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Employees of Messiah College recognized for outstanding effort

2008 Employee Service Awards

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President’s Award: The President’s Award recognizes notable action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments.  

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Jay Bennett, program manager, Natural Sciences Laboratory

In recent years, safety in academic science laboratories has become of utmost concern for the Environmental Protection Agency and other safety regulatory bodies. Jay Bennett is being honored for his work on both the School of Health and Natural Sciences Chemical Hygiene Plan as well as for his supervision of the renovation and implementation of a new chemical storeroom in Kline Hall. Both of these projects are ultimately tied to ensuring the safety of both students and faculty.

While Messiah had a chemical hygiene plan in place when Jay arrived at Messiah two years ago, it was outdated and inadequate. Bennett took the initiative to research the regulatory guidelines and assimilated them into a 58-page Chemical Hygiene Plan that was recently hailed by an outside reviewer as “well-designed and a model for other institutions.”

In addition, as part of Messiah’s efforts to meet safety standards, a classroom in Kline was remodeled to provide a well-ventilated chemical storeroom and reagent preparation area. Bennett monitored all aspects of the remodel, supervised the move into the space and continues to see that the facility is used properly.

Jay Bennett Joan Malick

Joan Malick, executive assistant, Office of the Provost

Joan Malick is being recognized for her work on the Messiah College Summer Academy.  Through the Summer Academy, middle- and high-school-aged students will be able to take courses at Messiah for a week in the summer. This important new program will help establish relationships with families early on in the careers of academically capable prospective students. 

Since early last fall, Malick has served as the liaison between the College and the director of the program, and has worked to coordinate the logistics for this developing program. She created the program brochure, worked with Campus Events and Conference Services to plan for facility use, and will manage communications with parents, faculty members and College employees from various offices as well as coordinate faculty payment. All this work has exceeded Malick’s normal responsibilities, which are significant.

 

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