Remick-Simkins, Adolph Receive Citizenship Awards

Posted: April 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Two exemplary staffers received Citizenship of the Year awards at the University Day Service Awards Breakfast yesterday: Stacey Remick-Simkins, Staff Senate chair and program coordinator for the English Department; and Amanda Adolph, director of communications and public relations for the School of Management (SOM).

This award is granted to individuals or groups who are true advocates for the university, its goals, and activities, who participate in a broad range of efforts that improve the university community, and who are “cheerleaders” for projects and events outside their own department.

Remick-Simkins is the prime example of a staff member who has improved the university community through broad efforts outside of her assigned job duties, says Mary Lee May, Honors Program executive assistant. Remick-Simkins helped start the Staff Senate, and has served as the Staff Senate chairperson this year. “She works very hard on this volunteer responsibility, attending and creating interesting and informative monthly meetings,” says May.

“But while the Staff Senate takes up a lot of Stacey’s time, she is always conscientious in making sure that her work for the department is completed in an accurate and timely fashion,” says Irma Bennet, office administrator and supervisor for the English Department.

Remick-Simkins works to keep all staff informed about issues that directly affect them, such as the state’s budget crisis. She developed a listserv of classified and wage employees to help her keep in touch, and she serves on various university committees to make sure staff concerns are communicated to the administration. “Stacey is truly someone who makes a difference at Mason and is an advocate for staff,” says Ida Barbour, database manager and programmer, and staff senator.

When staff cuts loomed, Remick-Simkins wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Warner and attended his information session to voice concerns of the Mason staff. When she also recommended to the governor ways of conserving energy, he assigned her the task of developing an energy savings plan that could be incorporated throughout state-funded agencies in Virginia. Remick-Simkins took this assignment to the Staff Senate and included staff in the process of developing recommendations on how to conserve energy and save money at Mason, some of which the university implemented.

“Stacey looks for ways to improve the working conditions for her fellow employees,” says Bennet. “Among her accomplishments was obtaining warm jackets for employees of the Physical Plant.” She also initiated the Outstanding Supervisor award and helped bring about flex-time for staff.

Adolph “epitomizes the concept of a good citizen in a work organization,” says Richard Klimoski, dean of SOM. She not only works hard to get her own job done, but looks to help others–and ultimately the university–be successful. “She consistently tries to link and align her own work goals with those of the university,” says Klimoski.

“While others might complain about serving on university-level committees, Amanda saw this as an opportunity for promoting communications and collaboration across the various GMU administrative units,” Klimoski says. She is a person who genuinely cares for her coworkers. She calls attention to work problems and potential solutions that improve the work environment, and has been a strong advocate of making full use of the formal awards programs available here. Her activities and efforts have promoted a sense of community and indeed have made the university stronger.”

Adolph was the original sponsor of the College of Arts and Sciences student and staff advisory boards. In addition to her regular duties, Adolph serves on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and is organizing an effort to get alumni faculty and staff more involved.

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