Recipients of 2010 Board of Regents Staff Awards Announced
Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 17, 2010)
-University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Chairman Clifford Kendall
and USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan honored winners of the 2010 USM Regents'
Staff Awards during today's board meeting at the University of Maryland,
The awards recognize staff members who
have made exceptional contributions to their organizations, students and the
Award winners are selected based on
nominations and letters of support from colleagues, culminating in a formal
recommendation from the Council of University System Staff, which provides
non-faculty USM employees with a voice in system governance.
"I thank and congratulate all of our awardees for the
outstanding efforts they are making for our institutions and our communities. We also thank the thousands of USM staff in
Maryland and around the world who are the bedrock of our success," Chairman
Each award carries a $1,000 prize,
provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.
The following USM staff members were
Regents' Staff Award for Outstanding
Service to Students in an Academic or Residential Environment
Mary Tola, Director of Health Services at Frostburg State
University (FSU). As director of the Brady Health Center, Ms. Tola personifies
the personal and caring attention that Frostburg prides itself on providing to
its students. A dedicated advocate for
student health, she was a leader in developing FSU's campus-wide wellness
initiative and was instrumental in planning and developing a campus response to
the H1N1 outbreak. Last year, she was
recognized as Nurse Practitioner of the Year in Allegany County.
Deborah Pusey, Program Management Specialist in the
Financial Aid Office at Salisbury University (SU). Ms. Pusey embodies a number
of qualities that deserve recognition.
She deals with students-often emotional and stressed-in a positive,
patient one-on-one manner and puts the needs of students and their families
first. And she makes a lasting
impression on students, making them loyal alumni for life. Additionally, Deborah volunteers in the campus
community and the larger Salisbury community.
Regents' Staff Award for Exceptional
Contribution to the Institution or Unit
Colleen Stump, associate vice president for University Advancement and
director of Publications at Frostburg State University. Ms. Stump, a member of
the FSU family since 1983, has served on countless committees over the years at
FSU, most recently the Marketing and Branding Task Force. Her commitment to Frostburg and her
professionalism are evident is the effort she puts into every publications or
item of marketing material. In addition,
her knowledge, insight, and opinion are sought out by her colleagues at FSU on
a wide range of issues.
Myrle Combs, Business Services Specialist in the Student Affairs
Division at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Ms. Combs has
served UMBC for more than 35 years. She
is known for teaching staff, administrators and students how to manage
accounts. Student leaders from more than
200 campus organizations have benefited from her instructs on handling their
funds correctly and efficiently.
Regents' Staff Award for Extraordinary
Public Service to the University or to the Greater Community
Kim Nechay, Director of Development at Salisbury University. With her
ability to forge positive relationships, her keen understanding of business and
real estate issues, and her outreach to the broader Salisbury community, Ms.
Nechay spearheaded efforts for the physical expansion and development of the SU
campus. Her commitment, creativity, and
insight were all the more important given the challenging economic climate and
related state budget concerns. Widely
known for her personal warmth, Kim is constantly working to improve
relationships with students, faculty, alumni, and the larger university
Julia Heng with the University of Maryland Police Department at the
University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Heng is described as an outstanding
investigator with a tenacious commitment to public safety, in particular the
trafficking of controlled substances. A
member of the University of Maryland Police Department since 2001, she has been
recognized as a top producer each of the past four years.
Contact: Mike Lurie