dedication to the students at Memorial has extended well beyond nine to five. As one colleague stated, "The additional thousands of hours she has provided on her own time in the evening and on weekends, plus her genuine concern for the well being of the students at Memorial should be rewarded." Ms. Kelly began the Peer Helper Program in Residence in 1996 which is still going strong today with over 20 volunteers. She is one of the founding members of Project Green on campus and began the environmental sustainability committee in residence. Ms. Kelly has also been a member of the Student Volunteer Bureau Advisory Board for years. She has always been involved in a variety of campus initiatives and activities, but as anyone who knows her can attest, she is a huge supporter of the Seahawks Basketball team. Ms. Kelly has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students and eased their transition to Memorial. She has repeatedly shown her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for both students and staff.
Manager, News Service
Ivan Muzychka came to the university in 1994 to work as the Information Officer (Research) and became manager of the Memorial University News Service in 1997. Over the decade, Mr. Muzychka has brought professionalism, creativity, dedication and enthusiasm to every task he has undertaken in his job and in numerous volunteer roles he has accepted both on campus and off. In his job he serves as Memorial's main media relations contact and manages the various Memorial University News Service staff and programs, including the Gazette, MUN Today and Newsline. As manager of the News Service, Mr. Muzychka leads a group of communications professionals across the university tasked with ensuring that the story of Memorial is told often and well. He co-ordinates the effort required to produce the annual President's Report which reflects the activities of the university to the world. This work, involving several university units, has garnered awards from external agencies and brought positive attention to Memorial.
Mr. Muzychka lends his time to university committees and other work beyond the scope of his job, and has played a lead role in the ad hoc committees that organize university-wide employee social functions such as the annual Christmas party and barbecue. He has also served on the board of the University Club.
Mr. Muzychka also gives back to his profession, serving as local chapter president and then district director (one of two in Canada) of the International Association of Business Communicators. He also served on the organizing committee for the annual conference of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education - the national organization of university advancement professionals - held in St. John's in 1999.
Robert (Bob) Nichols
Department of Human Resources
Bob Nichols began his career with Memorial in 1973 as a personnel technician II. He has moved into progressively responsible positions over the years. In 1989 he was promoted to assistant director of systems and payroll and in 1995, Bob became associate director and has acted as the director of Human Resources. Mr. Nichols' long career has been marked by solid work ethic, quest for innovation, high ethical standards and a tenacious focus on achieving excellence. His contributions include overseeing the successful implementation of a Human Resource Information System in 1987; managing the integration of the Marine Institute's human resources and payroll functions with Memorial's systems; and devoting enormous time and energy as a member of CUPE and MUNFA negotiating teams. "In the people I have had the pleasure working with over the past 35 years at the university, I have to say that Bob ranks in the top five per cent when it comes to going the extra mile, being considerate of the needs of others, discharging his responsibilities to the institution and, perhaps most importantly, in the big scheme of life," explained one person who nominated Mr. Nichols. "He is a decent, hardworking, dedicated and caring individual."