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Kim Harrison, Mary Beckley, and Bernice Koprince, Department of History, received the College’s 2016 Outstanding Teamwork Award.

Their nominators describe Kim, Mary, and Bernie as the most helpful, caring, cheerful, hardest-working, and enjoyable administrative team any department could hope to have. All three are seasoned professionals who go out of their way every day to make the lives of history faculty, students, and visitors easier. The team of three actively seek ways to improve the department’s operational efficiency and record keeping. In the words of their nominator, “Kim, Mary, and Bernie infuse a sense of fun and spirit into our daily routine and work together in an attitude of mutual respect that is beautiful to watch!”

At their suggestion, some years ago the department began the process of holding a weekly administrative meeting that connects the three staff members, Kim, Mary, and Bernie, with the faculty leaders in the department (department head, associate head, and director of graduate studies). During these one-hour meetings, the group reviews every detail of department business. Kim, Bernie and Mary each bring great insight to bear, and always come up with creative solutions to the week’s challenges. They often suggest great ideas for improving the way we do our business. Their attitude has remained positive even as their workload has grown steadily each year as they have incorporated additional university and college requirements, and accommodated the needs of a larger and highly productive faculty.

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