Irma Bennett Honored with Mary Roper Award

Posted: October 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Irma Bennett, office administrator in the English Department, has been named this year’s recipient of the Mary Roper Award for Outstanding Staff Service in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). She was honored yesterday at a luncheon in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

Mary Roper Award
Irma Bennett (middle) received her award yesterday and is congratulated here by Deborah Kaplan, chair of the English Department, and Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The 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.

Bennett joined the university in 1985 as the book ordering staff member in the English Department before moving into her current position six months later. Bennett says she has stayed at the job “all of these years because of the many wonderful people associated with that department.”

One nominator wrote, “If you could clone her and distribute her clones across campus, you could solve a lot of problems at once.” Another called her “the warm, beating heart of our English Department.”

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. Sarah O’Connor, office manager in the Department of Psychology, was last year’s recipient.

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