Sarah O’Connor Honored with Mary Roper Award

Posted: March 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amanda Adolph

Sarah O’Connor, office manager in the Department of Psychology, has been named this year’s recipient of the Mary Roper Award for Outstanding Staff Service in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Her award will be presented at the CAS Celebration of Scholarship staff lunch tomorrow.

This award honors a classified staff member who has shown outstanding service in support of the core goals of the college–improving the quality of the liberal arts experience for all students,

increasing the capacity for noteworthy and innovative scholarship, and

creating and strengthening external relationships. The recipient directly supports the mission of the department or college through his or her work with faculty, students, staff, or the greater university community.

O’Connor has been with the department for 18 years, serving under two department chairs. In her current role, according to one nominator, she “insists on, supports, and rewards a high degree of professionalism among our staff. She has evolved and increased staff support to keep up with the changing demands of our growing programs and grants.”

Another nominator wrote, “Sarah does a terrific job managing what is essentially the central office of a large business. Her fund of knowledge about university policies and procedures has been invaluable to the department, as is her knowledge of who does what at the university. As busy as she is, she always seems to have time for a question or problem.”

The award is named for Mary Roper, administrative assistant to the chief of staff, who worked in the Department of Biology and in the CAS Dean’s Office for a total of 14 years. LuAnn Miller, Department of Public and International Affairs, was named the first recipient last year.

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