Gannon University Faculty and Staff Awarded for Going Above and Beyond

Posted: May 23, 2013

Gannon University's president, Keith Taylor, Ph.D., announced this year's winners of the Maroon and Gold Awards at the University's Community Meeting on Monday, May 20. The Gold Award was presented to Michael Wellington, Grounds Supervisor; and Dr. Lin Zhao, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was honored with the Maroon Award.

The awards recognize full- and part-time employees who support the University's strategic plan goal of giving appropriate academic and personal attention to undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate or graduate students submit nominations for the Maroon Award to be awarded to faculty, staff, or an administrator. Peer faculty, staff or administrators at Gannon, submit the Gold Award nominations.

Wellington was praised by his peers as a "friendly face who cares about the university and the student work study employees that work with him." For his work on several projects around campus, one nomination commented that he "organized his own staff to help the students on GIVE DAY with the planting of trees for the TreeVitalize Project, in which Gannon planted 150 trees in the Erie-Gains neighborhood." "Our campus is a more beautifully vibrant and verdant place as a result of his efforts," read another nomination.

Those who nominated Zhao for the Maroon Award stated that she "takes pride in her work just as much as she does her students," and is also an "active advisor for IEEE - helps us coordinate different events/trips, as well as brings us snacks for each meeting." Many students' nominations commented on Zhao being an excellent teacher; one stated, "She gives her students that 'parent away from home' feeling which is something that cannot be beat."

The Student Success Committee created the Maroon and Gold Awards in 2006, with the process being lead by new student services director, Jerry Miele.

The award winners were chosen by several criteria, including: going beyond a job description or usual schedule to make the Gannon community a positive and enjoyable place for students; taking time to meet with students outside of the nominee's usual schedule; volunteering or attending student activities taking place on campus; being approachable; being committed to Gannon and having an overall positive presence on campus.

 By doing these things in their own unique ways, Wellington and Zhao helped students create an environment that promotes student success, engagement and satisfaction with their Gannon experience.

The recipients were honored with a certificate of appreciation signed by Dr. Taylor and Dean Ward McCracken, Student Success Committee chair. Each recipient also received a monetary award ($200 each) by Carolynn Masters, provost and vice president for academic affairs.