2006 Models of Excellence Award
The Division of Human Resources is pleased to announce the 2006 Models of Excellence nominees and award winners. The Models of Excellence program honors, awards and celebrates outstanding staff member achievements. The 2006 Selection Committee of campus leaders considered 19 nominations with 116 staff members. For a complete listing of all winners and nominees, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/models/default.asp.
The Committee selected the following five nominations of 33 staff members for this year’s recognition. They were chosen for making significant contributions to the University that embodied the standards of excellence for this program, including creativity, leadership, extraordinary service, and cost-effectiveness.
Models of Excellence
• Elise Betz, Director, Office of Alumni Relations
For dramatically changing and upgrading the Senior Class Gift Program by encouraging class pride and unity and cultivating a culture of giving within the graduating class before its departure from Penn.
• Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director of Cinema Studies, Department of English
For providing important leadership during the establishment of the highly valued new Cinema Studies Program for Penn.
• The Library Diversity Team
For supporting the Penn Compact goals of inclusion by recruiting under-represented minorities to the profession of academic librarianship while working broadly within the Philadelphia area, with a focus on the West Philadelphia community.
Ralph J. De Lucia, Associate Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunities Programs
Ancil George, Librarian, Africana Studies, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Rachelle Nelson, Head, Shared Cataloging Department, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Valerie Pena, Director, Health Sciences Libraries, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Jeanne Shuttleworth, Head, Librarian Electronic Acquisitions, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
• Freshman Move In/New Student Orientation Team
For implementing an integrated strategy to utilize CampusExpress, 600+ student volunteers, and other campus resources to significantly improve the move-in experience for freshmen and their families.
Mike Doherty, Area Manager Facilities & Real Estate Services
David Fox, Associate Director, Office of College Houses & Academic Services
Derek Hunsberger, Senior Residential Service Administrator, Housing and Conference Services
Barry Lasley, Residential Service Administrator, Housing and Conference Services
Crystal Little, Information Center Manager, Housing and Conference Services
Troy Majnerick, NSO Coordinator Office of College Houses & Academic Services
Dana Matkevich, Communications Coordinator Housing and Conference Services
Nancy McCue, Associate Director, Housing Operations, Housing and Conference Services
Gordon R. Rickards, Assoc. Director of Security and Contract Management, Housing and Conference Services
Betsy Robinson, Director of Facilities Services, Facilities & Real Estate Services
Lynn M. Rotoli, Area Manager, Facilities & Real Estate Services
Susan Smith, Associate Director, Office of College Houses & Academic Services
Ken Stewart, Area Manager, Facilities & Real Estate Services
Alan Zuino, Associate Director, Building Operations, Housing and Conference Services
• MAGPI (Mid-Atlantic GigaPoP in Philadelphia for Internet2) Team
For providing Internet2 ultra high speed connectivity, technical support, and advance application assistance to educational and cultural organizations throughout the tri-state area, increasing teaching and research capabilities for these groups while reducing the cost for this much needed program for Penn.
Jeff Coke, IT Project Leader/MAGPI Sr. Engineer, ISC
Chris Cook, Senior IT Project Leader, ISC
Jeff Edwards, NOC Mgr. Networking & Telecomm., ISC
Shumon Huque, Lead Engineer, Network Eng. & Serv., ISC
Jennifer Oxenford, Senior IT Project Leader, ISC
David Mongeluzi, Senior Project Leader, ISC
Heather Weisse, IT Project Leader, ISC
Deke Kassabian, IT Senior Director, ISC
Michael Palladino, Associate Vice President, ISC
Greg Palmer, MAGPI, Executive Director, ISC
Gates H. Rhodes, Associate Director, ISC
Mark Wehrle, IT Technical Director, Network Operations, ISC
Awards Ceremony and Reception
We invite you to join us on Tuesday, April 4 for the 2006 Models of Excellence Award Ceremony and Reception! This celebration of staff member achievements will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theater. All are welcome to attend as we learn about some of the remarkable accomplishments that have taken place on campus this year, and meet the individuals whose creativity, tenacity, and leadership made them possible. We hope you can be there to help us honor this year’s winners.
Formal invitations with details will be mailed in March. If you would like to be added to the invitation list, please send your contact information, including intramural address, to QOWL@hr.upenn.edu. If you have any questions about the program or award ceremony and reception, please go to the Models of Excellence website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/models/default.asp or contact Pat Zebley at (215) 898-1012.
2006 Selection Committee
Craig R. Carnaroli, Executive Vice President
John J. Heuer, Vice President for Human Resources
Richard Gelles, Dean, School of Social Policy & Practices
Neville Strumpf, Chair, Faculty Senate
Felicia Bing, Co-Chair, Weekly Paid Professional Staff Assembly
Adam Sherr, Chair, Penn Professional Staff Assembly
Leslie Mellet, Office of the President
Lois Chiang, Office of the Provost
Ramin Sedehi, Office of the Dean, SAS
Valerie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life
Chris Blickley, Former Models Winner
Mary Lee Brown, Former Models Winner
Suzanne Burke, Former Models Winner
Anamaria Cobo de Paci, Former Models Winner
James F. Johnson, Former Models Winner
Rosey Nissley, Former Models Winner
Barbara Murray, Former Models Winner
Steve Stines, Former Models Winner
Gary Truhlar, Former Models Winner
Cathy Von Elm, Former Models Winner
Paul Weidner, Former Models Winner
Marilyn Kraut, Ex-Officio
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 23, February 21, 2006