a bunch of administrators in suits invaded the February
5 athletics staff meeting to present an Impact
award to John
Byrne ’82, assistant
director of athletics and head softball coach, he looked honestly shocked. (Actual
unretouched photo at right.)
He was chosen by Bernie Story ’80,
vice president for enrollment, for his work on upgrading
the Fitness Center over the holiday
break. JB led a group of
volunteers who moved tons of equipment, installed new fitness machines, carted
the obsolete stuff to the scrap yard, put in a new floor, and “cleaned
spots that hadn’t been attended to in a long time,” said Bernie
with vice presidential tact.
All their work resulted in the tangible benefits
of a “much safer and
more functional center for exercise and physical fitness.” And from
the enrollment perspective, “there are a lot of parents and potential
students who roam these halls,” Bernie said.
When JB received his $500
check, he looked around at his colleagues and said: “We’re
goin’ out, guys!”
Other Impact award-winners:
Michelle Schmidt, assistant professor of psychology, for her work assessing
the results of the Learning Connection over its first 10 years. Given by Bev
Kochard ’73, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
• Art Lyons, professor of psychology, for his work on the compensation
committee, a joint project of faculty and administrative staff. Given by Curt
president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
Mark Reed, director of financial and business operations, for coordinating
the financial package to complete the recent (and continuing) improvements
to the HUB’s Dining Hall and Food Court. Given by Dennis Domchek, vice
president for administration.