June 3 - 16, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 10
Back Issues
Finals: year's greatest on-Grounds production
Tight $1.88 billion budget wins Finance Committee backing
Grisham takes on task of replacing the University's 10-year-old Integrated Student Information System
Warner names three Health System leaders to task force
11 employees win Outstanding Contribution Awards
Employees celebrating 5, 10, 15 ... years of service
Popular teens can cave to peer pressure
Series brings 'GardenStory' to life

'Seeing the other' exhibit now on dislay

Information Technology Conference set for June 22
Relay for life to feature marathon production
Student's cross-country bus trip to test viability of alternative fuel


11 employees win Outstanding Contribution Awards

This year’s Outstanding Contribution Award winners are noted for their reliability, upbeat attitudes and willingness to meet challenges. In the process, they’ve grown toward their full potential and add something extra — that je ne sais quoi — which makes the University both a better place to work and better in serving its constituents.

The 11 winning employees receive $1,000 each and will be recognized on June 15 at a dinner at the Omni Hotel, along with those who have worked for U.Va. 25 years or more.

Audrey Snyder
Photos by Dan Addison
Audrey Snyder
Helping those in need

As an advanced practice nurse in the emergency department and a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Audrey Snyder works long hours under demanding conditions. Still, she finds the time each summer to serve as the nurse coordinator for the Health System’s participation in the Remote Area Medical Clinic, held in Wise, Va., as well as participating in numerous other outreach programs throughout the year.

Snyder’s commitment to providing medical attention to those most in need is a recurring credit listed by those who nominated her for the Outstanding Contribution Award. “Audrey has dedicated her life to serving humanity,” said nursing professor Arlene Keeling. “Her dedication to the sick, underserved and those of diverse ethnicity is unsurpassed.”

In addition to her community outreach and service, Snyder also excels in the professional realm — teaching in the School of Nursing, participating in professional organizations and publishing articles and book chapters.

Clara Fortune
Clara Fortune
Invaluable fortune

Every day Clara Fortune comes to work is a day that the University benefits from her expertise, knowledge and understanding,” said Ellen Missana, College of Arts & Sciences assistant dean for personnel and budget.

“She brings an original perspective, innovative style and team focus,” to all of her duties, agreed Equal Opportunity Officer Robbie Greenlee.
Fortune, College of Arts & Sciences human resource specialist, has been offering her exemplary customer service to the department for more than a decade. Described as “invaluable,” “a positive influence” and “encouraging,” she is credited with upgrading the faculty recruitment system from paper to the new Web-based system, making the process more efficient and effective.

Fortune stands out as a role model to her coworkers because of her selflessness in working to improve the University and her enthusiasm in sharing her knowledge with others.

Beth Quatrara
Beth Dierdorf
Born leader

Beth Dierdorf Quatrara, an advanced practice nurse in the U.Va. Digestive Health Center of Excellence, and past president of the Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO), has been recognized for her nursing leadership and patient advocacy.

“Beth is a superb nurse clinician who delivers excellence to patients and families at all levels from the application of the latest research finding to their care to the hands-on comfort and reassurance so vital to their needs,” said Holly Glassberg, manager of the PNSO’s Nursing Governance Programs.

A U.Va. employee for the past 13 years, “Beth is a born leader who has a very high level of credibility with nursing staff and interdisciplinary team members,” Glassberg said. “Her success is built upon her approachability, her willingness to support others and her determination to work toward constructive solutions with visible outcomes.”

William Craig
William Craig
Painless operation

As a biomedical equipment specialist in the Department of Clinical Engineering, William Craig excels at providing technical support to the anesthesiologists and anesthetists who work in the U.Va. operating rooms. Those who know Craig applaud his dedication, promptness and knowledge of complicated anesthesia machines and monitoring devices.

His many achievements include recently equipping the new ORs in the hospital addition. “Bill worked virtually the entire weekend to make sure that the anesthesia machines for all of the 14 new operating rooms were up and functional on Monday morning. Not only were they functional, but there were no difficulties or complaints on that Monday afternoon when the new operating rooms had been used for the first time,” said Dr. Carl Lynch, chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, and Dr. David L. Bogdonoff, medical director of the Operating Rooms.

Craig has worked at U.Va. for 15 years.

Rebecca Arrington
Rebecca Arrington
Deserving of distinction

The University’s news office doesn’t usually toot its own horn. But in this case, the news is that one of its own, Rebecca Pace Arrington, has won an Outstanding Contribution Award.

Arrington, who has worked at U.Va. for almost 23 years, is recognized for having a positive influence on others, enhancing the University’s image and exceeding expectations.

Recently promoted to assistant news editor, Arrington has demonstrated strong organizational skills and the ability to remain calm during crisis. Neither technical problems nor last-minute editorial changes faze her.

“She is one of those rare people … who can look at a situation and come up with a creative — and workable — solution,” said Carol Wood, assistant vice president for University Relations and her supervisor for 10 years. Wood also contended that Arrington seems to read her mind at times.

Supporters cite Arrington’s quiet and skillful leadership, high work ethic and loyalty to U.Va. — from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree last year — as reasons for her deserving the award.

Kathleen Valenzi, Arrington’s immediate supervisor, also noted that during the unexpected absence of a news director a year-and-a-half ago, “she kept the office running exceptionally well [with] consistent good humor, understanding, patience and a willingness to put in long hours. … And none of us were ever — not once — let down.”

In addition, Wood called her “the voice for — and the champion of — the classified employee.”

Arrington served on the Employee Communications Council for the executive vice presidential area not long ago, and revitalized the group so successfully that Leonard W. Sandridge’s office used her example as a model to ensure U.Va.’s other employee councils work as effectively.

Sandridge, the University’s executive vice president and chief operating officer described Arrington as “exactly the type of person who
deserves this distinction.”

Virginia Lee
Virginia Lee
Model nurse

Ginny Lee is recognized as an Outstanding Contributor for being a compassionate and skilled nurse clinician, and a superb teacher. During her 25 years with the Health System, Lee has served as a staff nurse, instructor/assistant professor of nursing, practitioner teacher and most recently as a nurse practitioner. Currently, Lee works with U.Va. geriatricians to provide care to patients in several local nursing homes. Her collaborating physician, Dr. Jonathan Evans noted, “she has been a tremendous asset to quality improvement activities.”

“She is always very conscious of the finite resources in health care and utilizes them wisely and appropriately, though always focused on the patient and on getting what is needed to facilitate recovery and provide optimal care,” said her supervisor, Kathleen Fletcher, director of Senior Services. Fletcher added that Lee helped successfully implement a nursing model for improving care for hospitalized elderly at U.Va.; it has been replicated in more than 60 hospitals nationwide.

Joe Persinger
Joseph Lee “Joe”
Faster than FedEx

Fully clad in orange and blue, Mr. Wahoo, as other Scott Stadium patrons know him, represents the University with pride and style. Joe Persinger, Facilities Management’s critical mail carrier, is not only an avid Cavalier sports fan, he is a loyal University employee.

Since 1987, when Persinger began working for the University, his positive attitude and dedication have been an inspiration to all who come in contact with him.

Persinger is “faster than FedEx” when delivering “urgent budget information, blueprints … and other work crucial to deadlines and priority University business,” said William Martin, manager of Facilities Management’s materials division. “Joe does all of this with a smile that would melt the polar ice cap.”

Persinger was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, but that did not hinder his strong work ethic or his sense of humor. When he retires in August, hundreds of faculty and staff members will miss his trademark smile and positive contribution to the University.

Mary Lane
Mary Lane
Engineering’s Smiley Face

Undergraduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown their gratitude for Student Services Manager Mary Lane for years, giving her flowers, candy, and even homemade cakes and cookies.

Associate Dean P. Paxton Marshall, who has been Lane’s supervisor for eight years, calls her “a true U.Va. hero” and “the smiley face of the
engineering school.” Along with running the office, she handles academic matters, from transferring to probation to graduation. Lane knows the requirements so thoroughly that she can advise students directly and tell them whether a course taken at another school during the summer, for example, is transferable to U.Va.

The students describe Lane as “the go-to person,” “the MVP of the engineering school” and “the center of my universe.” Over and over again, students described how she was always there for them when they had a question or problem about transfer credits, major requirements or school policies. From their responses, it’s clear that many will be able to graduate thanks to Lane’s attention to detail.

Nila Saliba
Nila Saliba
For the sake of community

Nila Saliba, control coordinator for the U.Va. Cancer Center’s community outreach program, works to develop and implement cancer education, prevention and screening programs for various communities throughout Virginia. Barry Anderson, administrator at the Cancer Center, remarked in his nomination letter of Saliba that, “While we now have wonderful programs in cancer education, prevention and detection, through Nila’s extraordinary efforts, we also enjoy the value of credibility and regard in communities throughout the commonwealth for the services we provide and the collaborative and participatory way in which we provide them.”

A Health System employee since 1988, Saliba joined the Cancer Center in 2001. She has worked with community activists and leaders to reach out to various groups in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region, as well as in surrounding counties and Southwest Virginia, via telemedicine.

“Nila will stay on the phone, drive anywhere, anytime, and talk to anyone to make good things happen. Most importantly, she is always doggedly determined in her desire to build community,” said David Cattell-Gordon, former director of community relations for the Health System.

James Garney
James Garmey
Fabulous teacher

James Garmey, laboratory manager in the Health System’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, was recognized for his contributions to laboratory research at the University. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of his own lab, Garmey has trained other researchers and collaborated on journal publications. He also took on the responsibility of equipment management for the state-of-the-art Aurbach Medical Research Building in Fontaine Research Park.

All who nominated Garmey for the award cited his commitment to the technical training of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other researchers in the lab. Dr. Raghu Mirmira, assistant professor of internal medicine and Garmey’s supervisor for the past three years, credited Garmey with helping his academic career advance and said, “Jim has clearly gone far and above the expectations of his position. I cannot imagine a more worthy recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award.”

“Jim is a fabulous manager, teacher and leader,” added Jennifer Oliver, director of human resources for internal medicine, “but he puts all of his efforts into one main purpose — finding a cure for diabetes.”

pam potter
Pamela Potter

Pamela Potter doesn’t get flustered easily. It’s a good thing, given her job as administrative systems manager at the University’s College at Wise.

Potter is the person whose phone rings for help posting grades, conducting degree audits, managing the student card system, generating detailed reports and completing every other computer function that relates to students.

“Even under the most stressful situations, she models dedication and perseverance,” Oscar Raile, Potter’s supervisor, wrote in his nomination letter.

“This year Pam has truly produced outstanding results under difficult situations,” wrote Sheila B. Cox Combs, the College’s registrar and assistant dean. “Juggling the implementation of Web services for the COCO system, the food service tracking process and the bookstore operations with grace and finesse, Pam has amazed me with her dedication and professionalism.”

Potter came to the College 27 years ago, first working as an administrative assistant in the Office of Continuing Education. In 1994, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the College, while pregnant with her second child. She has worked in the Office of Computer Services for 10 years.


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