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New award recognizes service excellence in graduate studies

Dr. Noreen Golfman (right) presents Lisa Savage with her Dean's Award for Service Excellence in the Bruneau Centre.


By Ashley Forristall
Special to the Gazette

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) announced a new award this year to recognize the work and contributions of staff and faculty members. The Dean's Award for Service Excellence is open to administrative/support staff
and faculty appointed as graduate officers working in academic departments or programs within the School of Graduate Studies.

Two nominees are selected each year as recipients of this award, based on job performance; commitment to quality and/or innovation in the workplace; service to graduate students, faculty and the School of Graduate Studies; and contributions to raising the profile of graduate program(s) locally, nationally and internationally.

"The dean's awards recognize some of the outstanding contributions of our staff and faculty," said Dr. Noreen Golfman, dean, School of Graduate Studies. "The awards also reflect the growing importance of their work in advancing graduate education at Memorial."

The recipients of this year's Dean's Awards for Service Excellence were Lisa Savage, MBA program assistant, Faculty of Business Administration, and David Behm, associate dean of graduate studies and research, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.

Numerous nomination letters were submitted by employees as well as current MBA students complimenting the hard work and dedication Ms. Savage puts forth.

"Lisa is the epitome of customer service," said a current MBA student. "She is a fundamental cog in the wheel of the MBA program and an indispensable ambassador of the Faculty of Business Administration."

"Lisa is a wonderful employee who does her job really well," said a proud nominator. "She regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty to attract new MBA students and to service existing ones. The MBA program has been in good hands for 23 years with Lisa on the front line."

For her part, Ms. Savage said she is grateful for the award.

"I am fortunate to work in a pleasant, supportive atmosphere and I feel this has a positive effect on how our students and visitors are served. The people I work with at the Faculty of Business Administration and the School of Graduate Studies certainly contribute to this."

David Behm's leadership and accomplishments as associate dean for graduate studies and research in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation were noted as spectacular.

"This award would be a fitting acknowledgement of David's commitment, dedication, passion and meticulous attention to detail that has ensured the success of our graduate students and graduate programs," said one nominator.
"It has been a privilege to work at Memorial University," Dr. Behm said. "I have found that opportunities to advance professionally at Memorial are greater at our institution than most others across Canada. This award represents to me the university's appreciation and support of my objectives to pursue my academic goals and help advance graduate work at Memorial University."

Dr. Golfman honoured the two exceptional candidates by presenting them with framed certificates at the 2012 Graduate Awards Ceremony in May.

For more information or to apply for the Dean's Awards for Service Excellence, please visit the website